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Measuring remaining stores.
« on: February 05, 2013, 08:50:51 AM »
I have been monitoring the remaining winter stores of my colonies using the rear tip method. I was thinking of using a fish scale and a hook to get a more compareable idea of what's inside. Anyone think it's worthwhile?
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Re: Measuring remaining stores.
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2013, 09:05:34 AM »
It can't help but be more accurate.

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Re: Measuring remaining stores.
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2013, 03:00:11 PM »
I have been monitoring the remaining winter stores of my colonies using the rear tip method. I was thinking of using a fish scale and a hook to get a more compareable idea of what's inside. Anyone think it's worthwhile?

You have so high tempreture in South Carolina that you may peep inside how much you see capped food.

20C
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Re: Measuring remaining stores.
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2013, 05:52:12 PM »
More than that Finski, I'm seeing some pretty heavy Orientation Flights. I just ordered 500 frames and 100 pounds of foundation. I just haven't seen any drones on the landing boards. When I do I'll start making Splits. If I understand correctly, You should only do that when the night time lows are above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2013, 05:56:10 PM »
You should only do that when the night time lows are above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

In Finland normal good summer day is 20 C and nights 10c.  At the beginning of summer it may go frost side up to date 10.6
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Re: Measuring remaining stores.
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2013, 10:46:16 AM »
I just heft them, but if you want accurate numbers, use the scale first on the back, then on the front and add the two numbers together.
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Re: Measuring remaining stores.
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2013, 11:59:56 AM »
Finski, Finland sounds like my kind of place. Our over night lows can be about 32 degC at 98% relative humidity.

Michael, that makes sense.  I was just thinking about a comparison hive to hive. Your method will get you real close.
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« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2013, 01:31:01 PM »
Finski, Finland sounds like my kind of place. Our over night lows can be about 32 degC at 98% relative humidity.



Just now we have 2 feet snow.

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« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2013, 06:04:19 PM »
Finski, that looks like my home town did when I was a kid. A little place in WVa called Richwood. I have fond memories of walking to school with 2ft of snow on the ground. It just isn't that bad.

Can I ask a question off topic? How long will the oxalic acid solution remain fresh if refrigerated?
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Re: Measuring remaining stores.
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2013, 06:17:12 PM »


Can I ask a question off topic? How long will the oxalic acid solution remain fresh if refrigerated?

Some months, but it is so cheap that I do allways a new solution.
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