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    Re: Extending Shelf Life of 2:1 Sugar Syrup

    >I hate to interrupt the chemistry lecture, but, isnt the 2:1 or 1:1 by weight, not volume?

    Since the sugar comes in packages labeled in pounds and since a pint of water weighs close enough to a...
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    Re: Listen to the Music

    >That, so far, is my favorite version, as well.

    It gives me goose bumps...
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    Re: Listen to the Music

    Here's one of the prettiest versions I've ever heard of Lenard Cohen's Hallelujah:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zEqWw4IQWA
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    Re: Queen Flew Away Today (Nov 30)

    For next time:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesqueenflying.htm
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    Re: Trying in Fairbanks

    I'm certainly not saying it can't be done. I'm just pointing out the issues.
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    Re: Convert deep nucs to mediums?

    I have cut down five frame deep nucs that I bought used or already had, but I've never had trouble finding medium nucs to buy new...
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    Re: Mud Dauber in foundation

    Get a stiff scrub brush. Use soap and water.
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    Re: Whats your definition of feral bees?

    > how do you tell if bees are feral?

    They are noticeably, significantly and obviously smaller. Sometimes they have been observed living in that spot for years or even decades.
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    Re: Whats your definition of feral bees?

    What I would mean is what was at one time domestic bees that have been surviving multiple years on their own.
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    Re: 8 frame equipment

    You can always build your own to 13 7/8" and it will only be 1/16" on each side difference either way.
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    Re: Trying in Fairbanks

    I agree, your problem isn't so much the cold as the length of winter and the shortness of the days.
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    Re: Moisture Content

    Honey will pick up moisture from the air very quickly. And maybe the moisture isn't the same everywhere in your honey, but being hydroscopic it should equalize fairly quickly. Crystallization will...
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    Re: Trying in Fairbanks

    Greg may be right. Maybe you need to find the right bees for that far North. Certainly in Nebraska overwintering with California bees was not very doable nor Georgia bees...
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    Re: Question about Varroa and EFB

    Considering the come back that EFB has made in recent years, I would say that's a valid question. My guess is yes.
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    Re: Cell size survey.

    >...for 20 years he observed a bee nest in a non-separable straw hive and concluded: despite the old age of the combs, the bees did not become smaller as many stated.....

    >So much for the natural...
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    Re: Trying in Fairbanks

    If you were from Anchorage on south I would say overwintering bees is pretty doable. I don't know about Fairbanks... Maybe you need to move them South for the winter.
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    Re: Slatted Rack Difference

    >As best I can tell, he was also the one who turned the slats 90 degrees to match the frames above. Still kept the 4" board in the front.

    The slats were not turned to go parallel to the frames...
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    Re: Definition of "Artificial Swarm" ??

    >The mix-dumped packages on the other hand - a coin toss.

    True. Someone (Dean Stiglitz or Sam Comfort) said a swarm is like you and your friends decide to go start an organic farm and you go...
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    Re: Global Warming

    I can see that we have reached the point already where someone with a low IQ is already somewhat useless as most of the jobs that are just physical and just repetitious have been automated. That may...
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    Re: Definition of "Artificial Swarm" ??

    >PS: the package is - neither swarm or split - just chaotic pile of unrelated bees sold by the pound - it is bulk insect packaging/shipping method for pure commercial purposes

    While I agree there...
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    Re: Definition of "Artificial Swarm" ??

    In my view, an artificial swarm is basically the equivalent of a package except probably from one hive. A split involved combs as well as bees. A swarm only involves bees and a queen.
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    Re: Global Warming

    >Surely you must admit that automation has made certain jobs no longer require humans to complete them?

    Since automation started there is the theoretical idea that we will all eventually be...
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    Re: Global Warming

    >...but I think we need to look hard at technology that makes humans redundant.

    The idea that machines would replace us has been around since machines were invented. It's now several centuries...
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    Re: Is the Bee-Space necessary ?

    Bee space is pretty handy to keep combs where you want them and not where you don't want them. But, of course, the bees don't care...
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    Re: Mouse invades hive. Watch it happen!

    http://www.bushfarms.com/images/EntranceReducerBaffle.jpg

    This is a popular device around here. You get three pieces of lath 4" long (3/8" x 1 1/2" x 4") and a piece of 3/8" plywood that is 14...
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