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    Re: Screened bottoms

    Hi miller, I'm on the mid-coast of Maine and I have wintered with both screened and solid bottom boards with mixed results for each. There are many variables on this topic. I have heard it said...
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    Decision

    Thanks everyone, I will be sending this screen back. I think MapMan was right, even if I got one that was undamaged, I would eventually ruin it myself. After measuring my holding tanks I decided to...
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    Strainer Screen

    Has anyone purchased an 18", vinyl coated strainer screen from Betterbee?

    This was exactly what I was looking for. Unfortunately, when it came in the bottom of the "cone" was dented badly and...
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    Traps

    Thanks Troy, we have used and are currently using the beetle traps, several actually, two IN the garden. They help to some degree, not much. Many of the green beans are defoliated completely and...
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    Comb building

    I would think not. I don't see that there would be a need to build comb and I would assume they would not want to use honey for anything other than food to get through the winter. Comb building...
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    Japanese Beetles.....

    ....any ideas what I can use in the veggie garden (specifically green beans) to kill these little beasts BUT NOT HURT MY BEES?? Any help will be greatly appreciated. David
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    First Beeswax

    Good morning all. Just wanted to share with you the results of a drizzly mid-coast Maine weekend. My wife finally convinced me to take some time and clean up some of the wax I have been storing for...
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    Thanks Bill, my dail-up is struggling with the...

    Thanks Bill, my dail-up is struggling with the site but I'm still trying.
    David
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    Capping Melter

    Good day all. I know from reading old posts that some of you have the Kelley Capping Melter (small). I believe, from reading about it that this is a piece of equipment I could use in my shop,...
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    Bags

    Sorry Keith, I have seen the bags you are referring to but I don't remember which supplier.

    I would however like to know how well they worked and if you were satisfied with them. I operate a...
  11. Hi Luke, I think that is what we always...

    Hi Luke,

    I think that is what we always called a "Flowering Crab", it is a type of crab apple tree. This must be the year for them, your's looks like it is covered in blossoms and ours are...
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    Sounds great!! Drop me a line anytime! David

    Sounds great!! Drop me a line anytime!
    David
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    Hey Hummingberd, where is Arundle? I live in...

    Hey Hummingberd, where is Arundle? I live in Bowdoinham which is about 25 miles north of Freeport. Probably too far for you to drive but next fall you are welcome to make plans to drop in during...
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    As I recall, Bee Culture was very informative but...

    As I recall, Bee Culture was very informative but bent more towards hobby beekeeping, more of a "laymen's" magazine. Excellent source of ideas for the casual beek. I have several years worth at...
  15. Thread: extracting

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    I'm almost there, I have a hive with 11 supers on...

    I'm almost there, I have a hive with 11 supers on it as of last Friday. Started with four, added another three, then two, decided that the goldenrod and aster hadn't blossomed yet so added two more...
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    Matt, for eight years I have been getting 5.00...

    Matt, for eight years I have been getting 5.00 per super if I keep the cappings and 7.00 per if the customer wants the cappings. Currently I have 15 customers every year +/-. I love my bees but for...
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    margot, it just doesn't seem worth the risk...

    margot,

    it just doesn't seem worth the risk feeding bees possibly spoiled syrup. A frame or two of honey or even fresh syrup would be soo much better. Just my opinion. David
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    1996. Planted 1/2 acre of pumpkins for market,...

    1996. Planted 1/2 acre of pumpkins for market, great garden, no fruit. Suggested to my dad that we rent a couple hive for the following year, he, in turn (knowing I was painfully afraid of bees and...
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    Wow, not sure if I'm up for this one. How is the...

    Wow, not sure if I'm up for this one. How is the nectar flow out there right now? Did you hive this swarm on foundation? I just don't have any simple ideas, short of taking the nest apart comb by...
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    newbeekincolo, what are you trying to...

    newbeekincolo,
    what are you trying to accomplish here?
    If the swarm has been here long enough there will be brood present and the honey robber will not be totally affective, nurse bees hate to...
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    iddee, good thought on the naming of the next...

    iddee, good thought on the naming of the next son, unfortunately after four kids from 18 to 5 we have put an end to that.

    I would have thought your rouge colonies would be much bigger than that...
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    iddee, can we do this in an open forum? I would...

    iddee, can we do this in an open forum? I would be interested to know if the church wall we took over 400 pounds of wax and honey out of two years ago could have been handled differently.

    In ten...
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    Yip, certainly no expert but I'll give you my two...

    Yip, certainly no expert but I'll give you my two cents worth.

    First, can you be certain that these are in fact honeybees? Many different types of hornets and wasps will inhabit a house wall. On...
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    Aspera, very doubtful. Many people buy...

    Aspera,

    very doubtful. Many people buy propolis traps. Plastic, queen excluder looking things, the bees fill it with propolis and once filled, you put it in the freezer, then just give it a...
  25. Thread: Bleach??

    by mainelybees
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    PCQ, I raise a few rabbits on my place as well as...

    PCQ, I raise a few rabbits on my place as well as bees and chickens. I have always added a capfull of bleach to my 5 gallons buckets that I water my rabbits from and the waterer for the chickens...
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