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    Oh, that big swarm had only been on the rose bush...

    Oh, that big swarm had only been on the rose bush for a couple of hours, but I don't know if it had been somewhere else before that, of course. In any case, I got them into a 5-frame nuc. They...
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    I was getting so many calls early last week that...

    I was getting so many calls early last week that I couldn't do a job without stopping to answer calls. That's how I was "buried". I think I got a little snippy there for a while, and had to remind...
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    Swarm Season is going gangbusters

    I got 8 phone calls for swarms/removals Monday and 10 yesterday. Of them I ended up servicing 6, including 1 removed from the inside of a subwoofer in a back yard, and 1 that had just moved into a...
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    spicy hot honey - like chili peppers

    I took advantage of a warm spell here in Texas to feed my bees thin syrup and give them a boost. I put boardman feeders in and one hive was so packed with honey that I had to break some comb to get...
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    IMHO, if #7 will work effectively for pollen...

    IMHO, if #7 will work effectively for pollen traps, then using it in a SBB will mean pollen will get stripped from the bees if they choose to enter via the bottom. So, if you use #7 SBB, you should...
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    Well, the calls have finally slowed down. I got...

    Well, the calls have finally slowed down. I got one last Friday from a guy who said there were bees living in a cedar tree by his front porch. He didn't know for sure they were honeybees, but he...
  7. My favorite part of the article is " Propolis...

    My favorite part of the article is " Propolis (the waxy substance made by bees to enclose the comb). ".

    So close! But no cigar.

    You have to laugh because it is well-intentioned ignorance....
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    I would think that the comparison should be: ...

    I would think that the comparison should be:

    Honey has non-digestibles in it, but they tend to be other things bees consume anyway (perhaps into the storage stomach, not into the gut?), so they...
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    Interesting read. A lot of it was archaic, of...

    Interesting read. A lot of it was archaic, of course, but it was very interesting.
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    It is a silly question. I'm glad someone...

    It is a silly question.

    I'm glad someone took the time to explain beekeeping, but if the "vegans" are onto it being cruel (read that as emotional thought as opposed to logical thought) then it...
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    Oh what stuff you guys are saying. Run a blade...

    Oh what stuff you guys are saying. Run a blade until it smokes!?! For shame. Hitting nails until the teeth become sub-lethal (hopefully) missiles? Inconceivable!

    To sharpen or not to sharpen?...
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    I agree that the basic issue is visibility of the...

    I agree that the basic issue is visibility of the hives. I keep a couple of hives by my house, but they are behind an 8 foot tall fence. I tell my neighbors I have bees as I hand them a jar of...
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    Problems in moisture content for wood come from 1...

    Problems in moisture content for wood come from 1 of 2 issues.

    1. When you have more moisture on one side of a board (including INside) than the other the wood will warp. If you use nicely...
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    Still doing cutouts.

    After a very mild and moist spring and summer, there are bees everywhere around here. I am still getting calls to come get bees, in fact I received 2 today: 1 for bees building exposed comb on the...
  15. My wife is starting to insist that I charge for...

    My wife is starting to insist that I charge for swarm removal, but for some reason I don't get many calls for swarms.

    I get way more calls for cutouts than I can do, often 2 or 3 a day. Why? I...
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    I bought a 20' swimming pool hose for about $6 at...

    I bought a 20' swimming pool hose for about $6 at the local Home Center. It even came with a plastic fitting. It is 1.5"
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    I hadn't seen a SHB until this year but they've...

    I hadn't seen a SHB until this year but they've exploded here now. I've done quite a few cutouts this year, especially since august, and they all had SHB. So far, they haven't destroyed any of my...
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    It's hard to say what happened at Sara Lee. My...

    It's hard to say what happened at Sara Lee. My bet is that they made some evaluations of things like:

    How harmful is antibiotic to consumers? Probably not very harmful, although in general we...
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    Right on, Gene. It gets cold, but even worse is...

    Right on, Gene. It gets cold, but even worse is the wind (and wind-chill)! I always love looking at the sideways-growing trees around Amarillo. The constant wind actually bends them over...
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    My observations may be a little skewed. 1....

    My observations may be a little skewed.

    1. Holding a flame in front of a spray can makes a great flamethrower / BW killer. But you can't do that anymore, because A. the Feds don't like it, and...
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    The bees don't seem to care all that much IMO, so...

    The bees don't seem to care all that much IMO, so it's a matter of preference.

    Mr. Bush leaves a gap between the front of his hives and the 1st top bar so the bees can enter at the top. That is...
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    My bet is that if Fla. beeks only maintain one...

    My bet is that if Fla. beeks only maintain one deep during winter, it is because they make splits in the Fall. It certainly can't be because Fla. makes a bee colony smaller.

    I actually have 3...
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    Stop! You're making me blush.

    Stop! You're making me blush.
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    This raises an interesting question, "Can wax...

    This raises an interesting question, "Can wax moths eat anything besides honeycomb?" My suspicion is that they can live on many things besides honeycomb and we just only notice them in the comb...
  25. Mr Green Thumb, You can cut laps and rabbets...

    Mr Green Thumb, You can cut laps and rabbets with any old power saw that can rip a board, if you are willing to make the cut, move the fence 1/8", make another cut, etc. Or you can cut the two...
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