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  1. Thread: Asian Hornet

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    Re: Asian Hornet

    I watched a TV show on the Asian Hornet. It's a killer. They build in the ground and when you step on the nest they swam you. They showed people covered in scars from the stings. The venom seems...
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    Where are my swarms??

    I have 2 hives in the backyard. Bee keeping 4 years. Retired 2 years ago and am home much of the time.
    But I never see a bee swarm. Now when I had bees across the street, 2 hives, there were...
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    Re: 11 Frames in Medium Super

    I agree about the effort to cut down the top bars. But as the frames were not assembled and with the new planer I was able to feed 8 into it at a time. So it only took about 15 minutes to do both...
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    Re: 11 Frames in Medium Super

    I milled the long frame top piece down to 1 inch wide.
    Next I need to cut the end pieces down to 11/4 width.
    I edited the original post for clarity.

    I am just doing a couple of hives at this...
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    Re: 11 Frames in Medium Super

    changing to all supers for my hives.
    11 frames are just for my brood boxes.
    I will still use 9 frames in my honey supers.
    Check out Mr. Bushes site.
    This is about going treatment free.
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    11 Frames in Medium Super

    Started today on cutting down 60 frames. I have been reading Mr. Bushes book. That plus my age, 65 this year, makes me want to lift less. So I got 60 new Dadent frames to assemble. Last month my...
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    Time to harvest??

    I live near Lexington, Kentucky. When are the best times to harvest. I usually just wait until the end of June and harvest the capped honey and again in late August.

    But what do you pros do?
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    Re: Last 3 years my honey has turned to sugar

    I just keep a couple of hives for hobby. After giving honey to friends and family I keep the rest in my freezer.
    Never see any crystallizing.
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    Can I Split a hive this way

    I have a very good hive I want to split. I just keep a couple here at the house. The hive has 2 deeps.
    Can I just put each deep on a bottom board with empty supers above. I wanted to do this...
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    Re: Wild bees smaller than domesticated?

    Dadant has small cell wax. I have been reading Bushes book. As I am 65 this year, lifting full deeps is getting much harder on the back. I am just a hobby beekeeper but am interested in trying...
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    Re: Attn: Barehanded beekeepers

    I had a coworker jump off a fuel tank ladder. Wedding ring hung up on a rough weld spot. He was a couple of feet off the ground. He broke his nose on a rung and almost lost the finger. I worked...
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    Re: Using a Blacklight to see eggs

    Too cold last evening. I will have to wait a few days for temp to come up. I will go in evening, not full dark. There is a fence behind the hives putting them in shadow in evening.
    I tried the...
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    Re: Using a Blacklight to see eggs

    I have a black light. I will go out in the evening and take a look.
    Should be fun.
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    Re: Need Help! Just Inherited 50 hives

    I am the best beekeeper in the whole world. And I will come to your location and help take care of your bees for no charge. Just send me the money for the airplane.
    As it is 90 there and 6 degrees...
  15. Re: What species did Apis Mellifera displace in North America?

    I have wondered how we would ever know what was displaced. As those species may be extinct. I am not a Euro-hater, just someone with a background in Bio Science. And am sad to watch the invasion...
  16. Re: What species did Apis Mellifera displace in North America?

    We also brought carp, starlings, English sparrows and the cat which kills millions of other animals for fun.
    We are not so smart.
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    Re: Melting wax cappings

    I wash mine in lake water. One of the books I read was that chlorinated water can make wax into a gummy mess. I just use a 5 gallon bucket to soak it in. Then pour it into a colander and dip up...
  18. Thread: Winter Airflow

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    Winter Airflow

    Getting ready to wrap my 4 hives for the winter. I have a 2 inch vent cut in my inner cover edge. Is this enough for the winter.
    I use a Dadant mouse guard on the bottom.
    Your thoughts.
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    Re: Carrying a few queens on airplane

    I get patted down and scanned often at the airport security. And I am a 64 year old white male.
    I would not want them to find an undeclared package.
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    Re: When does the webbing come

    I had a hive that failed, bees left, hive infested.
    I just took all the frames to the pond and scraped off everything. Let the fish eat the bugs.
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    Re: Useless tools or beginners luck?

    Get a metal bucket to carry your tools. That and a smoker is all I carry. Love it. I do wear a suit and boots. I started using the boots after crushing bees under my feet while wearing low tops.
  22. Re: aggressive racoon, or fox?, climbs 12 feet, flips heavy lids, eats comb, trap set

    I always tie a 50 foot rope to the trap. That way if I catch Mr. Skunk he can go for a swim at the pond.
    Not being mean but here most skunks test positive for rabies.
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    Re: Beware of the Birds!

    I nailed a big rubber snake above my gutter to keep the woodpecker from beating it to death.
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    Re: Frame/Foundation Rotation

    I am a hobby beekeeper with 3 hives. My hives are 3 years old.
    I will start replacing the deep frames with wax foundation when spring arrives.
    How long will it take to replace all the frames?
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    House bill to ban Neonicotinoid HR 2692

    A bill is in the house to ban all Neonicotinoids. It is called "The save the American Pollinators Act of 2013, HR 2692
    A large story in the Saturday Lexington, Herald-Leader, on the opinion page.
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