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    Re: Tobacco for Smoker fuel?

    As a pipe smoker, I don't think I could justify using tobacco to smoke hives. The stuff is just too darn expensive anymore and I enjoy smoking it too much.
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    Re: Trap out opportunity in Michigan

    I was actually offering this to someone if they wanted to take advantage of the convenience of it. Not really set up to do it myself, but if I don't get any takers then I'll have to roll up my...
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    Re: Trap out opportunity in Michigan

    Should also mention that the entrance to the cavity they are occupying is only about five and a half feet off the ground.
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    Trap out opportunity in Michigan

    Was just cutting the grass and spied a large swarm descend onto the maple tree next to my house. The tree is about a hundred fifty years old and has been there longer than the farm has, so a cut out...
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    Re: Placing hives on other peoples property?

    What state law are you referring to jannaMI? You should familiarize yourself with the Michigan Right to Farm Act. It gives comprehensive protection to Michigan farmers. And guess what? Under the Act,...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Had a swarm land in a tree at the back of my yard this past Sunday, 5/16. Swarmed from a feral colony in a tree on other side of neighbors house. She saw it swarm, I tracked it to the tree it landed...
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    Re: Electron Microscope pics of honeybees

    Pretty cool. Thanks for the link.
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    Re: 5 frame beekeeping?

    It looks wobbly.
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    Re: King of all Swarms

    Good lord, what a monster. Congratulations.
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    Re: Finally-Sunshine

    Same here. The weather finally let up yesterday evening. Went out to check on things, and the bees were all making up for lost time when the sun finally came out about 6:30.
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    Re: What type of foundation should I use?

    I have been using cinderblocks, mainly because there is a giant pile of them in the old pasture behind the house. Once everything is level and settles a bit it seems to be a rock solid base, I've...
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    Re: Beeks who don't wear protective gear?

    That was weird.
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    Re: Can I weed kill 100 yards away from hive?

    If it breaks down in a couple of days, how can it last pretty much all summer?


    Multiply that philosophy by a thousand and you see the problem. Eventually someone downstream from you drinks that...
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    Re: Can I weed kill 100 yards away from hive?

    Buy a scythe and learn to use it. Or burn out the weeds with a propane torch. Both are options that require a little more work than sitting on a lawn tractor. But the upside is that you are not...
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    Re: Dead bees at entrance

    Doesn't sound abnormal to me. Attrition is constantly going on in a hive. The last nice day we had here in Michigan I went out and checked on everything and then closed them up. I knew the cold and...
  16. Re: My second try and I hope I haven't messed up too badly

    I wouldn't worry too much about the queen. On the other hand, I hope you are holding up okay with this experience.
  17. Thread: Kick'n hives

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    Re: Kick'n hives

    Those are some great photos. Thanks for sharing them. Looks like it was a beautiful day there.
  18. Thread: Cinco De Mayo

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    Re: Cinco De Mayo

    That's the spirit!
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    Re: Permit to have bees

    That's a little easier to understand. As I read it, bees are allowed. They are not wild animals, they have been domesticated for millenia. I know that I sure as heck wouldn't give 150 bucks to some...
  20. Thread: Cinco De Mayo

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    Re: Cinco De Mayo

    Uh...it's got nothing to do with Mexican independence day. It commemorates the Mexican victory over the French at the battle of Puebla. Frankly, it"s just an obscure event co-opted by Anglicized...
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    Re: Permit to have bees

    I don't think anyone is going to take the time to wade through the entire municipal code for Bedford, Texas. Which is where your link goes. The part you put in your post is confusing because you...
  22. Thread: sugar water

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    Re: sugar water

    I guess what's available has to do with geography a bit. This is sugar beet country up here near central Michigan and beet sugar has more shelf space at the grocery stores. Up here cane sugar is more...
  23. Thread: Hive Carrier

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    Re: Hive Carrier

    Is it just me, or does that "hive carrier" look like someone just took the push bars from a couple of lawn mowers and bolted them together?
  24. Thread: SW Michigan

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    Re: SW Michigan

    Welcome from SE Michigan.
  25. Thread: Hive Carrier

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    Re: Hive Carrier

    Good luck. I hate paying freight so I buy local at every opportunity. Sometimes there just isn't a choice, though.
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