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  1. Thread: Starting Again

    by Vance G
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    Re: Starting Again

    Just do your homework this winter and listen closest to those beekeeping in your zip code or phone area code. My one piece of all important advice is concentrate on learning how to test for and...
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    Re: Birds...a problem or not?

    I have both eastern and western kingbirds sitting cheekily over my hives and eating bees at a steady pace. If I were queen rearing I would thin the herd.
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    Re: Electric Uncapping Knives

    Using a cheap capping knife without a thermostat you can't adjust has to be learned. They are designed for constant use and if you do that. they are fine. I always plunge mine into my already...
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    Re: Converting to small cell

    5.4 mm
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    Re: Knife vs. Roller vs. Heat gun

    I just uncapped twenty boxes of thick eight frames in a ten frame box. Very little need for the capping scratcher and My Kelly wax melter does an outstanding job reducing the cappings to unburned...
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    First 35 gallons in the settling tank

    Made my first extraction run as I have a half dozen bucket orders to fill. I had an exceptional spring honey collection but I am finding a lot of crystalized honey. I don't know what the bees...
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    Re: Converting to small cell

    I regressed all my bees to small cell by surrounding nucs with Mann Lake 4.9 PF plastic frames and rotating the 5.4 frames out of service. I found it highly beneficial to run the plastic frames thru...
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    Re: Hive size for overwintering?

    I winter mostly double deeps and my target weight is 125 to 140'

    I do not allow starvation and put a 2 1/2" feeder rim on top of wet newspaper on thetop bars and dump 5 kg dry sugar n top and wrap...
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    Re: Pros/Cons of frame feeders

    I use the cheap ones with a ladder of doubled #8 hardware cloth in the middle. Drowns very few bees. My home made miller feeders built from plans on dave cushmans site are better for high volume...
  10. Re: Will they backfill the brood comb for winter if supers are still on?

    When you pull the supers and extract again, weigh your hive bodies and feed if light. I want two deeps to weigh 125 to 140 pounds. Bees winter better on white sugar than on darker fall honey that...
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    Re: One brood chamber versus two

    Be careful checkerboarding foundation into hives early and late. It only works well outside he heart of the main flow when you place foundation one frame at a time between full frames of wet brood. ...
  12. Thread: Bee Size

    by Vance G
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    Re: Bee Size

    My bees size is determined by the size of the cells they emerge from. I have mostly ML 4.9 foundation that I was told would stall the varroa. I still like it and my dense nests of little bees. The...
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    Re: Melting brood comb wax

    If you can build a steam generator out of an old pressure cooker, you can drill a hole in an old hivebody and run a fuel line from the generator into the box. Set the old comb in a box on top and...
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    Re: One brood chamber versus two

    The Crofter said it like it is. He is in your climate and your best advice is local competent beeks which is in the dictionary when you look up Crofter.
  15. Re: First year hive honey harvest, boxes frames and a few other questions.

    Find someone in your area to extract for you. Save that comb! Two deeps is plenty od stores to winter with. Look on craigs list for a used extractor or someone willing to extract for you. ...
  16. Thread: Colored syrup

    by Vance G
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    Re: Colored syrup

    I play silly games putting out super sweet neon red and green and yellow koolaid so I can listen to the hobbyists near me wonder whats happening. NOT during the honey flow.
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    Re: WeakNUC need help!!!!!

    Move them to a regular box only when they fill the nuc box. Keep feeding until their brood chamber/s are drawn and full of winter stores. Don't wait for a fall flow that may or may not come.
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    Re: Ranchers spraying weeds

    Most of what I see is tansey mustard and the bees don't use it at all. The alfalfa probably has a gene making it immune to glyophosphate which is harmless to life forms made of meat. So unless you...
  19. Re: Hey Montana what's happening with your forage?

    The rain will. Keep the yellow and white sweet clover and alfalfa blooming. Isaw silver lace vine blooming today and the bees love it. Cut alfalfa fields that are irrigated will bring on a...
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    Re: Getting second deep drawn

    Getting the bees to draw comb gets harder as It cools off. Before it cools, i would use a feeding attractant to get hem on task until you get that upper hive body drawn and full.
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    Re: Question on capping honey

    Frames laying on their side are very apt to be stripped and moved down capped and all.

    Those uncapped frames may be filled with basswood/linden honey and with no more to come,may never get capped....
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    Re: Why not to use queen exculders

    Never saw such a thing except with trapped drones. I suspect Ian's theory cuts closest to the bone. I used queen excluders on my production hives and the workers have went thru them like a rocket...
  23. Re: Am I the only one who doesn't have capped honey in July?

    The absolute and total truth and reality.
  24. Re: Am I the only one who doesn't have capped honey in July?

    We just got a rain that should really make a difference. Looks like best crop ever.
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    Re: 9 Frame Question

    The best combs are drawn from foundation when the frames are packed tight together ten in a box. After comb is drawn, I run eight frames in supers.
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