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    Re: Bee Intallation, can it be this easy?

    I saw a video last year (my first year) where the guy took out half of the frames and just opened the package and placed it in. That seemed easy so I did it. checked on it the next day and...
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    Careful what you put in your hair

    This came up was one of my useless facts on my home page, so I had to search it out.

    http://www.spokesman.com/stories/1995/jun/21/tv-reporters-hair-gel-attracts-bee-swarm/
  3. Thread: Windows XP?

    by cblakely
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    Re: Windows XP?

    Yes what jd said. I am a software developer. I still believe that XP was one of MS's best. If your computer is still running it, why change until the computer dies?

    If you are not a...
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    Re: Should I combine?

    Last year I put some weak hives together so they could build and separated the queens with excluders. They worked pretty well. You usually find that one queen will be favored over the other. ...
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    Re: trees for bees

    I was about to pose this question myself, but decided to do a search. I am looking for zone 4.
    I am thinking basswood, black locust and pussy willow from Cold Stream Farm. I tried Tulip...
  6. Re: New bees - should I start with VSH queen?

    I just started last year with 2 packages. I worked with them for a couple of months, I then purchased some queens. 3 where carnie/vsh and 2 were from Mike Palmer (mostly carnie mutts, I...
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    Re: Hello Form Idaho

    Welcome Dustin! Just starting my second year. I am just across the state.
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    Re: where can i buy this feeder

    I have like 10 of them because you get a break from Brushy Mountain at ten. They do cause robbing. About the only way that I can use them is to put an empty box on top and place them on the...
  9. Thread: Winter losses

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    Re: Winter losses

    This was my first winter, so not a lot of history. I took 4 into winter and I just cracked the tops last weekend. There was good movement in 3, so I believe that I lost 1. It just...
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    Re: essential oils in syrup

    My wife has a pretty sensitive nose (I don't) and I did do this in the kitchen. She complained for days. I try now to do it when she is not home so it has a chance to clear out. I...
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    They survived; mostly

    This was my first year keeping bees. I had 4 hives going into winter. It crossed the 40 degree line today in Idaho where I live, so I just went out and popped the tops. 3 were...
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    Re: Hello from Idaho!!

    Welcome Amy! Nice to see someone else in the area doing bees. This was my first year as well, went into winter with 4 hives, have not opened them yet, so I do not know if I have any...
  13. Re: Bees benefitting from Turnips planted in July

    Really cool looking hive. Did you plan on harvesting any honey or just provide a home for the bees?

    I am jealous of your weather and that you have green and the bees are flying. I will...
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    Re: Need a projector to do Powerpoint

    You get what you pay for. The bulbs for most projectors cost 3x that. I bought a projector for my home theater for less then 1/2 of what they were going for at the time off of...
  15. Re: Brushy Mountain foundationless starter strips

    For my foundationless, I have taken wax foundation and cut it into about 3/4" strips. I get around 15 strips per wax foundation. I take the wedge frames with solid bottoms and pin them...
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    Re: Fireproofing Hives

    ????

    Was someone not watching their BBQ?
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    Re: beeswax paste for wood finish?

    This may not have been an issue if I had done it mid-summer instead of fall. It would be safer to not need to heat up the turpentine.
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    Re: beeswax paste for wood finish?

    I was a little stupid in that respect as I had not worked with it before. It would make sense to put it all in the can first and bring it slowly up to heat and just do it once. But for the...
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    Re: New hand holds!

    Just watched this video last night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7celcnrkEE

    It is a tutorial on how to make a nuc box, but he takes about four minutes (4:52 - 8:53) to show how to make those...
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    Re: beeswax paste for wood finish?

    I made a cedar hive this fall: http://blakelysbees.com/bees/EcoBeeBox.html

    I used 2 quarts linseed oil, 1 quart of turpentine and 1 or 2 pounds of beeswax. That filled a 1 gallon paint can. ...
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    Re: How to clean plastic foundation

    I have a couple of worm beds that I use for composting. This spring I threw my old slum gum in there. I still noticed it there 2-3 months later, but I believe that eventually it broke down. ...
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    Re: Q: Breeder Queen Suppliers

    Sorry I do not remember the apiary's name, but I was talking to him by email this spring. He was selling mostly nucs and small hives to locals in SoCal and wasn't shipping anything out. So I...
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    Re: French Green Clay

    This thread got a little weird for me.

    Even though I am neither French nor green.
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    Re: G'day from Aus.

    Welcome Waxer and Bubbleentity



    :lpf::lpf::lpf: And I thought about going for the fishing and beaches.
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    Re: Hogan handhold: revised and improved, pics

    Looks good.

    I cut mine using a jig on a table saw. I only go down the center, may have to think about off setting it and making it wider as well.
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