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  1. Re: What Beekeeping Goodies did Santa Drop Off?

    Got a 2015 edition of The Hive and the Honey Bee. I've been waiting a couple of years for a new edition. A lot has changed since 1992.
  2. Re: Question about Michael Bush's top entrance shims and reducing entrance.

    I normally use no entrance reducers in winter on my top entrance hives. The last picture is from last winter. I had a shim on with solid sugar cake and actually had some robbing in January. That...
  3. Re: Question about Michael Bush's top entrance shims and reducing entrance.

    I use #8 hardware cloth on mine. The easiest way is to form it into a wedge shape and stick it in. The length is easily changed by first folding it over....
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    Re: Advantech nuc cover test

    I think they would be heavier than I would want. And the edges of the Advantech probably wouldn't hold up as good to a hive tool. But you never know til you try.
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    Re: Advantech nuc cover test

    I've got migratory-style hive covers made of Advantech, primed and painted. They are starting their second winter and look as good as new. We've had the wettest year I can remember since I started...
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    Re: Top entrance

    I knew top entrances were a good idea for some time now. Recently I came across the science to explain why: water vapor has a specific gravity of 0.62, compared to 1.00 for air. Water vapor will...
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    Re: ebook free download

    Most I would assume no, since they are too new. Check to find lots of free books. You can search for specific titles, or keywords. Also Google Books has titles to view or download. ...
  8. Re: Bear fence alternative - radio station???

    My experience isn't with bears and bee hives, but with corn and deer and/or coons. I had something get in and eat a lot of corn one night. Before the next night came I had a radio tuned to a talk...
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    Re: Suit VS Jacket

    If I'm not going to be in the hives for an extended period of time, I wear a long-sleeved white shirt one size larger than what I would normally wear. I also wear a veil with drawstrings and gloves...
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    Re: Refractometer question

    Thanks--sounds like I got the wrong one. I will be returning it.
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    Refractometer question

    I got my new refractometer in the mail today. The instructions said to calibrate it to zero by using distilled water. I put a couple drops of water on the plate, and sure enough the line where blue...
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    Re: Top entrance hive question

    I use a migratory style cover with no inner cover. Here is how I feed syrup (the hole size is 2-3/4"):

    In winter I put sugar...
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    Re: Beekeeping is legal in Florida

    Wow, how many times was the word "swarm" or a variation of it used in that article? An inflammatory term tossed around by the uneducated. It sounds like the mere presence of the bees is what's...
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    Re: Most lucrative way to sell wax

    Per pound the easiest and probably highest return I have seen was a lady who sold these little dollup-sized bits of wax molded in the shape of a flower. Only 50 cents each, but could get dozens from...
  15. Re: A source for bulk XenTari-BT and Agree WG BT (aizawai)

    Is it legal to divide this up from the original package and repackage it for sale? Not trying to get anyone in trouble, just curious. I might know a guy. . .:shhhh:
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    Re: Top Entrance ideas

    Here's one of my top entrance hives with a Bush-style entrance:

    They seem to provide plenty of ventilation.
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    Re: bottling honey

    Make sure the honey gate is always open on the extractor. If the honey gets caught in the spinning cage, you can whip a lot of air into it. Let sit 48 hours before bottling (I actually wait about a...
  18. Re: some way to slow down my extractor?

    If it's an AC motor, it will burn up if you put a rheostat (dimmer) on it. AC motors are designed to run at specific voltages. I had a similar extractor setup as you describe, and wanted to be able...
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    My entrance reducers

    I forget where I first heard of this, but I thought I'd pass this on. Here is what I use for entrance reducers: a piece of #8 hardware cloth bent in the shape of a wedge and inserted into the...
  20. Re: Need help finding article on treating for varroa

    No, the one I'm thinking of is not the May 2015, "The Voice of the South: Control Varroa." I thought that was a good article, and I've re-read it a couple times thinking that might be where I read...
  21. Need help finding article on treating for varroa

    I read an article some time back in which the author proposed treating prophylactically for varroa mites. He recommended treating regardless of count. I think it was either in American Bee Journal...
  22. Re: Looking at oxalic acid vaporizers--anyone have experience with this one?

    Thanks everyone. I do believe in buying quality, just didn't want to pay extra for the same thing. I'll get a better quality one, or look into making my own. I have no experience really at...
  23. Looking at oxalic acid vaporizers--anyone have experience with this one?

    I'm considering OA vaporizing for mites. The costs seem high. I notice the mid-range priced ones appear to be from Russia. I found a version cheaper on ebay and it ships from the Ukraine. It...
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    Two small laying worker hives

    I'm wondering what to do with two small laying worker hives. The first hive is a split I did May 19 with a queen cell and frames of brood and stores. Today I could not find a queen, and there was a...
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    Re: Galvanizes wire in honey frames?

    It sounds like those responding know a lot more about metals than I, but I just thought I'd mention the old extractors were galvanized and that is no longer approved.
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