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  1. Re: should cypress wood be painted or not

    You don't " need " to paint them but if you want them to " look good " you probably will. They will also last longer than unpainted boxes. Most modern milled cypress is only mildly rot resistant ...
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    Re: HUGE Hornets!!

    I saw a hornet at one of my hive entrances grab a bee just a couple of days ago. While he was tussling with it in the grass I smashed him with an entrance reducer. Ive never seen a hornet grab one...
  3. Re: Question about feeding/adding the first medium super

    Did you add foundation to the medium super or drawn comb ? In my experience it is difficult to get bees interested in filling combs much less drawing foundation and filliing it above a queen...
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    Re: What kind of bush is this?

    I agree definately NOT elderberry.

    It almost looks like a hops plant - perhaps related ?

    heres hops
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    Re: Syrup Ratio suggested

    I think you will have better luck having that foundation drawn if you remove the excluder.
  6. How many boxes do you winter your bees in ?

    The older I get the more the heat of the summer starts to wear on me with all my out of door chores which last several hours every day. I keep telling myself cold weather is just around the corner...
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    Re: Wood species for hive components ?

    I have several old deeps that I made from yellow tulip poplar quite a few years ago - it works fine - the major drawback to it is that it is heavy wood compared to most of the other oft used...
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    Re: Borage in the Southeast

    Thank you for the pics and information Beepro and Trinae - I think I have the blue seed -I have about 72 plants started in a seed tray and once large enough will try to get it to take in the garden. ...
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    Re: Bulk Sugar Supplier????

    Maybe one of the wholesale restaurant suppliers such as Syco Food would be worth a try.
  10. Re: What is the best and cheapest place to buy honey bottles?

    For me no body beats the price of the local dollar store for pint and quart jars. I wish they had one piece lids, but my customers don't seem to mind.
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    Re: Neighbors destroying colonies

    Wow the nerve of some people. My hat is off to you for maintaining your cool - I would not have been as diplomatic. I would move my hives out into the middle of the yard though and get the advice...
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    Borage in the Southeast

    I am looking for some tips on growing it - I just bought some seed and would like to get a couple hundred foot row growing - have read conflicting information online and of course between the sandy...
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    Re: Police made me move my hives..

    And paint the outer cover like a Confederate flag.
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    Re: Weird Bee Intruder

    Thanks for the clarification on the Jesus bee DrJeseuss .
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    Re: Hive just don't look right

    I dont know how much entrance you left for your bees or how strong a hive it is. But you dont want to suffocate your bees in the heat either. The heat index here hit 110 today.
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    Re: Confirmed bee plants

    I just found this thread doing some research here.

    I also grow crimson clover for my bees and for nitrogen fixation in the garden. If planting in this area it should be done in the early fall -...
  17. Planting for pollen and nectar sources

    I have planted a couple of 200 foot rows of black oil sunflowers in the garden thinking it should make some good pollen for my bees and other pollinators later in the summer when there isn't much of...
  18. Re: Wax production and summer solstice...

    For you guys that have had luck getting combs drawn without a flow going on, what is the sugar to water ratio you have used ? Also have you seen a significant increase in bee numbers as you feed...
  19. Re: Holy crap I am sold on the Sustainable Apiary model!

    I have never used the Palmer method yet but am highly interested in it and may be able to answer your question - I am certain someone will chime and tell me if I am wrong.

    It depends upon a...
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    Re: Boosting a weak swarm

    I combined a weak swarm ( complete with a laying queen )with a queenless nuc a couple of weeks ago using the newspaper method.
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    Re: Home made Vaporizer design;

    Is there any reason an old tin pie plate or one of those cheap aluminum pans couldn't be cut up, molded to shape and a glow plug attached to it ? I am trying to think of a easy alternative to...
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    Extracting non wired foundation

    I have always made up my medium honey frames with crimp wired foundation and a single pin on each end - no other wiring. I have never had a blow out when extracting. I have some non wired medium...
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    Re: Beekeeping in Jamaica

    Ms Williams. I think the moderator is trying to be fair minded about this. This section of the forum is for information about keeping bees. It could quickly become cluttered with political rancor...
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    Re: Honey bees and Purple Martins Question

    I also want to add that the mosquito eating martin is a myth.

    http://www.abirdshome.com/pm/myths.htm
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    Re: Honey bees and Purple Martins Question

    As a bee keeper I would not be keeping purple martins. I used to live in a place where the guy down over the hill had martin houses. Probably 500 yards away - I could watch the martins way up in...
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