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    Re: MDA Splitter Technique

    Squarepeg, two or if i think one cell looks iffy, I'll leave three on a frame.
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    Re: MDA Splitter Technique

    That's it, what your doing is pulling the old cocoons away so they can start the cell. Do any amount on the frames that have larvae, I do up to six notches per frame as it's up to the bees to make...
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    Re: mice out in winter?

    I've never had mice get into a hive, but from what I saw when they got into some drawn out frames, they leave a BIG pile of wax when they tunnel thru the frames. Look for nesting material sticking...
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    Re: MDA Splitter Technique

    Been using his method for 3 years now, haven't treated since (except brood breaks for you purists).
    Swiftwisdom is right, his new book is much easier to follow and has a better layout of his...
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    Re: NOT beautiful home made solar wax melters

    Ya, what's up w/ the 6 month figure? In a couple days, it'll be a whole 9hrs 1min of daylight!
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    Re: sugar patty problem

    After you hit 240, turn the heat off and add enough sugar to make it look like a batch of medium/thick oatmeal(my 15lb batch is roughly 5lb, it all depends on the humidity). That way any of the syrup...
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    Re: Viability of swarms?

    It's a crap shoot. Most of the time any swarms I've picked up managed to screw up somehow and don't make it thru the winter.
    The last one I got a call on was so late (August 23rd), that I really...
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    Re: Is this what robbing looks like

    You've got a batch of bees doing their orientation thing. There'd be a lot more squabbling going on if there was robbers around
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    Re: For the stylish beekeeper...

    Raising bees will reward you with delicious pure raw honey and with increased pollination of fruit trees and vegetable plants in your garden. The experts at one of the world’s premier beekeeping...
  10. Thread: Bee Box?

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    Re: Bee Box?

    Seems like he would offer frames or a explanation for use. There is no room for expansion, so maybe it's a swarm box, long way around for that tho.
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    Re: Gotta bee the sugar bricks.

    I've found that putting bricks on early just fouls things up, like your situation or calling them up to the top of the hive prematurely. I've set my winter gear up so it only takes a minute or so...
  12. Re: Beige Carpet Stained With Yellow Dog Vomit from eating beeswax etc

    Try electrical contact cleaner on a small area of the stain, blot, don't rub. Starting fluid works too, as both evaporate so quick that it doesn't attack the fabric. Open the windows and try not to...
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    Re: Late season boo-boo. Need advice

    I'm in Michigan, so take my advice w/ a grain of salt. If you leave them on, and they run out of stores, there's no way to get sugar to them without pulling that box anyway, so I would pull them now.
  14. Thread: yellow jackets

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    Re: yellow jackets

    Spring time is the time to set them out, get the queens. I didn't do that this year and paid the price. Lost one hive so far.
    FBM's is a good way. I take a two liter bottle and heat a nail, make...
  15. Re: Anyone have a propolis lip balm recipe to share

    I have a patch of mini worts on both hands, mixed some propolis and honey and applied it and kept rubbing it in till it disappeared, all but the "breeders" (which I've had all my life) went away, and...
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    Re: Are they foraging?

    First flight day for about a week, I was putting a feeder ring on a hive and bee lands on the inner cover. She's got pollen in her baskets, must've found something that still had blossoms on it. Gave...
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    Re: "Sustainability" in the small apiary

    Try not to think about what stock your queens will mating with, concentrate on the results.
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    Re: Wind break a must?

    For quite a few years I used a heavy duty snow fence w/ rebar posts and didn't wrap. Anything will do to keep the boxes from taking a direct hit, especially the NW winds, they're the nastiest!
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    Re: A better beetle trap...how to get a patent

    Well, you can forward me the plans so I can make a gazillion bux, but I don't think that would be a good idea. I would Google filing procedure for Beekeeping patents, you should come with something.....
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    Re: To wrap or not to wrap?

    I use fanfold sheeting (R1) wrap on 3 sides (fronts open). Made up a outer cover for the outer cover out of 2" foam board. Reduce the entrance to 3/8".
    Last year I dado'ed a 1/8" gap in one end of...
  21. Thread: Smoker Plug

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    Re: Smoker Plug

    I use a wad of grass, Bourbon corks are too hard to come by.
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    Re: They don't even try to hide it.

    They had a thread a while back, where the Chinese were using poeple w/ feathers to pollinate fruit trees.
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    Re: Why do you use leather Gloves

    I lose all semblance of dexterity with gloves, only wear them if I have to, and they're goatskin. Besides, scrubbing propolis out of my fingernails gives me something to do LOL
  24. Re: No larvae. I saw the queen a week ago. I'm in denial.

    If they're letting you go thru that hive frame by frame this time of year, I'll put down five that the Q is hiding somewhere.
    I had one hive that was driving me nuts this year, turned out she would...
  25. Re: Commercial mousetraps under/around hives for winter

    I use ones for my accounts, made by Victor, tin cats. They work, but you have to run them like a trap line, it only takes a couple days for the mice to die, then you've got a mess.
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