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    Re: Rendering Beeswax from Brood Frames

    Cheryl has the best way to go described. I too have started to skip messing with old brood comb. it goes into swarm traps or makes for amazing fire starters
  2. Re: How far away from bee yard to place bait hive?

    I scatter mine around wherever a landowner will have them. I don't catch many, but the boxes are easy to make, so they sit out in hopes of some free bees. I do keep a 10-frame deep and a 5-frame...
  3. Re: Bee Keeping Accident: Could have been FAR WORSE IMO

    last year a bear tore into 7 of 8 of my hives. I put them back together to have the same thing occur within 20 minutes. of the surviving hives, most settled down within a few weeks. one of them...
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    Re: How do you mark your hives?

    I have done nothing to mine as there is no requirement to do so, but if I were to mark them, I'd plasma cut/weld up a brand of sorts and I'd use it on every darn piece of wood, including the frames...
  5. Re: First Bait Swarm Caught in the Bay Area Peninsula

    I saw this and was absolutely shocked...then I realized you were not talking about the bay area, of Michigan's lower peninsula. Congrats on the catch.
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    Re: How my bees spent their winter......

    ouch, I hope my girls aren't too crabby when I get a chance to open them up and have a look.
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    Re: Swarm trap success rates?

    I've had only 2 seasons of trapping, and have caught one swarm. I have some traps in agricultural areas, woodlands, and in the city. the city trap is the one that actually caught bees. I wouldn't...
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    Re: Connecting plywood 90 angle joint

    I've assembled a few dozen nucs for use in the bee yard and for swarm traps. I use the narrow crown stapler for all of them along with either titebond-II or TB-III depending on what I have handy. I...
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    Re: DCoates (Coates) Nuc Fasteners

    I use staples and TBII. I have some that have been outside nonstop for 2 years and are just as sturdy as when the glue initially dried.
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    Re: Community Feeders

    for better or worse, I community feed via 5-gallon bucket. I use the inverted bucket technique that allows for the bees to drink at the raised lip that provides strength around where the handle is. ...
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    Re: Wood Pellets for smoker fuel?

    I bought a bag to give them a try and I think they have their place. they keep going for a good while, but for me that wasn't enough of an upside. I didn't care for the smell of them and they were...
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    Re: Natural Comb Frames?

    anything in place at the top of the frame (wedge turned sideways, popsicle sticks, strips of plastic foundation...etc) will give the bees a guide to start a straight comb. if the hive is level they...
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    Re: Best Sources To Learn Queen Rearing

    check out mdasplitter.com for an easy method that doesn't take much special effort. this is a great way to increase hive count. the other methods involve kits for graftless queen rearing, or of...
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    Re: Hive Hosting Payment by Honey

    first question is why are the hives there....because you want them there, or because he wants them there. I take some hives to a local crop share farm and in exchange I get a free crop share. they...
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    Re: How do you Northern beeks do it?

    On either deals with the cold, lives in misery, or moves south. I have softened my stance on retiring down South as a result of beekeeping, but until I do, I just expect some winter losses and care...
  16. Re: Advice for Honey Extractor that works with Deep Frames

    I also run 10-frame deeps for everything. I had some mediums supers early on, but i never put them on a hive. Instead I gave them to a female beek that was looking for a lighter set-up. Anyways,...
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    Re: winter porch canopy

    like most folks, in the winter I have an entrance reduce in place. Since I know right where they will be coming and going, I simply take a flashing card and use two T-50 staples to secure it to the...
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    Re: More"advanced beginner" Questions

    when I've done splits I've moved one half (either the queenright, or queenless...it doesn't matter much) some distance that varies from 1' to 100.' I've never used an outyard for doing this and have...
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    Re: Foundationless frame question....

    in year one, I used plasticell foundation for my frames and it worked okay, but I switched over to nearly foundationless. I make my own frames and I used a 1-3" strip of cut down plasticell as a...
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    Re: Package Bee Installation Question

    something to consider...it can take quite a bit of shaking to get the bees out of those darn packages. It is often easier to remove staples, or cut the screen on one side and then just give it one...
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    Re: What is your favorite hive configuration?

    Though I do have one "long lang" hive, a skep, and will be starting a TBH this year, all the rest of my hives are 10-frame deeps. I'm a 32 year old engineer and firefighter in pretty decent shape. ...
  22. Thread: Bears

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    Re: Bears

    Well doesn't that just suck! I lost half my hives last year to a bear...I didn't even know we had bears. I up and moved all my hives as well for the season. Now I have them back and they are...
  23. Thread: Moving Hives

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    Re: Moving Hives

    I've had very little problems in moving hives. Even in flying weather, when moving a hive 20 or 30 the foragers come back to the old site, and they do congregate in that area during the day, but as...
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    Re: Bee Brush Alternatives?

    I keep a couple of feathers from a turkey wing in my bee tool box. I find them to work much better as you can kinda catapult the bees off the comb instead of rolling them over with the brush. the...
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    Re: Need advice on extractor

    FWIW, I have a 2-frame extractor that I bought used and I haven't even put frames into it. After cleaning it up and getting it ready for service, I thought, "I need something bigger" and constructed...
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