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    Re: Anyone familiar with Anise Hyssop for bees?

    To those of you that are having trouble starting from seed. I have had great success using jiffy peat pellets in their plastic "greenhouses" which are available from lowes and walmart. The peat...
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    Re: Overwintering Nucs

    My little " experiment" was building up a 10 frame nuc using 2 boxes. It took some work getting the nuc to make it's own queen this summer, but I eventually got great brood patterns and the queen...
  3. I have capped brood now, should I be worried?

    Three of my hives seemed weak on stores to me around December 1st, so I fed them about 1.5-2 gallons of 2:1 sugar syrup. One hive that I checked today has a couple frames of capped brood. These hives...
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    Questions about feeding my hives now

    I have noticed that three of my hives are rather light in stores and they may not even have a full deep hive body of honey. I have division board feeders in two hives and an empty super on the other...
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    Re: Planting clover.

    I keep most of my hives at a blueberry/truck farmer. He had an amazing stand of crimson clover this spring. All he did was cut the grass in and around his blueberry rows, then seed the fall before.
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    Re: Storing Honey Supers

    But if you freeze the frames (zero degrees Fahrenheit I think) for 24 hours you kill SHM and waxmoth eggs, larvae, and adults. Then you'll need to seal up the super to prevent adults from re-laying...
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    Re: How does the Mann Lake dealer network work?

    I'm refering to their authorized dealers...none of the outlets are near me.
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    How does the Mann Lake dealer network work?

    I'm sure some of you are aware that mann lake has authorized dealers in many states. I'm looking at getting an 18/9 frame hand crank extractor from mann lake, but shipping adds on $205 to the cost....
  9. Re: Making a split and not moving it? I may have a problem.

    The 5 frame I made 2 days ago I set near other hives (a foot from one, but I flipped it around to face the opposite direction). The now 10 frame nuc (has lots of honey BTW, I had placed a frame of...
  10. Making a split and not moving it? I may have a problem.

    Hello all, I hope summer is proving productive for you. I've pulled 12 gallons of honey off so far with maybe 20 more gallons in supers I need to harvest.

    I recently made a split for a queen I...
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    Re: 7 gallon and larger pails for honey?

    My plan is to leave the large bucket(s) on the bottling table and use them for settling honey before bottling. I'll still use 5 gallon buckets for moving honey and dumping into my larger "bottling"...
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    7 gallon and larger pails for honey?

    I was thinking of using a 7 or 7.8 gallon plastic pail for bottling my honey. Would these pails safely hold honey taking into account that it's more dense than water?
    They are food grade.
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    Re: Moving a hive... 50 feet.

    Just move them. I've moved a few hives this spring and just thrown branches in front of the entrances; sealed up the hive prior to moving. Those hives are doing well.
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    Re: Can I weed kill 100 yards away from hive?

    Roundup breaks down in the soil withing days of application, it's very safe.
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    Tangential Vs. Radial extration speed?

    I'm looking at getting a new extractor next year, or this Fall, I currently have a small 2 frame tangential that was given to me years ago. I now have 6 hives...and that means I can pull more than a...
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    Re: Small Hive Beetle found in Hawaii

    Isn't SHB in most of the lower 48 now?
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    Re: Foundationless Hoax, I dont think so

    is your hive level side to side? The bees will draw comb straight down, if your frames aren't in line with that you can have a problem. FWIW my hives are less than 2 degrees from dead level and I...
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    Re: HELP! I have beetles

    FWIW I have 3 freeman traps and they are catching quite a number of beetles.
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    Re: HELP! I have beetles

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/images/buttons/reply.gif

    Is freeman or Kelley using number 8?
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    Re: Can't have a hive in my town!!!

    Do it anyway and tell no one. Build a small fenced area (wooden privacy fence), place the hives in that.
  21. Re: Is "foundationless" the biggest BeeSource 2010 Hoax?

    I noticed on my foundation frames (which I cross wired); that the bees would chew out the foundation at the wire and make drone comb as they desired. I have 6 foundationless frames in a hive back...
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    Re: Moving hives, less than 2 miles

    I don't have access to a second site more than 2 miles away to move my splits or hives before I put them right where I want them. And I don't have time for it either, being in nursing school. I've...
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    Re: Best SHB Oil Trap design?

    The latches I use are zinc coated...more importantly, they have a spring on the latch and a metal collar that secures the latch to the eye hole. The coons (or whatever was bugging my hives) can't...
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    Re: Best SHB Oil Trap design?

    I have 3 of freeman's and like them.

    They have ONE downside: varmints will open the trays up to get at the cooking oil. This has happened to all of mine, the darn thing even scratched the hive...
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    Re: Kelleys now sells foundationless frames

    Do you think cross wiring and going slow with tangential extracting would work?
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