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    Re: Starting a package foundationless.

    You might try installing a queen excluder under the bottom of the brood box in between the brood box and bottom board only long enough to verify the queen is actually laying. Once she is laying, she...
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    Re: 10 Mistakes New Beekeepers Make

    Excellent link to a VERY well written and logical blog loaded with great information. I linked to it from my website Apiary Section. Hope you don't mind. :thumbsup:
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    Re: losing bees in hives

    As mentioned above, do a mite check or you can use a stick board on a plastic closer if you have that type of bottom board and see what if any mite drop you are getting. If you detect mites this...
  4. Thread: Ultra Bee?

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    Re: Ultra Bee?

    Agree with the above post. I put my feeders about 50 - 75 ft. away from the hives. Some are closer like 20 ft. due to vegetation. The bees will smell the Ultra Bee and find it quickly.
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    Re: Tennessee Beeks

    John, If you bees have been finding sufficient pollen and sugar syrup/nectar your suspicions of laying queens and brood are WELL founded. I am feeding my bees unlimited Ultra Bee Dry feed and 3:1...
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    Re: Ultra Bee?

    I feed my bees Ultra Bee Dry Feed. I have found the most cost effective way to buy it is in the 1,500 lb. totes. Yes, you will need a tractor with forks and enough lift capacity or a fork lift to...
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    Re: Thymol treatment for Varroa

    Try heating a pan of water to a boil then remove heat. Find a clean glass jar (I use salsa jars) with a clean lid that makes a good seal. Spoon the thymol crystals into the clean jar in the amount...
  8. Re: Hive beetles should be gone, but they are thriving!

    Most if not all of the small hive beetles in my hives were killed off when I treated my hives with oxalic acid vapor. In one case a wax moth larva was killed by the vapor.
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    Re: Converting hand extractor to motorized

    I would strongly recommend a DC motor as they have tremendous torque and can be adjusted down to very slow speeds via an AC/DC inverter and rheostat. For those who are interested in going this route...
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    Re: Mann Lake's Pro Winter Patties

    Many thanks! I appreciate the feed back.
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    Re: Mann Lake's Pro Winter Patties

    I am considering trying these patties this Winter on a limited scale. I realize this is a bit of a dated post but does anyone have any new or recent feedback they would care to post on how these...
  12. Re: Overwintering ? - moisture control and inner cover

    I am using a Wintering Inner Cover this year.

    http://www.mannlakeltd.com/beekeeping-supplies/category/page31.html

    So far the girls seem to like them as they do seem to retain warmth well. ...
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    Re: Decappers?? Thinking Ahead

    This is our 9th year beekeeping and we have gradually purchased ahead as has already been mentioned above.

    We decided to buy the Mann Lake Sideliner Decapper
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    Re: Disaster Assistance for Honeybees

    Would you show me some examples of farmers (the USDA/FSA refers to them as producers) that are being paid not to farm. I am aware of programs, like CRP, CREP, CSP, WHIP, etc. These are NOT programs...
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    Re: Disaster Assistance for Honeybees

    To my knowledge the USDA does not have Disaster Aid specifically for Honey Beekeepers. It DOES offer a modest aid called ELAP that is cover certain honey bee losses.
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    Re: Dry pollen sub

    Unfortunately Mann Lake calls more than a few items Pro Feeders. This is the feeder I am referring to. It is item FD-115.

    http://www.mannlakeltd.com/beekeeping-supplies/category/page54.html

    No...
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    Re: Dry pollen sub

    Hex,

    You are on the right track. I recommend buying the Mann Lake Pro Feeder. Yes they are pricey but worth every penny and eventually pay for themselves in the amount of Ultra Bee Dry feed...
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    Re: Is CO2 the best way to kill a hive?

    Agree with CO2 if you can get it without major hassle and expense. Another method is to spray them with ether (starting fluid WITHOUT lubricant). This will kill the bees and leave nor residue. It...
  19. Thread: watering bees

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    Re: watering bees

    I put out the brown salt mineral block for deer and our livestock. In the course of doing this I have noted that the deer will dig a hole around the salt blocks that catches rain water. The bees...
  20. Re: Built up swarm being agressive. Should I requeen?

    I will have to differ.

    I would say continue placing brood boxes on this hive and let it build. It has been my experience, that eventually they calm down a little. I have some very calm and...
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    Re: Hive shrinking instead of growing?

    Once you graft in another frame of brood, take a look at the other frames. Do any of them have any pollen stored up in them? In my area, there is plenty of rain so the nectar flow continues on but...
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    Re: better way wax melter

    I think a link or picture is missing so I have no idea what wax melter is being discussed. I have one of these and love it:

    http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com/Wax-Master-Melter/productinfo/241/...
  23. Re: Detection of Illicit Drugs by Trained Honeybees (Apis mellifera)

    I can think of no better way to get the public to take on a hostile and negative attitude towards honey bees. Human nature being what it is, how long do you think it would take before drug dealers...
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    Re: New Nuc dead with 4 days

    Just my 2 cents worth. The SHB's are mearly the clean up crew after the fact. If you started with reasonably healthy and active bees, something went wrong. I currently have 9 nucs that I am trying...
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    Re: Southerners: 1 or 2 deeps for winter?

    I run 3 deeps. During the Winter, the bees will move up into the second deep to over Winter. The third and uppermost deep the bees fill with honey. Early each Spring I go through my hives to find...
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