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    Re: Wax moth prevention in storing

    >Does anyone have any idea if there's still bioactive material in expired Xentari?

    As I understand it, the powdered Bt contians both dormant bacteria and the Bt toxin. So it may have some effect...
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    Re: Totally Black Honeybee

    Robbers are often wet from honey or wax and often have their hair pulled out so they are often black and shiny. If they didn't have their hair pulled out they would be lighter in color.
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    Re: Strange Comb Honey Wax Color

    Part of it is wet and dry cappings. Part of it is recycled wax.
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    Re: High Tech Beehives

    I have noticed with an observation hive that I can tell when they are being or have been robbed by the sound. One sound in the daytime when it is happening, and a different one at night when they...
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    Re: Idea for Workshop queenrearing

    I would not assume there is no living materials. You might find a colony with some open brood so you can do grafting. You probably can't get a cell starter put together (too many bees required) or...
  6. Re: How late into the season will bees collect Propolis to seal the hive?

    >Curious if anyone here knows how late into the Fall that bees will continue to collect propolis to seal the hive?

    As long as it is warm enough.
  7. Re: Is this robbing in progress? Anything to do?

    It's hard to tell from a still shot.

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesrobbing.htm
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    Re: ALMOST new beekeeper in SW Wyoming

    Where are you in SW Wyoming? I'm 7 hours and 45 minutes from Laramie if you drive the speed limit. I should have some nucs available this spring.
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    Re: Brood break

    The days are getting shorter. Nights are getting cooler. Nectar sources are drying up. She probably stopped laying.
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    Re: ALMOST new beekeeper in SW Wyoming

    You could come to bee camp if you have a week and some money, or bee camp and work week if you have two weeks and no money...
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beescamp.htm
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    Re: Hostile combination

    Usually a newspaper combine works fine. In fact, usually you can take a queenless colony and combine with a queenright one with just a lot of smoke. But sometimes even the newspaper combine fails. ...
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    Re: ALMOST new beekeeper in SW Wyoming

    I've had bees in Laramie. The climate is pretty brutal but bees can survive there. They can also die...
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    Re: Wax moth prevention in storing

    >I recently read that you can use Cedar Shavings to prevent wax moths.

    Not true. It does not work on wax moths.
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    Re: Robbing

    Robbing:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesrobbing.htm
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    >Throw away any of those bee books that you have that were written prior to 1990, no matter how famous the author was, because you can no longer keep bees "like Daddy Kept bees", and you must use the...
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    Re: Top Bar Feeding

    >they will build all kinds of things everywhere inside and outside and without any bars

    Exactly. Which is why I would ALWAYS leave bars in any space they can get access to.
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    Re: 8 frame equipment

    The South seemd to have 13 3/4" as the standard. The North has 14" as the standard. Thre is only a 1/8" each side if you put one on top of the other. You can buy 8 frame equipment from Western Bee...
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    Re: Top Bar Feeding

    As long as there are bars on the other side of the follower, if the bees every move there it's not a problem. it's doubtful they will. One way to feed a top bar hive is to take one of those fed ex...
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    Re: Harmful to feed bees melter honey?l

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesterms.htm#h

    Hydroxymethyl furfural = A naturally occurring compound in honey that rises over time and rises when honey is heated.
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    Re: ELA WF Honey, Made in Delaware

    Thanks.
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    Re: Harmful to feed bees melter honey?l

    I always sell my melter honey as baking honey. It sells in bulk so it's not a lot of work to market it. I'm afraid of the HMF in the heated honey harming the bees.
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    Re: ELA WF Honey, Made in Delaware

    What is "ELA WF honey" ?
  23. Re: possible reconfiguration with frame feeder (to avoid it becoming a beetle hotel?)

    The "secret" of course is to have the frame feeder always in the top box. But I assume you have a deep feeder and medium boxes. I have medium frame feeders in medium boxes. Still, I have many...
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    Re: Buying an Extractor....

    >Putting drawn supers onto 20 colonies we EASILY make that back in the first round of putting empty drawn supers on the colonies so they can just fill them up and not have to draw new comb.
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    Re: Grafting from a friends hive

    Setting up a swarm box:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enUAOPyWrg8
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