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TOP BAR HIVES - WARRE HIVES - LONG HIVES / Re: Spring inspection 2023
« Last post by Bob Wilson on Today at 08:45:06 am »
15, I was fortunate to organize last October...nuc boxes built, new long hive built, frames stored, etc.
FIRST INSPECTION went well. One hive was light on honey, so I pulled a frame from the other, which had plenty and added it in. I leave a total of 12 frames in each of my long hives each winter. I pull out the old comb, the drone come, and any partial frames if I can, and leave them the cleanest, honey filled frames and broodnest, which is at the front entrance. 12 frames is enough for Georgia's winter. That's 35lbs or more of honey for wintering.
« Last post by Ben Framed on Today at 06:55:36 am »
"Some good ol raccoon and sweet potatoes never fails!!" Stalekracker

Phillip, will try to find time to respond in the other thread...

Thanks William..
I have seen pseudoscorpians in my hives, but not often.  The problem is they need detritus to reproduce and most of our hives don't have much of that, though wild colonies do.  So probably the ones I see in my colonies just wandered in from somewhere and did ok, but they don't really have a way to reproduce.  I don't know what heat they can tolorate.  If you search online you can find videos of them eating Varroa mites.
My wife's brother had a sore on his forehead that came about while he was in the hospital. The doctors gave him anti-biotics for internal treatment and several salves for outside treatment. It kept getting worse for nearly a year. I suggested he put honey on it morning and night, In 3 weeks, it was gone.

That is noteworthy iddee. Thanks for posting this.

« Last post by NigelP on Today at 04:14:14 am »
If you use a laser printer (set on extra thick paper) then any standard paper labels will withstand going through a dishwasher. i.e as waterproof as you need them.
« Last post by William Bagwell on February 06, 2023, 07:55:20 pm »
Either I misread the question or it was edited after I took the survey. Only remember seeing the word 'chelifers' so answered no. Tend to skim read so could have missed pseudoscorpions.

Anyone know how tolerant of heat they are? Thermal is my only mite treatment.

Edit: Found a partial answer. Regular scorpions can survive up to 117 degrees F and someone in Texas reports finding pseudoscorpions in thermally treated hives. So at least the 105-7 F of a thermal.

Phillip, will try to find time to respond in the other thread...
I started cleaning up the apiary today in preparation for the new season.  I removed some fallen branches and some thorny weeds that grow everywhere around here; I think they are really called greenbriar, but we call them Mick Jaggers.  :cheesy:  Our dogs also tend to use the apiary as their own personal restroom all winter, so there was that job to do.  :oops:  When I was up there, I noticed one of the hives had a ton of bees out front, and the entrance was very congested.  It's still too cold to inspect, but I'm worried about them thinking about swarming, so I slapped a box of drawn comb with a little honey and pollen on top of them, and tomorrow morning when it's still cold out, I'll open a few more holes on their mouse guard.  My bee suits are in the washer right now, since every year I seem to only get them washed just in time to get them dirty again.  :grin:  I also put my mason bee straws, which I had in the garage for safe-keeping over the winter, back outside in their can, and I helped my sister tattoo one of her goat kids.     
« Last post by The15thMember on February 06, 2023, 05:15:19 pm »
Hey, thanks for bumping this, Jurassic.  I almost forgot to make my comment.  Anyone who hasn't taken the survey yet and still wants to, don't read any farther. 

I LOVE, I mean, L-O-V-E LOVE book scorpions/pseudoscorpions/chelifers.  I have seen only two in my lifetime, once on our picnic table, and once my sister found one and brought it to me.  I had NO IDEA they lived in beehives in mutualism symbiosis with honey bees, :shocked: and it makes me EXTREMELY SAD at the thought that treating for mites kills them.  :cry:  Just more motivation to try and work towards keeping bees without treating.  When I did some more looking at the book scorpions after the survey, I found this amazing article.  http://ujubee.com/?p=1104 
CRAFTING CORNER / Re: Making candle moulds from silicone
« Last post by Lesgold on February 06, 2023, 03:49:02 pm »
A couple of candles were made using different wick sizes. There was some wax that ran off the candle during the burn due to the complex shape. Burn time was well over 4 hours with a good flame throughout.

I had about a cup of liquid silicone left in the container so I made two beehive skep moulds using a wax blank that I poured from a purchased mould. Here is the result
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As you can see from the candle that was made, no detail was lost in the new candle. The new mould cost less than 25% of the original moulds purchase price.
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