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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    I am no expert, but I think you may be confusing antibiotics with vaccines. -james
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    Good points of distinction, Mark. Thank you.
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    Re: seed exchange

    I've got a goodly supply of cleome' seed, if anyone wants any. Just PM me. -James
  4. Thread: Painting

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    Re: Painting

    I used to have that happen every time, but no more. Now, before I put the box into service, I rub beeswax along the top and bottom. they no longer stick to each other. -james
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    Re: Best time to move hives in TN

    Move just after dusk. Other than that, it really does not matter. -james
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    Re: is it too late to get a queen

    Don't be too quick in blaming the queen for aggressive behavior. I've found that some environmental factor is to blame. I would recommend going all the way through the hive and see if anything has...
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    Hmmm. News to me. I'll look up where Alpha Centurii is and re-orient those hives ASAP. Thanks for letting us know. Mind if I share this info on other beekeeping sites? (lol - and THAT'S how these...
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    Re: swarms HANGING AROUND longer than ever.

    In my experience, if they've been there that long, it is likely they've already started building comb. -js
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    Re: RoboVac Air Sealing

    I have the "factory" bushkill vac with weatherstripping around the edges and still have to tape all the joints. Otherwise, the suction is very muh reduced at the nozzle. -js
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    Re: Prepping for the ZomBee Apocalypse.

    I'm generally used to smoking one hive at a time. With that thing, you'd smoke the entire apiary. -js
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    Re: My Dilemma, any help (advice)

    I think I would create an artificial "swarm" by moving the queen and about half the bees to another location. Then, I would kill the lackluster queen and give those bees one of the queen cells from...
  12. Re: Do I paint this part of the bottom board?

    I paint that area of the bb. -james
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    Re: Dixie bee supply order gone wrong

    Just curious....why did you order packages AND queens? Packages already come with queens. -james
  14. Re: Foundationless Frame Turned into Drones Comb

    Did you have a dedicated drone frame in there? My understanding is that they're going to have a certain percentage of drone comb regardless and my experience has seemed to match that assumption. I...
  15. Thread: A new hobby

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    Re: A new hobby

    yes, start with two. have at least 4 or 5 supers available for each. Also, have on hand an additional complete hive and a nuc or two. You'll need those. Trust me. -js
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    Re: Titebond 2 or 3

    Tell the manager you want some and he will order it in for you. -js
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    Sticky: Re: State by State - Local Honey List

    where is that Add your listing link? I did not see it. -james
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    Re: Apiary Names

    My "dba" name is Poor Hollow Bee Farm. (I intend to eventually sell more than honey.) Poor Hollow is where my parent's place is at and that is where I caught my first swarm. (I've never bought a...
  19. Re: Comb from cut-out - Do I let bees rob, or put it in the compost.

    I usually save the honey comb from cutouts and feed it back to the bees. I rig up a rack above the top super and place the comb on the rack until the bees have cleaned it out. -james
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    Re: Countdown to the ban on incandescent

    :thumbsup: You're right. In the winter, I use the incandescents and in the summer I use the others. I think banning them to save energy (if that is the reason for the ban) is false economy if we are...
  21. Re: Mann Lake Ultra Bee Dry Feed - Infested with Rice Weevils

    Can't you just run it through a sifter to remove the critters, then freeze the stuff?
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    Re: Pollen, Propolis, or something else?

    Out in front of my apartment in Upper East TN, I saw a dandelion and some henbit blooming. That was just this past Thursday, 19 Dec 2013. -js
  23. Thread: Help! Help!

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    Re: Help! Help!

    Thanks, Rader for the reminder. I'd seen that before. Of course, the issue really is (as I and others in my club see it, anyway) is that that one phrase about the zoning really negates the remainder...
  24. Thread: Help! Help!

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    Re: Help! Help!

    Pops: the issue is with the pre-emption law. We thought that the legislature had said that no municipality, county, homeowners association or other entity could pass any law or regulation limiting...
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    Re: swarm catching odds

    I'd have to ditto Shane/tsmullins. I am in Upper East TN, not far from Shane. I went from a high of 30 colonies last year to 18 by 1 October. By spring, I was down to 2 - a full size colony and a...
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