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    Re: Cleaning extraction "tools."

    Very warm water works for me. A brush won't hurt either.
  2. Re: Do corn fields offer much good pollen for our bees?

    I could be wrong but I thought that corn was wind pollinated. I don't think it offers much at all for bees.
  3. Re: Dadant 20 Frame Extractor- SHAKING/WOBBLING

    I built a base for my Maxant and put casters on. I "semi-locked" the wheels so that the can rotate and the unit can shimmy but it doesn't walk more than an inch or so. When the unit is empty, it's...
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    Re: Honey Settling Time

    I usually wait a day, maybe two before I bottle. As mentioned, if it's cooler it might take longer. What I sometimes do is extract on a Sunday and bottle the next weekend since my schedule is usually...
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    Re: Skunk turned bees mean

    In my experience, the solar motion detector lights have not worked for skunks near my hives. I've had better luck keeping foxes out of the coop with them. I keep my hives on stands and that seemed to...
  6. Re: Not Drawing on Plastic Foundation/Swithing to wax

    I have to go back to the earlier comment about building comb during a flow or feed. Comb is space. Space for brood, space for nectar, space for pollen, etc. If they don't need the space, they won't...
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    Re: Aluminum Screen for SBB?

    I tried window screen once when I was trying to finish up the last bottom board I was making and didn't have enough #8 to get the job done. The next spring when I was doing my first inspections the...
  8. Re: Question about Woodman Bee-Ware Bingham Smoker

    I recall reading that Woodman was purchased by Dadant sometime in the 70's so I would guess that it's that age or older.
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    Re: Xentari: BTA for treating Wax Moth

    Here is a picture of the instructions for Xentari BT. I've highlighted the area for mixing small amounts. You'll have to decide if you want a strong dose or a weak dose. I use the high end of the...
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    Re: Start with one or two hives?

    Definitely 2 as far as I'm concerned. You learn a lot when you have some contrast and it's always nice to have a donor hive if you need brood. THe time to take of a second hive isn't dramatically...
  11. Thread: Weed Whacker

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    Re: Weed Whacker

    I can usually.....maybe 99% of the time run the tractor right in front of the hives with no problem. I can NEVER weedwhack near the hives.
  12. Re: How do you store extracted comb till next season?

    I put them back on the hives above the inner cover and let the bees clean them up. Then, they get BT'd and stored up in the barn.
  13. Thread: epepen

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    Re: epepen

    My wife is retired from working in a daycare for over 20 years. The business had legally prescribed Epipens on hand in the event of a child going into shock. Twice over the years she worked there,...
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    Re: Do I need a electric uncapping knife?

    I started with a very, very old uncapping knife. It's not heated but very sharp and thin. I did a great job cutting through the cappings. As the arthritis in my thumbs got worse, I had trouble...
  15. Thread: Lightening

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    Re: Lightening

    Did it zap the mites??? We might have a new treatment method. Imagine, hives with kites and keys attached!!!
  16. Thread: Lightening

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    Re: Lightening

    Wow. Scary stuff. I had lightening strike a chain link fence post right beside me once. I'll never forget the smell after it hit. It all happened to fast for me to even get scared. Glad you and most...
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    Re: Unhappy Neighbors

    I'm not quite sure how the threat of vandalism and what the appropriate response to that would be got into this thread. The OP indicated concern over it but I don't see anywhere here that a real...
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    Re: Unhappy Neighbors

    Except for an aggressive request which wasn't preceded by an introduction, I'm not sure what else to be stunned at. They parked quite a ways off, on their own property and were wearing appropriate...
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    Re: Too late to do a split?

    Thank goodness!!!
  20. Re: Fact or Fiction: Storing supers wet prevents wax moths

    My boxes that hold super frames are rarely, if ever, affected by wax moths. My brood frames are the ones at risk. Case in point. I had a bad infestation a couple of winters ago. I run all mediums and...
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    Re: Unhappy Neighbors

    My home yard is at the end of a long stretch of property....probably 100 feet. The entrances face towards that long stretch. At the other end of the long stretch is my neighbors property and pool. My...
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    Re: Bees bearding in rain?

    Bearding in very humid and hot weather is common...rain included. I believe that in very humid weather the air is quite heavy and it's far more difficult for the bees to move it through the colony....
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    Re: recommendation for a feeder

    Welcome to Beesource! After having gone through many types of feeders (most all of which have merits and challenges of one type or another), I mostly use gallon paint pails with holes drilled in the...
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    Re: Hive bettle trap...epic fail?

    I suspect everything will be just fine. Good job going back and straightening things out!
  25. Re: can you get a partial sting? glove questions.

    Yes. I've had it happen more than a few times. Either because of movement (the bee just couldn't finish stinging due to our mutual movement), a glove or other barrier. I've been "stung" through...
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