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    Re: Beekeeping in 20 years?

    Well, of the eight on that list there are a handful that I hope will never come to be BUT I'm certain the last one will be true!
  2. Re: SAE 30 Lawn Mower Oil for a small piston air compressor?

    Mine is a small Craftsman that I use in the basement when my wood shop is too cold to fire one up. The info I gave came right from the owners manual.
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    Re: Queen present but no brood, what to do?

    If you can get a frame or two of brood with nurse bees then go ahead and add it to your broodless colony. It won't hurt and it'll slow the dwindling. If it were me, I would be replacing the queen...
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    Re: Worries of a New Beek

    I think you're just fine by worrying. It's better than having unrealistic expectations of immediate and assured success. Worry a little and ask a lot of questions.

    Since you're getting established...
  5. Re: SAE 30 Lawn Mower Oil for a small piston air compressor?

    My compressor calls for SAE 30 non-detergent. SAE 10 for extreme winter conditions.
  6. Thread: dead bees

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    Re: dead bees

    I usually shake off as many of the dead bees as I can and do a general cleaning of the bottom board, etc. while I'm at it. After that, it's ready for the new bees.
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    Re: ordering supplies and long wait times...

    It certainly varies from one supplier to the other. And of course, ordering in the thick of their busiest season is going to affect ship times. I rarely order anything now just because of the...
  8. Re: Ok to install packages anytime during day ?

    It doesn't hurt to install later in the day but it's not absolutely necessary. If I have to get to work on hiving day, I dump them as soon as I pick them up and head to work. They have it all sorted...
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    Re: Is this frame ok to reuse?

    They should clean that right up.
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    Re: bees are dead but long live the mice

    I HATE cleaning up after mice. I usually end up pulling the comb and then bleaching the frames. Sometimes the boxes. Uggghhh..
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    Re: 2 feet of Snow!

    Hey...it barely looks over the ankles!
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    Re: Moth damaged frames

    I've given the bees worse and they've fixed them up just fine.
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    Re: Nuc install question...

    I rarely get nuc's that allow me to bring my own wood. So, I get them home and "hive" them right away. If it's real late, I do it in the am. I'd rather get them settled into their new setup earlier...
  14. Thread: TX's

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    Re: TX's

    http://www.draperbee.com/beesupplies/Fumagilan-B%20Instructions.pdf
  15. Re: What is considered "enough" for spring stores?

    For Spring stores? Enough is a little more than you usually have in there!!!! Just kidding but in my experience, they can burn through stores like crazy. If you can give them honey, by all means do....
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    Re: Water question

    I put a chicken waterer near my hives and float wine corks along the rim. They use it sometimes. They much prefer to zoom over the top of the garage or house and head to the birdbath in the backyard....
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    Re: Pine vs. Cedar Boxes

    I have pine and cypress. I like the cypress but not much more than the pine.
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    Re: Do I need to buy bees?

    And a reminder now.....we have a thread devoted to Flow Hive discussion and it can be found here:
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    Re: 1 or 2 gal. pails for feeding

    I buy mine at True Value. Metal cans with lids, just like the paint comes in (or used to come in since a lot are going to plastic now).
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    Re: Smokers is there a difference or what

    You do get what you pay for. I picked up a nuc from a not so local place a few years back and they had a handful of basic bee supplies that they were selling. The smoker price seemed great (as is too...
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    Re: cleaning plastic frames

    Charlie makes a good point. If you're just rough scraping on plastic, there's usually enough wax left for them to work up into full comb. Sometimes you'll see where the plastic is "bare". If it's a...
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    Re: Need suggestions. Hive in trouble.

    You could kill and combine but if you have more than one, why not add a layer of green brood / eggs after getting rid of your suspect queen and let them do their thing?
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    Re: Bradford pear trees

    My bees sure like the ones in my neighbors yard! Not sure if it's their first choice but my neighbor asked me to drop by one day a few years ago and there were hundreds of bees working the flowers....
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    Re: Pollen coming in!

    I always love how humbling it is when the bees bring in pollen right about the time I look around and think that Spring isn't even close to arriving yet.
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    Re: Elevated Hive Location?

    Should be fine. I've kept bees on the roof of a bank. Spacing isn't a problem. You could put them next to each other if you want.
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