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  1. Thread: Plant ID Please.

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    Re: Plant ID Please.

    They don't always have thorns. I purchased a couple of the Elaeagnus pungens from a local nursery, and they have never had thorns. The pungens blooms in the Fall, and the umbellata blooms in the...
  2. Thread: Plant ID Please.

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    Re: Plant ID Please.

    Elaeagnus pungens. http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/shrub/elapun/all.html. As has been mentioned it can be very invasive (a trait it shares with the rest of the Elaeagnus family). The...
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    Re: Which bee jacket or suit for hot weather?

    I posted a brief review of the Kelley ventilated jacket here on Bee Source: Kelley's Ventilated Jacket with Hat/Veil Combo
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    Re: Bottling tank to de-crystalize bottles

    I have done exactly what you describe, and it works very well. A dedicated liquifying cabinet would be better in the long run, but if you don't have one handy and you need the honey liquified the...
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    Re: For those who do a lot of cut-outs

    Contractors who do a lot of renovation/home improvement work can be a good source too.
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    Re: Greenbeehive.com anyone buy from them in past.

    If you don't mind driving to Decatur, AL you could try Lindsey Trousdale. I have purchased all of my woodware from Lindsey since I started in beekeeping a little over 5 years ago, and I have been...
  7. Thread: Reconstruction?

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    Re: Reconstruction?

    Yes, nearly every cut out ends with someone asking, "How do I keep bees from getting back in?" Sometimes they listen, sometimes you get a repeat customer. Writing the second check usually improves...
  8. Thread: Reconstruction?

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    Re: Reconstruction?

    I make it clear up front that the homeowner is responsible for make arrangements for repairs. If at all possible I try to talk to the contractor who will be doing the repairs -- there may be things...
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    Re: Labor Day Weekend Cut-Out - Part 1

    It was bigger than I expected too. I thought the hive stopped about where the old cut out had been done. But it went on up several more feet.

    I gave the contractor two prices. One price...
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    Re: Labor Day Weekend Cut-Out - Part 1

    :) No. The contractor is a friend of mine, and didn't bat an eye when I gave him my estimate. I have done a few removals for free, but they were either extremely simple, or were for elderly folks...
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    Kelley's Ventilated Jacket with Hat/Veil Combo

    I picked up one of Kelley's Ventilated Jackets recently, and gave it a good workout over the Labor Day weekend (see post Labor Day Weekend Cut Out for some pictures of me working in the jacket). The...
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    Re: Labor Day Weekend Cut-Out - Part 1

    Part 2

    Here I am lowering the hive prior to vacuuming up the stragglers.
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    Labor Day Weekend Cut-Out - Part 1

    A friend of mine in the construction business is doing some extensive renovations on a house in North Alabama. There was a hive in the wall on the second floor that had to be removed before work...
  14. Thread: Comb Honey Knife

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    Re: Comb Honey Knife

    I use a filleting knife. The blade is very thin and sharp, and it slides through the comb with a minimum of crushed cells.
  15. Re: Is glucose syrup just corn syrup for making fondant?

    Glucose syrup is not the same as corn syrup. The concern that you here voiced about corn syrup relates to HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup). Fructose and glucose are two different sugars.

    BTW,...
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    Re: Please post pics of your hive stands!!

    I use 2x6's and concrete blocks. I have also used landscaping timbers in place of the 2x6's, and the timbers seem less apt to warp and sag.

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  17. The North Alabama Beekeepers Symposium - Saturday August 16, 2014

    Registration for the North Alabama Beekeepers Symposium is now open. You can find the agenda, directions, and registration information on our Symposium Page.

    The North Alabama Beekeepers...
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    Re: Maxant No Drip Valve

    I have the no drip valve on my MAXANT bottling tank. With warm honey I occasionally get a small drop after the valve is closed, but I normally have the next empty under the valve by the time the...
  19. Thread: Queen Trap Frame

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    Re: Queen Trap Frame

    I have one that I bought from Kelley: Queen Grafting Excluder Frame. As you can see from the photo on their web site it makes use of the same grating that is used on their queen excluder. It has...
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    Re: question about extractor

    The Limestone County Beekeepers Association also has a club extractor (and capping tank, knife, and strainer) that can be loaned out to members. We meet over on the west side of Athens, so it would...
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    Re: What is this bee carrying?

    Looks like some sap/resin for making propolis. They will carry it using their pollen baskets.
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    Re: Camellia plants and bees

    I have seen bees working some varieties of camellia, and I have read where other beeks have observed bee working them. From what I have seen and heard the bees are using the camellia mainly as a...
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    Re: Conference Speakers

    We had Dr. Clarence Collison and Dr. Jim Tew at our annual North Alabama Beekeepers Symposium this August, and I thoroughly enjoyed their presentations. You can view a short bio on each of them, and...
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    Re: A Little Something Hiding Under the Porch

    I help out when I can with our local beekeeping association. I also try to have material on hand to show folks when I am selling honey at the farmer's market. I have found that photos from removal...
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    Re: A Little Something Hiding Under the Porch

    Here are some pictures I took yesterday. It's about 6 days after the last set of pictures. The brood is capped, and the pattern is easier to see. The bees are still extremely docile, and even with...
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