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    Re: Just Smokin'

    One tip someone told me for pellets was to keep a half dozen in a glass jar (for safety) with a little liquid fuel (gas, kerosene) and leave overnight or longer, with a top secured. The pellets will...
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    Re: Sugar water instead of a smoker?

    I used a sugar spray once and they did seem more mellow, at first. But then, when I went to put the super back on top of the deep that I had just sprayed, I noticed that I had sprayed all over,...
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    Warped Foundation

    Seems like all my Deep sheets of foundation are always warped because the wires in the sheets are a little bigger than the frames. They only bow out in the middle to the edge of where the final comb...
  4. It's too cold to beek or fish, so I found a neat

    tool on google to map the first of my survey results for Hive Losses. I'm still collecting data so I'll be updating it as I get more results thru the spring and summer and I'll add the other...
  5. Re: Beginners Questions: Mulch below hives?

    I found an old tarp covered with cheap crushed stones worked well. I had weeds that would sprout in my mulch and by mid-summer, I was spending more time than I wanted pulling weeds from all around...
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    Re: neighbors humming bird feeders

    I second/third the HumZinger vote. We'd tried several and none compare to this one and we almost never see a Honey Bee on it and only an occasional wasp attempting.
  7. Bee Over Winter Survival Survey

    I was reading several posts on here about hives that made it and didn't make it thru the winter. I did a quick google and didn't see many surveys of winter survival for 2012-2013 and since it was...
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    Re: worst winter ever?

    It's snowing, so I'm stuck inside this morn and was reading this thread. And was curious what kind of over-winter problems others had. Think anyone would fill out this survey?
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  9. Re: What can I treat my peach trees with that is bee friendly?

    I think they first need to know the bug that they're looking to control. I've lost most peaches to Oriental Fruit Moths. I asked the person runing the peach orchard down the road from us what they...
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    Re: bees wax as an essential oil ?

    Sounds like you're considering using it in soap making. I always add 1-2% beeswax to my soap, however, I melt it and add it to the oils/fats before adding the lye solution. It melts at a higher heat...
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    Re: Lip balm shrink wrap

    Ohio, did you use the labels from onlinelabels.com? We ordered a bunch and when we got them in, we found they barely stick to the plastic tubes. They come off with the slightest touch.
  12. Advice on Post Swarm Care To Avoid Drone Laying Queen

    So my CB'ing didn't help and they swarmed late spring. I noticed this probably a week after they left. I waited another week, but didn't see any new egss. Was concerned, but read many people...
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    Re: I'm making the wife mad

    We use a hummzinger feeder and no no bees or wasps are feeding from the hummingbird feeder.
  14. Best Control for Oriental Fruit Moth with Bees

    I've been losing too many peaches to OFM and am considering some treatment, but my trees are a couple feet from one hive. I was consider BT (Bacillius thuriengensis) as a spray and from what I've...
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    Re: What would you do?

    If you can't scale the hive up, could you scale it out?

    http://www.mdbeekeepers.org/towerhive.html
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    Re: Bumble bee questions

    I have many carpenter bees around my deck that are always getting in my face and chasing others away. They look real similar to Bumbles, but slightly bigger. Might want to inspect the underside of...
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    Re: Plan of attack...

    If I read your post correctlly, you plan is to put the package box into the deep and leave it there for a couple days and then remove the box from the deep? If I read this right, you might want to...
  18. Interesting Behavior With Water Source and Oyster Shells

    So my bees started having big parties in my hot tub. Apparently they were more interested in the hot tub then the creek nearer to them. So, I decided to setup some diversion watering sources...
  19. Lesson Learned on Inserting blank Frames into Super

    So, I had a hive that had a deep and 2 mediums that were pretty full, so I decided to add a another med super that had no foundation. Given how early in the year it was, I thought it might help...
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    Re: CB Again or Insert Empty Super

    I'm a NewBeek, so I'm not totally sure, but I believe given the peaches are done, apples and dandelions are open that it is the start of nectar flow.

    And the mediums are 70% full of honey, but...
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    CB Again or Insert Empty Super

    Central Maryland, NewBeek here. Second year hive. I Checkerboarded above the deep with 2 mediums in mid-march. Now the 2 mediums above are around 70% full. Think I should Checkerboard with a...
  22. Re: What To Do With a Frame of Brood From "Opening Up the Brood Box"

    Yes, that is what I was talking about and
    Yes, that is my quandary with mixed box sizes. Didn't know about keeping same box size when I start out.
  23. What To Do With a Frame of Brood From "Opening Up the Brood Box"

    We're getting a way early spring, my peaches are already peak and the bees are bringing stuff in. I was considering trying to "open up the brood" box by removing a single deep frame (cuz that's what...
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    Re: Picnic Bee Adventure

    I'm only in my second year, but so far, I've only had them annoy me/others during early spring and late fall dearth. Hundreds of feet away and out of site of the hive, they were buzzing the heads of...
  25. Re: I do not use smoke. I use sugar water mist.

    I tried misting with sugar water once, but my spray drifted so much, by the time I wanted to re-stack my super back on top, the entire top edge was covered in bees. Tried sweeping them off, but by...
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