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    swishing strips in hopguard solution

    I swish the hopguard strips in the solution before placing the strips on the frames. The end result is somewhat alarming because certain bees are rained on with hopguard. Is it necessary to swish the...
  2. Thread: Swarm bandit

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    Re: Swarm bandit

    Has anybody used these yet?
  3. Re: The billion little things that make a beekeeper's life easier

    Put your baseball cap on backwards. Then put your veil on. This will keep your long hair away from your face and eyes.
  4. Thread: the caged queen

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    Re: the caged queen

    I am usually so worried as to whether my queen arrived alive that I shake the clinging bees off the cage. This quick sudden motion cannot be good for the queen. The queen must hit the side of the...
  5. Thread: the caged queen

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    the caged queen

    Do you shake the workers off the queen cage? Do you brush the workers off the queen cage? I typically give the queen cage a quick shake. Maybe this quick motion is not healthy for the queen. On...
  6. Re: dadant smoker poor quality control! see pics attached

    I hold the smoker at an angle and burn off the creosote with a propane torch. When I first got a smoker I tried Brillo pads. Brillo pads do not work-at least for smokers.
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    Re: Why I have never lost an over-wintered hive

    I think you are right about the shim. I had a double 5 frame deep nuc alive two weeks ago and dead last week.The bottom entrance was an entrance reducer with hardware cloth stapled all around. It was...
  8. Thread: Please Stop...

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    Re: Please Stop...

    Once when I was having beekeeping troubles a person said to me, "do you pray over your bees?" I said, "no." The person said, "maybe you should." So, I did. I prayed in the name of The Lord Jesus...
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    Re: Is It Necessary to Remove Robber Screens?

    I think you can keep the robber screen on longer if you use a ventilated inner cover. I took mine off in August due to hot weather- a big mistake. The hive was robbed out.
  10. Thread: cheap swarm lure

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    Re: cheap swarm lure

    Right now I do not have slum gum; I threw mine on the compost bin. I can get some slum gum locally. I understand that with new foundation, you do not have to worry about foul brood because the...
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    Re: how do you change password?

    Thank-you.
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    how do you change password?

    How do you change log-in password?
  13. Thread: cheap swarm lure

    by linn
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    Re: cheap swarm lure

    Last year was not a good year for swarms-rainy and cold. The pear trees did not have pears. Next year might be better.
  14. Thread: cheap swarm lure

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    Re: cheap swarm lure

    Is this better than old comb and lemongrass oil? I mean I am not having much luck with lemongrass oil and old comb. So, maybe the local bee clubs should buy this product. The clubs could hand this...
  15. Re: Covering up the smell of the hive to battle pests

    This is a little off the subject. Sometimes a strong scent is helpful. I ran over a dead skunk before taking my driver's test for the third time. I passed.
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    Re: Wrapping hives in cold climates.........

    Last year I used Christmas trees as a wind breaks. I just drove to the brush dump and collected Christmas trees as people dumped them off. I always wrap the hives and use solid bottom boards....
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    Re: what would you do?

    I do not believe in the statement the "crummy package queen." Sometimes packages fail because feeding is stopped too soon. The practice of killing the package queen does not make sense. Why not see...
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    Re: Hive insulation... quick and easy.

    What about having a 1 inch air space between the rigid foam and the hive body (front, back, and sides)? There is a upper vent hole in the second deep, so there is a 5/8 inch cut out by the vent...
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    Re: Hopguard II and Hive Kills

    I had good results with Hopguard 2. I needed to do a second application for mite treatment. The first treatment was with Mite-away quick strip. A month later I used Hopguard 2. I only did this...
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    Re: Is a inner cover necessary with quilt box

    I have two hives with quilt boxes. One hive has a 5lb candy board with an oval opening and then the quilt box. There is a 5/8th ventilation hole drilled toward the top front of the quilt box by the...
  21. Re: They say Americans are getting grumpy about the never ending rising prices these

    I quoted a start-up price for a double deep new hive with a package of bees to be about $300.00. Do you think this is accurate?
  22. Thread: Acebirds one hive

    by linn
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    Re: Acebirds one hive

    Acebird is right about the moisture collecting on the inside end walls of the hive bodies. The end frames are always a mess come Spring. I have not been able to solve the ventilation problem. I have...
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    Re: Russian Package, Richmond Area

    I happened upon this re-queening method by mistake. I re-queened a hive this fall. I took the cork out of the candy end of the cage. After a week I checked the cage. Usually I check sooner. I looked...
  24. Thread: Top insulation?

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    Re: Top insulation?

    I think you are right about that. The problem is that two hives are low on stores and a beekeeper is trying to buy time by keeping the hive unseasonably warm in the hopes that the bees will bring the...
  25. Thread: Top insulation?

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    Re: Top insulation?

    Well, maybe that is why the top layer of the straw is damp. I was thinking that maybe the rain had come in because the single front vent in each of the quilt boxes was not drilled with an upward...
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