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  1. Re: safely removing/adjusting an entrance reducer?

    I usually have mine out early enough that they don't seal it but I've had that problem before just like you. When that happens to me, I take another hive tool with me and slide the tool under the...
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    Re: Keeping a split in the same yard?

    I nearly always leave the new split in the same yard. Shake some extra bees in, keep an eye on it. That's about it.
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    Re: Linux has Changed...

    I've been all Linux for years at home. Various tablets when I'm on the road. Work still forces Windows but I don't think we've had Windows at home since before Win 98. I'm typing on a laptop running...
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    Re: Need help settling arguement

    The first time I cleaned it real good just in case. Now, I give it to the bees, then spray it off with a hose and then pour warm, soapy water in....drain, rinse and wipe. I only pull the basket if I...
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    Re: Finders Keepers

    That's right.
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    Re: Brood Break for VM Control

    Yes indeed and even micro location. A yard 10 miles north of me and positioned differently could very well be quite different in lots of things.
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    Re: After extraction management

    Add a box. Manage the result when you need to but if they need space and you have space to give, then give it.
  8. Re: Is it worthwhile registering an apiary with the state?

    I don't mind. He gives me good info about what he sees and gets info from me. I learned a lot from him in the beginning. Registration was easy and free. New neighbors felt better somehow when they...
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    Re: Hives With Neighborly Complaint

    I thought I'd point this part out early on......"diplomatically".
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    Re: Storing honey supers

    I use BT, which is a powder that when mixed with water is sprayed on the comb to offer biological protection against wax moth larvae. I like it and have used it for years. Try doing a search here or...
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    Re: Time to gather smoker fuel

    I didn't gather last year due to ongoing leg problems but in past years I picked the bobs and tossed them into a burlap sack. I put that up in the barn and tossed it a couple of times (maybe more...
  12. Thread: Woodpeckers

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    Re: Woodpeckers

    I get them on the barn sometimes but never around the hives.
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    Re: Need for Concern? Spotty Brood

    Great post by JW and I'll second it. Base lining on an initial brood pattern isn't always a good thing. I sometimes think that focusing more on the queen and less on the colony creates a near sighted...
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    Re: They did it again

    That's not normal. You should have at least a suspicion that your colony might be in swarm mode. And, this isn't the best time to be building up a hived swarm. When you inspect, do you tip the bottom...
  15. Thread: Hive tools

    by Ravenseye
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    Re: Hive tools

    Yup. And I like them sharp.

    They'd be really awesome if the could find their way home when I leave them where I'll never remember to check when I next need them.
  16. Re: Tips on keeping a honey extractor from "walking" during spinning

    I made mine similar. In my case, I made a triangular base to which I bolted the extractor to. It's thick. MDF, 1 1/2". The casters are bolted underneath the MDF base and I cut out a half circle near...
  17. Re: 36 hours between pulling supers and extraction

    Yes, I think they'll be fine. When I've had to do that, I've had an ant problem first and foremost but they're more a nuisance than a problem. Brush them off and get on with it.
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    Re: Brush, fume board, or bee escape?

    I don't use an escape board any longer. Just a fume board and then I'll brush the few stragglers off with my hand or a bee brush or even a paint brush.
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    Re: Old Galvanized Extractor question

    Yup.

    Not that I wouldn't prefer stainless but I think we get too picky sometimes just because we can and not because we should.
  20. Re: How do deal with screened bottom boards becoming coated with debris and propolis!

    Up here, I just swap them out. Some cold winter day when I'm itching to be doing something like beekeeping, I pull those SBB's and clean them up. It's easy in the cold. Then they go in the shop with...
  21. Re: Tips on keeping a honey extractor from "walking" during spinning

    Casters for me. Even when it's not balanced, I start it slow and let it wobble. The casters soak up the energy. As the frame weights even out, I can turn the speed up. Not having to hold onto the...
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    Re: Cats and Bees

    I have three feral cats that live in the barn. They don't to out to the hives and mess with the bees. Sometimes though, they sit under the hives and wait for mice. I like that!
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    Re: Applying glue to build deeps

    This!!!
  24. Re: when do bees consider themselves queenless?

    Not sure if I understand your question. Bees consider themselves queenless when they lack ample queen pheromones for them to think otherwise. Remove a queen and the bees consider themselves queenless...
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    Re: crazy sting pattern

    Great info and great post!
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