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  1. Thread: weighing hives

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    Re: weighing hives

    If the hive was perfectly symmetrical meaning the weight was directly in the center of the hive you would see a difference between the front reading and the back reading because of the overhang. That...
  2. Thread: weighing hives

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    Re: weighing hives

    I figured out what the weight difference was with the added length using the front of the bottom board some time ago, and it is so little I don't think it matters. To check you could make a bridle...
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    Re: how long to clean up after extracting? video?

    SJJ said: I think, it's easy. A small pump sprayer with a flexible poly wand - with angled end - for hard to reach areas.
    Sodium carbonate, Na2CO3 and water.

    Just what does the sodium...
  4. Thread: Allergy shots

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    Allergy shots

    I start my Bee venom allergy shots next week. Has anyone else gone through this procedure? Was it successful? Were there any bad reactions when completed?
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    Would honey be ok to eat?

    I mishandled a shallow frame of capped honey and the comb broke completely out of the frame. This was drawn on plastic centered foundation. I couldn't get it back into the frame so I scrapped the...
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    Re: chicken waterer as feeder

    I've done that a lot with the red plastic mason jar type feeders. I cut 3 golf tees so the wider part is only about 3/4 of an inch long then epoxy them to the bottom of the feeder making like "legs"....
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    Re: Letting the Bees Clean Up

    My experience is that they won't remove the honey from the extracted frames if you place them back on as they were originally. They just clean up the wax particles - and maybe reorganize the honey in...
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    Re: Honey Bees and Yellow Jacket traps?

    I just poked to holes near the top, inserted a stiff wire , and hung a raw strip of bacon on the wire. Worked like a charm and didn't catch even one bee.
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    Re: Warming supers prior to extracting

    Thanks Fuzzy,
    All the cells are capped so no drying needed. I just want to warm the frames for easier extracting. Last year I set the 2 supers on an empty shallow and put a 100 watt extension light...
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    Warming supers prior to extracting

    I only have a few shallows to extract.

    What are some methods used to warm them for easier extracting? Ambient temperature is 68 degrees.

    Is there a temperature where the honey flows easily....
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    Cypress wood hive

    Has anyone used cypress wood to build a hive? Do the bees except this material? Thanks..........Eddie
  12. Re: Bees at water, interesting observation/question

    Howdy, I have a 1000 gallon goldfish pond within 20 feet of 2 hives. The water is filtered and crystal clear. I have almost never seen a bee taking water from this pond - just maybe a few on a lily...
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    Re: Is this robbing?

    I think both J-bees and Dave W are right.

    I had the same symptoms as you last week and it drove me nuts for several days trying to figure if it was robbing or just lots of activity. So I built a...
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    Removing honey supers

    OK I have a very strong hive of 3td generation of Italians in 2 deep brood chambers. There's lots of Goldenrod for them to forage on and it looks like it will continue for a while. I have 2 shallow...
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    Refractometer instructions

    I just picked up a Refractometer at a flea market. When I look into the eyepiece there is a 0 to 32 Brix % 20C scale. How do I use it to check the water content of honey?
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    What to do with cappings

    I just spun out a shallow super, gave the cappings back to the bees, and they did a fine job cleaning it up. Now what do you do with the nice white cappings? I only have about 1 pint.
  17. Thread: Swarm practice

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    last chapter

    Well I just got in from successfully capturing a swarm. Luckily they landed in a lilac bush in my neighbors yard. Maybe they do practice!! Thanks to all again.
  18. Thread: Swarm practice

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    Well, yesterday I did notice a softball size mass...

    Well, yesterday I did notice a softball size mass of bees under the landing board. Now I wonder if the queen was in that mass? I didn't think to look. I did see them all crawl back into the hive so I...
  19. Thread: Swarm practice

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    Beekeeperlady..........thanks for the addresses....

    Beekeeperlady..........thanks for the addresses. I'm not sure how the "erie" got in there. I'm really north of buffalo. I called and the closest one and they have LGO!!! I'm on my way.

    Parke...
  20. Thread: Swarm practice

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    I don't think this was a happy flight!! I watch...

    I don't think this was a happy flight!! I watch that happen every day where many of them come out and circle around then go back in. This was a mega number of bees.

    Where would I get some lemon...
  21. Thread: Swarm practice

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    Swarm practice

    This afternoon at 3 PM a huge number of bees came out of the hive on an overcast day with predictions of thunderstorms. Most of them formed a beard from the entrance to the telescoping cover. This...
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    How to tie a veil?

    I have a hat and veil. The netting under the veil has a ring at the front and back. There is a long string that goes through both of them, but how does it configure on your body?
  23. Thread: First split

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    Would I be correct in assuming that you are...

    Would I be correct in assuming that you are allowing the bees to make a new queen in the upper chamber or are you going to introduce a new queen?

    After removing the newly created split chamber...
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    Mornin' guys!! Wow I didn't expect all this...

    Mornin' guys!!

    Wow I didn't expect all this action!!!

    I have decided to move them. I will have a helper and we will be gentle. They are located in my backyard which I monitor daily, so I will...
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    Moving hive a short distance

    I need to move 2 hives about 6 feet. Can I do this in one move now without them being confused when trying to return to the hive? The temps here have been below freezing for several weeks...
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