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    Re: decapping knife

    I cut mine in half so I get natural comb on the edges and it saves me 50% on foundation. No big deal with a few hives but it is a big deal with several 100.
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    Re: Honey straining help please!

    I just use the 400. I have never used all three at once.
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    Re: Packaged Bees

    Yes. H&R has very good package bees and the price is very affordable. Local bee club switched to them last year and were very happy. Now the packages are much cheaper than nucs. They way it...
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    Re: Making bricks using anodized aluminum pans

    My wife frowns heavily when I raid the kitchen for bee supplies. I go to the dollar store and get disposable bakeware. Cheap, works, and I don't get yelled at anymore. Plus I cut them down to fit...
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    Re: no cook sugar brick is a joke

    If it falls apart its too wet. The I use 25 lbs a sugar and about 25 oz vinegar and one day in the dehydrator. Hards are rocks.
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    Re: Bill Crowell, Deceased

    As a fellow Stockbridge School of Agriculture graduate, I am thinking of his family and keeping them in my thoughts. Rest Peacefully sir.
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    Re: Electric Fence Questions????

    I run several Parmak SP12 and Love them. Never had any issues other than battery replacement now and then. Grounding is king. Some yards have 2-3 rods others have 8-10. Depends on soil type and...
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    Re: Never requeen

    Requeening has a purpose. Purchased queens should be a last resort for a self sufficient beekeepers. I manage 75-100 colonies and raise my own queens. If I need to requeen a colony and I don't...
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    NWC Nucs for Spring in MA

    Looking for a supplier of NWC headed 5 frame deep nucs in the spring in Western Massachusetts.
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    Re: To buy foundation now or wait?

    indoors. Cold is fine. Summer heat in a shed or garage could cause warping. In that case move it into the house or a shady shed.
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    Re: Storing foundation

    Yes. Kept dry and cold is fine. Don't mess with it when its cold. Summer is more of a problem. My shop gets hot and the foundation warps/buckles a bit from the heat.
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    Re: Mold on Frames

    As long as the mold hasn't completely covered the comb, go ahead and use it.
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    Re: Nuc prices for 2016

    I sell strong Carni spring 5 frame deep nucs in travel box for $150. I sold out in a month. I feel prices should be higher.
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    Re: To buy foundation now or wait?

    Foundations as long as shows up in one piece will never go "bad" if kept in a temp controlled environment.
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    Re: will queen lay in drawn honey comb

    Yes. They will lay in honey supers. Excluders work best under drawn comb. Queens are unlikely to pass over honey to lay above. So if they have a box of honey you can place empty frames above.
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    Re: Advantech nuc cover test

    I build 5 frame nucs and 10 frame outer covers out of it. I find it needs plenty of paint. I have a few that blistered and swelled up. I would lever build 10 frame equipment out of it. Holy crap...
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    Re: Sugar block....don't do this!!

    Tried the oven once. Melted. I have a gas oven which is far less accurate that electric. My buddy had a food dehydrator that he never uses so I use it for sugar bricks in my greenhouse because the...
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    Re: Lost hive, Signs of AFB I think

    Yes, mites. Notice the pierced cappings? Notice the dead emerging adult with its Proboscis sticking out? Signs of mites PMS
  19. Re: Does anyone heat their beehives during cold spells

    No. Bees are perfectly adapted for cold weather. Winter bees have fat cells unlike summer bees. Heating the hive will create an unstable hive. Bees will move, fly, rear brood, and eat all when...
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    Re: Insulated top box

    Hive remains intact. Place insulation board on top of your highest box. No need for extra space.
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    Re: Winter feeding

    25lb sugar mixed with 1qt cider vinegar. mixed so the mix if very dry. Place in food dehydrator for a couple days or in the oven set as low as your oven goes. Place spacer rim on top of brood...
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    Re: Best wax foundation

    Most if not all foundation is resold. At last count Dadant was the producer for most resellers.
  23. Re: Recommendations for Table Saw Blades/Accessories?

    I like the Freud 10" 60 tooth blade and a Freud 6" safety dado set. Pick up some leecraft zero clearance inserts. They are awesome. You will need a sacrificial dado fence. Mine is a straight 2x4...
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    Re: What Frames and Foundation???

    Wedge top and grooved bottom allows you to use all types of foundation and even go foundationless by turning the wedge.
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    Re: Winter feeding

    If inclined, make up sugar bricks. Much easier to apply and the bees appear to consume the sugar. Mountain Camp....bees seem to discard most of the sugar. My 2 cents.
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