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  1. Thread: Frame grips

    by Knisely
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    Re: Frame grips

    I'm betting that you'll get more comfortable with using it if you use it...and that if you don't use it, you'll become comfortable with using only your hands and a hand tool for frame manipulation. ...
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    Re: Simple mating nucs in a hurry!

    I see the top bars. On top of a hive cover, I'm guessing. What were the other components you used to make the compartments? I'm guessing window glass with duct tape around the edges, with some...
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    Re: Found two swarms this evening

    I think that you should use these swarms to draw out more foundation (assuming you're not running top-bar hives) so that you can do some checkerboarding next spring. And having plenty of supering...
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    Re: What are my bees doing here???

    Clyderoad's right. Circulating air within the hive. This sort of organized activity is important for keeping the brood at the right temperature and concentrating nectar into honey.

    Are there...
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    Re: 3rd deep hive body? Too late for supers?

    You can anticipate that there will be some nectar being produced locally by Linden trees (Tilia species), Sumac (Rhus species), and clover ('lawn clover'). It looked to me as though there was still...
  6. Re: Converting over to small cell foundation--

    AR Beekeeper: Thank you for sharing your experience. What you describe seems like a very realistic description of what to do and what to expect. If the bees are drawing these deep supers out but...
  7. Converting over to small cell foundation--

    I'm hoping for some explicit guidance on how I might be able to get a few hives converted to small cell foundation.

    I have been happy with my overwinter survival rates since I started using oxalic...
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    Re: Any tips for trimming comb from q-cells

    I think a hot knife might cut through the excess wax without excessive risk of injuring the queen cells you're trying to free up. I'm talking a cheap paring knife heated in a flame, not your...
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    Re: Wife's eczema cured by our bees!

    I would love to see any photographs.
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    Sticky: Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2015

    Basswood (Tilia sp) was being worked at dusk in Long Island City (zip 11101) on 6/10/15--right across from the United Nations building. Nice to see bees in the city.
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    Re: Smoker recommendations?

    If you use a good-sized nail to puncture the liner can a number of times, and also use a churchkey to poke triangular holes in the base, you can subsequently use a chopstick or something like that to...
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    Re: anise and lemongrass swarm trap lures

    There is apparently at least anecdotal field experience with anise oil.

    See page 18 for the first mention (among several in this book) of this essential oil in "Bee Hunting" (author John R....
  13. Re: new nuc not doing what it should go figure

    Perhaps add a frame of capped brood. They will emerge Soon and provide room for the queen to lay, as well as be of an age to serve as nurse bees and to draw comb.
  14. Re: My plan to a introduce virgin queens of another strain

    Eduardo: I just looked at a map, and it might be a 10 hour trip between Toulouse and the north-east corner of Portugal (by car). Do you think that long travel distance (relative to locally sourced...
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    Re: New guy from Norwich CT

    Welcome! I hope you and your daughters never shake 'the bug'.
  16. Thread: Frame wiring

    by Knisely
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    Re: Frame wiring

    A sock! :applause:

    If they had a smiley face with a little lightbulb over the head, I'd have used that one.
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    Re: internal frame feeder size

    If you get the 2 gallon size, you don't need to fill it full with 2 gallons. It gives you the option of putting 2 gallons in, or a half gallon, or...
    I've not found an issue with molding of syrup...
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    Re: New Forum member seeking advice

    In a market-based economy, many things are available for purchase if the right price can be negotiated.

    Most beekeepers are relatively emotionally attached to their workers and would prefer not...
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    Re: What to do with my wonky comb?

    The bees will take what they can--the carbohydrates. The wax and pollen are not going to be able to be recycled. Wax has a value higher than honey (as a commodity), and it can be recycled into new...
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    Re: Should I ? Or ?

    Deep.
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    Re: More Musings about Beekeeping and Coffee

    Interesting. Thank you for sharing those photographs and the information about your beekeeping activities in Central America.
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    Re: frame grip recommendations

    I use wood frames, and the 'McCord' frame grip (look up the images on line) that is sold by Kelley's, Brushy Mountain, and Nectar Bee Supply (probably others, too) is what I like to use. I have...
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    Re: Supers in CT/Northeast

    I'm in New Haven, CT, and on going through my hives this past weekend, there were only two that I thought it prudent to put a super on. There was no 'white wax' being put onto the tops of frames,...
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    Re: Best cane sugar for bees?

    It doesn't matter if it is cane sugar or beet sugar--both are sucrose. White sugar is what you should be looking for, and you should look for the best price you can get it for. If you can get your...
  25. Thread: ABJ Update

    by Knisely
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    Re: ABJ Update

    The author of the article cited has made her career not in science but in politics. At the bottom of the article, she gives her qualifications to have written this article. She has a Ph.D. in...
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