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  1. Thread: Spring nucs

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    Re: Spring nucs

    Maybe consider walk away spilts. You will control getting too many hives and save buying queens.

    Pull the existing queen and few frames of brood to a NUC or full super(follower boards would be...
  2. Re: 6-framer - larger-scale, commercial grade, mobile operator

    "Each unit can go up to 12 boxes (before hitting the roof)."

    Above probably explains the reason for 6 framers. Working 35 pound supers of honey off of a?step ladder, twelve supers high would be a...
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    Re: Bottom Board Mite Counts

    There are two different types of sticky board mite counts.

    First one, and one thread started with is daily dead mite drop. Our Apiarist advises to total dead mite drop over a three day period. ...
  4. Thread: OAV overdose?

    by mgolden
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    Re: OAV overdose?

    What is the purpose of the ?foil perimeter sleeve?

    Is the entrance being reduced to keep out mice?

    What is climate like where screen bottoms are being used for venting? What is average daily...
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    Re: Low cost bee box construction

    An option is to cut to 9 inches deep and then add 5/8 shim on top. The width of front and back shim is 3/8 less than 2x stock, to provide the rail for frames to rest on.
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    Re: Power For A Vaporizer

    Sorry, the Pro Vap 110 is the $700 price.

    Shipping, exchange at 1.3 times, and possible duty at the border makes items from US pricey. Maybe the free trade agreement will get signed and...
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    Re: Power For A Vaporizer

    The Easy Vap is an expensive item. They cost around $700 here and need to add the mask cost as well.

    The Varrox is in the $200 range and mask is less of a need(there is little vapor that escapes...
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    Re: Power For A Vaporizer

    Need to check the wattage needs of the particular vaporizer. I just checked my Varrox and it is 150W.
  9. Re: new beehive designed to stop bees from dying over winter, and to have 24/7 monito

    When cluster cannot move because of extreme cold stretch and can't get to honey stores, does it die from starvation or did cold cause the starvation? Doesn't matter much, colony is dead.

    Best to...
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    Re: 18% ABV Sweet mead

    Suggest you also try Melomels(Honey and Fruit).

    Just about to bottle some blueberry. 2 pints of crushed blueberries in 4 gallons. Good taste and beautiful reddish purple color. Fermented...
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    Re: Mountain Camp - proactive or reactive?

    I put sugar above/on the frames, proactively. I consider it cheap insurance against starvation and value the surplus frame(s) of honey in the spring to relocate to light hives or to use to start...
  12. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    This is not my experience. I quite like a band of honey near top of top brood box. Once I get this and nectar/honey in first honey super, I can remove the queen excluder. I find an excluder to be...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  22. 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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