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  1. Thread: Smokers

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    Re: Smokers

    Dried horse apples with green grass stuffed on top to cool smoke as it comes out. Works and is free if you have horses or know people that do.
    Nuke
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    Re: Plastic or glass? Which sells best and why?

    Sold both last year and the 12oz and 24oz bears went the fastest. I was going to switch to all glass this year because I like it better but, couldn't argue with what what was selling. I think the...
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    Re: losing to beekeeping (MN)

    The group I belong to is in Brainerd at the arboretum. Maybe a little closer to you than the cities one. Maybe not. We do a program for new beekeepers to get equipment and bees too, so your teen...
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    Re: Hiving packages in snowy weather.

    We had some crappy weather like that last year when I picked up a couple of my packages. They sat on my dining room table for 2 days. I sprayed them with water and then sugar syrup every so often...
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    Re: Anyone in Minnesota Using the TBH?

    I'm not that close to you, but I do have a TBH. It is empty right now. The italians that were in it starved out last year too late to get a new package for it. I want to try some carnis or a mutt...
  6. Thread: Is it too late?

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    Re: Is it too late?

    Late April is fine. One of the packages I ordered last year came late April and they did fine. Got about 30# of surplus from them and as of last week they looked good.
    Nuke
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    Re: Nasa Type Bee Suit

    I wear the really light, looks like mosquito netting, veil that mann lake has, a long sleeve khaki colored shirt, jeans, and the gloves. I got stung once last year and that was when I was kneeling...
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    Re: Newbie from Minnesota

    Welcome,
    Did you find some bees? Last I heard Nature's Nectar in stillwater still had some. Might try B&B Honey farm in Houston, MN. Somewhere down south I think. Mann Lake gets a shipment in...
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    Re: Aspiring Beekeeper needs help

    I ran a TBH in my backyard because it was easier to hide my first yr. No one knew what it was. You can make the TBH a lot cheaper too.
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    Re: The "neatest" thing you have eaten

    We have lutefisk every year at Christmas. It's a scandinavian thing.
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    Re: I need all the advice I can find!

    My first year I had a tbh and a lang. I really enjoyed watching the bees build comb just from a starter strip. I thought it was very cool and a good way to start. They made it through the...
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    Re: Placing hive in a small yard

    Like everybody says, flight path is probably your biggest thing. We don't even notice extra bees in the yard and they are only 10-15' from garden, inside a privacy fence. Temperment is huge too. ...
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    Re: Its cold in the south

    You get acclimated to it after a bit. I actually prefer it to when we lived in So IL and it was 40 with rain all winter long. That damp cold gets down into ya.
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    Re: Its cold in the south

    We had a 42 degree warm up from 2 nights ago for a high of 12 above today. Felt great. Sweat shirt weather. The dog didn't even mind having to go out to do his business.
    Nuke
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    Re: Residential Beekeeping

    Had bees in the back yard 2 years now. Have a privacy fence around them. One of the neighbors would complain if she knew but feel pretty good now that I can say they been there 2+ years with no...
  16. Re: I'll trade you a white Christmas for some balmy weather

    Wish I had a snow blower, or tougher kids. My back is killing me.
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    Re: How did ya'll come up with your handle?

    I'm a knuckleballer for the local amateur baseball team. Also called nukes. Had no idea when I started on here that nuc, pronounced the same, was a bee term so not meant as a crossover.
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    Re: Hello from North Idaho!

    The drive through the northern part of Idaho is my favorite of the whole trip from MN to Seattle to visit the in-laws. I forget the name of the town, but the one where the interstate is built up on...
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    Plastic extractor??

    Anyone used one of the ones you can get from dadant? What did you think?
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    Re: Winter book reading

    Natural Beekeeping by Ross Conrad is interesting if you are into that.
  21. Thread: Pick Two

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    Re: Pick Two

    I bought the beekeeping for dummies 3 years ago, a winter before I got bees and still go back to it once in awhile. Not sure what that says about me. Also, not a beginners writer, I love the way...
  22. Thread: honey time?

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    Re: honey time?

    I have a bunch of frames that are mostly/all uncapped. I took them off a couple weeks after flow ended. I don't have a refractometer. Was gonna rely on the shake test but after reading other posts...
  23. Re: How come all these bee master can work without a suit?

    First year of keeping I wore the veil, jeans and long or short sleeve shirt. No gloves, no full suit. Only got stung 4 times even with working 6-7 times with a local commercial guy. The stings...
  24. Thread: Introduction

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    Re: Introduction

    I have kept bees in the middle of our small (2500 people) for the last 2 years, no problems. I do have a 3 sided privacy fence up this year to hide the hive. Last year I had a non descript TBH in a...
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    Guess it depends on what you believe. ...

    Guess it depends on what you believe. Personally, I believe the world is quite a bit younger than that and honey bees started out as honey bees.
    Have a great Easter,
    Nuke
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