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    Re: Making mason jar feeder holders

    i put the feeders in the top of migratory type covers. on nucs i leave the jars on all the time empty or full. put the hole toward the back of the cover. i want a close fit to keep rain out. a 2 7/8...
  2. Re: Need to transfer Bees from Langstroth to British Standard

    if there is no food in the standard hive, feed them till they get going.the plan sounds ok.
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    Re: Question about bulk milk tanks?

    there are 2 reasons for the agitator in a milk tank. the agitator keeps the milk moving so that it will not freeze to the cold cold refrigerated bottom, if the milk freezes it will insulate the warm...
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    Re: Question about bulk milk tanks?

    i have been a milk tank dealer for over 30 years. some {not most} brands of tanks made before 1963 have a serpentie tube that is a long tube that works its way around the bottom zig-zag. the tube is...
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    Re: Building Boxes

    when building ALL the inside measurements must be exact for correct bee-space. i can buy pre-cut or assembled boxes much cheaper than buying the lumber. this would bee from a local hive builder not...
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    Re: Will my tiny hive survive?

    20 degrees is fine . below 40 the food consumption slows down a lot. the wind break is an excellent idea. sugar [white only!!!] is good till spring. in early march having having some protein...
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    Re: How many packages

    60 or 70 in the back of a dodge caravan will work for a few hundred miles. turn the a/c on full blast. put a plastic tarp down first. if you must stop make it real quick and leave the doors and...
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    Re: Honey extractor

    how long it takes to hand crank depends on temperature mostly, also honey thickness.. down south hand cranking is ok for a few hives in the summer. there are inexpensive imported electric ones that...
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    Re: Plastic frames

    typical answers all over the place, it really is up to you. if you mix plastic frames and wood ones the bees will almost always draw the wood frames first, this part of the answer is pretty universal...
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    Sticky: Re: diy oxalic acid vaporizer

    brand new bee ideas are quite rare.
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    Re: Can you hear me now?

    ... yes...
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    Re: Can you hear me now?

    i named that pesky gaurd bee that is posted at my kitchen door after my wife. she has gotten me but not in the ear. i notice that a replacement is posted right away after a rare incident, the...
  13. Re: Honey Yield from Manual vs motorized extractor

    i like the motorized. no sore arm and shoulder the next day. as stated you can do something else instead of cranking, like checking beesource, but there is the possible sticky keyboard problem. i...
  14. Re: Mite infested frames/comb still good?

    for empty comb,over the winter in the northeast about everything but american foulbrood will die. it takes a couple of frozen days or less. you are giving not a hint of american foulbrood, the only...
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    Re: birdsfoot trefoil for bees?

    trefoil will grow and stay on less fertile well drained land. it does not do well on better soils because of competition from other plants. it seems to do well mixed in thin timothy stands. it also...
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    Re: What to do?

    on long island about 120 lbs, gross weight for the hive at the end of the honey season should be ok for winter. 2 deeps [10 frame] not quite full or 4 or 5, [8 frame] mediums should be fine. have you...
  17. Re: Up to 1500 lbs of honey per acre if I plant these? Sounds unreal!

    the time for the honey flow is short, often less than a couple of weeks for many crops. for commercial pollination often 1 or 2 hives per acre is used. filling a medium super in a week is a real...
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    Re: Goldenrod flow?

    there are a lot of varieties of golden rod. some the bees love some they ignore. some have a strong smell some do not. it seems like the mix varies year to year. like everything else with bees this...
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    Re: comb cavities

    what to wary about? just the usual, mites, 2 and 4 leg varmits,and since you are in texas: snakes. .. sometimes bees do not like to rebuilt foundation bare spots caused by mouse or other damage. if...
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    Re: What to do?

    it is normal for the bees to fill the hive with honey as winter aproches. in your case that is 2 deeps. the bees work from the top down, the queen is forced to lay in a smaller area at the bottom of...
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    Re: Storage of drawn frames for winter

    the above posts are correct.... for ny state leave the brood frames on the hive until freezing weather, if you can this will prevent wax moth problems in genral.
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    Re: What to do?

    if you have 2 deeps filled or near full of honey, a month from now, for your spot then you do not need to feed... harvest the medium. given the date i would harvest a few of the deep frames as well,...
  23. Re: Is it a bad idea to inspect a hive while the bees are bearding?

    give them a shake or brush stroke and dump them in the hive. a few seconds before closing a gentle puff or two of smoke will push them down in the hive, no squished bees. in the long run get rid of...
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    Re: Considering drinking the Kool-aid

    good answer mr. carlson, you might add swarms from other than feral sources are a factor also.
  25. Re: Is it a bad idea to inspect a hive while the bees are bearding?

    ignore the bearding and do your work. bearding is in no way hostile. it is too early, let the insulation plans be on hold for 2 or 3 months. do check your mite levels and react imediatly if they are...
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