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  1. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    Robert,

    Here is one approach to insulating existing hive bodies:
    https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?350601-clong-2018-2019-Treatment-Free-Experience&p=1696903#post1696903

    For...
  2. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    FP,

    I've managed to winter one strong hive with polystryrene boxes and a lower-only entrance. Using squarepeg's modifications of Walt Wright's Checkerboard/Nectar managment method prevented...
  3. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    Joshua,

    Is this the article you referenced?

    https://www.beeculture.com/winter-management/
  4. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    Robert,

    I'm going down a similar path to yours. R10 insulation wedged into the telescoping cover year-round, with R5 on the sides year-round. The inner covers are plexiglass. No top venting...
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    Re: Is it just me, or do you see it too?

    Looks like a cross between a queen bee and a bearded dragon.
    Her wings are clipped, though.
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Russ,

    As has already been said, great job! It will be fun to see how this hive performs going forward.

    This might be a little late, but have you seen this article?
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    Re: Pre winter planing and experiment idea

    Herb,

    My thoughts exactly. Another way to approach this is to cut off all top vents, put in a solid inner cover, and put 1-2" of rigid foam insulation above the solid inner cover. Much less heat...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Russ,

    I tried to find Derek Mitchell's article online - to no avail. I even went to the local library. No access there either. I think the only way to get it free is through a University...
  9. Re: Derek Mitchell article discussing effect of higher humidity on varroa

    Russ,

    I can understand your hesitance to create a vapor barrier in you hives. It goes against conventional wisdom. But it is done the world over, including in feral colonies. In fact, in Tom...
  10. Derek Mitchell article discussing effect of higher humidity on varroa

    Derek Mitchell has another research article that addresses hive configuration and its impacts on humidity. Apparently, it also covers the implications of higher humidity on varroa reproduction.
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    I've wondered what impact insulated hives with only a bottom entrance might have on varroa. Heat conservation was the major goal, but what effect does maintaining a consistently higher humidity...
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    Re: Swarm Trapping questions

    Swarms in urban areas are good. In some cases they can be more "feral" than those caught in the country. Where I live, there are reports of bees living in the old buildings for years and years.
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  13. Re: Brag - What is the biggist hive you have had

    260 lbs with 7 10-frame mediums (6 polystyrene) and an 8-frame deep Flow Hive. Mine was lassoed to a tomato stake. I only harvested 64 pounds. The bees wouldn't put anything in the Flow Hive.
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Russ,

    The survival numbers in my apiary are 2/5, 2/4 and 4/6 the last three winters. The hives that succumbed were presumably due to varroa; two of the die-offs for sure. If I see the survival...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    JW,

    No, they don't. I have cleats holding my insulation on. The screens can't be any taller than 3" or so, to fit under the cleat. The cool think is, I can slide it right under the cleat, and...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Gregv,

    Yep, you got me. If the bees really needed to propolize the walls, they would do so. Why do I think I need to induce them to do so?

    I have one poly hive. They did fine last winter and...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Russ,

    I've read that paper. What I am failing to do is to get the surface roughed up properly. I think it is the hairy surface that gets the bees busy. The propolis photo I included show that...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Robber screen and hive body:

    The robber screen referenced in post #177 is below:

    504375043950441

    I'm not satisfied with the doors. I would like one that slides, but I haven't figured out...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    7/27/19 Report

    This spring, I checkerboarded hive #1803 Piper, using Walt Wright’s method, and inserted a couple frames using Matt Davey’s OSBN technique . One of the things Walt Wright observed,...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    I just got a chance to look at this thread. I haven't gotten to read the paper yet.

    https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?356341-a-scientific-look-at-mite-bombs&p=1742229#post1742229
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    JW, its reassuring to hear you and others are seeing the same. I don't worry over my hives as much as I used to, but it is still tempting to dive in and "do something." My wife says "do nothing." ...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Russ,

    Thanks for the good wishes.

    Westley was mean for about 6 weeks running. As soon as I would lift the tele-cover the bees would come boiling out and start pinging me. I've detected faint...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    7/6/19 Hive Report

    Went out to the beeyard with the intent to locate the queen in Piper. The plan was to mark her and move some eggs into an 8-frame nuc to make some queen cells. There was a...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Russ,

    Not only do bee scout for future homes before leaving the current one, they may even clean them in advance of the swarm departing!

    In the latest Beekeeper's Corner podcasts 156 & 157,...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    I don't post too much in the way of research, but my wife sent me an interesting link this morning concerning the role of RNA in honey bee colonies. I think it might have implications regarding...
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