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    Re: Taranov split modified

    Well, I can't follow exactly what you're doing - but that's only because it's early morning over here and I'm in a rush, having a very demanding day ahead of me - but - this is what I'd do in those...
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    Re: A second incubator ?

    Well, I can't remember now how it was that I even thought of this idea. It's not something I would try 'just for the hell of it' - maybe it had something to do with mated queens in mailing cages...
  3. Re: Nicot Laying Cage - complete success !!

    Hi Greg - now I understand - fully agree with the "Hawaii to Alaska" aspect - crazy or what ?

    Dunno about dinks - if you were anywhere near this locale, you'd be welcome to take your pick from the...
  4. Re: Why doesn't OA vaporization kill open brood?

    On what basis are you thinking that ?
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    A second incubator ?

    Bl##dy British weather ...

    Right now I have a large number of newly-emerged virgins waiting to go into nucs - only the heavens opened-up yesterday and I couldn't get out into the apiary. Those...
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    Re: What do i call my queens?

    Hi Terence.
    IF (big 'IF') your original queens were 100%-ers, then you could call your queens "F1 Saskatraz" - or "Saskatraz F1's".
    Although 'F1' is actually an abbreviation used to describe a...
  7. Re: Nicot Laying Cage - complete success !!

    Hi Greg.
    Well, I can't remember who said this, but as far as I can recall it was related to the quality (or otherwise) of an existing queen for current purposes ( i.e. during the present season). ...
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    Re: Provap vs Sublimox vs Oxalika Pro

    Excellent video, Johno. :)

    I've not taken the plunge to drill access holes (yet ...) and have been going-in either through the front or the top, depending on the hive type - but that's a very neat...
  9. Re: Cleaning propolis Of the insides of extractor

    Try a Sodium Hydroxide-based oven cleaner - like Mr. Muscle. Works a treat at dissolving propolis on any surface which won't be damaged by NaOH. You may need to help the foam work by the use of a...
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    Re: Frames with drawn comb

    I think that speaks volumes. Although it's not 'good form' to speak negatively about other people's ideas or products, personally I wouldn't be interested in drawn comb from another person's apiary...
  11. Re: Nicot Laying Cage - complete success !!

    Thanks. For me it's been a long haul - so many years of hearing of other's successes with the Nicot 'laying cage' system - during which time I've had nothing but 100% failure. The only consolation...
  12. Re: Vertical Two queen hive - Top entrance or not?

    I sometimes run 3-queen vertical stacks - one queen in a full-sized brood box below, with two 5-frame nucs over, with a queen in each box. Each queen kept separate by the use of a QX. The nuc boxes...
  13. Re: Nicot Laying Cage - complete success !!

    Final update on this topic - the first virgin (of about 40) emerged within the incubator this evening at around 8 p.m. The 'due day' for emergence was calculated as tomorrow, so just a few hours...
  14. Re: Bees remove drawn out comb to foundation

    I see comb taken back to the mid-rib when either the comb has sustained wax-moth damage, or in order to remove dried-out and hardened pollen. In your photo, neither of these appears to be the case....
  15. Re: Subspecies identification by color pattern

    Colouration matters for those who breed specific sub-species of bee: those people who are trying to preserve particular behavioural characteristics - some of which vary significantly. It can also...
  16. Re: Is capped sugar syrup useful to a hive?

    If it wasn't for capped sugar syrup I wouldn't be able to keep bees in this locality.
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    Re: Testing a hive for defensiveness

    Closing-up a handful of hives during the night and opening them one at a time in the morning - more-or-less as Kilocharlie has just described - is a method I've used in the past for identifying which...
  18. Re: Subspecies identification by color pattern

    That picture could easily have been taken within my yard ...

    I have a few hives of pure (ex Slovenia) and F1 Carnies, where ginger/orange banding is completely absent, and a few hives of...
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    Re: Balled after Painted

    I used to think balling after marking was down to the paint smell (it undoubtedly still does play some part), but on one or two occasions when I've removed a queen in order to shake bees out from a...
  20. Re: Beeproof top bar hive screened bottom, not so much

    Have you looked at using door or window screen - the sort of stuff used to keep flying insects out of the house ? I've seen adverts for such material made from woven fibreglass (and then presumably...
  21. Re: I need to catch up quickly on my knowledge and skills....

    Wow - that was quick - a Speed of Light job :)

    BTW - he's in Ontario, Canada.

  22. Re: I need to catch up quickly on my knowledge and skills....

    It's do-able, but not advisable. Two hives is generally considered the safe minimum (so that one can support the other if either should run into trouble), but an extra nuc (nucleus hive = baby hive)...
  23. Re: Beeproof top bar hive screened bottom, not so much

    My guess is that it's the ability of the bees to get their mandibles around the mesh fibres which is the ultimate cause of plastic mesh destruction.

    One example is shown...
  24. Re: Emergency Queen Cells from Mini Mating Nucs

    Agreed - but it's not just swarm cells which are wasted. Recently, a guy posted on here who had killed both of his 'hot' queens (because he'd been advised to by some internet source) BEFORE raising...
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    Re: Egg eating bees

    Sure - I'm on your side ... This really is a curious one, and anything's worth trying. I agree with your thinking - it may just work and can't do any harm.

    I've done a quick Google, and it...
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