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    Re: Bees active today

    43 degrees and mine are doing cleansing flights. :)
  2. Re: Transferring small cluster to a nuc in mid-winter

    Yup, they're already Mountaincamped. They've been taking cleansing flights so hopefully the cluster is able to get to new stores. We're supposed to have a 55 degree day this week and I'll be taking a...
  3. Transferring small cluster to a nuc in mid-winter

    Folks,

    I've been wondering about this for a few days: I have a colony with a small cluster which is fairly light on stores (using Mountain Camp method just in case). Would there be any benefit to...
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    Re: Need hive tool input plz.

    I use Mann Lake's standard 9.5" blue hive tools (HD-588 in their catalogue). Simple, well balanced and probably impossible to break on a beehive. $4.50 each for 12 or more.
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    Re: Aggressive Bees

    Agreed. Having a partner or someone ready to get help quickly is something I always do, and I'm not allergic. If I had a reaction to a sting that sent me to the ER, I'd be selling my hive.
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    Re: Queen Cell questions!

    I'm also seeing capped queen cells at the bottom of the comb in my TBH - there's a nice capped brood pattern but no eggs or larva visible, so I suspect the queen was killed some time ago. I installed...
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    Re: Package bees still available for shipment?

    Thanks, I'll try them. I don't see packages on their website so they might be sold out.

    A very nice lady at Gardner informed me that they're out as well. :( I might end up having to wait for the...
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    Re: Package bees still available for shipment?

    Will do, thanks!

    Edit: Left a message for Gardner. Email sent to Koehnen's, but I hear they sell out early. Brushy Mountain is too far away, unfortunately.
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    Package bees still available for shipment?

    I'm waiting on a package that's being picked up from Hardeman's. It's delayed until late May and since it's so late to order everyone is sold out. Koehnen's offices are closed for the weekend, looks...
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    Re: Screened or Solid Bottoms

    Yup. I use a screen in my KTBH but the bottom board underneath is made of the same lumber as the rest of the hive. I've read that having a screen with no bottom board leads to package absconding.
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    Re: A tale of Two Packages

    I'm going to call them and see if they have any packages left to ship. I'd rather not wait until late may for Hardeman's.
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    Re: Top Bar Hives and moisture control

    I use Behr deck stain on my TBH as well. Works very well to keep moisture out of the hive.
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    Re: whats up with the shipping cost?

    It works, but it's slow for me. I prefer their .pdf catalog.
  14. Re: HELP! Newly installed package population down dramatically in 3 days

    I believe there's a sticky about preventing absconding on BioBees...did you try rubbing the inside of the hive sparingly with lemongrass oil before installation? I'm starting a TBH at the end of the...
  15. Thread: meat smoker

    by Dan in PA
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    Re: meat smoker

    I've got an offset chamber smoker. They don't make all that much smoke. You'll be fine. :)
  16. Thread: I need help!

    by Dan in PA
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    Re: I need help!

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