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    Re: Why use a Flume "board"?

    Commercial fume boards also are made to be warmed by the sun and hasten the evaporation of the fumigate. I use them because they work well.
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    Re: What else should I do?

    I think JWP gave you good advice. Buy two mated queens and split your hive while you still have time. If you still have a queen which appears unlikely the queens will sort things out.
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    Re: Straining honey

    Great tip. Thank you.
  4. Re: How long to freeze frames from a laying worker hive?

    I use two days minimum, I not only want to kill the brood but also wax moth and beetle eggs or larva. When laying worker hives dwindle they are not able to protect the hive as well.
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    Re: Laying Worker?

    I shake the bees off the frames and freeze them before returning them to a hive.
  6. Re: Using a Quiet Box (instead of a frame rest) and hives drapes - makes a difference

    I agree. I made my box extra deep so as not to damage queen cells.
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    The op asked in the opening post whether or not he should tear down capped queen cells or not some of us believe keeping them is the best choice. I think LJ agrees.
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    I would use the swarm cells they give you a minimum of tens days head start and that equals a lot of bees. Besides they usually make good queens.
  9. Re: Do smokers spit out embers that can cause fires?

    I put a wad of wet burlap on top of my fuel as a filter.
  10. Re: Alcohol Wash vs. Counting Drone Larve

    I don’t know the answer to your question but am intrigued, later this spring I think I will do both checks at the same time and see what I get. My guess would be that the drone count should be higher...
  11. Re: Taking queen cells from one hive to another

    MB gave the advice you requested but if it were me I would try to purchase a queen.

    Try this phone number, it is for a North Carolina queen breeder, (252) 813-4726.
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    Re: Which way to go for jacket sizing?

    Why not just get a vail and use a seperate jacket that you know fits. There are many different vail configurations to choose from and you can vary your garments to suit the weather.
  13. Re: any records (max days) for a swarm to hang out?

    I had a swarm that left the hive in mid August, clustered at the top of a 30 foot spruce, drew comb on the branch and stayed until the weather killed them in November.
  14. Re: Are there vaporized Oxalic acid failures?

    I may be wrong but I assumed that the OP is a hobbist like myself with only a few hives to manage. With only a limited number of colonies to treat I do not find OAV unmanageable and for the five...
  15. Re: Are there vaporized Oxalic acid failures?

    I check and count mites before August to determine which of my hives control mites best, those I split from if I do splits but from August on I just treat. I want healthy winter bees and I expect...
  16. Re: Are there vaporized Oxalic acid failures?

    I agree with JWP. I generally do weekly treatments from the second week in August, (that is my last honey harvest) through October.

    I do a treatment just before adding supers the first of May. I...
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    Re: brood box is full

    Bees swarm even when they are not overcrowded, you should inspect regularly and check for queen cells. If you find qc then you have decisions to make. You should not assume that any particular...
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    Re: Brushy mountain box comatibility

    I agree with MB that stacking the boxes should not be an issue; however, you may have an issue with telescoping covers. I started with 13 3/4 boxes from Dadant also their covers. I have switched to...
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    Re: Is my idea brilliant or stupid?

    I know she said electric knife but I took her to mean a hot knife :scratch:
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    Re: Is my idea brilliant or stupid?

    I plug my electric knife into a power strip and switch it off when not needed. From what you describe your suggestion is more or less the same thing. I started with a cold knife and quickly changed...
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    Re: Bearding On Swarm Trap

    :thumbsup:that is my thinking also.
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    Re: location no longer required?

    Seems to me we should just point out the issue to the poster and ask that they update their profile and explain that it is for their benefit.
  23. Re: Foam roller or Foam Brush for Adding Wax

    :thumbsup: I agree, I use a foam roller and it covers well.
  24. Thread: Bbq hive

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    Re: Bbq hive

    I made a bee vaccum for less than $50 that would do the job. Search for nwnjba gadget garage on youtube to see it.
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    Re: Mediums for Brood?

    I use three 8 frame mediums for brood with a qe and medium supers for honey. In mid August I remove the excluder and add another brood box. I winter with 4 boxes and then start all over again in...
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