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    Re: Extractor-less honey by Flow Hive

    Where's your flow frames ace? They are the best thing any "non-interventionist" could hope for. I'm sure your unadulterated and invaluable input on their performance will be cherished by all :)
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    Re: Dimensions crucial for telescoping cover?

    Before I started making 8 frame hives I visited a commercial near me and measured the width of a bunch of his 8 frame hives from different distributors and they ranged from 13 5/8 to 13 7/8. Good...
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    Re: Mites finally got me

    Lol I'm going to read the "other" book in Mike's library :)
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    Re: Mites finally got me

    It was 11 losses in one yard and 12 in another, an equal split. I agree that there are feral survivors, they live in the city :) Where I am is a heavy agriculture area and I have at least 600...
  5. Thread: Pollen trap

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    Re: Pollen trap

    The Sundance only strips about half the pollen off the bees which means half gets into the hive, which is a good thing. I've always heard positive reviews about the Sundance traps (the ones that go...
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    Re: bottom board 'rim' question

    All mine are 3/8" openings. Quite a few boxes have chew marks on the entrances where the mice tried to get in and failed. My opinion is that 3/4" is too much unless there's a good reason for it...
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    Re: Mites finally got me

    This year I used my apiary (my main yard) as a comb builder, I fed them sugar syrup from mid March to late August. They drew out 400 frames of comb (natural cell) for me which I let them rob out in...
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    Re: Mites finally got me

    I had 20 of his hives 100 feet away from 1 of my yards with another 80 within a 1/4 mile and 120 of his hives within 1/4 mile of my main yard. I know he treats a cocktail before heading to holding...
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    Re: Mites finally got me

    My hugest problem is the commercial near me. I'm never more than 1/4 mile from 40 - 160 hives of his. I open mate, he always buys southern Italian queens and requeens every spring. I know this...
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    Re: Mites finally got me

    Honestly Fusion I was going to post this in the TF section but thought it was better posting it in the general forum. I was mostly TF and all my bees were basically local survivor stock. I've hoped...
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    Re: Smoker Smoke Harmful?

    The most challenging obstacles I encounter with my smoker (now that I know how to light it and keep it lit :) ) are:
    1. Keeping it where it wont start a fire
    2. Keeping it where I'm upwind from it
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    Mites finally got me

    Went out to check both my yards today as we've had a bit of exceptionally nice weather and discovered I have lost 23 out of 30 hives. The bees were all dead in their cluster and they were over/near...
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    Re: Can wood be too rough for bees?

    Rougher than the crags and jags inside a tree or rougher than the inside of a cinder block wall, no way lol It seems to me bees like a rougher surface over a smoother surface i.e. painting or...
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    Re: Titebond II - what happened?

    I always buy by the gallon and have been on the titebond website so I can tell when the glue was manufactured. Their recommendation was to not buy old stock over a year old if possible. I've never...
  15. Thread: planers

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    Re: planers

    I'm going to buy a Ridgid 4331 pretty soon. Ridgid is offering a lifetime warranty for the original purchaser on the unit. It has some double sided blades which I've been able to sharpen in the...
  16. Re: Attaching comb to top bar (or anything for that matter)

    Titebond works very well for attaching empty comb to the bottom of a top bar. I've had the comb actually break but a starter strip of it will always stay stuck to the bottom of the bar so its still...
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    I use titebond 3 to glue the comb right to a top bar :)
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    Re: Question about bulk milk tanks?

    A rabbi I once spoke to who actually kept bees with his grandfather in his youth said that "raw" honey was kosher. Now I wish I had asked him what his definition of raw was lol
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    Re: Propolis Traps?

    if you sell your scrapings to cosmetic companies and its relatively free of debris they will give you $7 - $12 a pound based on their grading system. If you use traps and get clean propolis you can...
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    Re: Propolis Traps?

    the traps I bought from Mann Lake are great in regards to I had to buy 10 frame traps but there's a rib in them that lines up with an 8 frame hive so cutting them down and having support on both...
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    Re: Spring is on it's way!

    -5 F right before sunrise in my apiary the other morning. I'm getting itchy to get out but I know it's going to be another 2 months before I can start with the hives.
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    Re: Smoker bellows repair

    I never throw out my old boots. I always end up needing a piece of leather for a gasket or some other use, its a versatile material. But yes, I checked the boots I have and don't have enough...
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    Re: What Leaves to put in a Smoker?

    i forgot to say that I used to use leaves/grasses in my smoker but no matter how hard I packed them they burned up quickly. I still tend to use what's around me in the field for smoker fuel but...
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    Re: Smoker bellows repair

    Im the kind of guy to fix something rather than toss it, left the lid open on my smoker and when i came back there was a decent little fire that scorched the top of the bellows material. The...
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    Re: What Leaves to put in a Smoker?

    All of the scrap lumber that comes out of my shop I put on the radial arm saw and cut into little blocks. The thin pieces i cut to about 5" long and use to light the smoker. I have a 55 gallon drum...
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