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    Re: apple cider/ hard cider

    I built one with the garbage disposal, but had an old stainless steel sink lying around. So I just built a framework with legs that I could drop the sink into, & attached the garbage disposal to it...
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    Re: bees in tree - 8 feet up

    I've managed to get bees to move with bee go (bee quick? the less stinky one) once or twice. However, my experience is that they're going to leave & not stop in your box. Can you build a "support"...
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    Re: Hive Body vent hole oops

    Rwlaw, I had one box that was miscut like that. I didn't notice until it was all assembled & the glue dry that one on the handholds was on the inside. You would think the manufacturers would be...
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    Re: Caught the same swarm twice...

    I feel that a swarm is more likely to stay in a box that has a solid bottom board. When I'm collecting swarms I almost always use a solid bottom board & only swap it out after they are well...
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    Re: making bulk syrup

    I very much doubt if they care if the mix is really 1-1 or 0.8-1 or 1.5-1. My approach is to put couple gallons of water in a bucket & add 25 lbs of sugar. Stir well a couple of times & let set...
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    Re: When should I take vacation?

    If your bees aren't able to take care of themselves for a week or two, you need different bees. However, personally, I do like to not plan trips during the time of spring when they are likely to...
  7. Re: Anyone use a Box Miter Joint for building supers...

    Maybe I'm just lazy, but I've found a butt joint works fine. I use a good glue & 3 or 4 2" screws on each joint. They seem very solid & I've not had one fail yet. Of course, it doesn't do a thing...
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    Re: Evens cedar beehives

    If you're new to woodworking those dadoed corners on beeboxes can be difficult to make. I made a jig to get the spacing right, but decided it was more bother than it was worth. I now make plain...
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    Re: And another question...

    Well, it depends on what you mean by honey. If you expect several gallons your first year, I agree that you're unlikely to get that. If you're just really anxious to get a taste of what they're up...
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    Re: Equipment first cut-out

    Well, this reply is for woopie. I'm not sure of your conditions there, but this time of year I would try to collect the colony still on the limb, and put them into a box of some sort without cutting...
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    Re: Cutout and Smoker

    I only average two or three cutouts a year & seldom use smoke. However, I did one this last week on two colonies one on each side of a fireplace. The first one went very smoothly & I was pleased. ...
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    Re: Why are my bees starting to chase us?

    Around here there isn't much of anything blooming, so the bees are pretty defensive about robbing. They are also ready to pounce on any new food source. After I extracted a couple weeks ago I put...
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    Re: black specks in honey

    Well, I had a problem with black specks in my honey once, but it was my own stupidity. I had a couple old supers with damaged comb, some of which was black & I put them on top of the hive to get...
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    Re: bees in a house, can't find the entrance

    OK, I had one swarm call that was very similar to what you described. The people called & said they had bees coming in the bathroom & also some were dead on the floor & they knew where they were...
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    Re: feeling discouraged

    If its really dry, your problem might also be that there's nothing coming in, so the queen may not be laying. My experience here in the PNW is that cutouts done after July are pretty iffy. A lot of...
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    Re: Wasps nest in the bee yard.

    Well, I'm also not quite sure what you define as a wasp. Out here we have a couple varieties of yellow jackets, & the short legged ones are just plain mean tempered, they often live in the ground &...
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    Re: What more could I have done?

    Well, you've tried a bunch of stuff that I hadn't. I do have a listing on Craigslist and also put my name out on several different honeybee websites on the internet. Not sure Craigslist has done...
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    Re: what size rubberbands?

    I used to use regular wired frames like Oregonbeeman, but I finally started taking regular unwired frames & then putting brads down each end bar on one edge and wiring on a zigzag pattern and then...
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    Re: Regarding Smoking-less is better

    I think a lot of it is personal preference. I never bother with my smoker unless I start getting stung. Cut the comb out carefully & put it into frames. Its amazing what some bees will put up with...
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    Re: Swarms moving into unused equipment

    Its happened to me several times. This spring they passed up the four trap hives I had on building roofs to get to an empty box I had sitting on the ground behind my shop.

    The most annoying...
  21. Re: Uniting colonies- do I need to move them next door to each other?

    Do it all at once and put a branch or something across the entrance so they will reorient. Also I would put the box that you move on top of the one that you didn't move.
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    Re: Attaching comb to a frame

    I use regular frames, but instead of wiring them thru the holes drilled into the end bars, I put small brads into one edge of the end bars, and then wire in a zigzag pattern all down the side of the...
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    Re: Swarm Bucket - light, strong, easy, and free

    I made one, but went with duct tape. I cut about a foot & a half off the flange end of a piece of plastic conduit and then duct taped this piece to the side of a 5 gallon bucket with the flange...
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    Re: Bee Tree Trap-Out Underway

    I remember on my first trapout I was surprised at how full my trap box was after just a couple of days. If its a very strong hive, you first trap may be almost full with bees & you'll need another...
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    Do you want Fries with that?

    This morning I got a call from a local McDonalds. They had a swarm in some low bushes near their drive thru. I went right over & went into the drive thru & when they said I could order I asked for...
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