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    I ordered three queens from Betterbee a while...

    I ordered three queens from Betterbee a while back. The quoted a May12 ship date, but they arrived a week ago with an overnight warning from UPS. Anyway, I had three queens with no prep time, so I...
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    I'm thinking of the Italian job too,, but was...

    I'm thinking of the Italian job too,, but was wondering about the fact that it is the only one I've seen anywhere that sells replacement gears and handles... I really like the looks of the Swienty...
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    The only other thing I recall is to add a drop or...

    The only other thing I recall is to add a drop or two of lemon grass oil to mimic a queen having been there. If they have already swarmed, the scouts probably already have a new home scoped out, but...
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    I have a couple of packages coming Thursday and...

    I have a couple of packages coming Thursday and wonder what is the best frames to use. I was thinking a frame of honey on each side (deep), one of pollen, two or three of drawn comb in the middle,...
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    I saw a lot of that on two of my stronger hives...

    I saw a lot of that on two of my stronger hives this year. I replaced the usual inner covers with travel covers (about 10" square of window screen covered opening with raised lip around both top and...
  6. Thread: Micro ecologies

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    I've had skunks and bears (electric fence now a...

    I've had skunks and bears (electric fence now a neccessity). My least favorite was the European hornets. HUGE mothers that look like yellow jackets but three times the size and snagged my bees...
  7. Thread: screen bottoms

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    Dwight, I'm in NH, and I like to close them up...

    Dwight,
    I'm in NH, and I like to close them up just for the sake of wind. Nothing nastier than a cold wind blowing up yer pantleg. I have a predictable prevailing wind direction, so I place the...
  8. I've been using the slatted bottom boards over...

    I've been using the slatted bottom boards over the screened BB's to give them a place to fan, etc. Just was wondering if that might give fallen mites a great place to regroup and climb back up into...
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    Hi JJ, I tried very long and hard to get a...

    Hi JJ,

    I tried very long and hard to get a wire through my clogged coil. I even tried .035 mig welding wire, which is much stiffer than copper. No dice. Tried some heavy duty solvents, and even...
  10. Thread: wet comb cleanup

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    I've extracted honey and have comb to clean up...

    I've extracted honey and have comb to clean up for storage for the NH winter. We are in the middle of our goldenrod season, so the bees are a bit HOT and very prone to getting into a major frenzy if...
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    Rooter, I had the same problem with one purchased...

    Rooter, I had the same problem with one purchased today. Didn't want to keep running to get to heat. I put on a "fuller" tank and all worked well.
  12. Thread: Weight of Honey

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    According to the "bee book" I have it's 1.5 times...

    According to the "bee book" I have it's 1.5 times water (an 8oz liquid measure jar...one cup...actually weighs 12oz.)
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    Ok, sounds like I need to take the whole unit...

    Ok, sounds like I need to take the whole unit apart to have access to the back end of the tube? Will do it that's the case. Thanks!

    Gary
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    Thanks for trying, but there seems to be more of...

    Thanks for trying, but there seems to be more of a problem. The nozzle is clear, and I've run a soft cable into the coil a couple of inches. The tank end of the tube is also clear. I took the...
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    My fogger seems to be having problems that...

    My fogger seems to be having problems that hopefully someone else can help with. It seems to not be pumping oil, and in fact seems to be sucking burnt oil back into the container. Any hope for a...
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    What I do is uncap and then pack at least ten...

    What I do is uncap and then pack at least ten frames into one of those "storage tubs" you can get cheap at Walmart, etc. that measures 20x12 inches. It's Rubbermade, and is translucent with a blue...
  17. Thread: bee barriers

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    They do love their salt! When I go fishing in...

    They do love their salt! When I go fishing in the salt, my bees are all over the boat for days, no matter how hard I try to rinse it off. What I've done is put out a stainless tray about 1/2" deep...
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    I've had pretty good luck getting mediums of...

    I've had pretty good luck getting mediums of plastic drawn out this year by putting them between the two deeps of strong colonies (though had to reverse when I found her laying only on the top). I'm...
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    I read somewhere (most likely on this forum) that...

    I read somewhere (most likely on this forum) that they won't lay unless it is pitch black dark in the storage area. If that holds up, I'm planning on one of those 15wat flouresent bulbs left on will...
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    I tried a split using some supercedure cells back...

    I tried a split using some supercedure cells back in early July, and put frames of eggs in again on the 13th. All there is now is a tiny capped queen cell, but far too small to be viable. Added...
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    This is my first year with "surplus", so had to...

    This is my first year with "surplus", so had to keep it simple. I cleared four mediums the other day by shaking them. Lots of excitement for a few mintues, but just a few straglers. Question is, if...
  22. Thread: Ready to swarm?

    by garyl
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    I have a STRONG hive that I checked today and...

    I have a STRONG hive that I checked today and found several queen cells with LARGE larvae, and a triple group of capped cells on the face of a frame. Not much honey congestion, and seems to be plenty...
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    Tempted to do a new post, but this is close...

    Tempted to do a new post, but this is close enough I hope. I have a STRONG hive that I checked today and found several queen cells with LARGE larvae, and a triple group of capped cells on the face...
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    What I've tried this year is to make what I call...

    What I've tried this year is to make what I call Vent covers. Instead of the usual inner cover, I make the opening about 6x6 and screen it. When it gets real hot and humid I can use a bit of 1/4...
  25. Thread: walkaway splits?

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    Thanks, but I'm guessing the 4 frames of capped...

    Thanks, but I'm guessing the 4 frames of capped and uncapped stores I added done't count and I should feed 1 to 1 also? No problem if that's the case, I have the top entrance down to about two bees...
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