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  1. Re: Creating a monitoring station from hivetool.org

    That second load cell does look like a really good form.

    I'd want to see more specs on it. 40 kg is about 88 lbs. Four of those could easily weigh a hive, but I'd be concerned about damage when...
  2. Re: Creating a monitoring station from hivetool.org

    The big mystery is the load cells. All the bill of materials says is that they are $4. The scales I've been pulling apart each have four load cells, with a total scale cost of about $21, so...
  3. Re: Creating a monitoring station from hivetool.org

    VillageFool, I really like those rails you built. I wouldn't mind buying a set. Maybe three sets if I like the first.

    I've got a Seeeduino Mega and what was purportedly a load cell amplifier I...
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    Re: Russian Package, Richmond Area

    My mentor has a Russian hive. They are a bit irritable, but all of his bees are. Its not as if they are africanized.

    DarwinsFlinch, I suppose you've asked at Virginia Bee Supply. In your area,...
  5. Re: Creating a monitoring station from hivetool.org

    I need to get back to my project to convert electronic bathroom scales to automatic hive scales.

    I ripped apart three inexpensive scales last winter, and did some dead weight tests on them in the...
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    Re: Hello. I have newbie questions.

    Yup, ask ten beekeepers and you will get 11 opinions!
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    Re: Acetic acid vs OAV

    Just confirming what is said above, acetic acid is not a powder.

    Vinegar is acetic acid at about 5% concentration. It used to be commonly available as a photographic supply in "glacial"...
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    Re: Making candle molds

    I'd agree, all silicone and not some home-made copolymer.

    A good resin+catalyst silicone mold-making compound ought to give the best results, and you can get formulations that will cure in just a...
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    Re: Hello. I have newbie questions.

    Welcome aboard!

    For specific questions, look over the available forums. The quick answer to your question is to check with local beekeepers. We have a section on Local Associations down below,...
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    Re: How to start a beekeeping club

    Our club does NOT meet monthly. We meet every other month when bees are active, and suspend meetings in the winter. This prevents meeting fatigue.

    Most of our meetings have either a guest...
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    Re: Hello from Maryland!

    You're going to love it!

    We were in that situation down here in Virginia at the same time last year. We got a little nuts preparing the apiary before we had any bees. Watch yourself.

    A...
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    Re: How to start a beekeeping club

    Some groups I've belonged to use the Marquis de Queensbury rules instead of Roberts. Try to avoid it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marquess_of_Queensberry_Rules

    Don't get too formal for a...
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    Re: Breeding and rasing bees for packages

    The difference with a swarm is that it was the bees' idea. They gouged on honey, slimmed down the old queen to fly, and are otherwise single-hive-mindedly intent on setting up a new home. The swarm...
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    Re: switching breeds?

    In$trumentally In$eminated queens from somebody who really knows their $tuff.

    Life is a crapshoot. Embrace it!
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    Re: Emergency supersedure queens?

    Does a spray of lemongrass oil (or HBH) in syrup help prevent balling the queen?

    When I did a formic acid treatment this summer, the WVU procedure I was following said to mix in some HBH, and...
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    Re: switching breeds?

    I like the one MB described. The charger is on the apiary and has a flashing light visible at the entrance. We'll probably get an indicator for the garden.
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    Re: switching breeds?

    The expansion of Fort Bee will probably happen now and then over the next few months. The next trip is to install the permanent underground power (conduit has been in place for several weeks now). ...
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    Re: switching breeds?

    I had both of my Olivarez Carniolan queens fail on me this year. Just quit laying. But Carnies sound like a good bet, and I expect these two were either poorly mated or shipped when it was too cold...
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    Re: Making candle molds

    I keep wondering if anyone has made a 3D printer for candle wax.

    Back in the day, when I worked for a company that bought the stuff, I used 2-component silicone molding compound. A couple of...
  20. Re: Virginia Beekeeping Supply - Hive Kit Review

    That's why we went with a top feeder. The one Jerry had on hand for our 8-frame was the 2-gallon top feeder DarwinsFlinch shows in his photos. Anybody wants to rob it they have to get past the...
  21. Re: Virginia Beekeeping Supply - Hive Kit Review

    Jerry will usually take the time to talk to you (unless the place is totally nuts). You can start with a basic kit and he'll substitute parts. We went with a pair of standard beginners kits, but...
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    Re: Assistance in Identification

    The Seminoles were mutts, too. A little bit of everything, and not all Amerind. And notoriously successful.

    Sounds like you have some survivors that are worth an experiment to see if they live...
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    Re: Girls working the Sasanqua camillia today

    Thanks. I forwarded that to the MG I cluster with.
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    Re: Girls working the Sasanqua camillia today

    We had camellias in Richmond, VA when I was growing up, in a sheltered back yard. My master gardener wife says they grow them at the Smithsonian in DC, but thinks our West Virginia apiary might be a...
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    Re: Prospective Beekeeper in Idaho

    The only compelling argument for deeps for a new amateur beekeeper is a very good argument, and it is why my wife and I have deeps for our brood boxes. We got our first bees as nucleus colonies,...
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