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    Re: using all meduim frames

    When we started to go more towards mediums, I cut off a large number of deep frames on the table saw. That includes Pierco and various drawn plastic and even drawn wooden frames. Used all of the...
  2. Thread: hi from wisconsin

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    Re: hi from wisconsin

    Welcome Gary!

    You are welcome also to head up here (2 hours) in the spring and you can actually work some bees. And the northern beekeepers here on Beesource are a wonderful resource. Read...
  3. Thread: Wax Spraying

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    Re: Wax Spraying

    The lazy method works too, and the bees draw the plastic just as nicely...

    Take big wads of soft warm wax and just crayon it on by hand. Make sure you hit the corners and edges well. This won't...
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    Re: tips on mixing 2:1 sugar water

    Oh, Dearies...

    The confusion I believe is that some are thinking volumes and weights are the same. We all know that a 16 ounce container doesn't weigh 16 ounces with honey in it. And dry sugar...
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    Re: tips on mixing 2:1 sugar water

    To make up about a gallon (128oz) of 2:1 solution:
    6.5 lbs sugar/6.5 cups (8oz) water

    To make up a gallon (128oz) of 1:1 solution:
    4.5 lbs sugar/4.5 pints (16oz) water



    Notes...
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    Re: tips on mixing 2:1 sugar water

    I've used most techniques, but the easiest is this for smaller quantities...

    10lbs sugar/5-6pints water
    5lbs sugar/2 1/2-3pints water

    1. In a large stockpot bring your water to a boil.
    ...
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    Re: Check out this photo of a hive I have to pick up

    And then there's "hive mind", I doubt which means the mind of a box......


    Another Lu'avull native here. Started bkeeping in Ten Broeck 30+ years ago.

    mabe
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    Re: Honey Glow Farm, Owen,Wi.

    John and Sheri rock! Their nukes are always incredible. As is their service.

    Mabe

    Here's a link to a previous comment...
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=213920&highlight=mabe
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    Re: High swarm retrieval secrets?

    I had a swarm last month in a Jack Pine about 30 feet up. Hosed the cluster down and they dropped in clumps to the ground. Within half an hour they had dried off, recovered, and walked into the box...
  10. Thread: Garlic

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    A few others that bees love are garlic chives,...

    A few others that bees love are garlic chives, nodding pink onion, and society garlic. You'll get bigger patches each year and they are all lovely in flower gardens as well as the kitchen garden. ...
  11. Thread: Agastache

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    Agastache

    Howdy Dragonfly,

    It could be that in your climate you aren't getting enough natural stratification from winter temps? Cold temps for a period of time break the seed's dormancy. Agastache does...
  12. Thread: Agastache

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    Agastache

    Most of our agastache (hyssop) is ripening it's seed right now so it's a good time to shake the blooms if you want more plants. You can tell if the seed is ready by tipping a bloom into the palm of...
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    Although my 9-18 extractor is modified for the...

    Although my 9-18 extractor is modified for the Pierco mediums, I occaisionally still have a frame that won't stay in the ring. I just keep a box of small rubber bands handy and snap one in if...
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    Target.com has a nice selection at reasonable...

    Target.com has a nice selection at reasonable prices. We used many of the $300 10'x10' portables for years.

    Farmtek.com has a great selection of larger sizes. Our newest is a 20'x48' gothic...
  15. Thread: fogging with fgmo

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    It seems that different things work for different...

    It seems that different things work for different people and the variables of climate and method probably play a big part.

    That said, we fog with FGMO once in a while and use the oxalic acid fog...
  16. Thread: Stings?

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    Another BeeTox Cosmetic treatment

    Gosh darn it! You'd think that when they sting me on the face they could aim for the BIG wrinkles. This week I'm enjoying no wrinkles on one side of my forhead!!!

    But seriously... two stings...
  17. A few remedies come to mind... 1. A product...

    A few remedies come to mind...

    1. A product called "Rust Converter" is available at the big DIY stores that you brush on and it chemically alters the rust to a sandable, paintable surface. The...
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    You might want to order them unnassembled, then...

    You might want to order them unnassembled, then hotglue the seams and brush the entire exterior with melted paraffin. That's what I did with the crappy (can I say that?) BM ones and they hold up...
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    Geez Louise, Where we are located we need as...

    Geez Louise,

    Where we are located we need as much ventilation in summer as possible. Hard to believe global warming has reached Wisconsin, but it has.

    We drill holes in our brood boxes that...
  20. Thread: Bee Vaccinations?

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    Mr. Pender, I went back and looked at many of...

    Mr. Pender,

    I went back and looked at many of your previous posts to see why you reacted the way you did to posts that were not in any way negative towards you. It appears that you are having...
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    After you've gotten all the wax possible out of...

    After you've gotten all the wax possible out of it, you could compost it or vermicompost it. We also give the worms or compost pile the deadout bees. Just another sustainable beekeeping practice. ...
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    We use those big black plastic pans that go in...

    We use those big black plastic pans that go in dog kennels/crates. You can buy them separately and they're pretty cheap when on sale. I have about a dozen in several sizes and they're useful all...
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    How is the box constructed? Is it shipped flat? ...

    How is the box constructed? Is it shipped flat? You mentioned a cover...can you describe? How thick is the box material itself?

    Thanks,
    Mabe
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    Hi Barry, Apologies... you know how we all...

    Hi Barry,

    Apologies... you know how we all tend to go off on tangents! And then there are those of us with ADD. Oh look, there's a squirrel....

    Besides having pigs, about 1/3 of our land is...
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    "Honey Glazed" and "Sassy" are our vietnamese pot...

    "Honey Glazed" and "Sassy" are our vietnamese pot bellied pigs. Both rescues, very rotund adults...150 pounds+ each. Same as Jim, fence (solar electric), no problems with bees which are close. We...
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