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    Re: bees on hummingbird feeders

    The same thing happened to us last year. The humming bird feeders had hundreds of hungry bee's all over them. I checked the hive and the honey stores were gone. The bee's were also getting mean. I...
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    Re: Installed my first package today

    When I installed my hive it went fairly smooth. Although about 1/4 of the bees were still in the box and couldn't find their way out until I turned the box with the opening facing up.
    The full suit...
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    Re: Installed my first package today

    With the queen cage in your hive the bees should go to her. I would put the package the the bees came in near the entrance of the hive with the exit opening facing up.
    Good Luck.

    Rubber...
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    Re: Installed my first package today

    Bee suit.? I have had my hive one year this April. I didn't always suit up when looking into the hive. Most times it was OK, some times I wished I had my bee suit on.
    If I'm going into the hive I...
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    Re: 5 gal bucket bee vac

    I cut another hole with a sliding cover to regulate the suction. With the inlet on the bucket head. / Hose inlet. and the additional hole in the bucket. The suction at the hose is low. I made two...
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    Re: 5 gal bucket bee vac

    I made this a few months ago. Have not had a chance to use it yet. I also made a second insert/cage.
    http://i988.photobucket.com/albums/af1/J-Rat/P1040276_zpsf15e1h9v.jpg...
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    Re: What sliding compound miter saw should I buy?

    I like dewalt power tools. I have the DW712, It's a 8 1/2" sliding compound miter saw. I also have the DWE7840 portable table saw. These tools make woodworking fun.
  8. Thread: Hive caddy

    by J-Rat
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    Re: Hive caddy

    I think you may be right. A friend of mine called today to see if I would like to help remove a bee hive from a tree house. After loading up my truck with everything that we may need, I see the caddy...
  9. Thread: Hive caddy

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    Hive caddy

    I harvested three bars of honey from my top bar hive last Friday. After doing so, I realized that I needed a way to better
    organize my bee equipment. And a way to secure the torch that I light the...
  10. Thread: Bee vacum

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    Re: Bee vacum

    I'm retired now. But after 33 years as an outside tech for the phone co. I realized early on that there is more than one way to get the job done. The end result is the same.
    I built the inner...
  11. Thread: Bee vacum

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    Re: Bee vacum

    I bought the hose and tapered ends at a vacuum cleaner / sewing machine repair store. The tapered ends fit real tight in the wooden box....
  12. Thread: Bee vacum

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    Re: Bee vacum

    I left the inlet port on the buckethead open. With two intake vacuum holes the suction is reduced quite a bit.
    I might drill another hole in the bucket and cover it with a sliding cover, so that I...
  13. Thread: Bee vacum

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    Bee vacum

    I made this yesterday. The vac. , bucket and hose = $ 45.00. The screened box was made from scrap that I had. The bottom
    comes off....
  14. Thread: New Beek in PA

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    Re: New Beek in PA

    Thanks. It was fun to build and I really enjoy bee keeping. I'm hoping to catch a swarm this spring as I built a lang. hive.
  15. Thread: New Beek in PA

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    Re: New Beek in PA

    When I built my TBH last year I didn't have a table saw to rip the bars to 1 1/4 either.( I have since purchased one.) I used 1 1/2 x 3/4 x 17 top bars with a triangle starter strip. My hive is doing...
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    Re: New to site...1st ?

    Your hive looks great. I used 1 x 4 douglas fir for the hive legs and it's just fine.
    http://i988.photobucket.com/albums/af1/J-Rat/P1030333.jpg...
  17. Thread: top bar feeder

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    Re: top bar feeder

    Thank You. It was a fun project. After watching many u-tubes on hive construction, it was easy to build.
    I found a bee group in the small town that I live in. They answered lot's of questions and...
  18. Thread: top bar feeder

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    Re: top bar feeder

    After working the hive, lots of bee's are in the lid and on top of the bars. I close the lid on the block leaving a gap for the bee's to escape back into the hive.
    The bar with the holes is...
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    Re: top bar feeder

    It goes inside the hive at the rear. By having the feeder on the other side of the follower board, It makes changing the feeder easy.
    http://i988.photobucket.com/albums/af1/J-Rat/P1030336.jpg
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    Re: top bar feeder

    I made this one,it has worked very well.
    http://i988.photobucket.com/albums/af1/J-Rat/P1030320.jpg
    I cut a hole in the follower board to match the feeder.#8 hard cloth was bent up to meet the mason...
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    Re: Hive construction question

    Pick the wood that you like. I used pine. It's only the first year and it's holding up well.
    You stated that you have the skills and tools to build what you want. I watched a u-tube
    at ...
  22. Thread: TBH Build

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    Re: TBH Build

    I will agree about the thinner bars. If I had a table saw when I built my TBH I would have ripped the bars down. When I do a check on all of the bars I seem to smash a few bees when closing up the...
  23. Re: Please help me with the final setup of my first TBH

    Your ant guards look like they will work. good job. I had ant trouble. My hive is under an oak tree that was full of ants.
    I put boric acid around the base of the tree. and put diatomacous earth...
  24. Re: Please help me with the final setup of my first TBH

    Because I have a bunch of wood working tools. And I'm not afraid to see what I can build. LOL Just kidding. I like to build things.
  25. Re: Please help me with the final setup of my first TBH

    That looks really good. Let us know how it works.( with pics.)
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