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    True, but I should have stated that I am...

    True, but I should have stated that I am primarily growing nucs for sale and expansion, only using a portion for requeening my hives. The use of mini nucs this year was a trial for future queen sales.
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    I, too had trouble with mini nucs absconding this...

    I, too had trouble with mini nucs absconding this year. I built 10 mini nucs from the plans in Marla Spivac's book this spring with high hopes. I stocked them all with a queen cell, syrup and half of...
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    Fernhill, I have 3 of those flower pot traps, but...

    Fernhill, I have 3 of those flower pot traps, but haven't used them. The previous owners of my house left two 10'+ volleyball poles here because they were too heavy to move. They are 2.5" pipe...
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    Thanks, Peggjam. I knew I should have shaken in...

    Thanks, Peggjam. I knew I should have shaken in more bees to help defend themselves. Ah, well....we live and learn. Next time I will do better. I still am not sure what to do, I probably will leave...
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    Mating nucs being robbed!

    Hi, I was looking for some advice. First off, Tuesday I placed 25 or so ripe queen cells in nucs due to emerge by today. I put 10 in some mini mating nucs I made and they are closed up and in my work...
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    I have used those pellets for about 3 years now...

    I have used those pellets for about 3 years now and I love them. I use a propane torch to get them going, then wad a 12" or so piece of burlap on top to keep the pellets from rolling out the spout....
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    It's funny this post came up. I am a firefighter...

    It's funny this post came up. I am a firefighter and it just so happens I had two fires back to back the other night. One burned up a kitchen from an unattended pop-tart,(Strawberry if you are...
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    I've never tried it, but someone here once...

    I've never tried it, but someone here once mentioned that they put their honey in their car in full sun with windows up on a hot day. Supposedly works well. It's gotta get 140+ in there. Sure makes...
  9. Thread: Wax mix?

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    Ahh, yes. That explains alot. Wish they had been...

    Ahh, yes. That explains alot. Wish they had been more clear in the video. Thanks, Susan.....and welcome!
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    Maybe bees on a caffeine high would work faster? ...

    Maybe bees on a caffeine high would work faster? :D
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    Just finished using mine for this year. Have had...

    Just finished using mine for this year. Have had it about 4 years. Works great. I can't think of any major complaints. Next year I am getting an 18 frame motorized extractor, since my hive count has...
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    Bruce, you're right. I've been putting it off for...

    Bruce, you're right. I've been putting it off for a while now. I actually wanted to save up next year and buy one of those digital ones, but maybe I'll get one of those less expensive ones instead....
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    Wade, if you already have apistan in your hive, I...

    Wade, if you already have apistan in your hive, I would do as Brent suggested, and place them in the open away from the hives and let the bees clean them up with no worry about contamination. I doubt...
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    I have been wrestling with this humidity issue...

    I have been wrestling with this humidity issue lately, also. I have been waiting to pull my supers off for 3 weeks now, due to the extreme heat. Although there were many days above 100 degrees, the...
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    Can anyone tell me what they charge in their area...

    Can anyone tell me what they charge in their area for 5 gallons(60lbs) of honey? I have a woman who wants 5 gallons this and possibly every year. It will be supplied to her in a container with the...
  16. Thread: Wax Melting

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    Great idea about the ss pet dish, Dave. Luckily...

    Great idea about the ss pet dish, Dave. Luckily that is one thing I have in good supply around here. smile.gif
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    Halon is a gas used in fixed fire extinguishing...

    Halon is a gas used in fixed fire extinguishing systems. Sort of like a normal overhead sprinkler sytem without the water. Used mainly in places such as computer rooms full of servers and other...
  18. Thread: Wax mix?

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    Sheri, The name of the video is "Candlemaking...

    Sheri,
    The name of the video is "Candlemaking for Everyone". They were selling paraffin sheets that they got from Dadant. Dianna Sammataro(?), the now highly esteemed bee researcher, was Dadant's...
  19. Thread: Wax mix?

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    Thanks for the advice, Sheri. We were using wax...

    Thanks for the advice, Sheri. We were using wax purchased from one of the reputable suppliers in a 5 lb block since it was our first year with bees. Next time I will monitor the temp better, too.
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    Last year I got it in my head that I must try to...

    Last year I got it in my head that I must try to remove the attendants from the 3 new queens I just received. You guessed it, one queen escaped and promptly flew up into the rafters of my shop...
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    My wife and I made a few practice candles a...

    My wife and I made a few practice candles a couple of years ago using poly molds of figures and tapers. We were not happy with the results-the candles were all very soft, and some were hard to remove...
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    by Big Ed
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    Pet stores sell a spray bottle of an enzyme...

    Pet stores sell a spray bottle of an enzyme concoction that I believe breaks down the proteins in skunk spray. Works better than anything else.

    I wash my beekeeping clothing in a hunting...
  23. I meant knock the dirt off, repair, and paint....

    I meant knock the dirt off, repair, and paint. Most of his spare equipment was stored out next to his shed. Some is 20+ years old, hence the repair. I'm not too worried about disease since I know...
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    Bunny, I'm not sure where in S.E. Missouri you...

    Bunny, I'm not sure where in S.E. Missouri you are, but there is a bee club near Park Hills. Can't think of the name of it, but if you are close, I might be able to get you a phone number. I'm sure...
  25. Thread: Drought

    by Big Ed
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    7 inches below normal in St. Louis.

    7 inches below normal in St. Louis.
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