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  1. Caveat: Might just be me but. I haven't had...

    Caveat: Might just be me but.

    I haven't had much luck with hive bodies that only have strips or no foundation Same with supers. The bees either ignore it or make a mess. I have had really good...
  2. Thread: Ask First

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    1/2 of trial and error is error. I've made some...

    1/2 of trial and error is error. I've made some great ones. 1/2 of my thanks goes to this forum for helping me to correct tham. The other half goes to the bees, who find my mistakes and find ways to...
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    Water instead of smoke

    Exactly. Before putting a box back on, or either cover, you can drive them down with smoke so they don't get crushed. They complain but get out of the way. Sprays of water or water + something might...
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    In my very limited experience it's best not to...

    In my very limited experience it's best not to work the hives if there is a storm on the way. The girls get all stingy. "It's about to rain, you fool. Put the roof back on" :)
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    My 2 cents: If you freeze something in modern...

    My 2 cents:

    If you freeze something in modern equipment, and it isn't sealed, it's going to dehydrate. By "modern equipment" I mean "frost free".

    If you thaw anything in the open air it's going...
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    Just one favor.

    Instead of asking the group a question, I'd like to ask for a favor:
    Please update the web site whenever you have news, good or bad. I check it every few days and it's pretty spare. I'm not knocking...
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    This is such a frustrating subject. We know that...

    This is such a frustrating subject. We know that it's bad, but don't know how bad yet. We know that the bees leave the hive and don't come back. Did they hate being there, or did something kill them...
  8. I started with small cell, having found this...

    I started with small cell, having found this forum before having my first hives last spring. Yes, my 2 hives are a very small sample, but here's what I can say so far:

    I never saw a VM on a bee,...
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    Hi, My 2 hives are pretty much adapted to...

    Hi,

    My 2 hives are pretty much adapted to small cell. (Regressed to natural size.)

    Just in case they don't make it through winter and I have to start from packages, should I use new foundation?...
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    The onion is indeed purely satire, and some of...

    The onion is indeed purely satire, and some of the best on the internet, or in print for that matter. We fans slap high fives when one of the big news outfits mistakenly take an onion story as real...
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    Our bee chimney is heated. Convection moves the...

    Our bee chimney is heated. Convection moves the air upward.

    That's exactly what they do if they perceive an area of the hive to be too warm.

    The only times that my hives have measurable ...
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    Excellent picture! That's the most and the last...

    Excellent picture! That's the most and the last attention the poor fellows are going to get.

    Oh well.. Life was good smile.gif
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    >"crush and strain, render wax.." It seems to...

    >"crush and strain, render wax.."

    It seems to me that if you want high wax production only, giving the honey back to the bees would be in order.

    I picture:
    </font> Crush</font> Strain just a...
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    I was able to view it just fine, and the pics...

    I was able to view it just fine, and the pics were better than the ones on the web site for some reason. Very nice.

    BTW if you ever find that power point, or word, or excel or the like are giving...
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    The first part was great! I had to smile at Karl...

    The first part was great! I had to smile at Karl von Frisch out in the field, working bees in a tie and lab coat. The bit about "modern computers" was a grin too.

    Really nice macro filming and...
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    I use pine cones all alone. The woody kind. (The...

    I use pine cones all alone. The woody kind. (The soft ones don't burn well.) I pick them off the ground and put them in the cone dryer for a few days. (An old car in the sun.)

    Grab a big one at...
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    Hi Sundance, Doh! Thanks. I should have...

    Hi Sundance,

    Doh! Thanks. I should have scanned down. I'm on board now.

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks much. Your reply raised more questions, but I'll save them for the proper forum.

    One thing...
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    Provided that my 2 Langstroth hives make it to...

    Provided that my 2 Langstroth hives make it to spring, I'd like to split them to 4 top bar hives. I'm thinking Kenyan, with the sloped sides.

    Question 1.
    How do I move rectangular frames of brood...
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    Would you risk tainting the odor of your honey?...

    Would you risk tainting the odor of your honey? "Mmm. Good honey. Is there a hamster cage around here somewhere?" smile.gif
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    This will be tough to pin down. Workers add a...

    This will be tough to pin down.

    Workers add a bit of something to the nectar. It's short lived and delays the workers from becoming foragers. If a lot of foragers die for some reason, workers can...
  21. I agree. I have 2 chairs like that, plus a little...

    I agree. I have 2 chairs like that, plus a little plastic end table for beverages. Endless entertainment and no commercials smile.gif

    Sorry, Ben but I couldn't help snooping the rest of the...
  22. I got a blank page for the video too. The...

    I got a blank page for the video too.

    The image showed up. Very stealthy color. I strive for that effect by watching the shelves of rejected paint at local hardware stores. Earthy looking tones of...
  23. I once read an account of how to use a termite...

    I once read an account of how to use a termite mound in Africa as a natural oven to bake bread. The mound is a solid structure with a chimney in place. The account ended with these words:

    "The...
  24. Thanks guys, Good advice. Sorry about the...

    Thanks guys,

    Good advice. Sorry about the busted link. This one should work.
    Click for page with picture. Click picture for full size.
  25. Hi, My internet friend has his very first...

    Hi,

    My internet friend has his very first hive. It was donated by a nearby beek who is getting out of the business. Free is good. The hive is heavy, and the bees seem healthy. That's a wonder, as...
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