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    Re: Homemade Topfeeder

    I had them on for about six weeks in the spring (a bit too long, as it turns out...) and have just put them back on -- we've been in a dearth here since July. I still haven't had a bee drown in the...
  2. Re: Nice video of a commercial extracting operation

    Nope. I was definitely out to lunch on that one. :pinch:
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    Is it common in setups like this, not to invert the frames? In the other extractors we see, the top of the frames is nearest to the center.
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    Re: INSTALLING HONEY GATE ON 5 GALLON BUCKET

    I found the same thing. While the o-rings in the ones I got were not thin, they were quite soft. I made the mistake of letting the valve turn a bit while tightening and it pulled the o-ring out of...
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    Re: INSTALLING HONEY GATE ON 5 GALLON BUCKET

    It seems to me it was around ten days. I just bought some other 'free shipping' items from Hong Kong that arrived in six working days. On the other hand, I've had other items take up to three weeks...
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    Re: INSTALLING HONEY GATE ON 5 GALLON BUCKET

    Honey gate valves don't come any cheaper than this. Less than $4 each including delivery.

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    I've bought three, installed them in 5 gal buckets and they work just fine -- no leaks.
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    Canadian PM's Wife Stung

    Great story out of Toronto the other day.... Laureen Harper, wife of Canuck Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in town, and visited bee hives on the roof of the Royal York Hotel. The chef was showing...
  8. Re: Learn wood working the best way... With mistakes!

    Couldn't agree more...! While it can be a PIA building the jigs, once you do, every piece is the same and they're considerably faster to cut.

    Funny thing; I found a tablesaw sled-jig in a...
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    Re: letting the bees clean frames

    For the backyard beek with two or three hives, couldnít we simply cycle the honey supers on the hives? I have a first year package hive with six boxes (all 8-frame mediums). The bottom three are...
  10. Re: Bumblebee attacked one of my bees and carried it off!

    Bumblebees can be nasty. Here's a Utube video of one attacking a spider that's just captured another bumblebee in its net.
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    Re: Homemade Topfeeder

    Nice of you to ask -- absolutely, please make some -- that's why I posted this, so other folks could copy the idea. I'm sure someone will figure out how to make them better than these, with a...
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    Re: Homemade Topfeeder

    Hey Ragtop, Those look great. Have you 'christened' them yet? I put mine back on a week ago, with just water in the reservoirs. There isn't a natural water supply around here, and this seemed a...
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    Re: How long to leave full honey super on?

    Just so I understand, it's ok to freeze capped honey; then let it thaw and store it for a few weeks? This has no effect on the honey?
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    Re: best place to buy honey jars?

    Has anyone had trouble with this site? My McAfee anti-virus software went nuts when I clicked this link...
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    Re: Homemade Topfeeder

    I built the initial box, to the footprint dimensions of the supers, and insalled a 3/8" plywood bottom. Then drilled the bees' access holes at the drill press with a forstner bit. Didn't even think...
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    Re: Homemade Topfeeder

    Eric, Here's a cross-section of the feeder. The red line is where the hardware cloth goes.

    https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5036/14184994834_4716cfbae8_o.jpg

    The wings do touch the bottom of...
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    Re: Homemade Topfeeder

    I took some video of this feeder on a hive. It's about 25 seconds long, here.

    It was 70 degrees when this was taken, so a lot of the bees are out of the hive -- there are not so many in the...
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    Re: Notice to Ian

    Ian, you and our other Canuck neighbours in the far north will not appreciate hearing this, but we've likely set records this past week on the southern island. This is my first year keeping bees,...
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    Re: Can't save my edited profile

    It's all there now. LOL at 'toilet whisperer'. ;)
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    Homemade Topfeeder

    It is amazing how easily bees will drown themselves in syrup. My first design was pretty deadly, so had another go.

    This is the box with a space on either side for reservoirs -- the bees enter in...
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    Re: Building new hive boxes

    There are probably 100 thousand words herein, discussing that exact topic. The second part of your question that you didn't ask is -- medium or deeps?

    There is a good article here --...
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    Re: well, this is a bit heart rending

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    Newb here, so trust this advice accordingly...

    I started my first 2 lb NZ package on March 7 Ė itís mild here on southern Vancouver Island, but wet. Anticipating several weeks of temps below...
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    Re: planers

    I've had a Delta portable planer almost identical to this one, for somewhere between 10 & 15 years, and it's still going strong. It was on sale for just over $200 at the time. I'm a hobbiest, but...
  24. Re: True Statement? "OA will not harm either brood or the queen."

    Dean, your mailbox is full -- not accepting new mail.
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    How many 8-frame medium boxes per hive?

    Iíve now built new 8-frame mediums boxes for two hives (for brood boxes and honey supers). Iíve only had experience with 10-frame deeps (and mediums), and these 8-frame mediums are sure smaller when...
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