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  1. Re: Caught swarm 3 hours ago in trap WHERE should I put it?

    thanks, many just moved out and onward to other areas. Neighborhoods are still struggling to rebuild from the April 2011 devastation. Birmingham is okay.
  2. Caught swarm 3 hours ago in trap WHERE should I put it?

    What is better location for the new swarm/colony? Most likely this swarm is from my small bee yard but I am not certain.
    1- Move swarm tonight to my bee yard 150 feet away?
    2- Move swarm tonight to...
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    Re: Moving trapped swarm

    oh boy this is interesting stuff......not in any of the books for sure
    What would you put in front of the entrance? --- do you mean that I should change the entrance guard opening (i.e. big to small...
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    Re: Moving trapped swarm

    ok, never thought of that. You mean put them 3 miles away for a few days and then truck them back to my place and put them where I want them? This makes them forget the initial location?
    very...
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    Moving trapped swarm

    Hi, Caught one in a hive box in my back yard. It is about 150 feet from my small bee yard (6 hives) in the front yard.
    How do I move this new hive to the bee yard. On big trip at night? Many small...
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    Re: frame + plastic foundation ?

    excellent advice. Thanks g
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    frame + plastic foundation ?

    I have a bunch of wired frames that I had intended to use with wax foundation. Now I want to try out some wax-coated plastic foundation. Can you put plastic foundation on wired medium or brood frames...
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    boxes of capped honey from last season

    There are a couple of mediums with capped honey that seem to be left from last year (probably left too much over winter). It is not new honey since not capped with new white wax. Is it okay to...
  9. Thread: Solar wax melter

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    Re: Solar wax melter

    Thanks. I picked out a piece of retangular duct work from Homedepot and just banged it with a hammer until it bent and fit over the plastic black box. The metal tray held the cappings from 3 boxes....
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    Re: Solar wax melter

    just added photos back.
    sorry....just learning how to do this.
    g
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    Re: refractometer results

    I will try this calculation in the future.

    I was spinning the partially capped frames around in the air to see if anything flew out (it didn't) which seemed like a rather crude index.
    I had...
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    Re: Solar wax melter

    I also tried melting two bad frames (got wet and mold)
    frames at start:
    http://i764.photobucket.com/albums/xx284/gjmick/solar%20wax%20melter/th_DSCN0025.jpg

    2 hours later:...
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    Solar wax melter

    Made something homemade with a black bucket, a piece of duct work, a some plexiglass. The melted wax dripped into a plastic container with old tee shirt material as filter. Added small amount of...
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    Re: refractometer results

    Infinite thanks to Fuzzy, and all the helpful beesource advice, regarding my refractometer results.

    I am GREATLY relieved to find my honey has reasonable % water (for the hot humid South).

    The...
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    Re: refractometer results

    another amazing response.
    This is the company on ebay that I bought from.
    The package insert that comes with the meter says to calibrate with distilled water so I did not think to go back to the...
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    Re: refractometer results

    I regret to say that I bought it on ebay "new" (RHBN-90ATC with calibration knob). I hope this is not the problem.

    The instructions say to calibrate with water (distilled) but I would believe the...
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    Re: refractometer results

    Sorry for all the trouble here:
    So I got distilled water and an $5 LED light (monochromatic) but I
    still am having trouble with calibration. No change in results.

    The dark/light line using...
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    Re: refractometer results

    Great advice. I will get on it and report back. Also, I saw the thread posted on the use of a monochromic yellow background light. I noticed that the type of the background lighting used drastically...
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    Re: refractometer results

    Thanks,
    This refractometers instructions advise using water to calibrate.

    I am thinking the readings are still off since "natural" store-bought honey samples have equally high water content on...
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    refractometer results

    I am using a refractometer for the first time.
    Bought it on ebay (RHBN-90ATC with calibration knob) new.

    I calibrated to tap water. The dark-light line was slightly curved, domed in middle (like...
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