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  1. Re: ID of the creepy powder on my hive's inner cover?

    It's appreciated, M; ventilation's always been a tricky idea for me -- I don't want the Girls to get too cold if I over-do the pennies, etc .....
  2. Re: ID of the creepy powder on my hive's inner cover?

    Thx a heap, guys. Good input. I haven't seen any issues with the Girls this winter (#s still surprisingly good, SHBs minimal [visually, at least, to me]; then again, it hasn't been much of a winter)....
  3. ID of the creepy powder on my hive's inner cover?

    I opened my "strong" hive (a deep and 2 mediums) yesterday to feed the Girls, and wasn't happy to see a greenish-yellow "powder" on top --and beneath -- the inner cover, and a little on the underside...
  4. Re: what to do with comb exposed to mothball treatment?

    Thx, Ryan -- so, you haven't seen any negative consequences arise from putting previously-mothballed-treated frames into a hive?

    Mitch
  5. Re: what to do with comb exposed to mothball treatment?

    Para-, Michael ....

    Mitch
  6. what to do with comb exposed to mothball treatment?

    Sometimes I've stored honeycomb frames (w/o mothballs) that looked pristine, only to find later they were moth-maggot-laden and ruined :eek:. This fall, I stored a group of comb-frames and placed...
  7. Re: OA dribble -- definite vol to use in a hive??

    I use wood bleach -- 35 g in 600 ml syrup.
  8. OA dribble -- definite vol to use in a hive??

    It was my understanding that each box of brood in a hive was to be treated with OA dribble. A beek colleague told me today she'd read in a packet direction that the actual vol was 50 ml per hive...
  9. acceptable temps for in-hive feeding? Best logistics?

    In eastern NC it's been fairly cold (but sunny) lately; I refrained from feeding my Girls the 2:1 in their hives -- didn't want to compromise any larvae with cold-exposure.

    OK: today has gone into...
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    Re: best way to 2:1 feed in-hive?

    I've tried using the Boardman feeders in the past; the lousy SHBs can hide between the lid and jar, and it becomes an issue (I think). I'm thinking the unused paint cans would be a better way to go....
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    Re: best way to 2:1 feed in-hive?

    Mil gracias -- just what I needed to see. I'm gonna check with the local paint store to see what I can get.
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    Re: best way to 2:1 feed in-hive?

    I have to guess they're still hungry (and/or needing supplies); whenever I put out a gallon+ of syrup, it's Katie-bar-the-door with the bees. The syrup's gone within a couple of hours. I'm assuming...
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    best way to 2:1 feed in-hive?

    I've been outside-feeding The Girls for weeks now (always a big hit with 'em), but cold weather's beginning here as of today. SO .... in 2:1 feeding them within the 3 hives I have, should I use a...
  14. possible reconfiguration with frame feeder (to avoid it becoming a beetle hotel?)

    I'm outside feeding lately (dry autumn so far, no real rains in sight, little-to-no nectar available and so-so pollen) and spoke with an engineer last night about an issue I see with using...
  15. Re: mass of dead bees in feeder's shallow "moat"; any ideas re: why?!

    OK -- it's appreciated. I have cedar shavings I could use. Would clean pinestraw be an option?
  16. Re: mass of dead bees in feeder's shallow "moat"; any ideas re: why?!

    Obliged!

    BTW, my little manuka seems to be thriving. Nice little bright-red blooms on it. Winter's not far away so that'll be the real test ....

    Mitch
  17. Re: mass of dead bees in feeder's shallow "moat"; any ideas re: why?!

    Thx much, guys; I wasn't aware the stickiness issue would be a problem. Makes perfect sense to me, though. I just dumped a gallon of syrup into a dish (no water in the lid underneath, though --this...
  18. mass of dead bees in feeder's shallow "moat"; any ideas re: why?!

    I've been outside feeding lately (using dishes of syrup placed in shallow trashcan lids with a little water in them - to keep out ants). I know the cautions about outside feeding but still choose to...
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    Re: uugh, wax moths...

    Interesting point, R -- maybe the sequence could metabolically confuse the eggs? That tactic has been shown to work under other circumstances and species; no idea re: moth eggs .....
  20. Re: Are moth eggs susceptible to paradichlorobenzene?

    OK -- if you use the "search" box and type Bt-k or wax moth treatments (along those lines), the posts should pop up.

    Re: the maggots showing after Tx .... I didn't expect that, but then again, the...
  21. Re: Are moth eggs susceptible to paradichlorobenzene?

    That's what I was told originally last year, but in the meantime, the consensus seems to be that Bt-k is as good; there're lots of posts in the Forum that indicate that (unless you have some new...
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    Re: uugh, wax moths...

    OK, fish -- I'm sort of on a crusade here this a.m., so .... I'll continue, for now: per folks with lots more experience than I, freezing doesn't kill wax moth eggs. As far as I can tell, it zaps...
  23. Re: Will bees accept wax moth damages frames and clean them up?

    You cited that you froze the frames; was this to kill off the moths? From bitter experiences -- and what all the old-time beeks tell me -- cold doesn't bother moth eggs at all. I've frozen [for a...
  24. Are moth eggs susceptible to paradichlorobenzene?

    Here's the story: I removed frames from a "collapsing" hive in summer (bee #s vanishing, etc, and some SHB maggots appearing). Froze them for 2 weeks, then stored them in large plastic bins (not...
  25. Re: OAD dosage and unwise to do a dribble during a dearth?

    Thx a million, Ark; I don't know where that 135 came from (could've been a disaster maybe).

    I think our dearth is supposed to end pretty soon (once the goldenrod starts to bloom), so .... best to...
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