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    Re: Winter entrance, open or close it down?

    When I kept bees in NY and PA I found that if I cut down the entrances (reduced) often the entrances would get clogged up with dead bees and restrict air flow (ventilation). Since my bees couldn't...
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    Re: Do bag feeders work.....

    Quart bags fit fine on my NUCs and gallon bags fit fine on my standard 10 frame boxes. Some folks use empty boxes; I just made risers by cutting down worn out boxes or making them out of 1x3 or 1x4...
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    Re: Best time to move hives in TN

    Depends on how fast one needs them moved. If I was moving them from one corner of my back yard to the other I would do it in the dead of winter here in TN on a day when the temp. was around 30ish. ...
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    Re: Counterfeit money

    I buy the pens used to detect counterfeit bills for around $5 bucks ea at the local print shop. I have only detected one $20 dollar bill this year that was bad (knock on wood). I am amazed at how...
  5. Re: Bees are so agreesive and stinging through suit why?

    I suppose there are those who can work with the full size hives with no smoke. As for me, I would never consider working them without smoke. With the heat and humidity levels here this time of...
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    Re: Plastic or wax?

    I look at it this way; I had less then a 1% loss of my hives over the winter last year in a state that I heard was around a 50% loss. My IPM for mites, my winter set up; the all wood equipment, the...
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    Re: Considering switching to Oxalic Acid

    Just curious, it is tough on bees kidneys? I am thinking Randy's articles (which I have not read) may be referring to human kidneys and that OA is tough on them. FYI, regarding honey bees,...
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    Re: Feeling "ripped off"

    The smart consumer considers the shipping cost vs the purchase price and finds the best bang for the buck. If you run your business and stick your customers with high priced shipping and handling,...
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    Re: Maxant No Drip Valve

    :-) Thanks, Go figure...
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    Re: Maxant No Drip Valve

    Mark, I was just reading your comment and you have a Maxant Bottling Tank with a thermostat control on the heating element? Mine is just preset with no control....I just never thought about it, but...
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    Re: Pounds vs Gallons-

    I don't know about other states but I suspect that most states like mine (Tennessee) requires labeling of honey for sale by weight, not volume. Hence a 60 pound pail (five gallon).
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    Skimming your clarifier

    Curious what you use to skim the wax particles, etc. from the top of the honey in your clarifier?
  13. Re: NEW YORK- new legislation, anyone know about this??

    Could you provide the link to the Southern Tier Bee Club AFB thread that was on "beesource a while ago?" I'm just interested in reading it and didn't see it doing a quick search. Thanks,
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    Re: Bottom Board Building

    Most of my hives only have the smaller opening turned up...99.9 percent of them. Less area for the bees to protect and my bees have done just fine in both the Northeast and South.
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    Re: When is a Nuc ready to install?

    If it were me and mine were building up quickly, and my temp's were like yours, and all things considered equal, I wouldn't hesitate to put them into a full size box, entrance reduced accordingly.
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    Re: Feeding question

    Also, depends on how much room they have in the hive. If you have been feeding them sugar for awhile you may need to give them room to expand. If the bigger one built up quicker because they had...
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    Re: Ventilated Bee Jacket

    Been a beekeep for 40 plus years and I like the mann lake pollinator.
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    Re: genetically engineered honeybees

    Hey Peter, nice to see you on Beesource. I've enjoyed your posts and appreciate the insight.
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    Re: Cleaning between frames

    Mike, I keep all of the wax I can, regardless of color. I run all the light color wax together through my solar melter and then I run the dark burr comb separately. I use the dark comb in my...
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    Re: I've been adopted!

    I always get a kick out of a swarm moving into empty equipment I have outside....a freebie!!!!
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    Re: when to add honey super

    You did what you did....I tend to put new boxes with wax foundation on new hives...keeps the hive beetles from getting a foot hold.
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    Re: First time wax moths

    Yes, freeze the entire box or boxes....I leave mine in the freezer for 48 hours as standard protocol. Others advocate using BT...not sure how I feel about that....
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    Re: New Beek: Storage of bottled honey

    I only bottle honey in glass. I am not a fan of plastic for food or drink containers. I have read where there are hormone disrupting chemicals are used in the plastics. I also read that as recent...
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    Re: three brood chambers

    When I had honey bees in NY and PA I overwintered them in (1) Deep and (1) Medium. They were overwintered in the elements of the outdoors. Here in TN, I have overwintered them in singles, but...
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    Re: Maxant Extractor

    Thank you for clarifying; I asked because i didn't know that it's only purpose was to keep honey out of cracks....I don't recall reading that in this thread, but could have missed it.
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