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  1. Re: Consequences of climate change on plants, pollination, and bees

    We will have a longer period of mite build-up. More and longer episodes of drought requiring feeding? Wax moths will become a problem in Maine.

    I remember the "ice-age" claims of some in the...
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    Re: Mann Lake Package Supplier

    Picked up 6 packages on the 18th in Wilkes Barre, PA. Oliverez from (California) was the name on the inspection report. They arrived a day early and appeared very heavy and healthy as mentioned...
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    Re: Any Advice on Moving Hives ?

    You certainly don't need to buy any equipment, not even screen, to move only 4 hives within your yard once. I move hives all the time using nothing more than duct tape over the openings and some...
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    Re: Winter nucs ???

    Good luck with your project.

    There are a lot of naysayers who have tried it and failed. I guess there have been successes too since this idea is nothing new. Beekeeping literature for a hundred...
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    Re: Multi purpose Deeps

    I've only cut the dados in a couple purchased boxes and haven't hit the hand hold. I only cut about 1/8" or so deep, just enough to snap the piece of Masonite in. They don't have to be very deep...
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    Re: Missouri Legals on Bees

    Check with the nearest chapter of the MO. State Beekeepers Association if you want more than guesses.

    Factoid: The honey bee is the Missouri State Insect along with Maine and 15 others.

    Wayne
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    Re: Multi purpose Deeps

    1/8" Masonite held in place by a dado ea. end.

    The screened bottom board, (made from the plans in the Build It Yourself" section,) have a 3/4 by 3/4" strip running front to rear, just below the...
  8. Re: Winter manipulations, a couple questions?

    What do bees often do with powdery substances that might have a sweet flavor? Put it in the comb as if it were pollen, perhaps? Does pollen often wind up in honey over the course of a season?

    Put...
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    Re: Had to get my bear license

    A fence that would kill a bear would kill a child that wandered into the yard.

    Wayne
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    Re: What are some of your cost-saving methods?

    I have a Grizzly bandsaw with a 6" riser block that I bought a year ago, assembled it in the shop and hadn't gotten around to adjusting it or using it until today. I bought it primarily to resaw...
  11. Re: Should I be removing my top feeder for winter?

    When I feed, I try to have syrup off by late September or early October. (Doesn't always happen.) I use 2 gallon pails so the bees can pull down about 16 lbs of syrup quickly and have time to...
  12. Re: Should I be removing my top feeder for winter?

    I assume your talking about syrup. Yes, remove it for the winter. Bees won't take frozen syrup.

    Wayne
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    Re: Got a Visit from the Bee Inspector.

    What on earth are you talking about?

    Wayne
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    Re: who buys propolis and pollen

    You might try contacting Beehive Botanicals in Wisconsin. They had advertised in the past that they bought bulk propolis.

    They had some trouble with the FDA in the past regarding labeling and...
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    Re: nuc entrance portals

    I use the same (home-made) entrance reducer I use on full-sized hives except cut down to length. They have a 3/8" wide opening, and one 1 1/2". Pop it out for full open.

    I looked at the the round...
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    Re: How to find outyards

    My first yard was offered by an acquaintance that approached me. The second was from a co-worker that heard I had bees. The rest of the yards were from a single ad on Craigslist.

    If you post an...
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    Re: Attaching roofing felt

    I like to wrap completely around and where they overlap, I tack on a strip of thin wood like lath. For added support, I tie a couple loops of twine around near top and bottom.

    Wayne
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    Re: Scientists deprive bees of sleep

    Reminds me of when my kids were babies. Now that was cruel.

    It's research. No more cruel than intentionally killing hundreds of them to do an alcohol wash for a mite count that might help save a...
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    Re: Air tools and compressor

    I bought a Lowes $99 special a few years back. It had a 2 gal, Campbell-Hausfeld compressor (very loud) and a very cheap brad nailer. The nailer lasted about a year. I had just commented to myself...
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    Re: Black paint

    I haven't been to Erin's place for a couple years now but I don't remember black hives when I picked up nucs or packages or queens, just greens and grays and purples and yellows and all shades of...
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    Re: Black paint

    Like I said earlier, you and I probably have different ideas about what cold is. When I talk about cold being 20 to 40, that's minus zero.

    Last winter was mild here in Maine and I don't think it...
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    Re: Black paint

    Still not clear why it's even necessary to consider painting hives black in such a mild climate.
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    Re: Dumb waiter

    While not nearly as helpful and practical as suggestions like chartering a helicopter, I suggest you look into a simple block and tackle rig with a sling for your honey supers.

    Wayne
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    Re: Winter wrapping.

    I wait until late November when all my other chores are done; usually around Thanksgiving. It's not too early, just no need to do it now.

    Last year no hives were wrapped. My Loses then were a few...
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    Re: Black paint

    I've been carpeting the landscape with white hives here in Maine and haven't found it necessary to paint my hives a dark color. Certainly, I wouldn't be painting them black. Mostly, the wrapping is...
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