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    This is what I made. ...

    This is what I made.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_PFDSe_fBOyc/SMQAZIV5AZI/AAAAAAAABF8/0oI40UZ_WGE/s1600-h/ant+barrier.JPG
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    I only have 5 hives, but I put my still camera in...

    I only have 5 hives, but I put my still camera in video mode and record my inspections for transcribing later. It is nice to record what you see while inspecting.
    Mike
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    Thanks for the replies. I do not wish to split...

    Thanks for the replies.
    I do not wish to split and gain more hives.
    A friend is buying queens (not sure where ga ?) and I am piggybacking on his order.
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    Move with supers ?

    Out of necessity how do you transport hives with several supers on top ?
    I do not have hive staples or time to get hive staples ? Do you just strap them together ? Seems like they would shift during...
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    Perhaps you might start feeding them 1:1 syrup to...

    Perhaps you might start feeding them 1:1 syrup to help them build up enough to want to swarm ? But that would not guarantee that you would be the one who would catch them.
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    requeen then check for cells ?

    I am planning on requeening 5 aggressive hives in a couple of weeks. I intend them to be queenless for 24 hours then use push in cages for introduction. I will look for queen cells while I am looking...
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    Push in cage ?

    I have made 2 of 5 push in cages needed for 5 queens that will arrive soon.
    My question is will the flimsy pieces (wires) of unwoven mesh be stiff enough to embed 3/8 into the drawn comb ?
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    Queen triangle escape ?

    I want to make a few triangle escape boards to clear supers. Can queens fit through them (above coming down normal direction) ? What size are the channels (bee space ? ) ? If you do not use...
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    I have some seeds. When do you plant them ? Do...

    I have some seeds. When do you plant them ? Do you start them inside ? Do seedlings transplant well ? Thinking of germinating them in wet napkins under a light like other seeds.
    Thanks
    Mike
  10. Sorry about the size of the images. But I made 4...

    Sorry about the size of the images. But I made 4 of these for my hives. They do not drip like inverted jars can. They are cheap to make and have not drowned a bee yet. They hold about 2 quarts each. ...
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    I do not know about a bucket, but I am trying...

    I do not know about a bucket, but I am trying this this year. They cost me nothing. They are cardboard boxes that I partially wrapped in plastic and put lemongrass oil inside and chunks of old wax. I...
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    I understand for swarm traps lemongrass oil is...

    I understand for swarm traps lemongrass oil is used, but is it not used to capture a swarm. I thought it would make the deep smell like a good home ?
    Is lemongrass oil not used to hive a swarm ?...
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    That's funny. I had not even thought about...

    That's funny. I had not even thought about keeping a couple of frames at work.
    That should also boost Honey sales there as well. I easily sold 90 pounds of honey at work without asking a single...
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    Swarm catch prep

    I forward my home e-mails to work and get requests to come get swarms. Instead of driving home to get my stuff and driving back I am putting my 'stuff' in my van to be ready during swarm season. I...
  15. Here's a pic of what I do....

    Here's a pic of what I do.
    http://mikesfarm1.blogspot.com/2008/11/feeding-back.html
    After the bees are done it is not even sticky anymore. I was impressed.
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    Thanks for the replies. It is not always easy to...

    Thanks for the replies.
    It is not always easy to find the queen and I did not want to risk accidentally moving the queen on a frame of brood,
    Mike
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    I have 5 hives close together. Mine do not mind...

    I have 5 hives close together. Mine do not mind my tractor with bush-hog or lawn mower near them, but they hate my 2 stroke weed eater.
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    swap nuc location

    I have 5 hives. I have a overwintered 5 frame nuc that is doing ok and a booming 10 frame hive near it. Swapping the 2 locations may help keep the booming hive from swarming (?) when the drones...
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    I buy hook-less foundation. I push the foundation...

    I buy hook-less foundation. I push the foundation up in the top groove then I melt wax to 'Glue' the foundation to the top bar. I do the same on the bottom bar. The problem is if you are new you may...
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    I just finished placing my order with confirmed...

    I just finished placing my order with confirmed free shipping from Brushy Mountain. Last year I bought a 4 frame extractor with free shipping and this year I really ordered a lot of stuff, including...
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    I also hope that they offer free shipping again....

    I also hope that they offer free shipping again. I have a very large order ready to give them. If I recall correctly their free shipping was only east of the Mississippi.
    Mike
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    If you confine her would the workers see that as...

    If you confine her would the workers see that as a non-laying, non-productive queen and try to supersede her ? Or would the eggs be too old by the time they realized that she was not laying ?...
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    post extraction pollen ?

    I just extracted 25 frames today and there was more than a little pollen in the centers of some frames. It is still in the frames after extraction.
    Question : I will let them clean the frames in the...
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    Spray BT on honey wet supers ?

    I am getting ready to extract, but will need to put a few empties back on hives.
    Question is : Right after extraction can I spray still wet (with honey)frames with BT, then stick them back on hives...
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    I also made one, but have not used it yet. When I...

    I also made one, but have not used it yet. When I researched and asked the same question I was told that a 1/2 inch copper pipe cap full was about the correct amount.
    Regards
    Mike
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