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  1. Re: help please - bees making honey too fast!

    Possibly, let us know how things are when you return. Is there still a good flow going? They could start back-filling the brood boxes.

    You will most likely be fine, though.

    Ed
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    Re: I guess I'm lucky right now.....

    Beekeeping is local. I figure you get lots of snow in your area? You might want to look at providing a top entrance. I don't know anything about "wrapping" hives for the winter but some northern...
  3. Re: Long black pointy fly preying on a honeybee. What insect could that have been?

    Robber flies are cool bugs. Excellent hunters. They get a few honeybees but get all kinds of other insects, too. I have a path mowed through the briar patch leading to my beeyard...they use it as...
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    Re: The bear strikes again

    I've never heard of that, Michael. Interesting.

    Ed
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    Re: The bear strikes again

    Corporate farms are there to feed the masses now because of the rednecks that struggled and figured out how to make a crop and sometimes a living out of the land. Yes, the country has a lot to thank...
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    Re: Trapout Base of Oak Tree

    Steveo, looks like you and the bees are making progress with the trapout. Nice, neat setup. :thumbsup:

    Ed
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    Re: Frame spacer

    Michael, with the fatter, heavier combs that come from having 7-frames in a super is there added precautions that need to be taken during extraction? Is it simply a case of starting the extractor...
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    Re: How to recover a hive

    It is definitely doable. You will have to have the capability of SAFELY opening the tree up...you may possibly need a chainsaw, axe, mauls, splitting wedges, etc.,. The individual combs could have...
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    Re: Wichita Falls, TX bee attack...

    I'm glad to hear that he's doing good today.

    Ed
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    Re: Cleaning Bee Suits & Veils....

    Sounds like a good technique, HB, I might try that on the next cleaning. And I like Oxyclean, too.

    Ed
  11. Re: 2 small extractors instead of 1 big one?

    Yeah, if the 3100 held two more frames radially with all of them evenly spaced out I would already have one sitting in my shop, possibly even if the the current 6/2-framer's six radial slots were...
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    Re: Wichita Falls, TX bee attack...

    Maybe they had time to get better details about the incident and updated the information regarding number of stings....or maybe they're sensationalizing the story (never heard for the media doing...
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    Wichita Falls, TX bee attack...

    http://www.khou.com/news/texas-news/Wichita-Falls-man-stung-1000-times-by-bees-268594782.html
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    Re: Cleaning Bee Suits & Veils....

    I've got a GB jacket and what I've done is handwash the veil with Woolite (or some other "handwash" detergent). I let it soak for a long while and did two "wash cycles" on it and then rinses really...
  15. Re: Bottom board conversion - screened to solid?

    Remember that bottom boards are easy to make from sheet goods...a square of sheet and three rim pieces. You can probably make 10 bottom boards from sheet of AdvanTech OSB ($27 here, known for it's...
  16. Re: 2 small extractors instead of 1 big one?

    Thanks for a good, honest post, David...one of the best that I've seen for a hands-on review of the 3100.

    Ed
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    Re: Honey is almost 22%

    Very true. Of course, if you figure the time those videos were made there are lots of things that doesn't apply now...watch the ones where he's making up his antibiotic patties that "you have to...
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    Re: Honey is almost 22%

    Yelp, I watched several of his videos when i first got started...then listened to him last year at our state meeting...he's aged a bit. ;)
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    Re: What size opening for beetle trap?

    A 5/32" hole works...it is just about the diagonal distance from corner to corner of a square of #8 hardware cloth. Slits can be 1/8" or even smaller as long as they have sufficient length. ISOT...
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    Re: Honey is almost 22%

    <chuckle> A very young Keith Delaplane.
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    Re: Hive placement

    I don't know if it will matter but you might try lining them up in a staggered fashion so as to give the bees in the rear hives somewhat of a clear flightpath in front of the hives...

    Ed
  22. Re: Hole Saw Sizes for bee escape and feeders

    I use a 2-3/4" hole saw for regular size mason lids but I screen over the holes and place the jar on top of the inner cover rather than down into the hole. I'd measure the wide mouth lids that you...
  23. Re: Bottom board conversion - screened to solid?

    Jackam, have you used screened bottom boards previously? If not, it might be a chance to compare them with solids. I know your climate is *very* different from mine, but a 15% drop in mites could...
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    Re: OTS Queen Rearing - book review?

    Where did you see that book located? Is it written by Mel, himself? I thought that Mel's technique was pretty well documented online as garusher mentioned.

    Ed
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    Re: Hive placement

    Like Jackam mentioned, lots of examples in that thread.

    How many hives are you talking about? I've seen large apiaries with hives lined up several (many) rows deep. I would anticipate a good bit...
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