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  1. Thread: Hot wire uncapper

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    Re: Hot wire uncapper

    I built one and tried it. I had issues with my wire breaking. I used a Radio Shack variable power supply that worked pretty well. I was using music wire.
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    Re: the bee and butterfies are getting help from the Government finally!

    Lady Bird Johnson did that in the 1960's. Texas still practices it.
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    Re: Tomorrow Obama administration to announce National Strategy for pollinators

    Yep, the honey bee is officially doomed.
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    Re: Supply List for Assembling Frames?

    Build a jig.......
    http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/framejig/framejig.htm
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    Re: check out this new blade for making boxes

    Since all of the glue joints are short grain, and there is no interlocking of the joint, I think you could achieve the same result by using a simple 45 degree bit, router or saw blade, and set it...
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    Re: Mow grass/weeds around hives.

    What works now may not work as well in August during a dearth. Bigger, stronger hives have more attitude as well.
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    Re: Foundationless Blunder

    Just move the drone comb to the outside or up to the super and they will start drawing worker comb. They will also move the honey out of the worker comb if you give them room to do so. Now that...
  8. Thread: no queen cells

    by Ross
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    Re: no queen cells

    Honey in the first picture, or capped syrup. In the second you have capped worker brood and a queen cell hanging off the bottom. Let them go ahead and supercede the queen since that's what they...
  9. Re: This is why I don't have a mouse problem at my hives

    Not me, I have a big old Texas Rat Snake.
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    Re: how often to extract honey?

    Once a year. It makes a long weekend usually.
  11. Thread: Extractor Advice

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    Re: Extractor Advice

    I load mine that way everytime. It works great. Mine is about 30 years old with the old style friction and belt drive system. I let mine spin until I get the next batch uncapped. I work by hand.
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    Re: Foundationless and Heat

    Try some of the Kevlar line and let us know how it does. (Spiderwire)
  13. Thread: Silly bees

    by Ross
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    Re: Silly bees

    Way to far apart. Simpliest is to pack them as tight together as possible centered in the box. The best is Michael's answer.
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    Re: Requeening in a hurry

    I do same day requeening every time. Almost always works. Hot hives work better if you split them aggressively.
  15. Re: Trying to pull frames for splits, and it all went wrong

    Divide and conquer almost always works on these kinds of hives. Read Michael Bush's page on it.
  16. Re: Bee photo wanted for business card, earn a hundred bucks

    http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/fall/golden3.jpg

    http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/fall/golden.jpg

    http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/fall/vine.jpg

    http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/pickerel3.jpg
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    Re: Foundationless and Heat

    As long as you have enough bees, they can handle just about any amount of heat. if the numbers are low, they may have issues keeping the hive cooled. My bees are in full sun in Texas, temps over...
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    Re: Harvesting a single frame

    Why? Swarms and packages prefer foundationless frames so they can festoon. You have at least as good of a chance of success foundationless as with foundation, usually better. Drawn comb is great...
  19. Thread: laying worker

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    Re: laying worker

    Shake them out is the easiest solution, but Michael Bush uses the frame of open brood a week for 3 weeks method.
  20. Thread: Extractor Advice

    by Ross
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    Re: Extractor Advice

    The Dadant 20 frame will hold 32 mediums.......
  21. Re: Suggestion for Ultra-breeze suit owners or buyers

    I have had zero problems with my UltraBreeze other than resting and hot smoker against it. They melt.
  22. Re: think my queen died, but does this "fix" sound right?

    There is never one laying worker. I would shake them out.
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    Re: over 30 days and no eggs yet

    You can never go wrong giving them a frame of eggs/open brood. If they start queen cells, they needed it. If they don't, you know you have a queen.
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    Re: Beekeeping Suit advice

    Ultrabreeze.......nough said.
  25. Re: Newbie in NE Texas with question about releasing queen

    I'm in Hunt County, welcome. If you have a candy plug with the cork removed, the bees should release her themselves.
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