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    Re: Freeman SHB trap

    I make my own traps and use #8 wire for just this reason. The #6 seems to be too big for my bees and I wind up with bees in the oil. And here I thought it was just my bees that this happens to!
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    Re: is he still around

    No. I understand he is/was ill and retired. Currently the only available BtA I am aware of is Xen-Tari.

    Rusty
  3. Re: Exculers Kill Queens?......is this true?

    I've never had it happen in my hives either. The only way I can imagine an excluder being responsible for the loss of a queen would be in winter if the excluder is left on and the cluster moves...
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    Re: Mite Treatment

    Sorry but I looked on their site to see ingredients but could not find a listing for the product. Sounds like a formic acid product but without reading it.... Sorry not to be any help.

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    Re: here is a question for you

    Actually, I read this on Michael Bush's site:



    You can read this at http://bushfarms.com/beesgeneticdiversity.htm

    You can read about the resulting spotty brood patterns from another source...
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    Re: here is a question for you

    It wouldn't. I'd strongly recommend you buy a mated queen.

    JMO

    Rusty
  7. Re: Suggestions on Fighting Hive Beetles?

    I've had the most luck using the oil trays beneath the sbb (I even designed my own version). They seem to end up in the oil bath at a terrific rate and I rarely actually see a live one anymore. ...
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    Re: Mite Treatment

    I don't use this product but I DO use essential oils. I don't consider them a stand-alone mite treatment, however. Evidence of their effectivity as a drench just isn't there. I consider them a good...
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    Re: Hello from LA (lower Alabama)

    Welcome!

    Since you are reading, try http://scientificbeekeeping.com/ for a lot of good, current information. Randy Oliver contributes to the ABJ, so you may have already heard of him. If not,...
  10. Re: Never, Never, Never and Never again wear.....

    I tend to wear my jeans until they fall apart. One such pair had pretty much latticed over the thighs of both legs and, forgetful as I tend to be, I donned my veil and never gave my "airconditioned"...
  11. Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    See, THIS is the problem! The rest of us are not involved in some scientific endeavor here. We're just raising bees! Most of us are hobbyists not scientists. I don't believe ANY of us are...
  12. Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    :scratch: I really don't "get" this attitude that somehow MB OWES anybody anything. Certainly not an explanation or "proof" of ANYTHING! Folks, this is a free forum, as in you can leave at any...
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    Re: Thought I was Treatment Free

    It seems to me that you are confusing "treatment free" with "organic". The commercial foundation does not contain a treatment intended to fix or cure anything so it is considered acceptable...
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    Re: Rossman Apiaries

    Consider yourself lucky. I am still using my first Dadant smoker--the one that came with my stuff about 25 years ago. I figure I've almost gotten my money's worth out of it. ;) Dadant makes a...
  15. Re: Langstroth hive - supers in brood chambers

    I use plastic foundation in wood frames and have no problem extracting them. They are not wired. My favorite extractor was a radial Dadant, but a twister (tornado) 'ate' it a few seasons back. It...
  16. Re: Langstroth hive - supers in brood chambers

    I'm not sure I am understanding your question correctly, but I use all deeps and have done so for many years. I like the convenience of totally interchangeable equipment. For a small beek, I think...
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    Re: Smoking the hive...or not

    I find that WHAT I use to make smoke is important. Some things burn/smolder too hot and are just not good in the smoker. Currently I am using the natural hemp twine from my hay bales. It smolders...
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    Re: Box's sticking together

    We make our own soap, so there's nothing scented in there. It's just a basic white hard bar soap. Crisco is the primary ingredient. We use it on the hives, edges of the tools, and the like. We...
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    Re: Using different foundation size?

    I see from your later posts that you are talking about cell sizes. I have no experience with anything but standard cell sizes. All of the cell sizes within all my hives are the same size. From...
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    Re: some rank beginner questions.

    I'm in the deep south and I use double deeps. Always have, even when I was in Florida. I like having the extra resources available.

    JMO

    Rusty
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    Re: Using different foundation size?

    Personally I use one size for everything. When equipment is interchangeable, it makes it much easier to shift things around if a colony needs help.

    JMO

    Rusty
  22. Re: BeeSource Drawing - Win a Maxant 3100H2 Extractor!

    Rader, I did consider doing this. Started the process in fact. Then I read all those rules and disclaimers and suddenly felt like I was giving away my first-born!

    Thanks but no thanks. I guess...
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    Re: some rank beginner questions.

    North Georgia? Start reading about small hive beetles. Look on google for some pix so you get an idea of what you are looking for. SHB are the bane of Southern beeks like us. They can destroy a...
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    Re: Box's sticking together

    I use soap. The hard bar kind. Works for me.

    HTH

    Rusty
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    Re: Screened or Solid Bottom

    Well, I'm from "hot" country--and I still tend to agree with you. Which is why I use modified SBBs. They've got an oil tray and a closed bottom below that. No light problems. Not nearly as much...
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