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    Re: Straining melted beeswax

    I use the "disposable" maple syrup cone filters, often used as prefiltes before going to traditional felt cones(in sugaring)They are a lot like giant coffee filters, but a synthetic not paper....
  2. Re: Queen piping in cell, how close to emerge?

    Thanks for the quick reply....that was sort of my suspicion, very helpful to have confirmed
    I'll head back out in a couple hours and lace the cells....hopefully they will still be intact:)

  3. Queen piping in cell, how close to emerge?

    When you hear a queen piping in a cell, how long might it be before she emerges?

    I have done my first round of queen rearing ever, using a variation on old timers cut cell method.
    Tomorrow is day...
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    Re: Cell builder question

    I have plenty of resources and don't mind sacrificing the hive to it. It's not a stellar hive, but nor am I trying to raise 40 cells.
    I've tried doing increases a couple different ways and this was...
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    Cell builder question

    I have seen a number of outlines for a cell builder, where brood is seperated with capped and queen below excluder and open above. Later the queen right bottom is moved away and many of its nurse...
  6. Re: Do bees mix or segregate pollen from different sources? What about nectar?

    Can't speak to nectar, but I definetly watch them pack different colors of pollen into the same cell.
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    Re: Dimensions crucial for telescoping cover?

    I agree with the extra length to open and close an upper entrance using from a nothched IC
    It's nice to make them deep enough to still block wind for that upper entrance when you put 2" of foam on...
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    Re: Bees on top, honey on bottom

    Ever since I started I hear folks talking about the bees working up through the feed over the winter, and how it's bad news if they "chimney up" too soon.
    But most of my hives are at the top by the...
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    Re: Titebond II - what happened?

    Agreed that if it's not setting up at all, something is almost certainly wrong with the manufacture of the batch

    Chalking happens when the glue is used at too low an ambient temperture, or...
  10. Re: What to know about pesticides in apple orchard

    I can't speak to Utah, but here in the northeast an apple orchard sees a lot of sprays over the course of the season, even those maintained organically.
    The bloom is fairly short, and from what I...
  11. Re: Poor quality components - how much tolerance to allow?

    Assuming your working white pine, that kind of movement (over a 3% change in moisture) is double (or more) of anything I have ever experienced or calculated for even a completely flatsawn board.
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    Re: Can capping wax be "pure"?

    So great to see folks take the time effort and money to gather hard data. Thanks for sharing

    Jim, it sounds like you have thought out the process quite carefully, but what were you using for wash...
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    Re: Cluster at top

    There does seem to be a widespread conventional wisdom that the bees start at the bottom and work up to the top...and if they get to top too soon are running out or isolated from their stores.
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    Re: Linseed oil and beeswax for hive exterior

    Linseed oil makes for a pretty poor exterior finish. It generally gets used in locations of extremely high wear, and it is assumed that it will be reapplied frequently. Think tool handles, wooden...
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    Re: Best way to separate honey from cappings

    After draining in a warm place(hot car), we take all the cappings and the wax from combs we felt better to crush than extract (wonky stuff) and place them in a very large glass bowl in the oven, just...
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    Re: Kirk Webster Does It Again

    I got started with bees from Kirk Webster, and purchased queens and nucs a couple other times after. In my few dealings with him he struck me a soft spoken, honest man, who was striving to live a...
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    Re: Table saw recommendations

    I brought the profesional grade sawstop into the shop about a year ago.

    It's beautifully built saw, easily comparable or better to all the others in the price bracket.
    Depending how you break out...
  18. Re: Are cedar shavings harmful to bees in a quilt box?

    Many types of "cedar" growing in US, several of them are actually in cypress family.
    Eastern red cedar is the one used in chests and closets to repel wool eating moths
    There is also
    Eastern white...
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    Re: Wintering nucs on top of other hives?

    I suppose I shouldn't call them nucs anymore, singles would be more appropriate.
    Yes, bottom boards match box. All are standard 10 frame gear.
    I was planning on just placing them on top of some...
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    Re: Wintering nucs on top of other hives?

    They were five frame nucs that have grown out to 8-10 frames.
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    Wintering nucs on top of other hives?

    Any reason not to just stack some nucs onto a few hives that are all set for winter?

    I have to move a bunch of hives to another yard possibly for just a few weeks, possibly for the winter.
  22. Re: Value of combining queenless hive in fall?

    I'm in northern vt. Frost today, not much pollen or nectar coming in any longer.
    I think Combs will hold fine in shop loft, no SHB here and things will be freezing up shortly in regards to wax moth.
  23. Value of combining queenless hive in fall?

    Is there really much value combining a queenless hive with queen right this late?

    I have at least one, and possibly two queenless hives...8-10 frames each.
    I was going to combine them (not with...
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    Combine question

    Is it safe to move a queen right colony and place it under an existing queenles hive?

    I have only had to do a few newspaper combines. In each case, I was moving a hive made queenles on top of a...
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    Re: Swarming in Mid-September, seriously?

    I have had several nucs and a couple hives swarm over the last 2-3 weeks. I have not had problems with fall swarming before.
    It's been a good year, all the hives got strong, then we had a great...
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