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    Re: Honey not capped yet

    They could have eaten it, then refilled it. That's what mine seems to have done when we had all that rain.
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    Re: Wintering nucs in a garage or shed

    I'm no expert, but it would seem that if the temperature is too high (as in unnatural & higher than the typical winter), their metabolism would be different and they may need more food as well as...
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    Re: Washing Plastic Honey Filters

    I don't know how well the plastic ones hold up to boiling water, but that's how I cleaned my stainless ones the first time. I threw them in a pot of boiling water and the wax melted & floated to the...
  4. Re: Looking for a small bucket with a honey gate valve?

    On my first trial extraction (just 2 frames), I just used a 5 quart kitchen pot. I poured manually from that to the jars. A little tricky, but doable. You'll never need a container that small...
  5. Re: Looking for a small bucket with a honey gate valve?

    There are 2 gallon buckets made of the same quality & thickness as the 5 gallon buckets (simply looks like a mini version). I have never seen them for sale new, but our relish, sauerkraut & sport...
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    Re: Frames After Extracting

    Its simple. Put the wet supers (just as they are) ABOVE the inner cover (and underneath the top cover). Bees will clean them out and take it all in to the hive, UNDER the inner cover. Works like a...
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    Re: packing in the pollen

    I was thinking everything was pretty lush around here too because of all the rain, but my hives have lost weight since early July.
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    Re: packing in the pollen

    Mine have been bringing pollen in all summer (mostly orange), but my brood chambers seem pretty light compared to last year. My honey stores in the supers went down considerably too with all the rain...
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    Re: opinions on 2 full entrances?

    I've got 2 entrances, and they seem to ignore the top one (except to guard it). I didn't think bearding hurt anything, but if it bothers you, mine stopped bearding when I installed a slatted rack.
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    Re: Yellowjacket success!

    Barely hurt? Yellow jackets are among the worse. Those look more like hornets to me (but I thought their stings were pretty bad too).
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    Re: Making a foundation under a hive?

    I used some pavers to built a 2'X3' pad for the hive stand to sit on (with landscaping barrier underneath). Since then, I've added mulch around the paver pad so I don't have to stand in mud when its...
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    Re: First extraction

    Wow, that's a lot for your first. How many hives do you have?
  13. Re: whats wrong??? half the hive outside?????

    Mine haven't bearded since adding slatted bottom racks.
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    Re: undecided with honey supers

    I also heard - NEVER use a queen excluder during the winter. If the cluster moves up, the queen could be left behind because of the excluder and freeze.
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    Re: Type of exterior paint

    I got the most expensive exterior paint I can find - I believe it was $40 or more per gallon. Seems expensive, but it will probably outlast the others 5X, making it actually cheaper. I do prime...
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    Re: source for #8 hardware cloth

    It was very hard to find for me also. All the big name stores did not have it. I finally found it at a local independent hardware store. Another name for the #8 is 1/8 inch galvanized steel (in...
  17. Re: Anyone have better, more detailed plans for the Miller Type feeder?

    It just seems easier (for me) to just buy a $18.00 top feeder. (just noticed the ones I got are on sale at $15.00)
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    Re: My Double Nuc

    Can someone explain to me why a double nuc is better than a single deep?
  19. Re: How long for bees to get used to robber screens?

    I lost a lot of bees while they were trying to figure it out. It seemed like they figured it out in a little less than a week (the ones that didn't, perished). Even though I lost a couple of...
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    Re: Having a Mentor

    On my own. My mentor is the internet with places like this site. After starting, I have run into other beeks though and they have been more than helpful.
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    Re: Homemade/built 8 frame hive

    With a nice stand, she might be okay with it. :)
  22. Thread: Robbing ?

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    Re: Robbing ?

    Hopefully, he does it correctly and warns you ahead of time in the future like he said he would. But, like I said, if he continues to show negligence in the future, OSHA really does oversee this...
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    Re: 3 deep box hive 2 full of capped honey

    Would this work better? What about putting the scratched deep above the inner cover? When I do this with wet supers, they go up and get the honey and take it back down. Of course, they'll need a...
  24. Re: Notches and holes... Does it really matter?

    I have that exact same winter cover and decided to try it for the summer (notch side down as per instructions). I like it so far but I don't see much advantage other than better ventilation. My...
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    Re: Homemade/built 8 frame hive

    After all that work building that beautiful beehive, you have it on cinder blocks? LOL. I found these helpful plans for a hive stand that I built myself and I think they would look great with your...
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