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    Re: newbi look over my plans give advice thanks

    I use 30# monofilement because I use crush and strain, the wire makes it more difficult. If I buy an extractor I would use wire.
    Sometimes the bees will chew through or build around the...
  2. Thread: Lurker in IL

    by Eikel
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    Re: Lurker in IL

    Dan,
    Realize the first sting will get your body's greatest reaction with any swelling and itching. When I first started my finger would swell to where it was tough to bend it and itch like a son of...
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    Re: Viability of swarms?

    As an empirical observation, I made four splits and about the same time caught two swarms this spring. The last swarm caught out produced the other five which would dispel the "slacker" theory.

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    Dirty dishwater color

    I recently mixed a galllon batch of traditional sweet mead with spring honey. It's been fermenting for a couple of weeks and the color has gone from a rather pleasent light golden color to more of a...
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    Re: Catching swarms in the spring.

    I use old deep boxes that I lag screw an 18-24" 2x4 to for securing it to a tree. Throw in 3 or so old frames of comb and fill it with empty frames. Make any size adjustments (nucs or follower...
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    Re: package bees - small cell in the Northwest

    I'm assuming you are replacing any foundation that is not small cell or going foundationless except for a couple of initial frames of drawn comb.
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    Re: Mixing bee races with new hives

    Half my bees are local mutts and all have been open mated. Watching the entrance, its hard to consistanly get two of the same markings and color, even from those queens which are of Italian stock. ...
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    Re: African hive inspection

    Lordy The reduced visability and noise must make tending them like a walk in the park.
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    Re: VSH, why,who and how much?

    No offense intended but to each their own. Varroa are a problem; you can chose to use chemical, hygienic behavior, a combination of the two or none of the above.

    I personally believe in trying...
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    Re: How cold is too cold to move a hive?

    Moving a couple tomorrow with the temps in the 20s; just keeping thigs closed up and all the moves easy.
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    Re: Crystallization of Wildflower honey

    I wash hoping for something fun and creative with crystallized honey
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    Re: Crystallization of Wildflower honey

    Silly question on my part but for my own edificatin, why does one want to know the absolute fastest way to crystallize raw unprocessed wildflower honey?
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    Re: Check out my new grass mower

    Nice riding mower, do the horns work?
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    Re: What happened to my bees?

    Robbing?
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    Re: Taking down a tree

    How does the tree lean and how good are you at felling trees?
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    Re: Trapping bees Ideas

    You can also use a second hive, with a strategically placed queen excluder, to rob out any residual honey once the original colony is trapped out.
  17. Thread: Which feeders

    by Eikel
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    Re: Which feeders

    I modified med boxes to allow a hardware screen ladder to drop into a pan.

    Pros
    - No problem with drowning
    - dump and go on refilling
    - You can also include a "door" between the hive and...
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    Re: small hive beetle question

    A second to Cleo and Talon's statements but "horrible mess" maybe an understatement as the slime can actully ooze out the bottom of the hive.
    In small numbers the bees keep them corralled but if...
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    Re: Melting wax cappings

    We pretended not to notice

    WBVC,
    Honey, water and yeast; that's all that's required. Assembled and mixed up a batch of no boil traditional mead in under an hour including clean up
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    Re: Going all out to get easy swarms, etc.

    I'll second Mr.Beeman's opinion.
    I route a daddo approximately 4 1/2" from the end of an 18" 2x4 then lag screw it (daddo side in) to a box (head of the lag is inside the box with a washer). I...
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    Re: Spiders in the top of the hive

    I'd import some if they'd eat ants in my top feeders
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    Re: Melting wax cappings

    Amen to mead, made a batch last night. Sorry to deviate from the original question.
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    Re: New bee yards for next summer

    I'd be interested in more on your trailers. A 36 hive trailer would be too large for me but I'm interested in your concept and how you work the bees from inside the trailer.
  24. Re: Which to buy: Dadant or Kelley Bee Frames and Small Cell Foundation

    I buy my frames local but they're Kelly; I've been happy with the product. Can't comment on the foundation as my frames are foundationless.
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    Re: Stop the madness!!! Robbing is real

    When I feed, I feed at dusk and only enough for them to down during the night time hours. Even then, if you add any smells to the feed it will encourage robbing behavior.
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