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    I remember seeing something like this years ago...

    I remember seeing something like this years ago when the bees were working Hollyhock.
  2. Thread: Blue Honey

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    The oldtimers used to say that blue honey came...

    The oldtimers used to say that blue honey came from honeydew.
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    Check out the Meadmaking Forum.

    Check out the Meadmaking Forum.
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    I might add that I have never known of any of my...

    I might add that I have never known of any of my beekeeping friends being stung by a queen.
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    In swarms I have hived, I have seen lots of eggs...

    In swarms I have hived, I have seen lots of eggs in frames that the cells are only drawn to 1/4 depth. They will make room as they need it. Sometimes virgin queens don't start laying for two weeks...
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    They can sting more than once. They don't loose...

    They can sting more than once. They don't loose their stinger like workers.
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    I charge $75 minimum. Why should I work in the...

    I charge $75 minimum. Why should I work in the hot sun for bees when I can purchase them for just a little more than that? I did one cut-out last year and the bees didn't make it through the winter.
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    The package came from McCary's in Mississippi. I...

    The package came from McCary's in Mississippi. I know I missed some good queen cells, but I didn't have the resources to use them. I am going to check them again tomorrow. I will put on at least one...
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    What a Queen!!!

    I checked my brother-in-laws one hive the other day. It was bearding. It is in a double hive body and the queen has at least 15 frames filled to the max with brood. I wish my hives were like that...
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    I use a 12 volt 2 amp transformer. It works great...

    I use a 12 volt 2 amp transformer. It works great provided you don't leave it on too long. It will burn the wax and wire.
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    Best honey??

    Sourwood and Orange Blossom. They taste different, but both of them are best I have tasted. I heard my older brother (now deceased) tell someone once that there was no better honey in the world than...
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    I don't really have a nickname for the bees...

    I don't really have a nickname for the bees themselves. But, I have two hives, I call one Kate and the other Duplicate. My brother-in-law also has two hives. He calls his Pete and Repeat.
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    Check with your local lumberyards. Some of them...

    Check with your local lumberyards. Some of them stock and will sell it by the foot.
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    Look at this one at Betterbee. It appears to be...

    Look at this one at Betterbee. It appears to be the same one as the other Italian compact extractor with the tank on the bottom but doesn't cost as much. I don't see a motorized version of it though....
  15. Thread: Excluders?

    by mdotson
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    When you put on the first super in the spring, if...

    When you put on the first super in the spring, if you wait until it is being worked in well by the bees, then put on the excluder, it works well. I haven't been able to get the bees to start working...
  16. Thread: poison ivy

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    If I remember correctly, vinegar works well on...

    If I remember correctly, vinegar works well on poison ivy.
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    Poll: I don't wear gloves. I wear a short sleeve shirt....

    I don't wear gloves. I wear a short sleeve shirt. I won't tolerate aggressive bees.
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    I would suggest that you modify the dimensions to...

    I would suggest that you modify the dimensions to allow the use of package bee boxes instead of the box that is shown in the drawings. I hope to build one this summer and I will be using standard...
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    Look for empty cells

    Check for empty cells that are clean and ready for the queen to lay in. If you have this, the queen has not started laying yet but she is there. I had this problem last year with two hives. It took...
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    Sourwood in lower elevations

    When I kept bees in East Tennessee in the 1970's, I took my hives to the mountains to get sourwood. Sourwood grew at the lower elevations, but the bees didn't get enough nectar to make honey from...
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    Anyone ordered bees from Hansen Honey Co.

    Just trying to fine out if anyone ordered bees from Hansen Honey Company? I just recently found that he has bees for sale and he specializes in Cordovan Bees. I would like to try more Cordovans but...
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    I caught a swarm in April. I put it in a 5 frame...

    I caught a swarm in April. I put it in a 5 frame nuc. When they filled the 5 frames, I made another 5 frame body and added this on top of the nuc about 3 weeks ago. They were really crowded so today...
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    I went by a local Ace Hardware Store today. They...

    I went by a local Ace Hardware Store today. They had in stock a 24" X 50' roll of 8 X 8 hardware cloth but they wanted $101.81 for it. They wouldn't sell part rolls. I will find another source.
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    The Italian Extractor from Betterbee is not a...

    The Italian Extractor from Betterbee is not a radial extractor and you do have to flip the frames.

    [ April 30, 2006, 10:25 AM: Message edited by: mdotson ]
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    A local BK told me that he uses Roach Motels for...

    A local BK told me that he uses Roach Motels for SHB. He said he puts one above the inner cover and one on the bottom board. Has anyone tried this and if so, what are the results?
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