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    Re: My 21 deep frame observation hive

    I was asked to consider doing a breakout session at the state field day which I think is in March. But, I was told I would only have 20 minutes. So, I wouldn't be able to cover a lot. I'm still...
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    Re: My 21 deep frame observation hive

    Each frame is in its own box, so I slide dividers between them and take one box out at a time.
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    Re: My 21 deep frame observation hive

    I have maintained it as a single colony. They have plenty of space and havenít gotten overly crowded. So, I normally donít need to swap out frames. But, they did go through the usual reproductive...
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    Re: Bees gathering chicken feed

    I keep dry pollen substitute out for mine. If it is warm enough to fly, they will find something somewhere even if it causes problems for other people. Some other beekeepers here in Missouri have...
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    Re: Is Acrylic paint okay to use?

    I have acrylic paint on all of mine that aren't wax dipped. I haven't had any issues.
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    Re: Winter feeding and excess stores

    The issue you can have with continued feeding is that they back fill the brood area and the queen has no where to lay. As long as that is not an issue, it doesn't hurt to feed if you want but it's...
  7. Re: Iowa USA - How many deep boxes for brood chamber?

    A lot of it boils down to your own personal preferences. Most beekeepers here in Missouri use 2 deeps. Some use 1 deep, but usually have to feed them in the winter because they donít have all the...
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    Re: Winter mite treatment results puzzling

    The only reasons I have seen OAV treatments with results like that are: 1. not broodless (happens more often than most people think this time of year) 2. vapor did not rise up into the cluster (with...
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    Re: Sting kills H Bees?

    The stinger usually gets stuck when they sting a mammal and the bee dies. When they sting other insects like other bees, the stinger may or may not get stuck depending on where they sting and how...
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    Re: Cherry Blossom Honey

    It depends on what else is growing and blooming around you. You would probably need at least several acres of them to even taste a difference in the honey and many acres to get mostly cherry blossom...
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    Re: Extending Shelf Life of 2:1 Sugar Syrup

    Just feed it to them as 2:1. All I feed anymore regardless of the time of year is 2:1 or extra heavy 2.5:1. bees do great on it.
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    Re: Small winter cluster

    Is this your only hive? If you have another one, use a double screen board and put them over a strong hive. If not and you really want to save them, I'd put them in an observation hive inside or put...
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    Re: Treat Package Before Installation?

    Treating bees while still in the package is sometimes done, but mostly in other countries. No, there are no issues with absconding or with queen acceptance that I am aware of. I have done it and...
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    Re: Observation Hive Help/Opinions Needed

    There are a lot of variables with observation hives. If possible, post pictures of the hive, air vents (possible too much ventilation), entrance, etc. Also, if you have an infrared thermometer,...
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    Re: Lowest observed foraging temperature

    I've seen them foraging in the Spring on sunny days when it was 38 degrees.
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    Re: Varroa 12%

    Treat all your hives ASAP! If there isn't much sealed brood, pull the sealed brood and freeze it. Treating the hive with OAV after you pull the brood will decimate the mites. Then, feed them...
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    Re: ap23 and candyboards

    Adding dry pollen sub to the candy boards will accomplish 2 things: 1. help bees raise brood. 2. Give small hive beetles a place to reproduce. I don't add it because there are lots of small hive...
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    Re: Moisture Box for Overwintering

    I have used them for several years now and I like them. I put a piece of old warn out knit blanket in it (to keep the cedar shaving from falling through) and then pour cedar shavings on top of that....
  19. Re: Hive is Creating and Destroying Queen Cells--But Why?

    Yes, I have seen both of those things. There are multiple variables involved so I will just give you a couple of things that could cause them. The creation and destruction of queen cells with a...
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    Re: OAV with honey supers

    How has this worked out for you? Did you have any problems with inserting your board?
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    Re: What do bees do with blood and urine?

    My bees have a water source nearby. So, the only times I have seen them drinking urine and sucking water from poop is when there was a lack of pollen available and they were raising brood. I have...
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    Re: Miller Feeders

    I use both the wooden and the plastic insert miller feeders. The plastic insert provides beetles and sometimes bees to hide unless caulked or otherwise sealed between the insert and wooden box. ...
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    Re: OAV and Brood damage

    I did an OAV treatment on an observation hive on August 26th. There was some brood present: both capped and uncapped. I did not see any brood die off. I have, however, seen them pull a limited...
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    Re: Requeening Without Attendants

    From what I've read and seen, it's so negligible that you don't need to worry about it as long as you leave the queen in the cage long enough for complete acceptance.
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    Re: Robbing of queen castles

    As long as the robbing screen is built right and doesn't cause a traffic jam of bees trying to get out and/or in and is easy for the bees to figure out how to get out of it, it should not cause a...
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