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    Re: Full Out Yellow Jacket Attack

    It's not just the media. Our friend was stung 4 times by wasps while cleaning under her 2nd floor porch. Her arm swelled quite a bit and she went to the doc. The guy prescribed something and told her...
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    Re: Full Out Yellow Jacket Attack

    'Tis the season for yellowjackets. I struggle with them from time to time. Reducing the entrances helps and I've baited them from time to time but I'm never sure if it really reduces the numbers...
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    Re: extracting problem

    I've had that happen in the past. For me, it's usually fall honey that crystallizes in the hive over the winter. I find it in the spring. For me, I think it's probably goldenrod honey but I'm not...
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    Re: Rain and Top Entrances

    I've not had a problem with any of mine that are top entrances. I do use screened bottom boards for what it's worth.
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    Re: Walnut or Butternut for hivebodies

    Thanks Bob. I'm sure there's someone around. We have a real good lumberyard near us and they have a lot of reclaimed stuff. I just bought some pumpkin pine to repair an upstairs floor. I have no...
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    Re: Counterfeit money

    I remember an old joke about a dimwitted counterfeiter who made $18 bills. After he printed them up he realized his mistake so he headed for a small town out in the boonies figuring that they were...
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    Re: Walnut or Butternut for hivebodies

    I have a number of butternut trees around my house. The one directly in front is well past its expected age and blooms REAL late while dropping leaves REAL early (they're about done dropping now). I...
  8. Re: Hives bought at auction. How should I store them until spring?

    When I used to buy used equipment, I often found myself with boxes, frames and comb. I would cut out the comb fearing disease. The frames became kindling for one of the fireplaces. Any other...
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    Re: mold in the extractor

    I agree. A weak bleach solution and a good rinse. I do that at the end of every season with mine anyway. I fill it part of the way up with warm water...add a light bleach solution....let it sit for...
  10. Re: Aha, it's not just me, NH seems to be having a problem with honey supply

    It's been a little on the dry side at the end of August but we've had rain here on and off the last couple of weeks. I can see the difference in the garden and I suspect it'll help the later summer /...
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    Re: Hive tool PSA

    Here's a blurb from Kim Flottum on the subject. It's at the very end of the article. For the record, mine aren't razor sharp but they can cut pretty good!!
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  12. Thread: Medium hives

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    Re: Medium hives

    I run all mediums (usually). The exception is when I buy a nuc. I don't think I've ever purchased them in medium format. So, the nuc comes home and eventually goes into a deep and then I eventually...
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    Re: Hive tool PSA

    Funny how we're all different. I always keep mine sharp. I have a number of them...one in the shop, one in the barn, one in the toolbox, one in the truck, one out by the hives and others somewhere...
  14. Thread: Propolis

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    Re: Propolis

    I've seen it but I'm not sure what the primary source is. A couple of years ago one of my colonies reduced their top entrance to the width of a bee or two. The propolis was shaped like a doughnut...
  15. Thread: DWV

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    Re: DWV

    Very true statement here and well said. I've made the mistake before of thinking that my booming fall colonies will be great candidates for booming spring colonies giving me splits and honey....
  16. Re: oxalic acid vapperizing and not sealing the enterence for the proper time doratio

    I do the same as Camero. I think I tried sealing the first time but decided it would be fine without it.
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    Re: Should I Combine Now

    I would definitely combine now. It gives you time to keep an eye on things as we get closer to the fall / winter.
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    Re: Carpenter Bees

    My biggest problem with Carpenter bees is the damage they do on unpainted wood. Before I bought this old house, they had put lots of holes in the outbarn. I fixed it up but they can do quite a bit of...
  19. Re: Phrases I just wouldn't have expected to say till I started beekeeping

    How about "I wonder if the queen I saw was a virgin?". Or, "I was dribbling Oxalic Acid!".
  20. Re: Stupid question: how many beekeepers are scared of bees?

    I think you get accustomed to the slight fear that I think we all have hardwired into us. I remember helping out a beekeeper once while he re-queened a hive. He was having trouble getting finding the...
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    Re: When and how much to feed, central MA

    Camero is right. Every year is different. Colony size is important. Nectar availability...weather....a lot. I've had hives that go from virtually nothing stored to full winter weight in a few weeks...
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    Re: When and how much to feed, central MA

    I'm not all that far from you. I don't have much coming in right now although with this cooler weather we've had lately things might pick up. I expect that we'll see more flow towards the end of this...
  23. Re: ideas/suggestions for hive inspections during the "mean" and lean season?

    I try to slow down the inspections and when I do, I use as much smoke as I can if they're testy. For me, paying a lot of attention to what's going on at the front entrance tells me a lot about what's...
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    Re: INSTALLING HONEY GATE ON 5 GALLON BUCKET

    I did a few buckets not long ago. Can't remember where I got the gates from but they leaked. When I took them apart, the gasket was really thin and I think it crumpled a little while I was tightening...
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    Re: Watch For Spiders

    A couple of years ago I made a rare, early morning inspection of my hives. About halfway through I felt a tickling on the front of my lower leg. I figured it was a bee that had crawled up my pants so...
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