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    Re: Stainless Steel honey strainer

    I've only had to do this once but here's what worked. I placed a couple sheets of thick paper towels on the galvanized floor of my solar melter. On top of that, I laid the mesh filter with the mesh...
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    Re: Painting Bee Hives?

    You don't "need" to but there's evidence (as mentioned) that various differentiators may help reduce drifting. I've always wanted to test that but never found the time. What I have noticed is how...
  3. Re: Comparing sugar cakes to "loose" sugar feeding

    I agree.
  4. Re: Centuries Old Belief that Bees Can Predict the Weather ~ Scientifically Proven Tr

    Post #1 is great. I love it. I can't tell you how many times I've been puzzled over something going on at the entrance only to be surprised at an unexpected change in the weather. I know I'm...
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    Re: What nails should I use?

    Good advice from beeware. When I nailed, I used galvy box 8's and did just fine. Actually liked them a lot.
  6. Re: Comparing sugar cakes to "loose" sugar feeding

    I agree with the above and would add that after all these posts, we seem to agree that liquid is important. Even five years ago, (I checked) there were plenty of posts discussing the application of...
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    Re: Can wire foundation be cut?

    Kitchen / garden shears work well. Warm wax makes it easier.
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    Re: Swarm trap colors

    I like old, white boxes. I put them a ways up in a tree and it's easier to see them coming and going against the light paint. Old eyes I guess.
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    Re: Splitting a Package

    Sure. It might even go quicker although I don't know where in Maine you are and your season may be quite different (hailing from The County so I know). What I've found is that you can get a package...
  10. Re: Comparing sugar cakes to "loose" sugar feeding

    Well, I've used the MC method plenty of times without much problem. Getting the newspaper wet helps create "syrup" when the sugar meets the liquid. As condensation increases in the hive, more of the...
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    Re: Can hive blow over

    They "can" but they're not apt to usually. The worst I've had is tops blown off in real strong winds...even with added weight.
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    Re: How close is too close?

    I don't think that 20 feet is too close. I do think that it depends more on how much activity there is in that area. A quiet corner may be better.
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    Re: Mold on capped honey frames

    The bees will take care of that for you. Unless I get an extremely thick covering of mold, I don't worry about it.
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    Re: Anyone seal boxes with polyurethane?

    I made a bunch of two story nucs a few years back and finished with spar varnish. They've held up pretty well although they're not always "full time". They look nice too. Not sure I would do it again...
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    Re: Walt Wright temporarily out of commission

    Please let him know we're thinking of him and, if there's anything that this community can do to help, we'd appreciate knowing. All the best.
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    Re: New Hive - No Shake Installation?

    Yes, you can add an empty box and add the package to it, coming back soon to finish the installation. Please don't wait long as bees will often very quickly start building comb and things might get...
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    Re: Hive Maintenance

    If you can keep all the bees inside the hive while you're painting I don't see what the problem would be. Flying bees sometimes take exception to your working on the boxes and if they land and...
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    Re: Do I need to cross wire ?

    I would probably do the opposite but here are some thoughts.

    I only cross wire or pin deep brood frames if the prepared frames will sit in a warmish area for a while before using them. Once the...
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    Re: Hive Maintenance

    I typically rotate equipment. Now that I'm on all mediums I usually have plenty of spare woodenware at each end of the season. I pull any boxes that need a little work and they become winter...
  20. Re: Can i use galvanized mesh in a division feeder?

    I think it will be fine. Heck, I use galvanized waterers for the bees and for the chickens. Galvanized feeders. Galvanized troughs and pails. My sap buckets are galvanized. My bees take water out of...
  21. Re: Fundamentals of beekeeping: Cost to get started

    My wife has a saying whenever we talk about how much anything I do will cost us. She says:

    "Whatever you say it's going to cost, it'll cost us twice as much"

    Pretty smart girl, yes she is......
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    Re: new to bees, never been stung, should I?

    Yes, I've had more problems with face stings than others. I take a face sting with a grain of salt now and don't jump to conclusions because, for me, the reaction is different and not typical of...
  23. Re: Do Robber screens hurt Queen return rates after mating flights?

    If they're on all the time, maybe not. I just don't get why they might be on all the time. Even when yellow jackets get mean, a prime colony at the splitting time of the year should be able to handle...
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    Re: BeeCam suggestions for 2016?

    They could read the lettering on an ATM machine. Past that.....not sure.
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    Re: BeeCam suggestions for 2016?

    When we had some emergency security needs a while back we used a bunch of Foscams. POE, which made for quick installations. VERY ready for outdoor and night use. Lots of features like motion...
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