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    Re: Way to "store" a queen over winter

    ruthiesbees - My porch may or may not be heated but has never been below 45 degrees. Averages 55 - 60 degrees. Yes, my bees have a 1 1/4 inch pvc pipe that opens o the outdoors. Winter temps in...
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    Re: Way to "store" a queen over winter

    I have the same problem. My solution - put the queen and her bees into my observation hive which will stay in my front porch all winter. I just did this two days ago. They will be fed sugar water...
  3. Thread: Hive Buzzing

    by cdevier
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    Re: Hive Buzzing

    I enjoy walking around my hives when they "buzz" like that. This evening ,as I walked within 15 feet of any hive, the smell of necter drying was strong. My wife and I stood in the front yard this...
  4. Re: Robbing - Cause and how to Prevent and Mitigate

    I also open fed, about 250 feet from my hives. I used a 5 gallon bucket from Orschelns Farm and Home. Not all plastic buckets will work. They have to be made with a "honeycomb" under the lid that...
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    Re: Goldenrod is starting to bloom in Kentucky

    Goldenrod started blooming at least two weeks ago here in mid Missouri. However, during my five years of beekeeping, I have never seen a bee on Goldenrod.
    Charlie
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    Re: finally, fall flow!

    My season started a month late this spring. The bees have been playing catchup all summer. The weather got dry during first of August but then we got 6 1/2 inches of rain during the middle of...
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    Re: Slow year for honey

    Bee W - I have 12 hives but could only pull honey from 4 hives. We extracted 75 pounds of honey. The hives were all full of comb but most frames had too much uncapped to collect or else had...
  8. Re: Best start time for an OA vaporization series?

    It does not matter much when you treat. Just do it as soon as possible.
    Charlie
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    Re: Varroa treatment with honey supers on?

    Mr. Beeman - You have experience using FGMO for some time now; there must be a basic diffrence in the method you use and the one that I use. Could you post a quick review of your methods.

    I...
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    Re: speed controller for a 1/2 hp Dayton ???

    I don't know if you are looking for an original replacement or a generic.
    I have ordered several things from;
    SURPLUS CENTER
    1-800-488-3407
    surpluscenter.com
    They also have a catalog....
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    Re: Time to start thinking about winter.

    My plan for this winter;
    -last month I treated with oav three times, 5 days apart.
    -will finish extracting honey first or second week in August. In past years, I extracted during the last week...
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    Re: SHB populations low this year?

    We extracted 8 frames of honey yesterday. So far this year, I have not even seen one shb.
    Charlie
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    Re: Honey extractor?

    A truck just delivered our new extractor from Mann Lake. It holds 9 full frames or 18 mediums. Yes, the electric is a little expensive- but well worth it. We have used an older 4 frame hand crank...
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    Re: Sugar Water Spray?

    I sometimes use a sugar spray for minor inspections. Never in cold weather. If I need to do a deep inspection, smoke is the best tool.
    Actually, smoke is allows the best tool.
    Charlie
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    Re: Timing for Summer Splits

    I live north of Columbia, Missouri - the flow here is still going on. Not sure what flowers the bees are working ; I have lots of white clover in full bloom as well as yellow and white sweet...
  16. Thread: I need advice

    by cdevier
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    Re: I need advice

    You installed a vsh queen- I assume she was painted. Do you still see her?
    Charlie
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    Re: Extraction equipment question

    We use a stainless steel kitchen strainer from Walmart. It is about the same hole size as window screen. Works great on 5 gallon bucket.
    Charlie
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    Re: Honey extractor?

    Ask at your bee club. Someone will have one that you can use.
    Charlie
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    Re: Do I need a jig?

    I have a piece of 1/2 inch plywood cut to just fit inside a box (super or hive body). They always get glued and nailed square.
    Charlie
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    Re: Checking hives without gloves?

    I wear the nitrile gloves. "Nitrile gloves get HOT" -but their cool
    Charlie
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    Re: Lets talk Burlap

    I agree with Bees in Miami..
    cut cardboard boxes into 3 inch strips; then roll into a cylinder just the size to fit into your smoker. Burns a long time. I put a piece of frame wire around the...
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    Re: fumigating supers

    Dry Ice works in the bottom of a 5 gallon bucket of food grains - for long term storage.
    Charlie
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    Re: why are the building comb like this?

    Springrain- This is what makes beekeeping so much fun! If you are using 10 frame boxes, do you have 10 frames in them and pushed tightly together: leaving any extra room on each side?
    - Or 8...
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    Re: West-Central Missouri White Clover

    I also have more white clover than I have had in years, but I do not see many bees on it. My 14 hives are just 50 feet from a pasture of white clover. I also have lots of yellow sweet clover, but...
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    Re: How to REMOVE the hood?

    I love my vented bee suit from Mann Lake - but the three zippers drive me crazy! I finally added longer "pulls" - so now I can manage them.
    Charlie
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