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    Re: primer on hive boxes ?

    I use Kilz water-based primer for interior/exterior use. Works well, inexpensive - never had the primer fail. You must use primer on bare wood or you're wasting your time.
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    Re: My 1st year as a beekeep has come to a end.

    I lost my bees every winter for my first four years of beekeeping and was ready to quit. Now, ten years later my losses are very low. It does get easier with experience. You're are just paying your...
  3. Thread: staples

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    Re: staples

    1/4" crown and 1 1/4" length staple for frames and boxes. Use an Arrow 3/8" hand stapler and 1/2" length staples for screen and stapling tar paper on hives for winter wrap. If money was no object,...
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    A Frame Stapler for Santa

    After taking advantage of the recent bee equipment supply sales, I ended up with more frames than I wanted to assemble by hammer and nail. I don't mind assembling by hand, it just takes so much more...
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    Re: swarm catching odds

    Some years some; some years none. I would say on the average about 10-15% in my area.
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    Re: Downfall of Bee Culture (vs. ABJ)

    I enjoy both magazines equally. Some of the monthly articles are instructional and some are just plain entertainment. But after reading the two magazines each month, I feel that I'm participating...
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    Re: Screened bottom boards out?

    I use the SBB to do 24 hour natural-mite-drop counts three to four times a year. Can do all my mite counts in minimal time without having to open the hives and take off the honey supers yet another...
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    Re: Ventilated Bee Suit Breakdown Report

    I like the Honeymoon Aparies Ultrabreeze suits and jackets. Very durable. I have worn for hundreds of hours and not taken one sting through the suit. Easy to get on and off. Plenty of room inside...
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    Re: Do we need to start a new thread for 2013???????

    3/29/13
    44090 Wellington, Ohio (near Cleveland)
    Bees are in Silver Maples this morning - 39 degrees, sunny
    Just start of Silver Maple bloom.
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    Re: Do we need to start a new thread for 2013???????

    44090
    Wellington, Ohio (near Cleveland)

    Snowdrops 3/10/13
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    Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2011

    5/2/11
    44090

    North Central Ohio

    Crab Apple starting to bloom
    Garlic Mustard

    Wettest April ever here. Temps remain below normal.
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    Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2011

    44090
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    4/23/11 First springlike day in the 70s after weeks of rain and temps in 40s & 50s.

    All first blooms:

    Dandelion
    Henbit
    Spring Beauty
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    Re: Package and Hive Top Feeder

    I've had great results using the Mann Lake feeders, but a few packages I've hived been reluctant to use them (in my experience) when the temps were still too cool at night, or the feeder was above an...
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    Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2011

    44090

    North Central Ohio

    Daffodil 4/9
    Pussy Willow producing pollen 4/11
    Forsythia 4/11

    Skunk Cabbage is emerging:o
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    Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2011

    North Central Ohio
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    Silver Maple began blooming
    3/18/11
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    Re: Easy 5-frame nuc plans

    I prefer to think of placing swarm traps in terms of where the smell will go. I find likely places where bees will be in the Spring during swarm season and position the swarm traps where the smell...
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    Re: Easy 5-frame nuc plans

    I've had mice move into swarm traps 10 feet off the ground. I cover all my swarm trap openings with 1/2" hardware cloth.
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    Re: Feeding Pollen Patties-Ohio

    Last year, Silver Maple pollen was coming in about the middle of March here. I won't put patties on until then. Like Mike G. said, about 3 weeks. I think you'll chill brood this early. Middle of...
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    Re: Fondant vs. dry sugar

    The temps are critical, and unless your thermometer is accurate you'll have to experiment to get the right temps. I had a tough time getting the hang of it too. Be sure to let the mixture cool...
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    Re: Fondant vs. dry sugar

    I didn't say "hard", I said somewhat dry. Fondant will dry out and become crumbly in about a week or so of air drying. I also reduce the amount of corn syrup in my recipe (sugar, water, and corn...
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    Re: The honey left over in my dead-out

    Wax worms aren't a problem up here in the North until mid summer. Especially after the cold temps we had this winter. I think blocking the entrance is all you need to do until June. Freezing would...
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    Re: Fondant vs. dry sugar

    I make my own fondant and let it get somewhat dry. I make it into 1/2 thin sheets and break off pieces that I can put right on the top bars. In the Spring, I mix the leftover fondant with water and...
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    Re: Newspaper as Insulation?

    I use thick layers of newspaper above the hive to help absorb moisture and styrofoam above the newspaper. My upper enterance is only a 3/8 inch hole to help keep mice and wind out of hive, and 3/8...
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    Re: grease patties

    Here's the link:

    http://www.wvu.edu/~agexten/varroa/#

    I've been experimenting with this only since Fall. I suspect a feral swarm I caught last summer has Tracheal mites. I can't say for sure...
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    Re: crystallized honey problem

    I just put the honey, still in the jar, in my oven with just the oven light on. After about six hours I turn the light off but leave the honey in the oven (without opening the door). Within 8-12...
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