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    Re: burlap for quilting box?

    interesting about the chemicals in burlap.. can't anything be safe these days?

    So- I found a roll of fiberglass window screen (basically plastic screening) that I figure would work fine/ guessing...
  2. Re: weird thing,.. curious if there's an explanation

    I found the Q first, isolated her in a quiet box and then messed around with the box organization before replacing her. So, I don't think she was damaged but I suppose it's possible...

    JConnolly:...
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    And, also, based on what you say about fall-> spring swarmers: perhaps I should pinch this queen in the spring and either let them raise a new one or introduce a new Q.
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    Thanks- that's some really helpful info. Yeah I've found out the hard way that once they get in swarm mindset it's unlikely I can change their mind.. and then I might be out the capped queen cells...
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    Re: burlap for quilting box?

    thanks!
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    I'm stumped by one of my nucs.

    It's a 5 frame 3 deep colony that was a spring split that was very successful and is full of bees. I decided, given its strength, to overwinter it keep it as a...
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    burlap for quilting box?

    I used cotton cloth last year for bottom of my quilting boxes.. am wondering if burlap ok? I can't think of any reason why it wouldn't work just as well yet all I find is mention of cotton. Anyone?
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    Re: honey moisture

    yeah, seems reasonable. I'll tell family/friends to just eat it and not plan to store it forever.

    I'm assuming heating it up like maple syrup is a nonstarter? Change taste?
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    Re: honey moisture

    Makes sense re. surface area. In retrospect perhaps I should have left it on the frames and placed them in front of dehumidifier for a few days prior to extraction.

    I'll give that a shot. For...
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    honey moisture

    hey all,

    I pulled my supers off yesterday and extracted the frames. There was a fair amount of uncapped stuff (my bees seemed to have a tough time this season capping.. maybe the high humidity of...
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    Re: getting ready for winter in PA

    Thanks J
    do you prefer the cans over in hive feeders? With cans outside the hives how do you know if each hive is getting their fair share if some colonies are stronger than others?
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    Re: getting ready for winter in PA

    yes- have been checking for mites. was at 5/100 on 2 hives so have done 2 cycles (weekly x 3 for each cycle) of OAV. I plan to do another cycle in a few weeks

    Yep- I understand about the...
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    getting ready for winter in PA

    Hi all,

    2nd season and seems like the hives are arranged differently than they were a year ago (my first fall). 3 out of 4 of my hives have drawn but empty frames in bottom box, with brood/honey...
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    Re: uugh, wax moths...

    ok- thanks. Glad that's clarified-- because googling "BTK" gave concerning results!

    I'll check that out. For now I got the flakes and I'll stack/plate of flakes as described. Thanks all,...
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    Re: uugh, wax moths...

    thanks all, this is great stuff

    I was wondering about my foundation-- most of it in frames I've already coated w wax. I didn't see evidence of moths on those but it makes sense they'd check it...
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    Thanks Ryan, that’s super-helpful.

    Thanks Ryan, that’s super-helpful.
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    uugh, wax moths...

    In the past I froze all my extracted frames and then stored in the basement next to a dehumidifier. We're tight on room down there and I tried using the garage. No good. Wax moths made fast work...
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    Re: OAV with supers on

    thanks guys, helpful. sorry- should have searched the forum before posting
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    OAV with supers on

    hi
    I'd like to treat for Varroa with OAV; I have 4 hives each w supers. I know most people remove the supers for treatment. But in the past when I've done this I feel like so many bees aren't...
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    Interesting.. hopefully passes soon. Maybe the...

    Interesting.. hopefully passes soon. Maybe the stress of combining the colonies made them more susceptible to whatever pathogen is causing. Thanks for input.
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    bunch of drunk bees out front...

    hey all,

    question: I combined a healthy nuc w great laying queen with a colony that had a drone-laying queen. Dispatched the drone queen, scraped all the drone brood and newspaper-combined. ...
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    Thanks JW.. yeah I saw that with that nuc.. a few...

    Thanks JW.. yeah I saw that with that nuc.. a few days and she was laying in partially drawn comb.. was incredible. Now I have frames of 100% capped brood.. Ok— so I jjst need to bank as much deep...
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    Edit— I see above attachment that may address...

    Edit— I see above attachment that may address jjst this question— won’t open on my phone but maybe this is spelled out there
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    Question about this. So I saw swarm cells...

    Question about this.

    So I saw swarm cells late spring in a very good colony and moved the queen and a few frames of brood and stores to a nuc where they’ve done great. But, what I found is...
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    Re: combing nuc with 8 frame hive

    thanks Steve. Seems like a safer way to let them get used to each other. And JW.. not only will they be pissed from what I'm doing but it's going to be overcast and intermittently raining tomorrow...
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