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    Re: applying beeswax to plasticell

    I just melted some wax in a croc pot and used a cheap bristle brush and painted the wax on. didn't try the foam brush.. May have to try that next time.
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    Re: how to melt wax?????

    I melt wax in 2 ways.

    1) I built a cheap solar wax melter out of a $2.00 styrofoam cooler (google it for more info)

    2) I use a croc pot I bought at a yard sale. I put my wax cappings in a...
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    Re: Swarm control by re-queening?

    Melvin Disselkeon discusses this in his book about On The Spot (OTS) queen rearing. Very similar to what you are asking, except you time the removal of the queens early in the swarm season so that...
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    Re: Soybeans

    We have soybeans on our farm, and I have never seen any honey production from them.
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    Re: A little experiment, interesting result.

    I have a spray bottle with some 1:1 and a little Honey B Healthy that I spray on new foundation.
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    Re: Smoke or no smoke

    I usually have the smoker on hand, but only smoke if needed. It doesn't take long to learn when to smoke and when not to smoke.
  7. Re: I Need Help! Bees Dying, No Brood in any of my hives!!

    I'm still pretty new too so take this for what its worth, but I can't tell you how many times I have started to panic when I checked a hive and found no noticeable brood and then a week or so...
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    Re: Selling 2 Oz Bears

    I don't sell 2 oz Bears, but I did buy a bunch of them when I started. Each time I harvest honey I fill one of the bears, then number and put the date. I have a sample of every harvest I have ever...
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    Re: First bear attack

    Do you sell your Honey or do you have concerns about your family?
    Maybe you could talk to your local DNR warden and see about having the bear trapped and removed. Or possibly get a nuisance...
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    Re: Plastic foundation issues.

    Me bees have also been reluctant to draw out my new plastic Rite Cell foundation this year. Hopefully we will have one more flow coming up and I can give them another go at it.

    I'm gonna make...
  11. Re: Maxant 3100-H (hand crank model)... Should I order?

    I was in your shoes 2 years ago. I went ahead and bought the 3100H and haven't looked back.
    I think now that I have finally accumulated the majority of the tools I need to make my own hive...
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    Re: Mini nucs,are they worth selling?

    It's nice to see young entrepreneurs, but unfortunately shipping costs are whats going to eat you up.
    I doubt you will be able to ship in a quantity that can get you any bulk shipping discounts. ...
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    Re: How's the flow going for you?

    We had a tremendous privet bloom about a week or so ago, its all but trickled off now. I managed to harvest about 150 lbs from 4 hives this past week end. Got my supers back on for my traditional...
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    Re: Privett Bloom, Good Early Harvest

    This is pretty much my setup too.
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    Privett Bloom, Good Early Harvest

    The past few weeks the privett hedge bloom has exploded in my part of NW Georgia. My 6 hives went from very little honey to lots in no time flat.
    I extracted about 150 lbs of honey from 4 hives this...
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    Does this stuff just happen to me??

    Ok, I have a hive that swarmed 2 weeks ago ( I sat in my truck and watched it). It was a deep and 2 mediums. Sunday when I went to inspect I could tell the population was in decline, but not...
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    Re: Full of bees, honey and no eggs, larva or brood

    Sounds like the hive swarmed a while ago. Hopefully a new mated queen will show up. You can always add a frame with young larvea on it.
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    Re: How many bee hives do you have?

    hobbyist with Honey sales; overwintered 5 hives. Currently 6 production hives & 4 nucs.
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    Just witnessed something really cool

    A few weeks ago while inspecting one of my strong hives I found a few capped swarm cells on a frame. I managed to locate the queen and pulled her out and put her along with several shakes of bees...
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    Re: What are your thoughts on queen excluders

    I haven't used excluders much in the past. But being fairly new and having some difficulty finding queens, this year (prior to a flow) I have used excluders to help isolate which box the queen is in...
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    Re: solar wax melter recommendations

    I'm not sure how nice you wanna go, but I built one out of a cheap stryrofoam cooler with a piece of lexan plexiglass mounted into the top. Spray painted it black and lined the inside with tin foil....
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    I did manage to get a small queen cell on my last OTS attempt, I didn't think to get a picture. I went ahead and put it in a nuc, we'll see how she goes.
    This week I decided to do one more test. I...
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    I didn't get any confirmed queen cells from my combining nucs experiment, which was no surprise. However on the bottom of one of the notched frames it looked like they had potentially started a...
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    Done this too, works great in a pinch..
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    Re: Beekeeping in 20 years?

    When I started bee keeping in 2012 my local Bee supplier was selling packages for $95 with local pickup.. Now the same package is $135..
    Un marked queens are $39.99 and the last ones I bought were...
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