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  1. Re: Why the heck won't they gain weight (after ALOT of feeding).

    Ian uses both 2 1/2 gallon pails and 1 gallon pails, Not 5 gallon pails. Size is determined by how much syrup he believes bees need at that point in the bee year and size of the colony.

    He also...
  2. Re: Taped seams created moisture buildup- hopefully removed it in time

    Something you may want to try, is a 1 inch hole in the center of the foam, that is on top of the inner cover and place the Vivaldi box filled with burlap above that. Screen the hole in the inner...
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    Re: Tilting the telescoping cover

    Saw an interesting version at our last bee cub meeting. Lady screened the hole in the inner cover and puts a 4 inch piece of Styrofoam on top of the inner cover. She had a 1 inch round hole in the...
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    Re: Weighing Beehives-Winter Weight

    45 is a lot of holes! Be careful that it is not "raining" syrup on to the bees.
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    Re: Buying an Extractor....

    I would stay away from a two frame extractor. Unless frames are nearly equally balanced in weight, shaking and vibration of the whole unit is excessive. It is far better to have a minimum of three...
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    Re: Buying an Extractor....

    Yes, Maxant calls it 9 frame. Technically one can put in 6 medium frames radial and 3 mediums tangential and call it 9 frame. I have never operated in this mode. Tend to do 3 frames, medium for...
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    Re: Buying an Extractor....

    The three frame Maxant is a very good extractor. Can start with purchasing manual and have the option of upgrading to electric if you get tired of the hand crank.

    It is tangential for deeps and...
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    Re: A Non-Inverting Band-Heater Vapouriser

    Makes the exhaust tube much shorter, so should keep the interior of the tube cleaner from blockage.

    With a migratory top, one would only need to remove the pipe end cap and place unit over hole.
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    Re: How smart are skunks?

    A solution to keep skunks away from front of raised stands is to attach a piece of stucco wire that is wider than the hive, to the front of stand and have it slope 45 degrees outwards and end of...
  10. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    I find with two OAVs during no brood period in late fall and Apivar in early spring, mites are very minimal. This is consistent with what Ian Steppler is finding. We do have a distinct winter for 5...
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    Re: Is fall treatment for varroa obligatory?

    Mike Gillmore, interested in your thoughts on acceptable mite count three days after OAV. If one does an OAV and installs a sticky board what is tolerable level of mites.

    A guideline from our...
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    Re: Inner cover screen?

    If bees are building comb on the top side of the inner cover, they are most likely out of storage space. Need to add a super. Removing a few full frames of honey and adding some blank foundation...
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    Re: Supers top or bottom?

    I run a mix of deeps and mediums. Started with deeps and hence have a supply of drawn comb for supers.

    If one can get a honey dome in top brood and full deep(honey and nectar) in first honey...
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    Re: Supers top or bottom?

    I have tried both ways and little doubt for me where I get most honey production. Bottom supering results in uncapped /wet honey in all the supers. Keep the fullest super in lowest position above...
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    Re: Supers top or bottom?

    Bees configure the hive with pollen below and beside brood nest. Honey is directly above brood nest and outside pollen on sides of brood nest. So where do bees place honey when brood nest is...
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    Re: Forest Fire Smoke

    There wasn’t much flying all day yesterday with the severe smoke. Got to affect amount of pollen and nectar being brought into the hive.

    Looks like we’re going to having plenty of days of smoke...
  17. Re: queens coming with bad weather until Friday.

    Go ahead and do a Queen excluder if you wish. As Vance advised, put the screen face down in center of queen excluder, as center of a big hive is warmest.

    This would be overkill for a few days, if...
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    Re: Renting an extractor in Atlanta

    I have a six frame electric radial Dadant and a three frame electric tangential Maxant. With the radial, one needs to pay more attention to slowly ramping up the speed. If you ramp up too fast, you...
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    Re: Top Feeder advice

    My advice is to lay a bead of silicone in all wood to wood joins prior to assembly. I have tried the wax sealing after assembling( no silicone ). They were mostly sealed but some leaks still showed...
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    Re: Uh oh im gonna try ditch the full bee suit...

    Give a mosquito net a try. They cost less than 5$. I use them for most of my beework. Simply do up your top buttom on your long sleeved shirt, stand up the collar and use the mosquito net over a...
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    Re: Winter Beekeeping Manifesto

    Crofter, I checked with my neighbors and they wintered a double deep with a 1/2 inch round hole in top part the entrance reducer and a quilt box and a bee cozy wrap. I would find it on the risky...
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    Re: Risk of squashing the queen with patties

    Try lightly blowing on the bees with your breath. They readily vacate the area.

    I am usually wearing a mosquito net with the elastic pulled onto a rolled up collar. Makes the blowing easier,...
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    Re: Vaporizing in February

    If there is brood, 4 or 5 days between treatments is far more effective. OAV crystals only last for about three days after treatment.

    In my experience, a 7 day interval when brood is present will...
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    Re: Double NUC Setup vs two 5 frames NUCs?

    Another option is to push two five frame NUC together. If using migratory style covers can push them wood to wood. If using telescopic covers, add a piece of two inch Styrofoam between or use two...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2019

    -41C(-42F) on the 5th. Set new record low for Feb 5.
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