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    Re: Mildew Inside Hive

    If you don't vent, then you might want to look at that. Just make sure the vent opening is small, so the bees don't have to worry about guarding the opening. We keep hive beetle traps in the hive...
  2. Re: Storing Drawn Frames in Winter for the Hobbyist

    With thousands of extracted frames we have to use Moth Crystals, like in the pictures, on our supers that are stored and sealed up. We don't have that large of a freezer available to freeze our...
  3. Storing Drawn Frames in Winter for the Hobbyist

    To a hobbyist I recommed to use a large plastic barrel. They are cheap, less than $15, and hold 10 Deep frames and 20 Medium frames at one time. By closing up the lid you keep out the wax moths,...
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    Re: Special Equipment Sales?

    In the November newsletter from Walter Kelley they are having free shipping for orders over $100 for M - W during Thanksgiving week. Take advantage of our free shipping* for orders over $100 later...
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    Re: Too late to start a split?

    As long as there are drones, you can split....but, there isn't a whole lot of time to get the split strong for Winter....so, you would probably end up feeding...and feeding. I don't like welfare...
  6. Thread: Hive Tops

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    Re: Hive Tops

    We run 90% migratory tops, and don't have any issues related to the design of the top. If it gets too hot...like right now...we just put a propolis trap on top of the hive, and a stick to lift one...
  7. Re: Bee swarm/removal calls, what do you ask/tell?

    I always get a picture(s) from the customer sent to me by their phone and we receive it by email or text. No picture...no go for us.
  8. Re: How do you stop a captured swarm from reswarming?

    I am willyC, but we will put a 1:1 syrup feeder on top for them and 1/2 pollen patty inside on top of the frames. Then the next morning we open up the front and haven't lost a swarm doing this way. ...
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    Re: How to start a beekeeping club

    As the current President of our local beekeeping club.....read HTC post....then read HTC post...and then read HTC post. Did I tell you to read HTC post? It can be a rewarding position, and enjoy it.
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    Re: Mummified dead on the front porch?

    Maybe chalkbrood? Do a search and look at images and see if they look like them.
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    Re: Painting hive bodies

    We stack up the bodies and just use a roller to apply the paint. We don't paint the tops and bottoms of the bodies.
  12. Re: Renting extracting equipment: what would you pay?

    I know of a beekeeper who will do the extraction for $5 a super and keeps the capping. He doesn't charge for the 5gallon buckets that the honey is put into from the extractor. He uses a vibrating...
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    Re: Hive Stand Suggestions

    Ditto on the 2 Cinder blocks on each side and 2 landscape timbers running between them. https://picasaweb.google.com/111863660513010434468/SouthLocationOutyard#5721341376363224482
    The bige...
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    Re: Dark brown thread-like feces?

    Sounds like it is Nosema Apis. Treatable with Fumigilin B. That would be my first guess without any pics.
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    Re: Can I reuse deadout frames??

    As long as you know the reason for the dead out...starvation, etc, it shouldn't be an issue of using the frames in another hive. You just don't want to move diseased frames from a hive to a good...
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    Re: NICOT Hair Cages?

    Wait for the cell to be capped over and then put the roller over the capped cell with the caps closed on the roller cage.
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    Re: 50 % Hives lost this Winter

    Good call.....am going to look at that.
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    Re: 50 % Hives lost this Winter

    Whew....good questions and replies all. To answer some of the most often asked questions, in order to get some more assistance. Strength of hives going into winter varied from single deep with full...
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    Re: 50 % Hives lost this Winter

    I think that the hives unclustered during the mild/warm days and were out. Then that night a strong cold snap would come, which would kill off a bunch. Then the remainder bees would clean up house,...
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    50 % Hives lost this Winter

    Went and checked on the hives in the outyards and when all the smoke settled we lost over 50% of our hives. The losses were in numerous yards, so it isn't specific to one location. Went into the...
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    Re: 4 frame radial extractor

    We have purchased the galvanized extractors for $25 to $50 each. And that is a top price to pay for us. You can use the galvanized for food as long as it is coated with the food grade clear coat. ...
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    Re: Bees hovering around external walls of hive

    Here is an excellent video on washboarding....we use it in our beekeeping class. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbwumXVTOz8 hope this helps you figure out what is going on.
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    Re: Brood Box Reversals & Supering

    We reverse in March....and ONLY after confirmation that the brood is all in the upper box. We take our time in cleaning up the hive by removing burr comb, propolis, etc...provided the temp is high...
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    Re: home built Honey decrystalizer

    Pics please...and your thoughts on any changes you would make.
  25. Re: Telescoping Hive Cover vs Plain Old Migratory Cover

    100+ hives at $25 each for for telescoping covers and inner cover, or 100+ hives at $0 for used plywood/cement board/scraps of wood made into migratory tops. This is what made our decision. We...
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