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  1. Re: Beeproof top bar hive screened bottom, not so much

    Have you looked at using door or window screen - the sort of stuff used to keep flying insects out of the house ? I've seen adverts for such material made from woven fibreglass (and then presumably...
  2. Re: I need to catch up quickly on my knowledge and skills....

    Wow - that was quick - a Speed of Light job :)

    BTW - he's in Ontario, Canada.

    'best
    LJ
  3. Re: I need to catch up quickly on my knowledge and skills....

    It's do-able, but not advisable. Two hives is generally considered the safe minimum (so that one can support the other if either should run into trouble), but an extra nuc (nucleus hive = baby hive)...
  4. Re: Beeproof top bar hive screened bottom, not so much

    My guess is that it's the ability of the bees to get their mandibles around the mesh fibres which is the ultimate cause of plastic mesh destruction.

    One example is shown...
  5. Re: Emergency Queen Cells from Mini Mating Nucs

    Agreed - but it's not just swarm cells which are wasted. Recently, a guy posted on here who had killed both of his 'hot' queens (because he'd been advised to by some internet source) BEFORE raising...
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    Re: Egg eating bees

    Sure - I'm on your side ... This really is a curious one, and anything's worth trying. I agree with your thinking - it may just work and can't do any harm.

    I've done a quick Google, and it...
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    Re: Egg eating bees

    This doesn't make a whole lot of sense (to me), because if the colony was short of protein, then you'd think that the queen wouldn't be laying eggs in the first place ... But yes - why not ? - try a...
  8. Re: Beeproof top bar hive screened bottom, not so much

    The ideal material I believe in your country is called "No.8 Hardware Cloth".

    One good (and cheap) source of mesh can be old fireguards at Bring and Buy sales - but they usually do need a few...
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    Re: Horrible mating numbers

    For others - I can't emphasise enough the importance of anti-robbing screens, especially when working with nucs in a single-yard apiary. This is a shot of robber-scouts trying to gain access to a...
  10. Re: Retired veterinarian bees have no nectar sourcears

    Dogmech - as a vet, you'll be familiar of course with the concept of a Basal Metabolic Rate - and for all intents and purposes, a honeybee colony can be considered to have the same. So - if you were...
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    Re: a scientific look at 'mite bombs'

    A "scientific look" - or a suggested semantic fudge - to put the blame for mite re-infestation elsewhere than on the presence of a terminally infested hive ? Robbing in an innate component of bee...
  12. Re: Beginner Queen Rearing using the Joseph Clemens Starter/Finisher

    Just sticking my oar in on this thread to say a few things - firstly, imo it's one of the most valuable threads on the forum and I'm surprised that it hasn't yet been made a 'sticky'.

    Secondly,...
  13. Re: Beginner Queen Rearing using the Joseph Clemens Starter/Finisher

    Quite right - or even more than two ...

    Laidlaw writes (about a guy who operated a 3-day cycle):


    The guy being referred to was using several (!) 15-frame boxes inside a custom-made building...
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    Re: Bee carrying another bee away

    That's a classic example of an 'undertaker bee' in action - the bee being carried away would have been dead. It can look like wresting, but it's just the undertaker bee trying to get a good grip....
  15. Re: Nicot Laying Cage - complete success !!

    I'm sure genetics IS important - but I seem to remember someone with a good reputation within the beekeeping world saying something like: "a well-fed queen of poor genetics is better than a...
  16. Re: Nicot Laying Cage - complete success !!

    Bearing in mind that some of these larvae are going to become queens and not just bog-standard workers - I'd be very worried that their development would be seriously affected by even a brief period...
  17. Re: Nicot Laying Cage - complete success !!

    Hi Terence - I think this workaround is certainly worth trying if egg removal is the presenting problem, and if you should decide to try it I'd be most interested to hear how you got on.

    I agree...
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    Re: Drawing comb in super

    Suggest you put one or two already drawn combs near the centre of the box to act as a 'ladder' - once the bees have easy access to the top of the box, then they'll happily draw comb downwards from...
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    Re: Feeding a queen castle

    A slight variation ...
    I leave my feeder holes completely open - that way I can feed syrup, damp-set sugar or fondant through the same holes.
    LJ
  20. Re: Is it important to feed hungry bees protein?

    All I do in this situation is feed plain white sugar in some form - fondant preferred - or damp-set crystallised table sugar if fondant's not available.

    Feeding pollen or pollen substitute may...
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    Re: Hatching Queens into Mason Jars

    I fully agree - if you can 'introduce' them within the first 2 days of emergence - then they can just walk into a queenless hive, with the other bees not even noticing them.

    After two days it...
  22. Nicot Laying Cage - complete success !!

    This thread is essentially an extension of: https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?353459-Some-misc-Nicot-chat ... but the story I'm about to relate may be of value to others (perhaps ?),...
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    Re: Hatching Queens into Mason Jars

    Hi - my thanks to YOU for reminding me of a method I'd thought about several times over the last year or two but had been side-tracked from working on it while I kept trying to get the Nicot...
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    Re: Oxalic acid vaporizer

    Some of us have been using VOA since before most of you guys ever heard of it. Are you seriously telling me that if the operator is standing 30 feet away - or 60 feet away - then they're still at...
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    Re: Oxalic acid vaporizer

    You only need Personal Protection Equipment if you 'get up close and personal' to the hive being treated. If you operate the dosing equipment from a modest distance away - and upwind of the hive -...
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