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    Re: ...walks into a bar...

    I don't drink but I might start. Where is that international bar?
  2. Re: Building a tray below a screed bottom board

    I have mulch under my hives and I put DE into it. I do not replenish it when it rains and it seems to keep working. I have been told that it doesn't bother the bees only soft bodied creatures like...
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    Re: Drunk bees? True or False?

    Bees use pine sap to make propolis. Fermented nectar doesn't make her drunk, it makes her dead.
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    Re: what would you do?

    I started out with all mediums. I bought 2 nucs. After I saw how many bees were in a deep, I felt ripped off.

    I have since switched to double-deep brood boxes and really like the difference...
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    Re: How much to sell honey for?

    I target $8 per #. It is a little more in a pint or half-pint and a little less in a quart. Honey ways 1 1/2 time water so a half pint jar is 12 oz.
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    Re: The optimal cluster cavity???

    Don't like to climb trees.
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    Re: Screws, staples and glue........

    I know the feeling. I don't buy family size bottles of shampoo.
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    Re: Screws, staples and glue........

    The only joint I've ever had pop loose was a rabbett. I think that was the fault of the constructor rather than the construction. I glue the box together (using butt joints) and after the glue sets...
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    Re: Screws, staples and glue........

    Acebird's bee information is sometimes in doubt, but when he talks engineering he impresses me.
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    Re: The optimal cluster cavity???

    As a REALTOR it is tempting for me to want to line up a bunch of different hive and let the bees choose. I'm afraid they would choose a nearby tree.
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    Re: Spring is here !

    That is a valuable piece of information. I have always felt like Solstice was more of a beginning of winter than a mid-point. I'm sure our average temperatures will pretty much conform to that...
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    Re: The optimal cluster cavity???

    I think the langs are not really for the bees they are for the beekeeper. As a new beekeeper, I need all the help I can get.

    It is really tempting to try some of the different styles of hives...
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    Re: Harvesting honey after using MAQS

    You can't harvest for consumption. I would send a dead bee to your state lab to find out what killed them before using the hive resources again.
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    Re: telescoping vs migratory

    I have 1 migratory cover on a nuc box that I bought. I hate it. I make my own telescoping covers. They are easy to keep straight and easy to pull off and check the top of the hive through the...
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    Re: First time making a split

    The viability of an old drone's sperm doesn't really matter much. He only got to be old by being slow.
  16. Thread: Lurker in IL

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    Re: Lurker in IL

    I think the sting reaction for everyone is different. It seems to me that every bee-sting is different. Normally I just spread a little aloe vera on the sting and forget it, but once in a while I...
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    Re: swarm control methods

    Between you and Michael Bush that is pretty comprehensive
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    Re: First time making a split

    Unless they are in West Virginia.
  19. Re: McCormick, alias Billy Bee introduces its new Natural Farms honey, a blend of Chi

    Billy Bee has uses.

    This year at the Southern Spring Show our bee club had a booth. We used a jar of Billy Bee and a jar of homegrown honey and gave attendees a chance to taste test. It helps...
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    Re: Making up Mating Nucs

    I haven't used it yet, so just take this as info, not as a suggestion.

    I will be trying a homemade queen this spring. It is a deep hive body divided into 3 sections that each hold 3 frames. ...
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    Re: My DIY OA Vaporizer!

    Mine came with a warning to wear a vaporizer and eye protection. That warning comes on everything now, but I am a scaredy cat so I did it.
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    Re: Solid Bottom Board and Top Cover

    I have access to almost unlimited amounts of stuff that looks like that. It is scraps. How can I tell if it is advantech and not just chip-board sheathing? Are using the underlayment or the...
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    Re: First time making a split

    There are not always drones in a hive. The virgins don't like to do it with their brother. If you wait until some drones are in the hive, there are probably some in the air as well and the new...
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    Re: First time making a split

    I can't image Acebird buying anything.
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    Re: Dry feed during first year

    I agree with the syrup during the fall to build up the hives. The bees will not take it when you get below 50 degrees. I feed sugar bricks in the winter. The bees don't eat much unless they really...
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