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  1. Re: Electric fence charger - how do I charge my battery, and how long will it last?

    After trial and error, solar charger must be over 50+ watts.

    Energizer power makes a difference - a low powered energizer likely does not require as many watts.

    The 2 joule energizer required...
  2. Re: OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    How long have you been able to carry out this technique throughout the season?

    For instance, have you been able to do this for more than a month without the colonies swarming?

    Promising.
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    Re: Is Mann Lake operational right now?

    My desire is that they have more people to answer phone calls.

    I'm OK with driving there to pick something up, but I'm not going to be happy if I go there and the door is locked and no one...
  4. Re: OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    If a colony is getting ready to swarm (queen cells with eggs etc), will OSBN stop them, or will they just build cells wherever they want and swarm anyways?
  5. Re: Feed off, feed on, insulation off, insulation on- it's cold

    Weather in the Midwest is erratic.

    Worst May freeze.

    Supers just went on this last week, about 2 weeks later than "normal".

    Stress related diseases or chilled brood, or something was...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Welp. Today I inspected a colony that had begun the swarm, but weather wouldn't let the queen out.

    I destroyed all the queen cells, but the colony is going to fly the coop.

    The nectar flow...
  7. Re: OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    I'm quite curious to see how the colonies will react to OSBN.

    I've now seen convincing evidence that this method holds promise.
  8. Re: Can a nuc cap a nearly capped swarm cell?

    Is the amount of RJ constant until it's capped or do they slow down a day before they cap it?

    Does anyone know the answer to that?
  9. Re: Can a nuc cap a nearly capped swarm cell?

    I am in a situation where I'm not going to do that at the moment.
  10. Re: Can a nuc cap a nearly capped swarm cell?

    OK - so how long before they're finished putting RJ inside (at least how long before they put enough to make it a strong queen) ?
  11. Can a nuc cap a nearly capped swarm cell?

    Question is simple: Instead of killing the queen cells, can I have nucs finish the capping process?

    Thanks.
  12. Re: There's a fine line between feast and famine in the Spring.

    Adding the super above the brood nest prior to the cold was enough to cause #2. The colonies without extra space were OK.
  13. Re: Removing capped frames to control colony size?

    Holy crap, 200 yards?
  14. Re: Neighbor contesting our beekeeping permit - advice for the upcoming hearing?

    Regulations be damned, there's no way I would comply with anything of that nature.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    I have a colony that's out for blood.

    Any suggestions on how to fix this immediately?
  16. Re: There's a fine line between feast and famine in the Spring.

    The weather in the northeast is going back to cold and rainy for a week. Looks like I'll have to take the empty supers off again.

    If I don't take them off, they develop disease.

    This has not...
  17. Re: There's a fine line between feast and famine in the Spring.

    Still trying to figure out if the twisted uncapped larva, and the melted larva were EFB or chilled brood.

    I've seen that now after the cold snaps we've been getting.

    The color was not yellowish.
  18. Re: There's a fine line between feast and famine in the Spring.

    They were gray, twisted. Some melted.

    No orange colors.

    Did I misdiagnose chilled brood for EFB?
  19. Re: There's a fine line between feast and famine in the Spring.

    Weather has been historically erratic in the Northeast this spring.

    Tough to decide how to manage colonies.
  20. There's a fine line between feast and famine in the Spring.

    Long story short. I had a booming hive, I put a super on before this cold snap we just had. I thought they'd have no problems, they had some extra honey etc.

    Well I was wrong. What did I find...
  21. Re: Is there a minimum swarm temperature?

    I started setting up some as well.

    The problem...how will the queens mate if there's only 30% of the drones flying around?
  22. Re: Is there a minimum swarm temperature?

    OK, then when is it safe to have them make their own queens?

    Will a colony that swarms early still be able to produce quality queens, or will it fail to mate if there's few drones?

    Drones are...
  23. Re: Is there a minimum swarm temperature?

    Do you think they'll swarm if the colony is light on honey stores?

    I have some colonies with good populations but the honey is down to just 1 frame.
  24. Re: Is there a minimum swarm temperature?

    Ok...will they wait to add weight to the hives before swarming, or will they just take off on their first opportunity ?

    The weather has depleted quite a bit of their stores, and hives are getting...
  25. Re: Who manages the almond bees and how?

    Almonds are very high in oxalic acid.
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