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    Re: Temps inside the hive !!

    My first winter beekeeping, I had two hives right behind my shed. I was curious and purchase a couple indoor/outdoor thermometers with 10 foot probes. That allowed me to mount the thermometer...
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    Re: Top insulation and vent

    For a quilt/insulation box, I use a standard medium super. I have a 3/4 inch vent hole/entrance drilled bottom center of the box. I make a simple framed insert to fit inside the box and cover it...
  3. Re: When will I ever learn? CAUTION! not for the faint of heart. Nailer accident.

    Been there, done that. I was making some bee equipment a couple years ago and had a brad nail a strip of wood to my finger with the brad coming through my fingernail. That was a fun one to pull out...
  4. Re: What size rubber bands would be best for medium frames?

    I use Staples #32 for medium frames:

    http://www.staples.com/Staples-Economy-Rubber-Bands-Size-32-1-lb/product_808618
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporizing vs. Dribbling

    Papar -

    Randy Oliver's site has lots of info on OA treatments.

    http://scientificbeekeeping.com/articles-by-publication-date/

    The link entitled "Oxalic Acid - Part 1" talks about the...
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    Re: Mike Palmer nuc versus 5 or 4 frame nucs

    I like the MP setup too. I make my own custom 6 frame medium NUCS. I decided to make up many double 6 frame divided bottom boxes to use for over-wintering colonies this year. I also cut a slot...
  7. Re: Northern Beeks; Hives should look like this....?

    I'm seeing much of the same thing Billy. Almost all of my hives have shut down altogether as far as new brood. It really made it hard to pick which queens to keep when combining the weak hives. ...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    9/16/14: Swarm caught in trap today

    19335

    Getting late for swarms around here - hope it is not from one of mine, but prob is. Will investigate this week.
  9. Thread: quilt box

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    Re: quilt box

    This page, Boris Suggest wool. I have used wool on a few hives and compared to wood chips. The wood chip hives retained more moisture in the wood chips than the wool does. It does breathe and wick...
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    Re: Yess or No on Honey suppers

    I normally place an empty super on top of the inner cover, then stack wet supers on top of that. The bees have easy access and do not treat the wet supers as part of the hive. It's best to place...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    That smell arrived this week at all my hive sites. Goldenrod is coming in. Hoping for a good flow so I don't need to feed much. I did give most all my larger colonies about a gallon of 5:3 syrup...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    8/29/14: 19382, West Chester - Caught a swarm today in a trap - checked the trap yesterday and it was empty.

    I'll probably make use of these late swarms to strengthen weaker hives that I would...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    8/28/14: 19382, West Chester - 6pm small swarm, easy catch.
  14. Re: How long for new queen to start laying?

    You can generate a queen calendar using this tool ... Gives all the timings you need.

    http://www.thebeeyard.org/queen-rearing-calendar/

    Michael's site also provides good info:
    ...
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    Re: vented bee suit

    I got a Golden Bee Vented Jacket this year. They will sew them to your measurements. I really like it - Good construction and american made!
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    Re: Maxant 3100 Extractor

    That is the most I've worked out in the last year with that equipment :rolleyes:

    I got to thinking, I really should use the weights more ...

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: Maxant 3100 Extractor

    Was doing more extracting today, so I thought I would share a pic of how I stabilized mine.

    That is two 35 lbs weight plates, and two 35 lbs dumbbells. you can see the pad I referred to above...
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    Re: Maxant 3100 Extractor

    I have the same extractor as you and had the same problem. This year I did as Ross suggested, I cut a piece of 3/4" plywood big enough to mount the extractor to and set the bucket on. I used 5/16"...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    19335 - 6/27 caught swarm in trap.
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    Re: Foundationless Brood Frames.........

    I have good success with FL frames as well. Every spring when I make my splits I feed lots of new FL frames into the NUCs made from splits. They draw out worker cell almost exclusively. Feeding...
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    Re: Ventilated Bee Jacket

    I decided to go with the vented Jacket from Golden Bee. Expect delivery on Monday/Tuesday this week. I like the fact that it is American made, and custom to my measurements. They make their...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    6/19 - 19335 noticed swarm had moved in one of my traps. The swarm was from 6/18 or 6/19.
  23. Re: Where do you get your 1.25" frame nails?

    I agree HF air tools are not high quality construction grade equipment, but I don't expect that for less than 15 bucks either. They are disposable for me. The newer models seem to jam far less than...
  24. Re: Where do you get your 1.25" frame nails?

    Build a jig. The time saved with the jig/stapler combo is way more than going from nails to the staple gun. 10 frames per 7 mins or so ...
  25. Re: Where do you get your 1.25" frame nails?

    I would go to a harbor freight if you have one, buy a Nailer/stapler (or two):

    http://www.harborfreight.com/18-gauge-2-in-1-nailerstapler-68019.html

    and ammo:

    1 1/8 or 1 1/2 inch staples ......
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