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  1. Re: Introducing queens in various configurations....

    I've had good results adding queen cells into 24 hour queenless nucs and hives. Per Brother Adam, you should be able to remove the original laying queen and insert a new laying queen almost...
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    Re: Bee entrance 30ft and 60 ft uo in tree

    If this gentleman was a personal friend and had a good reason for the hive eviction, here's one "not a good" idea. Set out some bait hives and pump in a significant quantiy of bee gone or some other...
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    Re: Bee entrance 30ft and 60 ft uo in tree

    I hate to pass on a hive and like the challege of a trap out but 60 feet in the air is a lot of risk for the price of a hive. beware10 is spot on.
  4. Re: Opinions on moving a trapped swarm into a hive

    I let them settle in the bait hive for a week or two before I move them early morning or late in the day. I don't worry how far I move them, nor do I worry about leaving them in the bait hive or...
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    Re: tips on obtaining land for apiary

    As the other folks said, look around and talk with the owner; get the word out you're looking for an out yard. There's an interest in the plight of bees, a number of folks want to do something...
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    Re: Honey may have fermented

    I'll second mathesonequip comments, particularly about feeding honey from an unknown source and using it for mead. If you haven't tried making mead, it's easy and requires minimal equipment.
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    Re: Foundationless and Heat

    Do you use the Kevlar line on foundationless? I ask because tensile strength and "chew resistance" might not be synonymous.
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    Re: Foundationless and Heat

    I haven't had a problem with any comb separating in the hive. I did have one hive knocked on it's face from a height of 24" which caused a couple deep frames of 3/4 completed new comb to separate but...
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    Re: Foundationless and Heat

    I string fishing line across my frames the same as the foundation folks wire theirs. Also, you have to handle the frames correctly; keep it vertical as in how it hangs in the hive or rotate it on its...
  10. Re: What should I expect durring my first inspection?

    My rule for me, I don't open hives unless I have a lit smoker. A couple of light puffs to "announce my presence," then only as needed; never can tell when someone might be in a bad mood.
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    Re: Where to locate a water source

    I use a bird baths 30+ feet from the hives with wood and sticks added, let the water maintain a little character (funky might be another term used)
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    Re: Dirty dishwater color

    The JAOM was the great and very quick at settling once it decided to start. The traditional with fall honey is being the problem child about clearing. Plenty of lees but still cloudy, the jug is...
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    Re: Dirty dishwater color

    The antique orange is excellent even drinking it before bottling, can't wait for it to age a year. The dirty dishwater are a nice golden color, waiting for the last one to clear a bit more before...
  14. Re: Queen cells after week and half after installing package

    They've found the current queen of unacceptable quality for some reason and they are home growing her replacement.
  15. Thread: Bottom clearance

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    Re: Bottom clearance

    My solid bottom boards have 3/8" shims around the perimeter to raise the brood box.
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    Re: Trap-out with no capture???

    The problem isn't getting the bees to move out as much as what is left behind. Wax and honey left in a wall or floor make a tasty treat for a lot of creepy crawlers and a much uglier "infestation."...
  17. Thread: Watering bees.

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    Re: Watering bees.

    I use a bird bath with some wood thrown in
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    Re: Shallow Super vs. Deep Super

    One deep on bottom, mediums above; with the exception of the deep, the bees decide what is for brood or honey. But then I do too many splits to get much of a honey crop.
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    Re: Wiring foundationless frames

    I use heavy monofilament but the bees will sometimes chew through it if they set their mind to it. One of the members suggested using a clamp to flex the sides of the frame in so you don't have to...
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    Re: Bee pulling cracked corn from bird feeder

    Follow them and see if it's sorority sisters brewing up a little shine.
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    Re: Opinions concerning top entrances

    My entrances are pretty close to shinbone's except I add tapered shims under the sides of the top feeder and "screen off" most of the gap in the front
  22. Re: When to put out swarm traps in central North Carolina?

    Generally, if I don't have swarm traps out as the eastern red buds bloom I feel like I'm running behind.
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    Re: hi to all, from Missouri.

    Welcome Crazzy, I'm about 75 mi north and across the river from you.
  24. Thread: Beekeeper Smell

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    Re: Beekeeper Smell

    My hives are close to the shed and I've found using wd40 and carb cleaner can attract hostile visitors. Not sure which one or both they found offensive but the message was clear.
  25. Thread: Essential Oils

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    Re: Essential Oils

    The zip lock bag would be left unsealed
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