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    Re: Punxsutawney Phil - bad news

    After the weather report from 'Gobler's Knob,' President of the Inner Circle' said that if you have to ask about the Science, then you don't get it...
  2. Thread: stuck supers

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    Re: stuck supers

    Sound's like you'll squish some bees with your pipe cutting wire. Just lift each frames individually from the upper box before you remove. Gently scrape any excess from the top bars of the lower...
  3. Re: Does anybody collect vintage or rare Beekeeping equipement ?

    Denis - Quick rule of thumb - if the bellow are secured with staples instead of small nails, it is probably new(er) construction and less desirable for collectors. eBay has a regular parade of old...
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    Re: Starting question (long rant)

    Plenty of free plans on the internet :ws:, but I recommend 'Hive-Making Manual' by Peter Sieling. http://www.makingbeehives.com/

    Good luck. Hope you've already ordered your bees for 2014....
  5. Thread: scale for hives

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    Re: scale for hives

    Most spring-type/bathroom scales are not durable for keeping constant weight on the scale and outdoors for several years. Electronic scales require that they be 'zeroed' before each measurement. ...
  6. Thread: scale for hives

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    Re: scale for hives

    Put an ad in your local Craigslist for a feed scale or platform scale - worked for me. Good luck.
  7. Re: small 4x6 trailer, harsh roads, major larve disposal, out front after move.

    Loaded a handful of hives on a 4 x 6 foot trailer yesterday. They're in a flood plain - although usually only floods for 1 day per year. I tried tall hive stands, but too hard to work the bees on a...
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    Re: Found old boxes.

    George --
    First, congratulations and good luck with your move. Strongest recommendation would be to seek a local beekeeping organization for their help. If you have live bees and enter the...
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    Re: Who got what for Christmas?

    Hive-Making Manual by Peter Seiling.
  10. Thread: Winter swarm?

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    Re: Winter swarm?

    John -

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Difficult to say, but probably swarmed if they left a queen cell. Fall swarms are not unusual, but December is definitely very late (and very unlikely to...
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    Re: Tar paper for hive wrap/insulation?

    Not mentioned - use the 15# tarpaper (not the heavier 30# weight). The heavier paper is hard to wrap. I find primary benefit is additional wind protection. Good luck and tell us what you decided...
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    Re: Frankinstorm survivors?

    Ed - thanks for asking. I always provide top entrances, but funny that some hives use them and others don't.

    The water finally receded and I checked the hives yesterday. The wood bridge I use to...
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    Re: sugar blocks 2012

    You did not ask for an endorsement... but I used them last winter and already placed a couple cases of sugar bricks on the hives this year.

    With Honey-B-Healthy in the mix, the bees are...
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    Re: Frankinstorm survivors?

    I have 4 hives in an area that flooded - two had water up to the bottom boards. The hive stands are staked into the ground and hives strapped to their stands. Water is still too deep to check them,...
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    Re: Attaching roofing felt

    Another tip - be sure to use the 15# paper (not 30#). You'd think the heavier paper would be better, but much harder to fold around corners and staple to boxes. I just staple - quick, easy, no...
  16. Thread: Hurricane prep

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    Re: Hurricane prep

    Added extra brick to tops, used bungee cords to strap a couple hives to their stands (ones that are exposed to wind), staked one stand into the ground (in a flood-prone area), added winter sugar...
  17. Re: Pa beekeepers, do U insulate hives and/or top covers?

    You'll hear lots of ideas - take what you want. We wrap hives in 15# roofing paper, primarily to block wind, and place 2 inch foam insulation on top of the roofs for insulation. Both can be reused...
  18. Re: 24 hour mite count of 140 after applying powdered sugar

    Did you count mites before you powdered with sugar? Hard to know if this count (which is high) is due to overall high mite count or success of your sugar application. I'd wait a couple days and...
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    Re: first try at queens

    Not sure a first attempt at raising queens this late in the year is a good idea. Do you have sufficient drones to permit good mating? How will you evaluate new queen - by the time she should start...
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    Re: Ideas for Fair Booth

    Another suggestion that I have seen used successfully - take photos of kids/adults wearing a beekeeping veil - everyone smiles. You can print on site or email to their smart phones - or they can...
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    Re: Ideas for Fair Booth

    For the typical 1-day presentations, we have a stock background 'Jobs for a Worker Bee' that describes the life cycle and 'jobs cycle' for worker bees. Usually combine this with a 1-frame...
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    Re: Community Apiary Question

    Check out Burgh Bees in Pittsburgh. They have an urban apiary with 15-20 members managing 30 hives in a vacant lot. Appears that keys are relations with neighbors, management of all of the hives in...
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    Re: How to winter a 2 queen colony?

    Mongo -- If you're willing - I say go for it. You simply need to put the weaker hive over the stronger hive with a double queen excluder or custom screen board between the hives. The idea is to...
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    Re: Deeps or mediums?

    Should also consider 8-frame equipment to save weight. Our main hives are exclusively 8-frame mediums and even nucs and queen castle are medium frames. Saves weight, but you also can easily swap...
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    Re: Bees Not allowed

    Bakpakr -- Why don't you talk to Warren Miller / PA State Beekeepers Assn. Cumberland is still an agricultural county, the Penn State Ag extension folks will help, too. Your neighbor cities don't...
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