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    Re: Power For A Vaporizer

    https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/motomaster-eliminator-powerbox-1600-0112014p.htm

    Battery, inverter, charger all in one unit, and bonus, it's got big fat leads with clamps so you can use it to...
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    Re: Power For A Vaporizer

    I use the lawn tractor battery, but, it's even easier if you just leave it in the lawn tractor. Drive the tractor up to the row of hives, vaporize as many as the cable will reach, then start the...
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    Re: Whats your definition of feral bees?

    From dictionary.com
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    feral

    1) existing in a natural state, as animals or plants; not domesticated or cultivated; wild.
    2) having reverted to the wild state, as from...
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    Re: Trying in Fairbanks

    Look into what the folks in northern Saskatchewan are doing to winter bees. Fairbanks may be a bit colder, but, probably not a heck of a lot. A beehive wont notice the difference between -40 and...
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    Re: Definition of "Artificial Swarm" ??

    Wishful thinking. If the above statement was true we would have been overrun with bee colonies decades ago. Reality tells us that a healthy population throws a swarm every year, and a stable...
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    Re: Bottom Board Mite Counts

    once upon a time, 10 years ago, I was a first year beekeeper. I listed to everything folks told us, and dilligently put the sticky boards in to check if our colonies had mites. There were two...
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    Re: Definition of "Artificial Swarm" ??

    I would disagree with the need to separate nurse bees from foragers. In a real swarm you get bees of all ages. This makes sense, when the swarm heads out they will need wax makers to start a new...
  8. Re: Bee recovery after bear attack (November 21)

    If you dont have the queen, then it's a lost cause and not worth any effort to try and save them. If you do have the queen, then a quart of bees can survive, we winter colonies of that size as a...
  9. Re: Combining queenless packages into existing hives?

    I tend to agree with this. Over the years we've started packages in the spring beside wintered colonies a few times. In our part of the world, spring brood starts in earnest around Feb 15, and the...
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    Re: Laying Worker question

    The abdomen is not what stops a queen from getting thru an excuder, it's the thorax.

    Besides, a laying worker colony wont have just one worker laying eggs, there will be a bunch of them.
  11. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    Seen it a few times myself Frank. After they realize a honey crop is not an easy route to some quick money, typically the tune changes to 'I will sell nucs instead of making honey'.
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    Re: Cell size survey.

    At Apimondia one of the posters during one of the poster sessions addressed this. Very well detailed, and it showed the math error in Lee Dusby's work where she determined that 4.9 was a 'correct'...
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    Re: I need to move my hives. When is best?

    I would move them when it's convenient for me, not worry about when it's convenient for the bees. If moving 25 feet in the same yard, and there are no other hives around, the bees will find their...
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    Re: I had an Old school beekeeper check my hives

    Have to agree with Juhani. The colonies I saw in those videos had no where near enough bees to form a proper winter cluster in a box that size.
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    Re: Please Help the Kids in Oaxaca

    I see you got the link fixed, removed this one.
  16. Thread: Varroa 12%

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    Re: Varroa 12%

    https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?347723-Anatomy-of-a-mite-crash
  17. Re: Darwinian black box selection for resistance Varroa destructor

    I was at one of the talks Apimodia by a fella doing genetic analysis of the difference between one of the so called 'wild varroa tolerant' populations, and comparing it to a managed population. They...
  18. Re: Did you know Cuba is treatment-free bee island? It is.

    If you cherry pick your sources and ignore those that dont fit your views, it's very easy to develop a set of data points that do fit your views.
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    Re: Idea for Workshop queenrearing

    Bring in empty mating nucs. I've been to a number of 'queen rearing' sessions over the years, they all seem to be 'cell raising' sessions, and add 'transfer to mating nuc' as an afterthought.
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  20. Re: Should I buy an established hive in Oct in Upstate NY

    I always tell folks, in the spring starting with a full size colony puts you much farther ahead than starting with a package or nuc. OTOH, in the fall, what you are buying is winter risk, and it...
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    Re: High Tech Beehives

    That's an urban legend that has developed a life of it's own. In reality, that's not how it worked, and NASA spent $0.00 developing the ball point pen which was what they used for early space...
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    Re: First Frost Thread.

    We had our killing frost on Oct 8, that's two weeks earlier than last year and the year before.
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    Re: Buying an Extractor....

    Not really. When we bought our extractor, it was the Mann Lake 9/18. After exchange and shippiing cost us just under $1800 cdn. That's about 200lb of honey. Putting drawn supers onto 20 colonies...
  24. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    That is my experience as well. Keep empty drawn brood comb ahead of the queen so she can lay, and they stay put. But once backfill starts, the swarm has become inevitable. We have a strong flow...
  25. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    Get asked this all the time by new beekeepers in the second year as swarm season ramps up, usually after they have had one or more swarms.

    My answer is always the same. Without a decent inventory...
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