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    Re: How do you remove pickle smell????

    The use of bleach, or quaternary (an alternative sanitizer), is MANDATORY for use on all food service contact areas AND plates & utensils (by our state health department codes which tend to be very...
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    Re: How do you remove pickle smell????

    Bleach is used in the restaurant industry to sanitize (everything - containers, utensils, plates, eating surfaces, etc) and it is safe. It doesn't take much (1 capful to 5 gal), and it doesn't take...
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    Re: How do you remove pickle smell????

    It does go away. We reuse pickle buckets all the time. I'm not sure what our employees do but none of the pickle buckets I use have any lingering smell. My guess is filling it with bleach water (1...
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    Re: Single frame "harvest"

    My bees just drew & filled 9 frames of medium frames in 2 weeks. I think the difference was adding a high volume top feeder (they were going through a gallon of syrup in 2-3 days). I'm not so...
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    Re: Should I stop feeding?

    I am in the exact same situation & time frame as you. My nuc, installed first week of June never really got going (I was feeding). After a month, I only had 6 1/2 frames drawn (but filled with...
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    Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    I own a small restaurant and we go through (and throw away) about 3-4 5 gallon pickle buckets a week. We also go through about 2 - 3 gallon sauerkraut & sport pepper buckets a week. Ask around some...
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    Re: vented bee suit

    Been happy with the $150 Mann Lake's full ventilated suit. I have nothing to compare with but it seems to be well made and durable. They say they are generously true to size, but I wish I had gone...
  8. Re: Hey Newbees, who started this year, got a hive you want to brag on?

    I'm actually a little disappointed in my results so far. I installed a nuc June 6, and saw only one new full frame after a month (feeding with baggies). With 3 1/2 empty frames to go about a week...
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    Re: Sugar Water Spray?

    I tried it, but the overspray attracted a lot of ants later.
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    Re: Creamed Honey

    The best creamed honey I've had was the white stuff from Hawaii. Expensive, but its one of the factors that got me interested in beekeeping.
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    Re: 2014 Walter T Kelley Nucs

    It seems like the mean ones are always the best producers.
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    Re: Homemade Topfeeder

    The way I cut my ziplocks, they would be difficult to refill (maybe I'm doing it wrong). But you're right, they're merely pennies at Sam's Club. The sugar water costs a lot more. The only drawback...
  13. Re: Plastic, metal or wood bound queen excluders?

    As per the class I took. They all work, the bees seem to go through the metal ones easier. The plastics ones are easier to clean (for some reason, the instructor said that the metal ones had to be...
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    Re: Bottom Boards Made from Treated Lumber?

    I always thought pressure treated lumber had to season outdoors for about a year before it would take a stain or paint. I built my hive stand out of treated lumber this year and it would NOT take...
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    Re: Ventilated Bee Jacket

    I got the Mann Lake ventilated full suit. Very high quality, durable material. Even has knee padding for extra durability. I've only been beekeeping for a couple of weeks so I don't have much...
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    Re: Homemade Topfeeder

    I'm new to this so pardon my ignorance. Why do people make feeding more complicated than it needs to be? I just installed my nuc a couple of weeks ago, wasn't sure if I needed to feed or not and...
  17. Thread: Black Ants

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    Re: Black Ants

    I'm new at this and ants were my first problem. Big black ants, bid red ants, & small ants. I think the stand legs in oil or water pans would definitely work but I wanted to avoid this as my hive...
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    Re: Day 2 Sting Swelling

    The itching has always been my peeve too. The last sting I applied baking powder paste, then later some kind of sting pen (basically lanocaine based) and I didn't have that driving itching this...
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    Re: Sting pain index study

    The guy that taught the beekeeping class I took mentioned being stung in all the places mentioned in this thread, in addition to inside his nose & inside his ear (which he said at the time were the...
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    Re: $13 suit with veil? Too good to be true?

    I have seen hooded jackets for under $50 bucks. I have also got the Tyvek coveralls from Kelley for about $15 bucks, but it will need a veil. It is thin and probably will do the job if you got it...
  21. Re: New Queen - is this typical for our situation?

    Thanks. Sounds like you did better with the packages than I with the nuc. We also had a pretty cold & wet May. I'll probably try packages next year (sounds like more fun anyway).
  22. Re: New Queen - is this typical for our situation?

    Just curious (as I'm in the same general vicinity as you), how were your packages around the first week of June? I debated on whether to get packages early May or wait for nucs available in early...
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