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    Re: Screened bottom or solid ?

    Check out green bee hives sbb. It's the best of both worlds. Screened bottom with aluminum tray that sits on solid bottom. I fill the tray with diatomaceous earth. The set up really does well ...
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    Re: Burlap in Nova Scotia

    I use cardboard. Flatten boxes out then cut them up on table saw. 5 in wide by 24in. Then roll up tight. Works well and free. I do put in a.hand full of pine straw or paper into smoker first. Once...
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    2 out of 3 ain't bad...I guess

    Made a split a few weeks ago and original clipped queen went mia. Removed failing queen from another and let them make a new one. 2 hives were successful and 1 hive was not. Searching to buy a mated...
  4. Re: Is this a swarm cell, and if so - now what???

    Split them now to keep them from swarming. If the queen cells are capped they may have already swarmed.
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    Re: Clipping Wings

    Of the 5 hives I have 2 queens clipped 2 are not and 1 is in capped cell. The clipped queens were very good queens. I just had 1 hive with clipped queen swarm and could not find her anywhere. The...
  6. Re: New UPS rules for shipping bees? Anyone know more about this?

    The liquid feed ban is partly due the ever changing strict guidelines for carrying hazardous materials as mandated by the federal government. Some examples of hazardous materials are aerosol sprays,...
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    Re: 0 to swarm in 8 days

    I looked on the ground as well, no sign of her. Today both splits look like business as usual. Pollen and nectar coming in. Our flow is gearing up. I will inspect hives again end of next week.
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    0 to swarm in 8 days

    Inspected my 4 hives 8 days ago and 1 hive (carni mutts) really booming in a single deep and partially drawn medium. No queen cells and drawing out foundation in the medium super with no queen...
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    Re: Beekeeping - a Guy or Gal thing

    At my house it's a guy thing or my thing. My wife went with me to the beginners course. She seemed interested. I went and picked up my first two nucs and she helped me put them in the hive. I...
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    Re: making beehive pallets

    Try used motor oil thinned with diesel fuel. Been using it around the farm for years. Put it on with paint brush or a roller. I use it on regular yellow pine. Robert
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    Re: Burning Sumac Berries

    I bought 2 nucs last year from a commercial outfit that sells honey, packages and queens. They swore by the practice of burning sumac in smoker for mite control. I had 2 hives already. I almost...
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    Re: Methods to Combat Hive Beetles

    Kingd , I found about diatomaceous earth when I had chickens also. I used to dust the roosting house floor and their nesting boxes with it. Never had any issues with flies. I also use it to dust my...
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    Re: Colossal mistake

    DD, I think your problem will sort itself out. Lesson learned is the importance of having a couple of over wintering nucs. I need to have some as well. No other reason than sh@# happens. Thank you...
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    Re: Methods to Combat Hive Beetles

    Www....I get diatomaceous earth food grade from tractor supply. A 20 lb bag is about 20 dollars. 20 lb goes a long way. It really works well. Robert
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    Re: Methods to Combat Hive Beetles

    Sbb with a slide out tray filled with diatomaceous earth. Less messy than oil and is deadly shb and mites or any other Insect that falls through the screen. I live I. Shb country and hardly ever see...
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    Re: drone control question

    I would re queen with mated queens from a reputable breeder. Freeze capped drone comb like previously said. Robert
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    Re: What is the magic number?

    I am just taking it slow. I will have to split at least 3 hives this year. Year 2 for me and I have so much to learn. Just taking what they give , expanding when I can. Reading books, making wooden...
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    Re: walt wright's checkerboarding

    My plan this year is to make honey. Then do some summer splits by end of June. Unless the hives get in swarm mode. I have plenty of equipment ready if that happens. My last inspection when I forced...
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    Re: Painting hives with Tite bond III

    Why don't you prime then paint. Then rotate your boxes out and repaint every 5 to 7 years if necessary. Good paint and primer does last. Robert
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    Re: What is your favorite hive configuration?

    Read the post titled Walt Wright checkerboarding. ...it opened my eyes....I was running double deeps my first year always wondering if it was best. After reading Bernhards replies and how Ian...
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    Re: walt wright's checkerboarding

    Oops ...thanks Mellisa for starting post ....thanks Peg , Rolland, and others....Robert
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    Re: walt wright's checkerboarding

    Thank you Bernhard, IAN and others....I forced my bees into a single deep week before last. Bees here are working maple trees hard so I added a medium with fresh foundation to three that are strong....
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    Re: Started fogging today.

    Glock...are you doing your OA treatments 3 at 7 day intervals or 4 at 5 day intervals? Thank you for your efforts and sharing with everyone...Robert
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    Re: Food grade diatomaceous earth

    Tractor supply..about 20 dollars for 20 lb bag. .food grade. I use it in trays under screen bottom boards. No shb problems since. Robert
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    Re: Apivar: low results

    Ian...what treatments do you use to keep your mite counts down?
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