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    Re: Bees at School

    Gorgeous obs hive! And I'm so happy for your wife and her lucky school! It's an inspiration.
    Caroline
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    Re: Use a chest freezer?

    That's really cool, Raosmun and Danno. Bee people are the best for creating solutions. I only have one hive so I will just dream about having a honey house :)
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    Re: Use a chest freezer?

    I got the go-ahead from my hubby to buy one. I'm trying to figure out what size I want and I know whatever size I get I'll wish I got the next size up. There are a couple of good ones on Craigslist...
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    Use a chest freezer?

    Hi all,
    This is my fourth summer with one hive. I've been good about not buying a lot of equipment - I have just enough woodenware, a smoker, and a hive tool. Lately, though, I've been getting the...
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    Re: Skep bottle in Sam Adams Commercial

    Is this it?
    http://i1225.photobucket.com/albums/ee393/cjmcharlotte/samadamsjar.jpg
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    Re: New Guy from North Carolina

    Hi Herb,
    Welcome to the forum! The people here can help so much. When I don't know what to do, this is the first place I go! This will be my fourth summer with one hive and it has been great. ...
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    Re: Bees at School

    Hi Kim,
    I'm working on something similar at my son's K12 charter school.
    I have identified two schools that have hives onsite. PM me for details so I don't overstep privacy issues for these...
  8. Queen Behavior with Supercedure Cells

    I was teaching a day of high school biology on honey bees and I was explaining that when a queen emerges from her cell, she goes around and kills the other queens in their cells before they emerge to...
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    Re: Glove recommendations

    I collected honey last month and wore the Mr. Clean blue nitrile gloves under my gardening gloves. By the eighth frame, the girls were stinging through my gloves so I ran in and put a second pair of...
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    They moved the honey?

    I recently had a deep with all 10 frames fully capped on the top of my hive. Four frames had tennis ball sized areas of brood so I left them on the hive in the deep and put them above two empty...
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    Foamy, grainy wax

    I'm processing (cleaning) wax for the first time so bear with me please.

    I put some water and my honey-covered wax from the crush-and-strain process in a double boiler. It melted up nicely and I...
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    Re: Not eating the leftover honey

    Well, darn. They certainly were shooting in and out of the hive like bullets so something must be out there. Too bad, I guess I'll put the stuff in the dishwasher... :(
    My only complaint about...
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    Not eating the leftover honey

    After I did my crush and strain processing, I put my empty frames covered in honey and the pan that caught the drippings outside for the bees to clean up. It's been out there all day and no bees...
  14. Re: Can I use crush-and-strain wax from frame started with foundation?

    Thanks, I was just checking! This is going to be fun!!
  15. Can I use crush-and-strain wax from frame started with foundation?

    Sorry for the most basic of questions. This is my first harvest.

    Can I use the wax from my crush and strain process to make lip balm even though the frame was started with foundation (and...
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    Re: Hive Inspection Not So Good

    I think you are me two years ago except you have a husband standing there helping :)

    Everything is fine and it doesn't sound like anything went too terribly wrong.

    For frame inspection, I...
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    Re: Second Grade presentation on bees

    Now that you've done it once, just wait until the other classes hear about it!! You'll be booked for all of the 2nd grade classes next year and ongoing.

    Isn't it fun too?? I think every beek...
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    Re: Ha, I can't lift my deep

    It's because I'm new and still learning :)

    My first summer, I got my nuc late and they built out two deeps and didn't touch my shallow super. No honey as expected.

    My second summer, they...
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    Re: Ha, I can't lift my deep

    Good to know! I wasn't brave enough to try converting to medium frames in a deep but maybe if I pull some deep frames for harvesting, I'll replace them with medium frames and let the girls start...
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    Ha, I can't lift my deep

    Yesterday I wanted to put an empty shallow super between my second and third story deeps. I was able to use some leverage to get the third story deep off and down onto the cinder blocks but then...
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    Shoot, got the queen in the obs hive

    I just pulled a frame of fresh beeswax and honey from the third story of my hive and dropped it in my obs hive for a school presentation tomorrow. I was admiring them when who should walk by but the...
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    Re: Anyone in NC tried Russians?

    This is my third season with Russians from Porter Farm Bees in Easley, SC.

    I don't feed and they've made it through the winter with whatever they've had in two deeps.

    I also have two young...
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    Re: carpenter bees harrassing my hives

    In fact, it is the carpenter bees that do all of the pollination in my yard. They were the only ones working my veggie garden last year, cukes, tomatoes, squash. No honeys, just carpenters. Sheesh.
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    Orange goo dots like sesame seeds

    I did a lot of work in the hive today and saw something I haven't before. On an outside frame that just had nectar and a good amount of capped honey (no brood), there were about five or so very...
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    Re: Students are obsessed with bees

    Don't be too fast to assume what the school won't let you do. I'm going to start teaching middle school math in the fall of '11 and I fully intend to pursue a beeking club with an on-site apiary. A...
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