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    Re: Shafted on Shipping

    I'm fortunate to live about an hour away from a Dadant store, so I rarely have to worry about this. But on occasions where I knew I was going to need something before I would have a chance to get...
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    Re: Nectar flows in Michigan

    I think it's more about the mild, wet spring and summer we've had. It hasn't been so hot as to scorch anything, and we've had a few stretches around me where I considered watering garden/fruit...
  3. Re: Harvesting Honey Soon - Looking for input

    Sounds similar to what I made, though I used a metal trash can for mine, which is also powered by a drill. I also wrapped the bottom of the can with eavestrough heating cable (that you lay in your...
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    Re: Nectar flows in Michigan

    And Mike, if you REALLY can't find anything to do with all that honey, I'd be more than happy to make the drive over and take it off your hands for you. :D You know, because I'm such a nice guy.
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    Re: The joys of buckwheat

    Buckwheat is fantastic for the bees, and grows in just about any soil conditions, without having to do too much in the way of soil additives.

    I planted buckwheat for the first time last year,...
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    Re: weighting bees

    I was always close on my max weight, so I always weighed nekkid.
    Our Admin clerk hated me.
  7. Re: Harvesting Honey Soon - Looking for input

    I also built my own extractor (4 frame, powered) and I use a bread knife/cappings scratcher to remove cappings. I drain the extractor into 5 gallon buckets fitted with a 600 micron filter. From...
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    Re: Nectar flows in Michigan

    Wow, I wish I had your problems!
    I've also got 4 hives, and I'm sitting with two supers on all, and fixing to add a third in the near future. After I went out today, I saw a lot more traffic than...
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    Re: Uncapping/Extractor Room Floor

    Last year was the first year I extracted inside (previous year was in the garage, which is of the, shall we say, ventilated? type, so even closing the door doesn't keep the bees from looking for...
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    Re: storing dry supers--are SHB a problem?

    As pndwind said, SHB shouldn't be a problem. I like to stack mine just like they're on the hive with a cover on top, and I wrap some painters tape around the joints to make double sure nothing gets...
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    Re: Nectar flows in Michigan

    Down south a bit from you, we're just hitting a lull, which works out all right for me, because my buckwheat is just starting to flower again. :D
  12. Re: Ideas for cheap/easy ways to remove supers

    If you have the appropriate inner covers, buying some plastic bee escapes is really quite cheap, and has worked great for me. I always put the bee escapes on the day before I want to pull the...
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    Re: What not to do in a dearth...

    I usually leave all of my equipment outside my basement door (I do my extracting in the basement) for a day or two, and I have LOTS of company come over to clean up my mess. I've noticed a few...
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    Re: Girls not using bars

    I did use a follower board, but there was a few inches of gap between it and the last bar, because I was experimenting with placing a board man feeder inside the hive, and wanted it out from under...
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    Girls not using bars

    I installed a package of Italians one week ago today. At my three day check the bees had built 4 good sized chunks of comb from the roof, as I had only given them 10 bars to start with. After...
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    Re: New Smoker Design

    That really is quite brilliant, and when you're looking for field testers, I suppose I could do you a huge favor and take one off your hands and give you feedback. ;) In all seriousness though, that...
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    Re: Anyone still shipping packages?

    A few days after my bees showed I was out of state for a week. I bought a couple of 1 gallon chicken waterers from tractor supply ($6 or so). Put those on the top of the frames with an empty deep...
  18. Re: How do you refill a front entrance feeder without getting stung

    Maybe I'm crazy, but I throw on my hat, veil, gloves, and long sleeved shirt. Takes 30 seconds and no worry about stings.
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    Re: Storing unused Sugar Syrup

    I make it up 5 gallons at a time, and store in my pantry or basement (read cool, dark place) until its used up, which can be a few months. Never had any spoilage that I or the bees noticed.
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    Re: No bees from Watertown Dadant??

    My nucs and package coming out of Georgia are also delayed. It's tough, but hang in there. I installed my first two packages last year in June, and not only did both make it through the winter with...
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    Re: Solid bottom board material

    I would say go ahead and do it. Paint it and it'll be no problem. The garage at my home was "sided" with OSB when we bought the house, had been for many years, and it's still doing fine now a few...
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    Re: brood box sizing

    You'll get almost as many different answers to this question as you will people answering you. I use two deeps for brood and all medium supers. There are a lot of people that like to have...
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    Re: Inner cover - to notch or not notch?

    I'm actually glad this got brought up. I started out last year and made most of my woodenware (inner cover and frames were the only things I bought), but my inner covers didn't have a notch in them....
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    Re: Michigan Beeks

    Yeah, if you were getting a big group together and the timing worked out, I could probably swing out that way. I wouldn't want to do anything too regularly, because it's a bit of a haul, but every...
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    Re: Starter Strips

    I absolutely agree. However, the fence on mine is accurate enough for beekeeping, it's just not accurate enough for the furniture and other finished goods that I enjoy making. Since I've stopped...
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