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    Re: Wax Dipping

    Just found a much better deal on paraffin wax, what ratio of wax/rosin do you mix?
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    Re: Wax Dipping

    The flash point of paraffin wax is 380 degrees and the flash point of microcrystalline wax is 400 degrees so I would think 300 would be a safe temp to have. I have heard that some go as high as 375...
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    Wax Dipping

    Just got my stainless dipping tank this week it's 22" X 24" x 30" tall, with a cover. I got a guy to build it for me at no cost!
    I just need to get a base welded up and burners installed.
    Found a...
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    Re: So why DO you keep bees?

    I started because of an article I read about bad honey coming in from China, I didn't trust the honey in the stores so I thought I will get some bees and make my own honey. Then I got addicted and...
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    Re: Russians - first impressions

    I have all Russians and you are right on with the bad temper thing, they can be really mean in the fall. Reminds me of my wife! (don't tell her I said that!)
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    Re: Letting friends in your yard!

    A lot of very good points made on this, thanks everyone! I think I will take a deep breath and relax on this subject!

    thanks again
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    Re: Letting friends in your yard!

    The biggest reason I asked the question is that I guy I know had a 70+% loss this winter and I made it through with just 30%, we had a very long and cold winter this year. now he want's some queens...
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    Re: Letting friends in your yard!

    Yeah, my concern would be diseases, I don't want to invite any if possible. Just a thought though.
    So I shouldn't be concerned with someone with well used clothing or gloves for example?
    if they...
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    Letting friends in your yard!

    Let me know how you feel about letting someone else in your bee yard, I personally won't let anyone in my yards with their protective clothing on, if someone want's to check out my hives with me I...
  10. Re: Any Michigan Beekeepers concerned with the recent ruling "loss" of Right to Farm?

    You would have to live in the city to get 13 homes in 1/8th of a mile (660 ft) but the 250 feet from the property would hurt me. I don't think this ruling will live very long but you never know. I...
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    Re: Thank you, thank you fat/beeman

    [QUOTE=Charlie B;1099301]Criticism had nothing to do with it. He wouldn't reimburse him on some dead queens. Don finally did after a long battle.[/QUOTE

    I guess I spoke out of turn, you did say...
  12. Re: Anything wrong with giving a queen cell from one hive to another?

    I do it all the time, after cutting the cell loose from the donating hive I depress the wax just below the top bar in the new hive and hold the cell there while I gently move the next frame against...
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    Re: Thank you, thank you fat/beeman

    The guy I took on as a mentor reminds me of the fat bee man, right when you think you know it all he sets you in your place. very rough around the edges but knows a lot about beekeeping! All the...
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    Propolis question

    Is it worth it to save the propolis I scrape off my frames and other equipment? If so where would I sell it? And is it safe and/or beneficial to eat it right after collecting it or does it need to be...
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    Wax dip supers?

    I know it would be expensive to get it started but I have a friend that could build me a tank big enough to wax dip my supers.
    Just wanted to know how the supers hold up compared to painting. I got...
  16. Re: what to do with Nosema infected equipment

    I don't know for sure Michael, just a guess, the hive in question has severe buildup of waste at the top entrance. much worse than all my other hives and it is the weakest with just a hand full of...
  17. what to do with Nosema infected equipment

    What should be done with equipment (frames supers etc) that have a bad case of nosema?
    should I burn it? or is there a way to kill the nosema fungus with something easy to get? like soaking in...
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    Re: Trouble finding eggs - help needed

    Thats what I need to do!
    At my age the eyes don't see as well as they used to.
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    Re: whats up with the shipping cost?

    Mann Lake has FREE shipping at this time on orders over $100 but not sure for how much longer.
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    Re: fruit tree spraying

    Any fruit spray that is applied early in the spring should be a dormant spray which would consist of a horticultural oil and lime sulfur.
    The oil smothers any insects and eggs that are hiding on the...
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    Re: fruit tree spraying

    Pyrethrin, and it's synthetic cousin, Permethrin, are both excellent killers of bees! I wouldn't even want hives NEAR there, once he starts spraying!

    But, WHY would he want to spray an insect...
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    Re: Where to buy woodenwear

    Mann Lake has free shipping right now!
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    Re: Chickens and bees?

    We just put up a "sloppy" chicken wire fence around what we don't want them getting into. They sure keep the weeds down and I'm sure they eat a lot of seeds left over after fall clean up.
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    Re: Chickens and bees?

    I have a fairly large chicken yard from fall to late spring, (I use chickens to clean up my garden after the growing season).
    I have hives in the garden as well with no problems at all, they seam to...
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    Where is the pollen coming from?

    Last week I had a 54 degree day and decided to install pollen patties in my hives, when i had them open i noticed the bee's were allready brining in pollen.
    The snow here is just melting away nicely...
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