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  1. Thread: Hive Tool

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    Re: Hive Tool

    I just stick mine in the dishwasher when dirty. Gets spic and span every time. Sanitary too.

    If there's a buildup of propolis on it, I scrape it off with another tool or on a brick before...
  2. Honey to sugar conversion

    Hey there,

    Most cookbooks and I believe even the Honey Board recommend using 3/4 C honey for every 1 C of cane sugar in recipes. This allows for the extra moisture you get with honey that you...
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    Plant ID - have you done an internet search?

    Just a thought - a lot of state agricultural agencies have pretty knockout sites with searchable databases and pictures of plants that are common to the state. Some private colleges have them too. ...
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    Paulownia trees

    This link has a pretty good description of these trees and some good photos. Nope - I'm not associated with the site - just found it by googling the tree name. I don't know about whether bees like...
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    I'd like to know too

    I had a similar experience this year with a new hive located in a new apiary. I noticed brilliant yellow pollen that was left around the entrance and on the frames around the entrance since early...
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    All moth repellants are not the same

    Mothballs and Paramoth are not the same. You can buy the paramoth crystals at WalMart for a few dollars.

    You might want to think about the long-term proposition of using the crystals. The...
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    That would be a problem if I used a solid bottom...

    That would be a problem if I used a solid bottom board but since I use the west bug pans, all the "stuff" of the hive drops down into the pan except for dead bees. They seem to be abandoned on the...
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    Top entrances work for me

    I've been using top entrances for the past 3 years and they've worked great for me. My husband built a spacer that I use for the top entrance. It has an elongated strip about 7 inches long and 1/2...
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    I use this type of pollen collector. MB is...

    I use this type of pollen collector. MB is correct. The bees need to get used to going in a top entrance first, then introduce the pollen collector. The cones should point up - large part at...
  10. Thread: Wireless Video?

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    Video in hive - check this out

    You might want to take a look at www.hivetool.com. This fellow uses a night vision type video camera - wireless. He'll tell you all about his process - the works.
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    Have you tried grits to get rid of ants?

    Back when I was a new beekeeper, I had some ants that were targeting my hives. A friend from our bee club suggested I try grits (yup, the stuff people in the South eat with eggs for breakfast). The...
  12. Thread: Pollen grains

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    Thanks for the offer

    Hello,

    Haven't gotten to the slide creation process yet. I do have my pollen sources collected in different containers and have what I think is all the necessary equipment but am sorely lacking...
  13. Thread: Pollen grains

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    Pollen natural sculpture

    Hello there,

    Since it seems that there is a handful of us that are interested in this topic, I thought I'd share what I've been up to. I've been reading about pollen grains for the past few years...
  14. Thread: Pollen grains

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    Natural Wonders of the World - Pollen - Show me MORE

    Lovely! More, more, more please.

    Linda
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    Deer Deterrent

    We use chunks of Irish Spring soap to keep the deer away. This soap is really strong in smell and deer just don't seem to like it as long as it's smelly.

    I cut a bar into chunks and skewer each...
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    West beetle trap source

    I've bought them from Dadant and from Brushy Mtn both. I think they're around $11 or $12 dollars each. They look sort of like hard plastic broiler pans that sit under the hive in place of the...
  17. Thread: Lye

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    Lye source

    I've bought from these folks - they're fast, professional, and their prices are competitive. Their shipping rates are quite reasonable - the best deal is to make one order to maximize the cost of...
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    West beetle pans

    You might want to search the forum for other threads about this topic. There have been some other discussions about how these things work.

    I use 'em. I built a tray holder that lets me to slide...
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    Chiggers - the basics to keep from going insane

    I'm chigger bait. If there's a chigger within 100 miles of me, they're coming to me as soon as I go outside. Here's how I fight 'em with a great deal of success - but I do these steps every single...
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    SHB and West traps - a no pesticide solution

    I've used these for several years now and found them to be a super effective way of capturing larvae and adult beetles if you don't want to use pesticides in or around your hives. I've used oil and...
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    The redbud bloom is similarly colored but you can...

    The redbud bloom is similarly colored but you can always tell a redbud from others because they bloom earlier than most anything else and (this is the sure fire kicker) - their blooms pop right out...
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    Trapped queen - Thanks

    It's been about 3 weeks since I looked in the hive. I didn't break it all the way down at that time though I looked in the top brood chamber and didn't see any queen cells. There was capped brood,...
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    Queen in top pollen trap

    This evening after work I was out at my hives gathering pollen as usual. One of the hives has produced less pollen than I expected all along but the hive is only moderately strong so I decided to...
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    I've used the west trays for 2 years now. These...

    I've used the west trays for 2 years now. These things really work though they take some looking after.

    I started out using food oil the first year then switched to ditomacious earth last year...
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    The saga continues... thanks for your helpful...

    The saga continues... thanks for your helpful comments. The weather is strangely warm for this time of the year - in the 70's for days on end. I took advantage of this weather oddity to look into...
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