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    Re: Steam release of old comb

    I scrape the brood comb off of the plastic foundation and render the wax from it. The foundation gets cleaned with a pressure washer to remove any remaining cocoons. If you use steam, at the very...
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    Re: Types of hive stands - ideas

    My lot slopes quite a bit and I didn't want to spend a bunch of time leveling spots for individual hives so I went with the bench. These are supported by 3 - 4x4's but I could probably get by with...
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    Re: Candle Making Tips Needed

    How and how often should I clean my silicone candle molds. I notice there is some residual wax sticking to the molds and my one mold has had over a dozen pours done.
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    Re: Hive box gaps

    I glue coarse sandpaper sheets to a large flat piece of MDF and sand the top and bottom edges of the boxes by sliding the box on the sandpaper. It works really well to remove slight imperfections in...
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    Re: Lost Both Hives Now What

    Sorry for your loss(es).
    The old standard response to new beekeepers is to start with 2 hives. At the 40% failure rate I've experienced, I think it is more prudent to start with at least 3 hives,...
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    Re: Replacing old comb

    What an excellent idea!
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    Re: BEE FONDANT: I end up with GUM

    How long do you boil at 234 degrees?
    I tried 2 - 3 minutes and the fondant never "set". So I put it on the stove for another 3 minutes of boiling and I did get it to set..... and it set like a...
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    Re: Allergies and my bee hives?

    Don't antihistamines have a bounce back effect where when you stop the medication, you suffer from symptoms horribly? Especially if it is used every day. I know that is the case with nasal type...
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    Candle Making Tips Needed

    All,
    I was able to render over 4 lbs of wax from my bees this year and decided to use it to make some candles. My first batch of candles, I used a microwave and put my rendered wax into a measuring...
  10. Re: How long will the colony survive once queenless?

    The bees you are seeing may be robbers.
  11. Re: A few questions about a hive that seems like it may bee in trouble

    Someone in your area may be better able to answer but I would say your 3 rounds in July were too early. In my area, I start my OAV rounds about the last week of August. If you OAV too early, there...
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    Re: When to Re-Queen a Package

    I used this approach last year where I "let the queen do her thing" and found that the all of the queens petered out in the fall (October) when it is almost impossible for new queen to be mated and...
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    Re: When to Re-Queen a Package

    IMHO when you get an early spring package, the queens are poorly mated. I got 4 packages this year and picked them up in April. By the end of October, 3 of the 4 packages petered out. I re-queened...
  14. Thread: stupid mice

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    Re: stupid mice

    Say what you will about mice, they sure make nice snacks for my pet snakes. Frequently, our cats bring their mice catches inside the house and the rodents are usually too chewed up to release, so...
  15. Re: No room for Trees? Shrubs are good for bees too

    How would the Summersweets do in the hard North Georgia clay?
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    Re: Beer kills varroa

    There isn't anything a beer cannot fix!
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    Re: Shreaded wax at entrance

    Don't feel too bad. I lost 4 hives to robbing. I did not take a robbing threat seriously until too late. My lessons learned are when feeding one hive in a dearth, feed them all a very light...
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    Re: Summer to Fall Robbing Screen

    Try blocking the entrance(s) at night and watch the activity the next morning. If you see clusters of bees forming outside at the entrance, they are robbers and your hive has been marked as their...
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    Re: Shreaded wax at entrance

    I have had a couple hives that had lots of shredded wax under the SBB but no fighting at the entrance. The entrance activity did not match my other hives so I did a thorough inspection on both. It...
  20. Re: Trying to figure out what kind of feeder I now have

    It sounds like the type Brushy Mountain sells. Here is a link http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com/10-Frame-Hive-Top-Feeder-w_Floats/productinfo/688/.
    The floating lattice is different from what I...
  21. Thread: wax moths

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    Re: wax moths

    Yes they will try to crawl back up but a strong hive will eject them before they can do any damage. I have SBB with solid bottom as well and find that the wax moth larvae will live on what is...
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    Re: Southern Wintering

    Are you sure the hive is not being robbed?
  23. Thread: Bee Vacuum

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    Re: Bee Vacuum

    Have you had an opportunity to use this, yet?
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    Re: Well, we lost the fight

    How long did you leave your sticky board in to sample?
    I have been leaving my sticky boards on for 96 hours to get a true sense of the mite load. One day is not a long enough sample. Also, as an...
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    Re: Can't they all just get along?

    Thanks for the suggestion.
    I enjoyed your presentation at the GBA Fall Meeting and your book. I am going to work towards adopting your style to beekeeping. It makes a lot of sense.
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