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    Re: Help!- Bee Mystery

    Set the supers on the hive when done extracting and let them get cleaned up before storing and treating in the future. Or go to a treatment method that does not harm bees.

    If there is a large...
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    Re: smoker fuel

    Pine needs get my thumbs up, can do 2 or 3 hives then have to reload. Just used it with some small wood shavings added in and it works even better.
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    Re: Snake Repellent

    Reminds me of a professor I knew that tested bug zappers. No impact to the mosquito population. The company that sold them then packaged them in boxes with something like "Scientifically tested with...
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    Re: Lost half my hives today

    Glad you friend's house survived and both of you. Dangerous dance using a water hose against a flame front from a wall of cedars. Smart thinking with the garden hose. Maybe the fire guys saw ya'll...
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    Re: Coates Nuc question

    I made some nucs with the blue board foam from Lowe's, then read about the same issues. So they are just sitting there waiting.

    Great minds think in similar channels they say, hope that doesn't...
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    Re: Hive Top Feeder

    Minwax Spar Urethane is normally at Lowe's I know and I have seen it at a Home Depot. But we are on the coast. Tough stuff. Resists serious radiant heat from a fire fairly well when cured.
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    Re: Hive caddy

    Since I overthink everything I have to ask. Are you just heating it up enough to get the leftovers out the pail or you burning the left overs out of the pail?

    If number 2 I know a few of my...
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    Re: Robber prevention idea on nucs

    Ok, I may just build in a permanent robber screen set up on these. Then I don't have to worry about it.

    Thanks
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    One of the locals that does bee removal for free talks about a buried hive. It was in a pile of rock mixed with dirt that was several dump truck loads.

    He did it and said it was the hardest work...
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    Robber prevention idea on nucs

    Will this work for discouraging robber bees?

    So I am making some nucs for splits and such. Will be using migratory lids.

    The lids have a 1/4 spacer around the edge to give the bees some room...
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    Re: What is going on with this nuc

    Oldtimer - It had good numbers of eggs and brood just three weeks ago. But the queen cells appeared to have been opened at end. I was thinking that the queens emerged.

    I am thinking I will add...
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    What is going on with this nuc

    One of my overwintered nucs. Good numbers of bees, booming. Was two frames high, added a third nuc box with frame and combs last week of February. They were building numbers fast with a little...
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    Re: Cell Builder

    Ok, Step #1, make sure the frame of capped brood comb has no hidden eggs or larvae.

    Started move frames around to add another frame of capped and almost capped larvae. Yikes there is 5 queen...
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    Re: Wood Pellets for smoker fuel?

    Never thought of pine cones, how well do they work. Love pine needles.

    Dead/dried Bahia grass stinks to high heaven, yikes it is bad IMO. But got plenty cause the guy who only this place...
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    Re: Cell Builder

    LOL - 0 for 9 second time at bat. Think I will wait until more of a flow starts before trying again. But then I may not.
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    Nuc Entrance Size

    Would a top entrance size of 3/8" by 1 inch be too small for a nuc? This would be a 5 frame medium. These will be placed within 25 feet of several full size hives.

    Wondering about traffic as it...
  17. Re: SE TX meeting - tonight Mon March 9

    Post the notice the day before if feasible.

    I keep forgetting, plus I got boy scouts on Monday nights.
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    Re: Bad Beekeeper

    With that hive and two packages coming, you will have plenty to learn with. Lots of folks here like Oldtimer and others that have tons of advice. Most of it still passing over my head, but starting...
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    Re: nucs - winter feed usage

    Adrian - Nice, appreciate the effort writing it up and sharing. So we need to make sure there is minimum of 25 pounds of stores in the hive come winter as a rule of thumb.

    I may have to try that...
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    Re: Early swarming vs honey harvesting

    Sultan - I see the cans under the hive stand legs. Is that diesel to keep ants, spiders, and scorpions out?

    Good luck with the splitting. Wish I knew enough to give some helpful advice.
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    Re: Cell Builder

    0 for 3 on first attempt. Think it was more the grafting than the acceptance.

    Spent yesterday painting instead of grafting :rolleyes: but have enough finished that those gals can make 3 or 4...
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    Re: Supplementing a package install

    Total green newbie here, but I would add a frame of capped brood if I had one plus a frame of empty cells to get that queen laying. Or a frame of capped bees with part of the frame already having...
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    Re: Top bar length

    Instead of a sausage press or fruit press try this route. Go to Lowes and buy two of the plastic food grade buckets. Then buy a bag type paint strainer for a 5 gallon bucket. Cut the lower 1/3 out...
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    Re: Runny Bees

    I have messed with lots of mad critters, and some of them were wild animals with serious potential to hurt someone. Got introduced to working bees, first time to help with a cut out, they were...
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    Re: 3D printed beekeeping tools

    So if someone has a 3D printer and a design downloaded from Thingiverse, they could print up one of those item?

    Is that correct?

    If so, WOW. If not, still the ideas are neat as heck.
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