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  1. Thread: Top feeder

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    Re: Top feeder

    I originally wanted the Mann Lake top feeder (as it held more syrup), but my research showed that it had serious bee space violations in the middle, underneath (and subsequent reviewers claiming that...
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    Re: drawing out comb

    I'm new too (second year) but I'd think the horse still needs to come before the cart. I'd worry about getting the first 2 deeps filled first (for each nuc) before thinking about having extra comb...
  3. Thread: Top feeder

    by jjohnsind
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    Re: Top feeder

    I have tried a few kinds and they all have had issues. A beekeeping friend loaned me one of these and I have since bought a couple. Works very well, OCCASSIONALLY, I might find 1 or 2 bees that...
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    Re: Will my bees freeze?

    I'm nearby and I overwintered (first year hive) with screened bottom boards open as well. The bees got through so well, I'm more worried about swarming right now (I've knocked off 12+ swarm cells in...
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    Re: Price of Pint Jar of Honey

    I'm a newb but common sense tells me this much: Package & market it fancy and get top dollar. Use cheap generic labels & plastic squeeze bottles and get bottom dollar. When my turn comes, I plan...
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    Re: The best beehive Cover

    I'm new so I may not know any better, but I'm surprised nobody mentioned the plastic cover. I got my hive as a kit from Kelly and it came with a white plastic cover. This is a dense plastic that is...
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    Re: Plastic Top Feeder?

    LOL. The ONE thing I did save money on this year was building my own hive stand from these plans - http://www.littlehouseonthebighill.com/beekeeping/index.php?detail=95. Everything else, I had to...
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    Re: Plastic Top Feeder?

    I am 3 months new to this thing but the one thing I have learned so far was, the more I try to save money by cutting corners initially, the more it ends up costing me in the long run. I tried baggie...
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    Re: Feeling "ripped off"

    Amazon!
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    Re: How do you remove pickle smell????

    The use of bleach, or quaternary (an alternative sanitizer), is MANDATORY for use on all food service contact areas AND plates & utensils (by our state health department codes which tend to be very...
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    Re: How do you remove pickle smell????

    Bleach is used in the restaurant industry to sanitize (everything - containers, utensils, plates, eating surfaces, etc) and it is safe. It doesn't take much (1 capful to 5 gal), and it doesn't take...
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    Re: How do you remove pickle smell????

    It does go away. We reuse pickle buckets all the time. I'm not sure what our employees do but none of the pickle buckets I use have any lingering smell. My guess is filling it with bleach water (1...
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    Re: Single frame "harvest"

    My bees just drew & filled 9 frames of medium frames in 2 weeks. I think the difference was adding a high volume top feeder (they were going through a gallon of syrup in 2-3 days). I'm not so...
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    Re: Should I stop feeding?

    I am in the exact same situation & time frame as you. My nuc, installed first week of June never really got going (I was feeding). After a month, I only had 6 1/2 frames drawn (but filled with...
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    Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    I own a small restaurant and we go through (and throw away) about 3-4 5 gallon pickle buckets a week. We also go through about 2 - 3 gallon sauerkraut & sport pepper buckets a week. Ask around some...
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    Re: vented bee suit

    Been happy with the $150 Mann Lake's full ventilated suit. I have nothing to compare with but it seems to be well made and durable. They say they are generously true to size, but I wish I had gone...
  17. Re: Hey Newbees, who started this year, got a hive you want to brag on?

    I'm actually a little disappointed in my results so far. I installed a nuc June 6, and saw only one new full frame after a month (feeding with baggies). With 3 1/2 empty frames to go about a week...
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    Re: Sugar Water Spray?

    I tried it, but the overspray attracted a lot of ants later.
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    Re: Creamed Honey

    The best creamed honey I've had was the white stuff from Hawaii. Expensive, but its one of the factors that got me interested in beekeeping.
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    Re: 2014 Walter T Kelley Nucs

    It seems like the mean ones are always the best producers.
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    Re: Homemade Topfeeder

    The way I cut my ziplocks, they would be difficult to refill (maybe I'm doing it wrong). But you're right, they're merely pennies at Sam's Club. The sugar water costs a lot more. The only drawback...
  22. Re: Plastic, metal or wood bound queen excluders?

    As per the class I took. They all work, the bees seem to go through the metal ones easier. The plastics ones are easier to clean (for some reason, the instructor said that the metal ones had to be...
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    Re: Bottom Boards Made from Treated Lumber?

    I always thought pressure treated lumber had to season outdoors for about a year before it would take a stain or paint. I built my hive stand out of treated lumber this year and it would NOT take...
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    Re: Ventilated Bee Jacket

    I got the Mann Lake ventilated full suit. Very high quality, durable material. Even has knee padding for extra durability. I've only been beekeeping for a couple of weeks so I don't have much...
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    Re: Homemade Topfeeder

    I'm new to this so pardon my ignorance. Why do people make feeding more complicated than it needs to be? I just installed my nuc a couple of weeks ago, wasn't sure if I needed to feed or not and...
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