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  1. Re: General Questions Before I Get Started

    I cant speak for kids , but if you have pets>>>>>>
    I would put my dogs a good pace from them, especialy if there caged...

    My black lab found out quickly bees do not like the color black.... She...
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    Catching swarms in the spring.

    Id like to know . If I catch a swarm this coming spring. Do I need to start them off in a nuc? Or can I just start them off in a regular 10 frame deep????

    I don't want to invest in a nuc if I can...
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    Re: I am losing a lot of bees.

    I don't have the same problem , but would also like to know the answer to that also. Incase I ever do.....
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    Freeman Small Hive Beetle trap

    Man these things work year round.......... I followed Jerry's advise to use them year round..... Man it surprises me how many they catch even into the fall.....

    I didn't notice a lot during the...
  5. Re: Hello! Ask This Old House brought me here!

    I saw that episode this morning myself. Great that it brought you onto a Bee Forum.......
    Some things they did were not standard practice though.
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    Re: Deciding where to purchase first bees

    Well if you are like me. There are not many options other than mail order or drive 4 hours!!!!!! So that leaves you only a few choices...
    I live far away from any Bee Keepers who sale Bee's... ...
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    Re: quilt box

    Are these needed in the South??? I have never heard of using quild boxes or cedar shavings around here.

    From what I see these boxes are just basicly a super with a solid bottom drilled full of...
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    Re: Ultimate In-Hive Feeders

    As a new Beek. I tried em all..... The best thing I found is a one gallon paint can that lowes sells for 1.50...... Buy a couple drill a few very small holes in the lid fill it with Sugar syurp. Turn...
  9. Entrance reducer. Which hole this time of year?

    I thought about reducing my hives down to the smallest hole 3/8 on my entrance reducer ....
    But am worried that the smallest hole will be to small for my larger hive. and am also worrier that my 3...
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    Mouse guards

    What size hardware cloth do I need for mouse guards??
    I want to just be able to cut and staple the wire mesh to the hives.
  11. Jars and Honey bears Cheapest place to buy.

    Ok guys, Where is the cheapest place to buy jars and the little plastic honey bears?

    This last season I used some old mason jars but those get costly..... I didn't mind as much because ,I had no...
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    Re: Excluder or Not

    I started from a package this year. I put a excluder on one hive and left it off the other....... It didn't take me long to figure out. A Queen excluder slows down the bees..... So I opted to go...
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    Raising my own Queens.

    This may have been asked before, but how easy is it to raise your on Queens?
    I have thought about it but have not seen many Bees in my area..... Other than my 2 hives....
    So my first thought is...
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    Re: fumagilin B

    I have some I bought and would like to sell! I was going to use it but I found out its not really needed in the South.....
    Its still in the package inside my fridge....
  15. Early Spring Queens vs late Spring Queens(requeen or not)

    Is there much difference in the Queens we get in the Early Spring and the ones we get Later in Spring?

    I have been told the ones in late spring seem to be mated better... Is that BS or no?

    I...
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    Homemade Extractor

    Has anyone built a homemade extractor? I am a new Bee Keeper and must use the crush and strain method to get my honey....
    I don't have enough cash for a store bought one.... 500-800 bucks.....
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  17. Re: Fall Dry Sugar via Mountain Camp Method or 2:1?

    Would spraying warm water on it correct that? Seems like it would harden it up and keep it from being wasted at the same time.
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    Re: Winter Feeding methods

    Also what are the pros and cons of each?
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    Winter Feeding methods

    Ok, I want to ask this question before the last min.....
    I want to know what is the best method to feed my hives when they stop taking Sugar Syurp...

    The mountain Camp method where you pour sugar...
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    Re: Have you tried Hopguard?

    Not to hijack your thread but. From everthing I have read the hopguard II is a much better product...
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    Re: Caught a Swarm in August...

    This was my first year also, but if it were me. I would feed them as long as they keep taking the Sugar Syurp. . Let them do everthing they can....
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    Re: Salt Blocks for Bee's?

    I have salt licks out for Deer. I wonder if the Bee's will find them out in the woods? If not I may just put one near the hives.
    Im up for anything that will help the Bee's.
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    Re: Old Cedar for smoker ok>?

    I may just use them for a starter then. I never thought of them in a quilt box..
    Thanks everone for the advise...
    Any more comments are welcome.
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    Re: Old Cedar for smoker ok>?

    Wayne Are you asking about recycling the used bedding? I'm not a dog person but I would think that smoldering dog pee would not be something I would use to replace my perfectly fine pine needles.

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    Old Cedar for smoker ok>?

    I raise Labradors along with Bee's. My question is it safe to use cedar shavings from my dogs bedding in my smoker?
    I normaly use pine needles .....
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