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    Re: Henbit and Morrow's Honey Suckle???

    I can always tell when the bees are working deadnettle -- they have a bright red spot right between their eyes!

    The deadnettle is a mint, and the stamen are set up so they flip down and wack the...
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    Re: Hive dimension changes

    If you want all the boxes the same depth, you have to cut some off as even quality wood varies in width enough to violate bee space.

    I seriously doubt the British Standard Hive is American...
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    Re: Hive Painting or Thompson Water Seal

    Thompson is really wax dissolved in solvent or a thin latex coating in water, depending on which one you have. Neither is very long lasting.

    The best way to handle woodenware around here is two...
  4. Re: Two brand bew queen cells - should I worry?

    No big deal. I found three in my hive the other day when I was doing a quick check to see how much brood and stores they had. No checkerboarding again this year, no stores.

    Unless there is a big...
  5. Re: Just when i thought my bees had made it through the winter..... UGH

    Several of our successful local beeks feed extensively this time of year for this reason. A large cluster, so desireable for quick build up and high honey production, eats a TON of stores this time...
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    Re: Bees ignore garden offerings

    Bees aren't always what we would call logical -- after all, they do have fairly tiny brains....

    I suspect that there is something else going on with your lack of bees -- they tend to ignore very...
  7. Re: Sizes: Commercial Lumber vs Traditional Lumber

    Lumber is cut to nominal size, usually 1" by something, 2" by something, etc. However, wood shrinks considerably when dry, and some types more than others, so when the wood is dried for use, then...
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    Re: Feeding question

    I prefer the plastic insert type hive top feeders Kelley sells. The are screened so the bees cannot get out and do not drown and hold up to four gallons of syrup.

    one of the beeks in our club...
  9. Re: Installing Pkg to a Medium Only Set-Up (10-Frame)? Also, any thoughts on Top-Feed

    I prefer Kelley's hive top feeder, the one with the plastic insert and screen. Bees don't drown and they cannot get out, so filling and checking is easy.

    A new package in warm weather can pull in...
  10. Thread: Frame wiring

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    Re: Frame wiring

    I don't find it all that much of a hassle, and by using a crimper or a pair of needle nosed pliers slid along the wire at an angle and squeezed repeated as you move them, the wire is plenty tight. ...
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    Re: Uncapping knife suggestions

    I've always used a knife, either a thin flexible one my buddy lent us with his extractor (and probably 70 years old, like the extractor) or a serrated one from Kelly.

    In either case, a cold knife...
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    Re: "African" Bees are so terrible?

    Some general comments on AHB not related to scientific articles:

    African bees, at least the ones imported into South America, were selected for high honey production (on the order of 200 lbs per...
  13. Thread: painting hives

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    Re: painting hives

    I have been putting on a couple coats of boiled linseed oil followed by a couple coats of alkyd (oil base) primer, then a couple coats of latex exterior paint. I've had problems with "all in one"...
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    Re: Dry pollen sub feeding

    One of our local beeks feeds dry substitute by taking a short piece of 4" plastic pipe, putting a cap on one end and a downspout adapter on the other, filling part way with sub, then hanging them...
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    Re: package install without comb.

    Bees are very adaptable --after all, they never find a nice square box with drawn comb ready to move into in nature!

    They will do better, I think, on bare foundation in a nuc box because they will...
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    Re: Building Strong Frames

    I use two 1 1/2 in nails in the top bar, offset toward the wedge side, and one nail through the end bar into the solid side of the top bar. Works better if you don't drive the nails into each other,...
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    Re: Linseed Oil as hive dip/preservative?

    Boiled linseed oil (which is indeed no longer boiled, it has metallic "driers" added to cause it to polymerize faster that are toxic) makes a great first primer for boxes. I'd not use it inside,...
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    Re: Thinking of making my own hives

    I strongly prefer box joints, but make what you are comfortable with. More things to go wrong with box joints, and you really need a powerful saw (220V 2hp). Mine struggles, but works OK.

    Box...
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    Re: bee keeping in medium boxes

    All mediums works. All deeps works. You could probably do all shallows if you wanted to. All Dadant "superdeeps" works fine, but you need a crane to move the boxes.

    Weight is an issue -- my...
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    Re: Question on queen excluder

    Queen excluders have a number of uses, but most of the beeks around here do not use them to keep the brood in a single box. Any time you want to restrict the queen to part of the hive, place the...
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    Re: Tulip Poplar Honey

    Spring seems to have moved earlier in the last ten years, and it is likely they are using the tulip honey for brood instead of storing it. We get huge amounts of black locust honey here, but Walt...
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    Re: New Hive plan to use crimpwire

    I recommend cross wires. The foundation wire will have some residual curve in it (from being wound on a spool) that does not appear until the wax heats up in the hive and softens. Since the wax is...
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    Re: First winter , first look in the hives

    Feed. Otherwise you will have several hives of dead bees in a month.

    Best way to do this is to put a sheet of newspaper over the top of the frames in the top box, put an empty shallow super on,...
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    Re: Hive getting low on stores

    If you think they are getting light, remove the cover and inner cover, put a sheet of newspaper over the frames with an inch or so space at the front or rear, and put an empty shallow box on top of...
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    Re: Pollen Backfilling the Brood Nest

    Some years here they stuff the brood nest so full of pollen the first couple rounds of new brood in the spring is very spotty. Clears up as they use the pollen.

    Typically this is a temporary...
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