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    Re: when to work bees?

    I had to suit up to feed yesterday. I normally do that in a tee shirt.
  2. Re: What to do with live Verrona mites found on a sticky board?

    I spray my sticky boards with olive oil. (that shouldn't be sticky) The mites don't walk around and they are not alive. Sometimes ants are still alive, but they can't walk around. The board...
  3. Re: Hello from the South Carolina/Georgia Line

    Welcome from Charlotte. Join your county chapter of your state assn.
  4. Re: Cappings melter out of an insulated box and a couple of lights???

    I made a small solar melter a few days ago. There would be space under the wax tray for a light bulb. As soon as I figure how to get pictures out of my cell phone, I will post a picture and the...
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    Re: is it too late to get a queen

    I have a queenless hive that I was trying unsuccessfully to get to replace the queen themselves. The season is getting late so I decided to buy a queen. found a guy who will have queens (hopefully)...
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    Re: Why Monitor???

    Treatment free and management free are not the same thing. I have never actually used a chemical treatment on my bees, but constant monitoring lets me see which management technique works and which...
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    Re: A down side to beekeeping.

    I never noticed b poop; but mine fly over the garden. Maybe that's a good thing.
  8. Thread: drone comb

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    Re: drone comb

    Our bee club recommends 72 hrs.
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    Re: Help with Diagnosis

    If you think spraying was the problem, that comb is polluted. The safe thing would be to throw it away.
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    Re: Share your Beekeeping Inventions!

    Does the metal get too hot for the bees in the summer sunshine?
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    Re: Beetle problem

    Don't use it inside the hive. Put it on the ground under the hives. I use it along with the Freeman bottom boards and it works great. It is no actually and insecticide but it cuts up the chitin...
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    Re: SHB & Plastic Frames

    I use the plastic foundation on wood frames. The bees seal them pretty good w/ propolis.
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    Treatment free vs. good sense.

    I think treatment free bee keeping is a good aspiration. I have never had to treat my bees other than with management.

    If a beekeeper inspects the hives regularly they should be able to spot...
  14. Re: Getting real tired of melting down capping on the stove..other options??

    I made a small solar wax melter, but I cheated a little bit and left it on the top shelf in the greenhouse all day. Came home to pretty yellow wax and a sheet covered w/ gobs of propolis. I...
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    Re: Super Hot Hive

    I went to the backyard to work one of my hives yesterday. I was just taking the workbox to the area and a bee came right up and kissed me on the cheek. They were acting kind of crazy like they were...
  16. Re: Setting out drained crushed comb for bees to clean up

    Make sure it is well away from your hives to avoid robbing. The bees will totally destroy the wax, you might want to drain it really well and give them the juice so that you can keep the wax.
  17. Re: This is as close to Robbing as I want to get.

    How??
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    Re: Drowning bees in top feeder

    the only time I noticed drowned bees in my tank (they were in the syrup part of the tank) was when I had the screened inner cover on crooked.
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    Re: old aluminum ladders for hive stands???

    Thank you for the suggestion. I will use the cutting wheel. I hate using the sawsall for anything.
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    Re: Bees in a pipe How to remove

    Just guessing. No experience in this area... Put a porous bag over the open end. Drill a hole behind the inhabited part of the pipe and pour a little "honey robber" or something similar in the...
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    Re: Stacking Buckets

    I wish I had that problem.
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    Re: Winter feeding techniques

    Whether and what you feed depends on your climate and your goals. I feed new hives all summer and fall to get them to draw comb and to build up brood. They usually build up enough stores that I...
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    Re: Changing wrong frame sizes

    You could try putting them in the proper size box and putting that box on the bottom of the hive. As winter comes on the brood will move up and those frames will get empty.
  24. Re: There has to be a better way (moving hives)

    I hate to say it because Harbor Freight is such a cool toy store, but they are a toy store. Most of their stuff is pretty cheap and you get what you pay for. Things with moving parts might be...
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    Re: Moving Bees (Vermont to Atlanta)

    I would use staples and straps. You never know when you will take a curve too fast, hit rough road or have to slam on brakes.
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