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    Re: Girls not using bars

    I did use a follower board, but there was a few inches of gap between it and the last bar, because I was experimenting with placing a board man feeder inside the hive, and wanted it out from under...
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    Girls not using bars

    I installed a package of Italians one week ago today. At my three day check the bees had built 4 good sized chunks of comb from the roof, as I had only given them 10 bars to start with. After...
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    Re: New Smoker Design

    That really is quite brilliant, and when you're looking for field testers, I suppose I could do you a huge favor and take one off your hands and give you feedback. ;) In all seriousness though, that...
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    Re: Anyone still shipping packages?

    A few days after my bees showed I was out of state for a week. I bought a couple of 1 gallon chicken waterers from tractor supply ($6 or so). Put those on the top of the frames with an empty deep...
  5. Re: How do you refill a front entrance feeder without getting stung

    Maybe I'm crazy, but I throw on my hat, veil, gloves, and long sleeved shirt. Takes 30 seconds and no worry about stings.
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    Re: Storing unused Sugar Syrup

    I make it up 5 gallons at a time, and store in my pantry or basement (read cool, dark place) until its used up, which can be a few months. Never had any spoilage that I or the bees noticed.
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    Re: No bees from Watertown Dadant??

    My nucs and package coming out of Georgia are also delayed. It's tough, but hang in there. I installed my first two packages last year in June, and not only did both make it through the winter with...
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    Re: Solid bottom board material

    I would say go ahead and do it. Paint it and it'll be no problem. The garage at my home was "sided" with OSB when we bought the house, had been for many years, and it's still doing fine now a few...
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    Re: brood box sizing

    You'll get almost as many different answers to this question as you will people answering you. I use two deeps for brood and all medium supers. There are a lot of people that like to have...
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    Re: Inner cover - to notch or not notch?

    I'm actually glad this got brought up. I started out last year and made most of my woodenware (inner cover and frames were the only things I bought), but my inner covers didn't have a notch in them....
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    Re: Michigan Beeks

    Yeah, if you were getting a big group together and the timing worked out, I could probably swing out that way. I wouldn't want to do anything too regularly, because it's a bit of a haul, but every...
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    Re: Starter Strips

    I absolutely agree. However, the fence on mine is accurate enough for beekeeping, it's just not accurate enough for the furniture and other finished goods that I enjoy making. Since I've stopped...
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    Re: Starter Strips

    Fantastic ideas, everyone. I'm not sure which route I'm going to go yet, but I appreciate all the input.

    I've got a table saw that I bought off of Craigslist, and it works out okay for me for...
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    Re: Top Bar or Langstroth for beginner?

    I started with two Langs last year, and I've got two nucs coming to add more langs, and a package to start my TBH. I would recommend starting with Langs only because by and large more people use...
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    Re: Not going well need advise.

    Me too.
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    Re: Starter Strips

    Thanks everyone. I've been pretty excited about doing a TBH since last fall, and this was the missing link for me.
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    Re: keeper activities

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMyCa35_mOg Watch this while counting down the days to real spring.
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    Re: Veil or full suit?

    I just use a veil and gloves. I've got a dedicated long sleeve shirt that I tuck into my jeans which are tucked into my socks. I'll never get into a beekeeping calendar that way, but it has worked...
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    Re: Lots of Questions, Any takers?

    Michael can (and did) answer your questions better than I could, so I'll just so welcome from another Michigan beek. I don't know where you're at in relation to me, but if you're relatively close by...
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    Starter Strips

    I've decided to delve into the Top Bar world, and I've got my package ordered and am going to start work on my TBH shortly. I'm wondering about the starter strips for the bars, wondering what people...
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    Re: Not going well need advise.

    At least you admit that it's an opinion this time. I'm interested in where you got your information that "Half the colonies have been wiped out in the US this winter." Considering that winter isn't...
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    Re: length of time between feedings

    I use chicken waterers full of syrup. I place them on the top bars with an empty super over it. It keeps it out of the sun, which aids in keeping it from fermenting. When the bees are really...
  23. Re: Harvesting honey without extractor or crushing comb?

    I built an extractor from the plans on this site under the "Build it Yourself" section. It wasn't too terribly hard, and it cost me under $100. I use a cordless drill to power it. I don't know how...
  24. Thread: Neonic facts

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    Re: Neonic facts

    The problem is that there are a lot of new beeks that are looking for help and answers when something is going wrong, or has gone wrong, and people swearing up and down that it's all because of...
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    Re: Not going well need advise.

    So, anytime a hive dies it MUST be related to CCD and Neonics? You're jumping to conclusions, and telling a new beek that if he can't locate exactly where the chemical that may or may not be being...
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