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    Re: How long do most neew beekeepers keep at it?

    Well I'll be 52 this year and been at it since I was 7. Got into it when an old fella gave me 5 hives, a veil and a pair of gloves. Dad bought me a smoker and it was "on"!

    Seems most that do get...
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    Re: Keeping hive beetles out of pulled supers

    I like to extract the same day I pull supers. Avoids the beetles and the honey is still warm and very workable.

    I do like to freeze the frames after the bees clean them up and then spray with BT...
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    Re: Extractor motor wanted

    The motor that is on mine is a Baldor which is a DC they now have a green colored one which is AC

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=19345&stc=1
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    Re: Extractor motor wanted

    DC I bought mine with a factory motor already installed. I was just saying that I have the same extractor as yours and could send you some pics of the factory set up. It has a split coupling that...
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    Re: Extractor motor wanted

    I have the 9 frame extractor from Brushy and if you need some close up pics of the set up just pm me and I will take a few.
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    Re: Extractor motor wanted

    Look on craigs list and find a working treadmill that somebody is giving away.
    The motor and speed control will all be there. Most will be a continuous duty DC motor, they are heavy duty.
    The speed...
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    Re: locust and poplar bloom

    East TN here,
    blackberries are full tilt blooming
    black locust just starting the last two or three days
    popular still not ready yet
    clovers are going strong also.
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    Re: Soffit Trap-Out

    Cut outs are always the better way to remove bees. That way you know you have them for sure and can seal up the entrance holes. You were asking questions about a trap out and I gave you some answers....
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    Re: Soffit Trap-Out

    Pics would be nice to see, they can really help us to see what you are working with.

    There are several options you can do and you pretty much hit on all of them.

    A tube to the bait hive, look...
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    Re: Foundation pics

    They will be fine. The bees will fill in the gaps and holes for the most part. They might pull some drone comb in some of the open spots if they are in the mood for drones.

    Not too far away from...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    4-30-15 first swarm in Knoxville, TN

    about a five pounder in a bush about a foot off the ground.
  12. Re: Since 1980 this is the worst April Non-flow I have every seen...

    I'm in west Knoxville and mine started out very slow also. Pulled out 4 - five gallon buckets of cut out combs and they were having a feast on it, they have really slowed down on robbing the honey...
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    Re: Mating Nuc Questions

    That is the beauty of putting two of the minis together end to end, you can slip it into the brood nest for them to start drawing out comb.
    I had to pretty much convince myself this was a year long...
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    Re: Mating Nuc Questions

    The mini frames I put the "cut out" comb in, I would scrape the cells off down to the "spine" of the comb. I use wedge type frames and put this "spine" under the wedge and tack in place. A couple of...
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    Re: Mating Nuc Questions

    I was taking drawn comb from cut outs and attaching them to the mini frames, and also putting two of the mini frames together (with cut down foundation) and sticking them into a regular hive for them...
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    Re: Odd looking structures on bottom board

    Sounds like propolis, they will build these on the bottom boards to use as ladders to make it easier to climb onto the bottoms of the frames.
  17. Re: Bees hanging out on the porch during the day?

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    Bearding, there are two deeps on the bottom, you can not even see one of them.
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    Re: Is this the queen?

    I do see capped worker brood in the pic, so there was a fertile queen in there at least 9 days ago.
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    Re: Is this the queen?

    That does not look like the queen, a worker putting pollen into a cell (scraping it off of her legs).
  20. Re: First cut-out: some things went well, and others did not

    You all are more than welcome. I just do not think there is a better vac design.
    All of the credit goes to Rob at Bushkill Bee Blog for the creation of it.

    The ones made out of five gallon...
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    Here is what I made. The only upgrade would be to use a propolis trap instead of the no. 8 hardware cloth in the shim. I personally do not use the shim because of rolling he bees that are holding...
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    Put foam weather stripping on the box edges, this will make a good seal and keep them from sliding around.

    Dump the 30' pool hose, use a 2 1/2" shop vac hose in the shortest length possible (you...
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    Re: Cut out Question

    On the cut out shim, instead of using number 8 wire (which is flimsy and can fall out of the frame) use a propolis trap, it is more ridgid and thin.



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=922gkjV3iqA
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    Re: Cut out Question

    A robo style bee vac is still the way to go. Bees are already in a hive with frames of foundation/comb and there is no shaking or spraying with syrup.
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    Re: Cone trap out bees getting back in

    If the customer is having a hard time believing what is in the walls, show them some you tube video of some cut outs. Most times they are just thinking a hand full of bees like a wasper nest and a...
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