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  1. Thread: Oak a mead?

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    Re: Oak a mead?

    Sounds like a good one, best told over a glass of mead and not in an open forum. I'll bow to your expertise on the cat and stay away from pin oak for oaking.
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    Re: Swarm Max Weight?

    Amazing swarm and capture technique
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    Re: Mite Treatment and Honey

    For tracking purposes, you may want to push a colored thumb tack or Sharpe mark on the top bars before moving/removing any frames.
  4. Thread: Oak a mead?

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    Re: Oak a mead?

    I've been "slapped" with enough cattle tails to know what a number of "things" taste like but never, never a cat.
  5. Thread: Oak a mead?

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    Re: Oak a mead?

    I was considering using a cookie sheet to lessen the direct heat of the burners and stacking the sticks
  6. Thread: Oak a mead?

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    Re: Oak a mead?

    Thanks Flower Planter.

    Did you stack the sticks or lay them flat on a cookie sheet? I bet planing off the char would create on hellofa mess and play the devil with the blades.

    I was thinking...
  7. Thread: Oak a mead?

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    Re: Oak a mead?

    Flower Planter, I'm assuming you used the oven to toast the oak for few hrs at 400+ deg or so. How bad did it "smell up" the house? (making the house smell like a smoker will be a notch above the...
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    Re: Is "queen failure" the new "starvation"

    Well libhart, it looks like it's mites or you; no other options. Fortunately, I don't believe Seppuku is warranted.
  9. Thread: Wearing white

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    Re: Wearing white

    If you look up some of the pictures of Brother Adam you'll see him tending bees wearing all black.
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    Re: Foundationless frames. Wire or not.

    I've had the same experience with them chewing #30 monofilament as Trimman. I've since switched to a braided #50 line with abrasion resistance last year, the jury is still out but no problem so far.
  11. Thread: Splitting hives

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    Re: Splitting hives

    Depends on what you want to accomplish. If you want to get the nuc up and running as fast a possible and/or add some different genetics, buy a queen. If you want to replicate the "donor" queen's...
  12. Thread: Splitting hives

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    Re: Splitting hives

    Don't plan on it, that only leaves being pleasantly surprised if you get a small surplus.
  13. Re: Rookie "What If" Question- Installing a Package.

    In that case find the queens, split it four ways and still have a few million bees left over. Sorry, couldn't help myself, +1 on everyone's comments. Don't over think it.
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    Re: Neighbor's pool over fence watering plan

    I let the water get a bit of "character" and haven't received any complaints from the neighbor, it helps their pool is 400 ft from the closest hive. But they still drink out of the potted plants.
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    Re: Hello from Belgrade

    Welcome
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    Re: How often do you move hives around?

    As everyone has said, most of the hives are not moved but every year I do have to move some for a variety of reasons. I'm allergic to hard work so I avoid heavy lifting whenever possible. A couple...
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    Re: Apps or Ideas for recording bloom cycles

    I use Excel for my record keeping but it's not overly complex; as Tenbears points out it all takes time and more hives and complexity means more time. I have one column that identifies the basic...
  18. Re: Mixing uncapped honey with sugar to make winter feed?

    I've never tried it but doubt you could get it stiff enough and the smell of that much open honey likely to set off warm day robbing attempts.
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    Re: do ten frame boxes increase starvation?

    I have had bees work to the warm side and starve/freeze with stores available on the opposite side. Now when I install sugar bricks and/or mountain camp I ensure I have some located on the warm...
  20. Thread: Solar extractor?

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    Re: Solar extractor?

    And yes, they'd likely call the authorities
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    Re: Visual guide to the types of bees?

    +1 with Tenbears; however I believe mine are pedigree mutts and certified scoundrels
  22. Thread: Solar extractor?

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    Re: Solar extractor?

    Thanks for the feedback, I'd not heard about a solar extractor.
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    Re: Checking on winter bees.

    It was in the upper fifties yesterday, bees were flying; I popped all the tops, checked and added stores. Good time was had by all.
  24. Thread: Solar extractor?

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    Re: Solar extractor?

    If I understand you correctly you place full frames in a "glass top box" and placed it in the sun to extract the honey? Or are you just harvesting the wax?
  25. Thread: Hive Maintenance

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    Re: Hive Maintenance

    +1 with Ravenseye and Tenbears; rotate them out and sell 'em off, whichever comes first.
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