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  1. Re: Free Shipping Rant (Beekeeping Equipment Big Box Stores)

    Feel better now? Chillax a smidge.... winter hasn't even started yet.
    Mann Lake has pricing that is in line with their competitors and offers free shipping over 100.
    BTW, I do make most of...
  2. Re: What to do with partial frames of nectar/syrup

    option 4 - put them in the freezer until next spring.
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    Re: What's wrong with this foundation?

    Old, black, moldy comb. Scrape it off and try to render it down. Re use the foundation as the bees will clean up the rest.
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    Our bee vac design

    I had several beekeepers ask for a video of our bee vac design, so here it is.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35jMP-poy2c
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    Re: Help: I have pulled an Acebird

    "He said can you get the bees out of a house or building". I think he meant cutout and remove. Just a guess though. Trapouts are really not meant for a structure removal UNLESS it is a last resort....
  6. Re: Purchased a used hive, sat it out to clean and now it is covered in bees

    Robbers. Wait until spring and buy a package.
  7. Re: NEED HELP UNDERSTANDING MY SITUATION PLEASE

    Robbed out and hive crashed or absconded. Queens will stop production this time of year.

    Make a two queen nuc with a queen excluder in between?
  8. Thread: Sappin'

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    Re: Sappin'

    Granted honey collecting is a lot less work... but trees don't sting! lol
    I tap enough for table use for the family and friends. I take it most of you tap the old fashioned way then with spiles and...
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    Re: Hive placement questions

    They will re orient to their new location if they are penned up for more than three days.
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    Re: Hive placement questions

    Move carefully when clustered. They will re orient to their new location if they are penned up for more than three days. As far as how far apart? I would place them far enough apart that when you are...
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    Re: Lifting and moving hives.

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    Works great.. just need two people. Just ratchet strap the hive, lower the lift and go.
  12. Re: Just setup trap-out when a QUEEN flies back from mating ! (video)

    I'm not positive there Pat, but I think I saw the new queen with a cigarette in her mouth. lol
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    Re: Need Trap-out Expert Wisdom

    BW,
    I like the idea you have for the adjustable trap out hive platform.... I'm going to steal the idea from you. Just sayin.
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    Re: Raising my own Queens.

    Depends on how many queens you want to raise. A dozen or so is real easy. Make a queenless nuc, pop in a couple of frames of eggs and brood a few days later. You will have queen cells before you know...
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    Re: Hives made out of cherry?

    I also had access to a few rough sawn cherry boards recently. Built three side tables out of them and sold them. NOW, I had a good sum of cash that I was able to make several dozen pine hive bodies...
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    Re: my hive inspection apprehensions

    Give yourself a few seasons and you will get over the "smashing a few bees" syndrome. Regular inspections are crucial to the overall hive success.
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    Re: Need Trap-out Expert Wisdom

    Pics would help us help you in this situation. However, the whole idea of this trap out is to reduce the amount of bees to the point they cannot survive a winter. A bonus is that you would also...
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    Re: my hive inspection apprehensions

    If a hive starts to fill up with bees and comb, sometimes the bees will build comb anywhere they can for stores and eggs. You may be able to alleviate some burr comb issues by adding more room sooner.
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    Re: Late season Queen Marking attempt

    I may be the odd ball, but I don't mark my queens. I don't see the need really. If the queen is laying good the hive will keep her. If not they will make a new one. If I see eggs and a solid worker...
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    Re: fogging hives

    The whole idea with any kind of mite treatment is to treat before cluster. I start my treatment (fogging) in early Sept and fog until Oct.
  21. Thread: feral hives

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    Re: feral hives

    One is looking at a 3 million dollar study (payday) if the Gov. backs it.
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    Re: Repurposing items.

    Snl, Mann Lake for the candle moulds.

    Matt, good idea.

    Bee Bliss, I wasn't sure if the color was a good choice but is seems to be a good contrast, thanks.
  23. Thread: feral hives

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    Re: feral hives

    Not a study here per se, but I DO know that my swarm calls this year were down 90% from the previous year. However, my removal calls were up 65% from the previous year.
    What I gathered from this is...
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    Re: Back ground noise....

    "This is a general beekeeping forum to discuss all the various topics on beekeeping that don't fit in any of the other beekeeping forums."

    Maybe there should be a Gossip Thread? Come on people......
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    Re: Wind break a must?

    For what it's worth, my hives that did make it through the winter had a windbreak of some sort. Just sayin.
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