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    Re: Winter Feeding question

    Well, whenever I've come across a colony which is anywhere near running out of stores - the bees have always been found at the top of their combs. Which is why I now place an inverted jar containing...
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    Re: Winter Feeding question

    FWIW - imo emergency feed really needs to be above the combs, and so this is one solution I had planned to try with an overhead feeder in mind:

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    Re: Winter Feeding question

    Recommend you deploy the feeder well before Winter so that significant amounts of syrup can be stored and capped within the combs themselves - which is where the bees put it, because that's where...
  4. Re: DON'T Smoke 'um if you got 'um OR How I Ditched My Smoker

    I tried spraying peppermint scented water a few times - usually for the odd 'in-and-out in a few seconds'-type of occasions, and yes - it does sorta work. But for general purpose use nothing (imo)...
  5. Re: One more post about keeping a smoker lit

    A useful post.

    I tend to use softwood sawdust as a fuel, mainly because I've got lots of it (stored in plastic dustbins to keep it dry. :) )

    It smoulders (smolders in US) beautifully, but can...
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    Re: A Non-Inverting Band-Heater Vapouriser

    There's flexibility re: whatever materials are readily available in your own country - in Britain one solution for making the 'can' would be to use a 35mm copper end-feed end-cap, and attach that to...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    Hi Greg - it wasn't so much the Oldtimer/ Mischief dynamic (which I haven't been following/ don't understand/ and have zero interest in) which I was referring to, but rather that Tim Ives appears to...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    Which is EXACTLY what OldTimer was talking about a short time back: those who are successful in one set of circumstances so often proceed to assume that they have discovered 'the secret of the Holy...
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    Re: A Non-Inverting Band-Heater Vapouriser

    Last week I completed yet another sequence of treatments using 'the prototype' which was shown earlier in this thread - and personally I continue to be sold on this particular variation of the...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    Well - other than sniping at my post, you're not actually "saying anything" which is informative, either for myself or anyone else.

    Suggest you give a little more information - such as how many...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    I can't follow the logic here - how is that colony 'promising' from a TF perspective if it needed to be treated last Spring ?

    However, if I only had one colony - then I'd certainly split it as an...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    I thought OT hit the nail squarely on the head when he wrote:


    Now although OT was referring to TF techniques, this applies to so many others as well. One of my techniques - which I believe is...
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    Re: Cant' Reduce Moisture

    You could try placing an open bucket of honey in a chest freezer - assuming you have one handy ...
    LJ
  14. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    Naughty, naughty ... :no:

    I didn't say they don't need it - I said: "I don't really need to - it's purely that I want to - in the interests of keeping healthy bees."
    ... and it isn't simply an...
  15. Re: Turning a Neglected Pasture into a Bee Yard?

    Ammonium Sulphamate is an eco-friendly herbicide, if you can source it locally.

    If you fit each hive with abundant ventilation and some kind of easily operated entrance closure, then you could...
  16. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    Sure - but they'd be drawing the wrong conclusions. I'm now choosing to increase the number of treatments - primarily because it's so easy to do with the latest kit. I don't really need to - it's...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    I also don't see Oldtimer's early comment as being a bad example ... quite the opposite.

    The last two posts have revived a thread from last year, and so I scanned upwards to Mischief's post at the...
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    I don't haver a lot of faith in what I'm about to suggest, and it shouldn't really be necessary ... but ... I'm wondering what would happen if you removed the feeders on the problem hives, for (say)...
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    Re: #8 Duck Cloth Inner Cover

    Talk to any yachtie friends you may know. Disposal of old sails gives those folks a real headache, and yet an old sail - even if stretched, worn-out, damaged, paint-spattered, whatever - could still...
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    So this is established behaviour then, rather than just a temporary aberration this year ?

    I think Greg's solution to "Terminate these bees as unfit ..." is extreme but appropriate. However, I'd...
  21. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    Fine - then you use Dribble, and I'll use VOA. Both of us will be using methods which we're happy with, and so there's nothing left to argue about. I'm NOT advocating that others don't use Dribble -...
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    Re: How do I relax w/bees?

    I reckon that's been covered pretty well.


    Well, apart from the "slow and deliberate" movements - some folks swear by the use of two cloths, which cover the frames leaving a gap between them for...
  23. Thread: bee stings

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    Re: bee stings

    Well that was also my story - a long time ago. The body takes a little time to build-up antibodies, and then can over-react when it develops a supply. My arms and hands in particular would swell -...
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    Re: How do I relax w/bees?

    +1 ... before opening a hive "think Tai Chi". :)
    LJ
  25. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    I've never once used the Dribble Method, nor have I ever been tempted to use it - not because of what others say or claim - positive or negative - but for 3 reasons.
    Firstly, the presence of sugar...
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