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  1. Re: Propolis skin allergy (allergic contact dermatitis)

    I meant to post in the Bee Forum, but I guess I screwed up and don't know how to move it.
    Ken
  2. Propolis skin allergy (allergic contact dermatitis)

    Just wondering if many (or any) others experience this. I've had it for a year and a half know. Symptoms are callous type skin buildups on the sides of the index and second finger on each hand where...
  3. Thread: Bees and Urine

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    Re: Bees and Urine

    I've noticed many times when I feed our steers shortly after daylight, that there are bees on the manure behind the barn. Don't know that there is any connection. Sometimes when I get a compliment on...
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    Re: do i need a smoker?

    Interesting. I always guessed it was the CO2 that would turn the bees into crazed warriors if I happened to breathe on them. Must've been something I ate (or drank) :scratch:
    Ken
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    Re: Queen cell protectors

    gmeadevt
    Thanks. They weren't in the 2011 catalog and I must not have looked in 2012 yet. That's a good price.
    Ken
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    Re: Queen cell protectors

    I would like to try the bank Joseph Clemens shows above. The problem is I can't find a source for California mini cages other than to buy 1250 from Koehnen. I thought Russell Apiaries was going to...
  7. Re: What are the dis-advantages of the (Cobey) Cloake Board method ?

    Seth,
    Your comments have me thinking about if/how to reduce the top box to a 5-frame nuc. This could be done with a reducer board above the Cloake board, but is it likely to induce swarming? Also,...
  8. Re: What are the dis-advantages of the (Cobey) Cloake Board method ?

    Lauri,
    All good points.
    I sure admire your woodworking talents as I'm sure many here do. It looks like you still have all your fingers too, which is a good thing. I could see you making a...
  9. Re: What are the dis-advantages of the (Cobey) Cloake Board method ?

    Oldtimer,
    I sure enjoy reading your posts on this forum. I plan to try your graftless method for getting larvae. I have an excluder layed out to bend up to confine the queen. I may also make up one...
  10. What are the dis-advantages of the (Cobey) Cloake Board method ?

    This winter I have read about several queen rearing methods that all seem to work well and all have pros and perhaps a few cons from an operational stand point. Among them are Larry Conner (Queen...
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    Re: What size hole for qt jar feeder?

    Like some mentioned in the link be BeeTeach, 2-13/16" works best if you want a nice fit that holds the jar firmly. I haven't gotten around to buying that size, so I use a 2-3/4" and then use a small...
  12. Ball Clover hardiness in mid-west (Indiana)

    I'm wanting to try some ball clover here in central Indiana zone 5b. Hoping for feedback on how it has performed in this part of the country. My research indicates it does well in southern states....
  13. Thread: Sugar Prices

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    Re: Sugar Prices

    Aldi this week = 2.39 for 5 lbs.
    Ken
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    Re: How do you heat your honey?

    I use a 3 degree differential. Power goes through the Ranco, then splits to each of the two fan control switches then to the lamps on one branch and the fan on the other so the Ranco is the master...
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    Re: bees in the hood...

    As far as mowing goes, the 10 hives I have in our back yard are setting on 30" x 36" x 2-1/2" concrete slabs that are flush with the sod. Mowing is quick and easy and there is no trimming. I mow with...
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    Re: How do you heat your honey?

    Not sure if the original question is relevant on this thread anymore, but my hot box is 2' x 4' x 2' high built of 2" styrofoam.Top and bottom sheets are not attached to side structure. Sides are...
  17. Re: Does oxalic acid leave long term residues in the hive?

    Mike,
    What would be wrong with using vapor for the late year treatment as well?
    Ken
  18. Re: Does oxalic acid leave long term residues in the hive?

    There are tons of posts about oxalic acid on the British forum http://www.beekeepingforum.co.uk/
    It seems most of the Europeans favor trickling. I perused a lot of the European studies a while back...
  19. Re: Metal dividers for mating nucs??? 2 frame or 3?

    MWillard
    I think I'll set some up for 4-ways and give it a try with the steel dividers. What you're doing is just what I have in mind. I'll use wood dividers for overwintering.

    My-smokepole
    Good...
  20. Re: Metal dividers for mating nucs??? 2 frame or 3?

    I broke down and bought some 3-way mating nucs when I found out Russel Apiaries had extended their free shipping. That takes a little pressure off, but I may still build some from the new boxes. One...
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    Re: Drone comb: Freeze or cut?

    Here is a link to Randy Oliver's page on the topic.
    http://scientificbeekeeping.com/fighting-varroa-biotechnical-tactics-ii/

    I've mainly used the plastic drone frames with decent results. I pull...
  22. Re: Metal dividers for mating nucs??? 2 frame or 3?

    Dar,
    Good thoughts. For overwintering, the only steel I considered using was perhaps some small 1/2" wide strips in the ends of 3/4" wooden dividers which wood slide into the saw kerfs. These would...
  23. Metal dividers for mating nucs??? 2 frame or 3?

    I'm getting things together to venture into queen rearing this next year. Probably a dozen or two queens at a time using Larry Connor's method (Queen Rearing Essentials) or Joseph Clemens' method as...
  24. Re: Where can you find screening for bottom boards ?

    http://www.mcmaster.com/#9217t18/=f6h137
    Ken
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    Re: Destroying the whole hive question

    No misunderstanding. The hive had AFB. Bees were shook out in the grass a distance away. A new hive was set up where the old one was. I'm not sure if he scorched the boxes or used different ones, but...
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