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    Re: ants ate my queen???

    I did check in the nuc; she wasn't there. I agree that the lack of more significant remains was baffling. Still, I inspected the queen box and I saw no way for her to get out.

    One thing I forgot...
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    ants ate my queen???

    I extracted honey this past weekend and unfortunately had a queen come with my supers. I tried to be careful to take no brood frames, but apparently Murphy's Law was in effect. I was lucky to find...
  3. Re: Should I scrape this comb or let the bees build on it?

    Thank you for the response. I take it that you would remove the fins, but leave the remainder of the well-drawn comb.
  4. Re: bees drew comb under lid of bait hive - how to relocate & keep queen happy

    The trap is a box with an attached bottom, removable top, and an entrance about 1.5" in diameter on the side. You don't say what you'd do with the unframed comb other than clean it out. Would you...
  5. Should I scrape this comb or let the bees build on it?

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    Here's a frame with drawn comb from last year. It has an odd pattern, I don't know why. Should I scrape it, thinking that the bees will just build more odd comb, or will they straighten it...
  6. Re: bees drew comb under lid of bait hive - how to relocate & keep queen happy

    They are wood frames with plastic foundation, previously used in other hives.
  7. Re: bees drew comb under lid of bait hive - how to relocate & keep queen happy

    I'm in no rush. I'd happily clean up a bit more mess if they'll stick around. I assume cleaning up more mess is nothing more than just more comb to band into frames. It'd be easier to band in if...
  8. Re: bees drew comb under lid of bait hive - how to relocate & keep queen happy

    How so?
  9. Re: bees drew comb under lid of bait hive - how to relocate & keep queen happy

    Thanks. I hadn't thought about keeping the comp layout the same. I'll do that.
  10. bees drew comb under lid of bait hive - how to relocate & keep queen happy

    I set out a bait hive with three frames and a swarm moved it. Before I got around to checking on it, they had drawn several combs not on the frames, but hanging from the cover in open space inside. ...
  11. Stored brood frames out in open, but still got kind of pest.

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    I have some brood frames I had stored outside in hopes that the open air would prevent wax moth problems. I don't see the tell-tale signs of wax moths, but something still got to them....
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    Re: bees not taking syrup from hive-top feeder

    I haven't tried the bag method. I read about it, so I know what you're talking about. We barely dip below 50F over the next 10 days around here. I could try it now. 2:1 recommended?
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    Re: bees not taking syrup from hive-top feeder

    It originally was inside the hive. It is one of those feeders that sits in an empty super on top of the stack, under the top cover. Sometimes I leave it above the inner cover, thinking that the...
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    Re: bees not taking syrup from hive-top feeder

    I've had it sour in a few days is warmer weather, which is why I didn't want to put too much in initially. I didn't see any of the floating stuff I saw previously, so don't know if it was sour or...
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    Re: bees not taking syrup from hive-top feeder

    I had a relatively small amount in there. It was only about 1/4 - 3/8" deep. I was planning on filling it some more once I saw the level drop, but it never did. Actually, I've never had luck...
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    Re: bees not taking syrup from hive-top feeder

    I don't mind feeding outside, but the ones that need it most might not be the ones getting it. Plus, I've not yet found a way to do that without mass bee death. The in-hive feeders have the screens...
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    Re: bees not taking syrup from hive-top feeder

    I'm sure the answer is me just not knowing any better. Regardless, why would they not be taking it in the feeder?
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    bees not taking syrup from hive-top feeder

    I gave a couple of my light hives some 1:1 syrup about four weeks ago. I checked a couple of times and they were not taking any of it in either hive that I could see. I poured about 1/2 gallon into...
  19. Re: De-crystallizing honey - I still have crystals after 5 days @ 105F

    That's a good idea.
  20. Re: De-crystallizing honey - I still have crystals after 5 days @ 105F

    that's gonna be a long spoon
  21. Re: De-crystallizing honey - I still have crystals after 5 days @ 105F

    I've read not to go above 110F. 105F gives me some room for error.
  22. De-crystallizing honey - I still have crystals after 5 days @ 105F

    I have a 5-gallon pail of honey in a tightly controlled water bath to de-crystallize it. I measured the temperature a couple of days ago and it was at 105F, and had been in the bath already for a...
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    Re: Reducing power to OA vaporizer

    Woah!!!! That thing does look powerful. It does win the prize for VAPORIZER MOST SIMILAR TO THE USS ENTERPRISE. Most impressive, good sir.
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    Re: Reducing power to OA vaporizer

    Just as a follow up, I put some of my OA crystals in the oven @ 222F for around 20-30 minutes to dry them out. That took care of the foaming and overflowing issue I had before.
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    Re: Reducing power to OA vaporizer

    Thanks. This is probably the one you're referring to:

    https://www.beesource.com/forums/printthread.php?t=332394&page=1
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