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  1. Thread: Propolis

    by Ravenseye
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    Re: Propolis

    I've seen it but I'm not sure what the primary source is. A couple of years ago one of my colonies reduced their top entrance to the width of a bee or two. The propolis was shaped like a doughnut...
  2. Thread: DWV

    by Ravenseye
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    Re: DWV

    Very true statement here and well said. I've made the mistake before of thinking that my booming fall colonies will be great candidates for booming spring colonies giving me splits and honey....
  3. Re: oxalic acid vapperizing and not sealing the enterence for the proper time doratio

    I do the same as Camero. I think I tried sealing the first time but decided it would be fine without it.
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    Re: Should I Combine Now

    I would definitely combine now. It gives you time to keep an eye on things as we get closer to the fall / winter.
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    Re: Carpenter Bees

    My biggest problem with Carpenter bees is the damage they do on unpainted wood. Before I bought this old house, they had put lots of holes in the outbarn. I fixed it up but they can do quite a bit of...
  6. Re: Phrases I just wouldn't have expected to say till I started beekeeping

    How about "I wonder if the queen I saw was a virgin?". Or, "I was dribbling Oxalic Acid!".
  7. Re: Stupid question: how many beekeepers are scared of bees?

    I think you get accustomed to the slight fear that I think we all have hardwired into us. I remember helping out a beekeeper once while he re-queened a hive. He was having trouble getting finding the...
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    Re: When and how much to feed, central MA

    Camero is right. Every year is different. Colony size is important. Nectar availability...weather....a lot. I've had hives that go from virtually nothing stored to full winter weight in a few weeks...
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    Re: When and how much to feed, central MA

    I'm not all that far from you. I don't have much coming in right now although with this cooler weather we've had lately things might pick up. I expect that we'll see more flow towards the end of this...
  10. Re: ideas/suggestions for hive inspections during the "mean" and lean season?

    I try to slow down the inspections and when I do, I use as much smoke as I can if they're testy. For me, paying a lot of attention to what's going on at the front entrance tells me a lot about what's...
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    Re: INSTALLING HONEY GATE ON 5 GALLON BUCKET

    I did a few buckets not long ago. Can't remember where I got the gates from but they leaked. When I took them apart, the gasket was really thin and I think it crumpled a little while I was tightening...
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    Re: Watch For Spiders

    A couple of years ago I made a rare, early morning inspection of my hives. About halfway through I felt a tickling on the front of my lower leg. I figured it was a bee that had crawled up my pants so...
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    Re: Useless gadgets

    I forgot about the frame grabber thingy. I found it useful if I wanted to drop a frame unexpectedly. :D
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    Re: Useless gadgets

    I like my cappings scratcher for those shallow spots or the corners where the knife didn't slice the caps off. And I have used hive staples from time to time as extra security when moving the bees to...
  15. Thread: Small print

    by Ravenseye
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    Re: Small print

    My peeve is all the required language and warnings on the side of a pill bottle. If I buy a travel sized container, I can't read the dosage no matter what glasses I wear. So, I kind of dose by...
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    Re: Plastic frames

    If they don't need the space, they won't make the space. However, in my experience, plastic is the last place they'll pull wax. I started with plastic years ago and then didn't want to deal with...
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    Re: No food taste better than your own

    I want to make the garden bigger next year. I always cram things in thinking it'll be OK but when the cukes and squash get going they run amok all over the place. I keep saying that the squash, which...
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    Re: Best Refractometer

    I bought a couple of the ebay ones as well. One for honey and one for maple syrup. I actually prefer using the refractometer for maple syrup better that using a hydrometer. They work fine. Can't...
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    Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    If you have a local ice cream stand that makes their own, check with them. Often, the fruit they add (peaches, cherries, etc.) come in food grade buckets. Could be a good source.
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    Re: When to completely remove the reducer?

    I had them wide open earlier this year and just reduced the smaller colonies due to robbing. My robbing indicator is when the bees start spending a lot of time in my barn (and getting stuck inside...
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    Re: No food taste better than your own

    We only have a couple of acres but besides the bees, we have 18 chickens and a small garden. We tap the few maples on our property and it's always a bounty when we sit down at the table. Fresh eggs...
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    Re: What would you call this product

    I'd love a good recipe as well. Maybe a source for tins to package them in? My wife likes to paint and would hand paint plain tins to market the product.
  23. Re: Uncapped Honey (Green Honey) along with Capped Honey on a frame extract or not?

    The instructor makes a good point and I do that when I pull frames and find a partially capped one. I've never been ill from green honey but then again, I rarely spin nectar filled frames.
  24. Re: Ooops, I cant be the first one to do this...

    I'd just use it the way it is.
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    Re: Bears in suburbia

    Sure, they can climb the fence. Black bears can climb trees when they're motivated to do so. Keep your eyes open and think about fencing them in as described above. I have a yard that I gave up on a...
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