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    Re: Lifting and moving hives.

    I use one ratchet strap around the hive boxes to keep them together. I jam whatever shop rags I happen to have nearby and staple them on front of the entrances to seal the bees in. Then I lift the...
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    Re: vmVaporizer questions

    well, it was nice to see a video of it in action. I'm going to fiddle with the idea of making a different style over the winter. I have the standard battery driven dual glow plug style and it...
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    Re: vmVaporizer questions

    I checked out the website, and like you I have a number of questions. I'd like to see some more pictures and a demo video or something. a guy in a suit holding a metal tube doesn't do much to sway...
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    Re: Wind break a must?

    I know that I don't mind cold weather. but I do mind cold and windy. I can only assume the same physics/thermodynamics affect the hives.
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    Re: apple cider/ hard cider

    I made an apple destroyer from an old belt drive motor. basically its a small wooden box with a bucket on top to channel in the apples. inside the box, I have a "drum" made of wood that has a mess...
  6. Thread: Sappin'

    by KPeacock
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    Re: Sappin'

    I tap a couple dozen trees on my property. I don't care for syrup much, but my pops and my son like it, so I make it for them. I much prefer the subtle differences found in honey...and one might...
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    Re: Why or why not Carniolans?

    I tried two hives as Carnies this year, but a bear attack pretty well wiped me out. I'll tell you what though, A carnie queen can fly 40 yards to a bait hive without losing weight and keep right on...
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    Re: Mild Alarm Brought Me Here

    The cool thing about beekeeping is that it can be what you want it to be. I started a couple years ago with two hives and liked it....so I expanded to 6 hives...then to 10 hives. Next year I plan...
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    Re: Have you ever proselytized for beekeeping?

    I found that my local wal-mart only stocks ONE of the 25# bags and it gets replaced within about 48 hours of purchasing it. Not wanting to wait weeks to get all the sugar I need, I called Pioneer...
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    Re: Bees making an entrance

    do they have an upper entrance? you might have bees that are unhappy with the current airflow situation and they've taken it upon themselves to improve the hive by making the small crack a bit...
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    Re: mosquito fogger killing honey bees

    we have a mosquito control department in my county and I just called them and let them know I had bees. The stop fogging when going by my place. I have noticed no problems over the last 2 years. ...
  12. Re: Cut Out Bees: Abscond while box open waiting for latecomers?

    Bees are also pretty reluctant to leave the brood.
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    Re: Weighing hives

    I think the easiest way is to weigh with a luggage scale or a big game scale. they can be had on ebay for about $10. tip the hive a bit and weight one side, then the other for a rough idea of total...
  14. Thread: How much wax

    by KPeacock
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    Re: How much wax

    Danno has to be close. Water is 62 pounds per cubic foot, and wax is a bit less dense than that.

    Search for wax dipping or rosin in the forums. there was a post about 2 years ago about this and...
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    Re: Recognizing Rader Sidetrack............

    I think Rader is secretly the senior manager of the interwebs. This lofty position enables him access to everything via some sort of brain wave search function that is orders of magnitude faster and...
  16. Re: Swarm retrieval assistance using a drone (aircraft, NOT the male bee)

    a slingshot with a nice zebco 33 reel will get a fishing line darn near anywhere that is line of sight.
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    Re: Cleaning Bee Suits & Veils....

    after a cut-out, my gloves go in the washing machine along with anything else honey covered. i set them out on patio furniture to airdry.
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    Re: Hello from West Michigan

    welcome to beesource! there are a few folks here from the GR area, and quite a few in west Michigan.
  19. Re: So should queenless small split just be left to dwindle out?

    i recently has similar experience with a 1st year beek. one hive went queenless and laying worker, the other hive they have was very full of bees and brood...etc. we did a split on the strong hive...
  20. Re: Leftover drawn supers from deadouts with some honey and pollen

    I jsut brush off whatever dead bee parts i easily can and let the bees do the rest. they are quite remarkable in cleaning up combs.
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    Re: power conversion kit for extractor

    any V-belt motor will work. get appropriate pulley and v-belt from local tractor supply company and you're good to go. Assuming you don't have a capacitor start motor, you can get a router speed...
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    Re: Mosquito Control is a Killer!!

    My county has a pretty comprehensive Mosquito controll program and i called them when i was getting into bees. turns out that the department director is a beek. they only fog during daylight i nthe...
  23. Re: First cut-out: some things went well, and others did not

    thanks for the picture and advice. I think things will go a bit more smoothly on my second cut-out.
  24. First cut-out: some things went well, and others did not

    Yesterday was my first cut-out. At the end of the day the bee vacuum almost worked, I almost had enough buckets, and generally, things went almost like I wanted them to. Most of the trouble I had...
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    Re: Testing a Electric Bear Fence.

    it's not as hard to get shockled by a welder as you might think. When welding in the rain or on wet ground, it's not uncommon to get a little tickle now and again. with a wiring set up to promote a...
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