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    Re: SHB trap results

    I have a strict rule that I will not put anything in my hives that I would not put into my mouth so I have tasted my pollen sub, syrup mix, and any treatment I have used.
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    Re: SHB trap results

    1 part each shortning and powdered sugar, 1/2 part boric acid... creamed together. it tastes good and kills ants roaches and beetles, safe in small amounts for kids and pets... in rats the ld50...
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    Re: SHB trap results

    yes like oreo filling in the center well
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    Re: SHB trap results

    I used the same traps (Beetle Barn) I got from Rossman I used boric acid/crisco/powdered sugar in the trap and put them under my screened bottom boards to make doubly sure that the bees could not get...
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    gritty wax problem

    I put the wax from my crush and strain frames in to a SS bowl and used it as a lid on a pot of slow cooked soup when is cooled it had a texture of brown sugar gritty but stuck together :scratch:. I...
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    sorry I misunderstood your needs... yes the 5 gal...

    sorry I misunderstood your needs... yes the 5 gal bucket filter like the one from Dadant is slow room temperature as is most all gravity filter/strainer at that temp

    for the both speed and volume...
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    Sar Chasm

    do you mean one of these

    tps://www.dadant.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=421

    nope not a clue where you could get one :p

    or 600 mesh SS
    ...
  8. Swarm cells and supercedure cells... Oh my

    I did a full pull apart on 2 of my hives yesterday as part of my transitioning to all med. boxes (the nucs came on deeps) and found one of the russian hives had 6 capped queen cells in it 2 on high...
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    the down side of nucs (SHB)

    I found one of the down sides of nucs that I should have realized. :doh: you can get pests w/ your bees. :( one of the colonies has SHB I found one dead the first week on the sticky board since then...
  10. Thread: my kid

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    I personally didn't feel like spending the 70-80...

    I personally didn't feel like spending the 70-80 for a bee suit for the kid that will wear a doz times then out grow, so I got a pair of heavy cotton khakis and a long sleeved bicycle shirt (the kind...
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    I've been making beer and mead on and off for 18...

    I've been making beer and mead on and off for 18 years I have always used plastic bucket fermenters they are less expensive, lighter and easier to clean the carboys the only thing better IMHO is SS...
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    13 is a carpenter bee

    13 is a carpenter bee
  13. I'm using a 5gal dog waterer with the water dish...

    I'm using a 5gal dog waterer with the water dish almost full of pebbles sloped from the upper edge in the front to the water low point in the back
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    a liter type handtruck w/ pneumatic tires like...

    a liter type handtruck w/ pneumatic tires

    like - http://www.handtrucks.com/material-lifts/hand-crank-winch-lifts/geniegl4materiallift.cfm
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    I put in the syrup I fed the nucs I installed......

    I put in the syrup I fed the nucs I installed... I forgot to do a PH test on the syrup (for my record keeping) but the syrup tasted good the nuc that was in bad shape (2-3 cups of dead bees at the...
  16. sounds like you have no /or a very weak queen and...

    sounds like you have no /or a very weak queen and laying workers. get a new queen fast
  17. Thread: my kid

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    I told her after the last photo to use clips...

    I told her after the last photo to use clips next time... it is such a joy to see her go fearlessly and excitedly in to a hive.
  18. Thread: my kid

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    my kid

    My 9 y/o girl hived her first nuc I am so proud :D
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3404/3427657856_fa75d94322.jpg?v=0

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3339/3427663524_43890256ae.jpg?v=0
    ...
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    with a loss this large I would have the bees,...

    with a loss this large I would have the bees, honey, and wax tested. this is a lot of money to lose w/o even reason for it, few business could sustain losses like this. I would do whatever it took to...
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    I use the free ver. of their DesignPro software...

    I use the free ver. of their DesignPro software and labels to produce some really nice labels for my meads and canned goods.

    their labels can be hard to remove but if it were on a bottle for sale...
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    checklist help

    I am working on a checklist for hive inspections (which I will happily give to the members files page in .xls and ods formats) and would like input on what things you would like to see on a...
  22. how about Old Sol...

    how about

    Old Sol (http://www.oldsolenterprises.com/) bee source member JBJ

    nod to JBJ
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    you are right they could be but even if they are...

    you are right they could be but even if they are then they have been in this hive unmanaged since last spring which would still make them desirable, but a season or 3 of testing for VSH/SMR and other...
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    I said the same thing to the guy but he said the...

    I said the same thing to the guy but he said the mentor told him they were the some of most gentle bees hes seen (he makes his living on his bees and as a little local supplier). this is why I want...
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    because of this I started a crash course reading...

    because of this I started a crash course reading what I can get my hands on about small scale queen rearing (old books on the internet)
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