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  1. Thread: Smoker Fuel

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    Smoker Fuel

    I know this has been discussed many times before, but I just began using a different method, and maybe someone else may like to give it a try. I am currently using one of the Charcoal starters...
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    Honey, Dehydrating Supers

    This has been a damp year here, and usually I have extracted some by now. I have checked my capped honey and the moisture content is running a little over 19%, just above where I would extract. So...
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    I just dont see it myself? But I just hobby...

    I just dont see it myself? But I just hobby around with it. A 10 frame box seems to usually have the 2 outer frames barely tended and sometimes are run with fewer than 10 frames anyway so the wax...
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    I gave up on my small smoker that is the general...

    I gave up on my small smoker that is the general entry level thing that some folks end up getting. Get that bigest smoker from Dadant and use pine straw (long pine needles) just go where they fell...
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    Hey, so that's the model of table saw I have. I...

    Hey, so that's the model of table saw I have. I bought it as a teenager into woodworking from an auction. I was looking for a sturdy one back at that time. Got it for $175, with a good stand...
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    I have had good results with the "New Style"...

    I have had good results with the "New Style" division board feeder from Betterbee, with the floats in it. I fill it with a long funnel, trimmed off a bit. The bees are not drowning in these. I...
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    Thanks for the suggestions/info...

    Thanks for the suggestions/info...
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    I have a hive that I requeened some time ago and...

    I have a hive that I requeened some time ago and marked and clipped the queen and I dont think the hive accepted her, but if they did I wondered if she was mated when I got her after her not laying...
  9. Thread: Honey Rescue

    by divebee
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    Is there hope? I think I made a big mistake. My...

    Is there hope? I think I made a big mistake. My best hive producing honey, had multiple supers with a good store of honey, but checking moisture content it was a bit high to extract and some of it...
  10. Thread: Queen Rearing

    by divebee
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    Thanks for the replys... Looking at the little...

    Thanks for the replys... Looking at the little larva it looks like you all are right, I think the critters got detached from the food source and died.
  11. Thread: Queen Rearing

    by divebee
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    I am using one of the queen cages to confine the...

    I am using one of the queen cages to confine the queen and have her to lay in the cell cups. I have left this in with the breeder queen for several days, and after a couple days initially, she began...
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    I came up with this some time back for 1:1 syrup,...

    I came up with this some time back for 1:1 syrup, using equal weights of water and sugar. 1 gallon of water weighs 8.333 pounds, which you can use in consideration of the weight of sugar your using. ...
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    Early last year I ordered a package of bees. The...

    Early last year I ordered a package of bees. The supplier had "insured them". Due to a number of mixups it arrived late with 2/3 of the package of bees dead. I contacted the supplier, and they said...
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    I have read warnings about using the supermarket...

    I have read warnings about using the supermarket powder sugar, but then others said it's ok. So I tried it once and my queen ate some of it and died an hour or so later. I'm not sure if it was the...
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    OK, not long ago I was fumbling around with...

    OK, not long ago I was fumbling around with expensive queens and trying to get her under a push in cage. Really not that difficult. If she's in a 3 hole cage already. Just pick your frame your going...
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    Lets see: 1. A uncapping knife may not reach the...

    Lets see: 1. A uncapping knife may not reach the cappings unless you run a 9 frame super where the wax is drawn out further. 2. The uncapping knife does not likely have replacable heating elements...
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    I had a dome top smoker of medium size and often...

    I had a dome top smoker of medium size and often had to open the lid to get it going again. Then I bought one of the big smokers from Dadant, this one works great and stays lit. I use Pine straw with...
  18. Thread: Uncapped Honey

    by divebee
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    I checked some of my honey supers and checked...

    I checked some of my honey supers and checked moisture content of the uncapped honey on several frames, and many frames were below 18% moisture. So I thought why cant I extract it? Is there any...
  19. I've heard robbing bees also show a dip in their...

    I've heard robbing bees also show a dip in their flight path as they take off, from the heavy load their carrying. As opposed to general flight of hive bees taking straight off to their intended path...
  20. Thread: war bees

    by divebee
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    Did you place a feeder or are there honey frames...

    Did you place a feeder or are there honey frames in that hive? Another hive appears to be trying to enter your hive to probably gather sugar/syrup/nectar or whatever, for food. This Robbing can...
  21. Thread: Honey Curing

    by divebee
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    I have been into a few hives every week and see...

    I have been into a few hives every week and see no progress in how much capped honey there is. There are full frames of honey about 50% capped and I am waiting for 80% capped, I suppose before...
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    Well, I like to keep track of 1. Do I find...

    Well, I like to keep track of
    1. Do I find eggs in the hive.
    2. Did I see the marked queen.
    3. Does the brood and honey,pollen look good.
    4. When was the hive last requeened, and the...
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    Poll: I've got one of the big zero turn radius riders...

    I've got one of the big zero turn radius riders too... As for beekeeping use.. It gets the yard work done so fast, there's more time to spend on the bees.
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    The bees may be detecting the fear odor and...

    The bees may be detecting the fear odor and targeting it because if you fear them why have you not left, then you must be up to no good to be hanging around. Maybe they give the fearful a short...
  25. I noticed some of the same as some of the others...

    I noticed some of the same as some of the others have mentioned. Seems the bee can occasionally give light stings and if the barb doesnt catch they can keep doing this. Im not so sure some of them...
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