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    Re: How do I relax w/bees?

    When inspecting hives, be mindful of weather and time; avoid dreary, damp weather (rain threatening), and inspect after most foragers are gone.
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    Re: What causes bee paralysis?

    There is a testing laboratory at North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, which has developed a panel for testing your submitted sample of bees to determine the existence of eleven (11)...
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    Re: Beekeeping Trailer

    Impressive. Only needs a ramp (portable), and an ice cream freezer (or beer cooler) to make it perfect.

    As I typed, more examples were added- all proof that beekeepers are imaginative, and...
  4. Re: Best way to insulate and ventilate my hive for winter in Iowa

    The U of Minnesota has developed a poster that will answer your inquiry about hives in northern winters - here is the link:

    https://www.beelab.umn.edu/sites/beelab.umn.edu/files/poster_163.pdf
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    Re: Is it just me, or do you see it too?

    dr4ngas is on the right track - I can see the spitting image of Sigourney Weaver; she made many dreams, some “alien” to good sleep.
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    Re: Varrox: A cautionary tale

    Vaporization from the top precludes the fire hazard posed by hanging comb.
  7. Re: Crowdfunded Smart hive for helping bees, beekeepers, and bee researchers

    Kaizen and elmer_fud are spot on! This thread’s title did not appeal to me; it suggested a need for “crowd-funding” and I do not jump on those moving trains.

    The subtle appearance of Moderator...
  8. Re: Maxant Bottling Tank: 16 gallon v. 25 gallon

    After pouring in the 3 or 4 gallons from the pail, how long does it take for bubbles (and wax particles, if any) to rise to the surface? Put another way, can bottling occur on the same day as honey...
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    Re: God Bless and hello all

    Dear Son Rise Apiaries - my comments were probably too blunt, but were not meant to offend you. As a new beekeeper, you would have no reason to know how important location is when considering...
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    Re: God Bless and hello all

    Welcome, but a warning - local circumstances dictate beekeeping practices.

    Do not pay any attention to suggestions from any member that does not identify their location, nor should anyone answer...
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    Re: Oxalic acid & honey super

    davemal - your experiments appear to have validated the effectiveness of “top vaporization”. I have found it to be a simple process, and I do not have to mess with my mouseguards (which are used...
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    Re: Oxalic acid & honey super

    The grey vapors rise toward the acrylic top and immediately flow back into the frames; there will be vapors coming out of the bottom entry if you do not cover. Always wear a respirator.
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    Re: Oxalic acid & honey super

    The vaporized oxalic acid will permeate the brood boxes and make the crystals within minutes, if not seconds. I replace the supers after all the hives in the apiary have been treated sequentially...
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    Re: Odd Comb on Plastic Foundation

    I presume the “accurate and unambiguous name for such comb” should be “parallel half comb”. I think many beekeeping people following Michael Bush would change the English language to describe such...
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    Re: Anyone know what this is

    It is called Canada Thistle in ND - sorry neighbors to the north!

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cirsium_arvense
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    Re: Black Foundation For Honey Supers

    Yup! Meant that, but do not know if I suffer from auto-correct or bad typing!
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    Re: Black Foundation For Honey Supers

    Staining eliminates cocoons, bee parts, and other natural objects.
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    Re: Black Foundation For Honey Supers

    It matters not! Enjoy!
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    Re: Team Beekeeping

    This mentoring program started April 28, 2019, after some brain-storming sessions with our core beekeepers. I lease about fifteen (15) acres of county-owned land in two (2) separate tracts next to...
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    Re: Team Beekeeping

    Our local beekeeping club has created two (2) mentoring apiaries - a total of three (3) hives under my watchful eye. Any member of our group (about 25 beekeepers) have permission to inspect the...
  21. Re: What do you use to store capped honey frames?

    Your description is probably causing confusion. Until extraction, “capped honey frame(s)” are almost always stored in the same “storage boxes sold at online bee stores” - that is, the original honey...
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    Re: Question for posters/ morning rant

    If not clear, I vote “Yes”.
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    Re: Question for posters/ morning rant

    Ravenseye’s additional language is appropriate, and succinct. If it gets too long, people tune out. I would appreciate a new beekeeper asking why “beekeeping is local”. Such a person is...
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    Re: Question for posters/ morning rant

    Administer Lee:

    I have no doubt that some people are reluctant to include identification information, but there is no reason that your company cannot require a location, perhaps as large as a...
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    Re: hive inspection

    Please add to your profile so the location is identified- many answers are dependent upon that information.
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