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  1. Thread: smoker fuel

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    Re: smoker fuel

    I would be reluctant to use dryer lint or denim unless I knew it was 100% cotton. Burning polyester, nylon, or other plastic fabrics probably isn't very good for the bees. My favorite is wood...
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    Re: Who's got drones

    I've got capped drone brood in hives at two different yards in Stuart, VA.
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    Re: Mann Lake Pro Feeders

    Try Miller Bee Supply in North Wilksboro, NC.
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    Re: Screen Shrubs for Virginia

    I like the privets. They do require shearing on a regular schedule. As others have said, the bees love them.
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    Re: Mann Lake Pro Feeders

    They fit in 8-frame equipment with no problem, leaving room for 7 frames. Also, in 4-frame nucs, they leave room for 3 frames, and in 5-frame nucs they leave room for 4 frames.
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    Re: Mites on Caught Swarm

    You can do an Oxalic Acid dribble. There are plenty of sources that explain how to do it.
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    Re: Mites on Caught Swarm

    It would be a perfect time to use an Oxalic Acid treatment, if you are not opposed to treating for mites. It would not help with any mites in the capped brood you gave them, but would knock down all...
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    Re: Drawing out mating frames

    If you put them on a strong full-sized colony during a flow you would have a better chance of having them drawn out. I use cut down (half-sized) mediums for mine. Sometimes I put frames of...
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    Re: So Far So Good this Winter

    I got to check one of my yards two days ago. It was too cold to open them up but I put my ear against each of the hives. All thirty had the buzzing sound of a cluster. Still, I worry about how...
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    Re: Would "Bee Quick" help on clothing.

    The title of this post reminds me of a story about the farmer, Burton, where I have an outyard. He had another beekeeper on his property in the past that couldn't harvest his sourwood crop because...
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    Re: Which pollen do you prefer and why

    I really like the Sundance bottom traps. They produce a very clean pollen and are easy to access. I have the ones with the rear drawer, so I can walk through the yard quickly and pull out drawers...
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    Re: Top feeder sealant

    I use clear silicon caulk to seal all the joints/corners in my top feeders. I've never had an issue with bees chewing the caulk. Nor have I had any drowning issues...plenty of hardware cloth for...
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    Re: Pollen Pricing

    In more than two words, Sundance traps are designed to be inefficient, trapping only about 50% of the pollen and leaving the rest for the bees.
  14. Re: How long do most newbies stay with beekeeping?

    That reminds me of a strong message I took to heart from Ted Hooper's book Guide to Bees and Honey (from the U.K.) Paraphrasing, he considered bee "owners" as anti-social, negligent, and...
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    Re: Pollen Pricing

    I sell it frozen in 1lb and 2lb jars (honey weight--pollen is about half that). I collect it daily and spread it out on a white plastic board. Then, while wearing 3X reader glasses, I carefully...
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    Re: Anyone had AFB problem in Mid-Tenn

    How often (or rarely) does that happen?
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    Re: March Packages vs. Later

    I got 8 packages last March and all 8 queens were killed--three were able to lay some eggs before they were killed. I got 50 more packages in May and all but three queens were accepted. No more...
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    Re: Pollen Pricing

    I'm selling my pollen wholesale for $12/lb and $18/lb retail. There seems to be lots of potential for pollen sales.
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    Re: Frames for mini-nucs; wild hair idea?

    I do like Dan from Pine Ridge, but with 5-frame mediums. I put them on my nucs and let them draw out the foundation (rite cell). It makes it easy to stock mating nucs. After the last queens are...
  20. Re: How long do most newbies stay with beekeeping?

    ...and pre-varroa times!
  21. Re: How long do most newbies stay with beekeeping?

    I prescribe to the quote "Hard work is fun, when improvement is evident." I started keeping bees in 1977 with two packages from Sears. I'm still loving it and find the harder I work the more fun I...
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    Re: Polar Vortex states

    8 below F here this morning on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Southwest Virginia.
  23. Re: alternative covering for telescoping outer cover.

    I looked at my sheet metal thickness (gauge) chart for aluminum. It only goes down to .0056, which translates to 35 gauge. The sheets you have are probably 37 or 38 gauge. That really is thin! By...
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    Nectar sugar content

    Where can I find a table that lists the sugar content for all the blossoms that might be visited by honeybees? I remember seeing one a few decades ago, but haven't been able to find it again.
  25. Re: Age old question of Italians or Carny's, cold weather climate

    You could get the Italian nuc, then requeen it with a Carnie queen. That would help increase its chances of making it through the winter.
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