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    Re: Is it possible to graft too young?

    Agreed - but Darwin never said "best" in the sense of highest performing - he said "best fitted" (as in "survival of the fittest" - which were actually Wallace's words, not Darwin's) - meaning best...
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    Re: Is it possible to graft too young?

    Never heard the term "Pritchard box" before - I guess it's the same as the "Dutch Cage" Laidlaw mentioned in one of his books ? I tried for ages to get more info on this rare beast called a Dutch...
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    Re: Sugar OAD or sugarless

    I've no idea how you came by those figures, but anyway - the document linked to appears to contain a flaw.

    Sublimation:
    G1 - OA sublimation with Q caging. Yellow - 98.55%
    G2 - OA sublimation...
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    Re: Warre progression question

    Such a rapid feeder is the very last style of feeder to use - because - the OP only has four combs. There would be a very real risk of that colony becoming 'honey-bound' (or more correctly...
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    Re: best mineral supplement (salt)

    Animal salt-licks would be my 'best guess' too - but it's only a guess. I've also frequently thought about supplying a dose of those trace elements which are added by NFT (Nutrient Film Technique)...
  6. Thread: Bad Queen?

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    Re: Bad Queen?

    As I see it, there are two problems here, not just one. The first is that something strange is happening to eggs laid in the subject hive. The second problem is that we are almost midway through...
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    Re: Bad Queen?

    That would have me scratching my head too. What I'd be tempted to do in this situation is pinch a frame of BIAS (Brood In All Stages) from the second hive you mentioned, mark it clearly, and give it...
  8. Thread: Herbicide

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    Re: Herbicide

    I take it you are aware that this thread is five years old, and that the OP hasn't posted for four years ? So if I were you I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for him to reply about your use of old...
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    Re: Herbicide

    Consider using Ammonium Sulphamate (English spelling) - it's just about the most ecologically responsible broad-spectrum herbicide there is. I use it principally for controlling Mare's-Tail, on...
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    Re: Bee watering station

    I was referring to people, not bees.
    LJ
  11. Re: Foundationless 'Gold Dust' - well, almost.

    Hi Greg - I was a bit surprised to see so much drone comb at the top of those frames. Towards the bottom wouldn't have surprised me, as that - to my way of thinking - would be fairly appropriate.
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    Re: Bee watering station

    FWIW - this is more typical of drinker traffic here on an average day:

    https://images2.imgbox.com/a1/68/y3Ly64Xk_o.jpg


    BTW - anyone who disinfects a drinker and likes it to be uber-clean,...
  13. Re: Foundationless 'Gold Dust' - well, almost.

    FWIW - I did try a slightly tighter 30mm ( 1 3/16 inch ) spacing with some larger (14" x 12") frames which also produced 100% worker comb, but there were some drone combs already present in the box,...
  14. Foundationless 'Gold Dust' - well, almost.

    About two weeks ago whilst I was researching some British weather-related queen-rearing problems, I ran across a real gem in Thomas Cowan's 'British Beekeepers Guide Book' where there were no less...
  15. Re: Isolation and Ventilation, I'm overthinking this, aren't I?

    Ben - I owe you an apology. I had assumed (always dangerous ...) that you were a beginner, looking at the building of a KTBH through rose-tinted spectacles, :) but it seems you have some mileage...
  16. Re: Isolation and Ventilation, I'm overthinking this, aren't I?

    Not much traffic ? Can't say I'm surprised.

    I once made a KTBH. I'm not going to bad-mouth that type of hive, as it does have some redeeming features - but I will bad-mouth the absurd idea of...
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    Re: Is anybody else having a hard season?

    Sorry to hear that. Normally that's my story - but so far this year it's been the best season ever - partly due to excellent weather, but also the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in reduced...
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    Re: Warre progression question

    Sorry my reply was a bit rushed - I was on my way out of the door ...

    As you mentioned "honey" that suggests you have other hives ? Have you considered pinching a few combs of capped brood from...
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    Re: Warre progression question

    Four combs is not going to get those bees very far. Yes - feed.

    I don't know what you mean by "honey on a stick" - what's that for ?'

    If you've got a quilt box or whatever on top of the Warre...
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    Re: I must be an awful keeper

    If I understand the above correctly - that would suggest that your losses are due to an apiary-specific cause.
    LJ
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    Re: Missing queens

    For sure the Post Office has different levels of service - which involve different scales of payment and different levels of compensation.

    But what I was hoping to convey is that proof of posting...
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    Re: Comb Guide Length

    Personally, I like to see holes/gaps at the top corners of combs. Think about "how do the bees move from one comb to another" during Winter. If combs had solid top and side attachments, then the...
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    Re: Missing queens

    Different countries, different systems - but over here the onus is upon the seller to demonstrate delivery was effected - i.e. that the correct signature was obtained by the Post Office. Otherwise...
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    Re: Queen Excluder type

    Blow torch on stainless sure, but only use a hot-air gun on galvanised - unless you want therm to rust.
    LJ
  25. Re: Drones hanging on outside of robber screen

    With the robbing season almost upon us, a few days ago I toured the apiary checking on anti-robbing screens - and found two hives on which I'd taken them off and then promptly forgotten about them....
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