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  1. Ideas for "in line" filter and "automatic" valve

    I am doing my bottling manually using a 10 gallon plastic bottling tank. It is soooooo slow. I am trying to find information on those valves I've seen on tv that fill a bottle a precise amount when...
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    Re: What to do with supers after harvest

    I really have doubts about the sprinkler idea. My bees fly in the rain all the time. Not complete downpours but if it is a shower and I have anything sweet around during the day they will fly. I...
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    Re: My low budget honey house

    Wow! You are right. I honestly didn't notice the lame visual size of the video. I took the video using my phone and I cannot ever seem to orient the image properly. I am going to look into changing...
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    Re: My low budget honey house

    I assume the link is working yes?
    The extractor is a maxant 20 frame. The motor is the one they sell with it.
    It's probably true that I am too concerned about bees inside. I just know that if...
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    Re: My low budget honey house

    Maybe someone knows more that I do about the link? When I press it my video at YouTube comes up and I can play it? https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hnIQNYYAlhE
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    My low budget honey house

    This is my low budget honey house. Now that I have done it I will likely do the same next year with minor modifications. It stays super clean and seems like the perfect size right now. I can easily...
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    Re: What to do with supers after harvest

    I have the opposite experience. It has not always happened but when I have put wet supers on top of hives many times these hives will become robbing targets. I put them about 150 feet from the hives,...
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    Re: Sugar dusting

    I get it from a company that sells supplies for biodiesel production.
    http://www.dudadiesel.com/choose_item.php?id=formic
  9. Re: What's the best way to get bees out of supers for extracting?

    Ha! LMAO at that one! What a visual. A bunch of drones getting blasted through an excluder. Only blasted partially though :)
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    Re: Sugar dusting

    The method I used when I did mite drop counts was a cup of bees, which is approximately 300 bees from Randy Oliver's estimation, showed several of my hives having upper threshold numbers and one...
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    Re: Using house bees in a starter??

    I believe this is good advice. I had enough trouble getting my first successful queen hatching (only to have one out of 38 survive due to poor mating nuc planning) to mess with some trial/short cut....
  12. Re: great new Opportunity need advice on capitalization?

    Really? Hand outs are what this country has focused on for the last 50+ years! Work hard? Save money? What's wrong with yo.............
    Ooops-I just read the part about "do like the rest of us" You...
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    Re: Using house bees in a starter??

    Well so far I have not removed any supers that have had enough bees in them to make it worth the effort. All the honey in the 6 supers I've pulled has been capped so maybe that's why there aren't...
  14. Re: What's the best way to get bees out of supers for extracting?

    Serious question???
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    How do you know until you try?:D
    Give it a shot. Make a judgement.
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    Re: Sugar dusting

    Obviously a broodless is one of the very best forms of mite control. If the mites are in a hive that goes queenless and the replacement queen is an "emergency" queen there will be zero brood for the...
  17. Re: What's the best way to get bees out of supers for extracting?

    Yes I did miss it which is another lesson. Someone that may be new may not go through the entire thread and they see someone write what you wrote and go do as you suggest and are hammered with a rob...
  18. Re: What's the best way to get bees out of supers for extracting?

    Strike this post from the record. It is a VERY BAD IDEA! In my area right now if I even act sweet my bees will be on me like stink on you know what. Honey supers should be removed or depopulated in a...
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    May I ask how long you have been a beekeeper? Did you start prior to the problems with varroa? If no did you start with knowledge about varroa? If yes did you go into beekeeping intending to be a...
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    There you go. Opening another can of worms when this can is still exploding ling those springy snakes inside a tin can I used to give my teacher. Um...I mean, um....my friend, yea, that's it, my...
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    Re: Using house bees in a starter??

    Well the more I thought about it the more I thought it should be OK. It is good to hear you think it will work as well. I am thinking the bees that don't fly back are transport bees so they have been...
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    Re: Using house bees in a starter??

    Thanks. I was planning on starting at least 40 maybe using 2 small starters then culling the turds, unaccepted and small cells and combining the ones I feel are good into one 2 story starter.
    I'll...
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    Using house bees in a starter??

    I am one that feels that if the bees need to "switch jobs" they will do so but I want to get some feedback from those with more experience about this. I'd like to rear maybe 20 or so queens and I am...
  24. Re: What's the best way to get bees out of supers for extracting?

    Very nice. I have the same blower and I may think about making a stand like yours. I suppose it is quicker than shaking the bees off and it would be easier physically as well.
    Nice job.
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    Re: Why do I not see Sumac yet?

    Thanks for this update. Can you tell me of you feel you get honey from Sumac? I see you do get an aroma but I'm curious about the possibility of honey from sumac given it is an incidental plant that...
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