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    Re: diy robbing screen plans

    I don't remember where I found this, but it is the one I use:



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    HTH

    Rusty
  2. Re: thoughts on freeman bottom boards?

    I use an IPM bottom board that is completely enclosed but has a screened board above a deep oil pan. My bees do not fall in the oil. Nor do they cluster under the hive. I use robber screens on my...
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    Re: Newbie Honey question...

    You're joking right? I've lived in Jersey and that's not a phrase I would use to describe your winters. I take it you've never visited oh, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, or the Dakotas during the...
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    Re: Bees Hate men?

    Aftershave? Deodorant? Flavored shampoo? Hand cream?

    I never used to use gloves but then I got psoriasis and had to used medicated creams. Now if I don't use gloves, they will sting the...
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    Re: Lost my 1st hive to something?

    If you can use a hammer and saw--and can measure accurately--you can make your own. There are free plans on my site. Just click on the link for the IPM Bottom Board.

    HTH

    Rusty
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    Re: Loosing queens

    I don't know how experienced you are, but it is very easy to roll a queen during an inspection and that's how lots of newcomers accidentally kill their queens. If there is any chance that's what is...
  7. Re: How many boxes do you winter your bees in ?

    Deep South--7B Alabama--here. I winter in double deeps with a sugar block on top. I do not wrap. I do try to remember to put mouse guards on and take the oil out of the pans, but otherwise, I don't...
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    Re: Hive Entrance Facing Direction

    Personally I face mine so that the bees will not collide with people or horses on their way in and out. About the only direction I try to avoid is due North, as I have a wicked winter breeze from...
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    Re: Requeening question

    Down here in the South, the sbb and DE sound like a good way to go!

    JMO

    Rusty
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    Re: Re-Queen or not?

    If you like the bees (ie they are good to handle and make plenty of honey) then I'd let them requeen themselves. If you don't like them and want to upgrade (to VSH for example) now would be the time...
  11. Re: Is feeding pollen patties still organic beekeeping?

    Use 1:1 to build comb. Use refined white sugar, not organic sugar. (organic sugar has too many solids that are not good for them.) Up the concentration to 2:1 or 5:3 to build up winter stores.
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  12. Re: Is feeding pollen patties still organic beekeeping?

    I have never understood how people can market their honey as "organic" when the bees forage for a 2 mile radius or better! How can you know that absolutely NO ONE inside that 2 mile radius has...
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    Re: Can't find mites in my hive

    Last year I went an entire season with monthly sugar shakes and zero mites. Just for the heck of it on Thanksgiving Day I did an OAD and the mite fall was staggering--for me at least. So now I...
  14. Re: Looking for commercial experience

    It doesn't sound like you're really qualified for a job yet. Maybe what you need is an apprenticeship with a commercial beek acting as your teacher/mentor. Talk to Don (The FatBeeMan)...
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    Re: Buildin Stuff

    Late December and early January.


    Rusty
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    Re: Buildin Stuff

    I am power equipment impaired!!! Nonetheless I build all my own stuff. I use a hand saw (yeah, you read that right), a hammer, nails, a carpenter's square, and lots of glue. The ONLY power tool I...
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    Re: When walk away splits fail

    I'm no expert on splits but I do this a little differently than you did. When I split I make note of which hive got the queen. Then I wait 7-10 days and go back into the queenless one and check for...
  18. Re: Carniolan Bees for sale near south central ky

    I've heard that Russians are pips about requeening, but my Italians have always been good about it as long as I go slow and let them get familiar with the new queen before she is released. Right now...
  19. Re: Are my hives aggressive enough for intervention?

    I cannot answer your questions, just ask one of my own...Have you tried cleaning your gloves and your suit? Sometimes the pheromones just don't go away. I've never used much in the way of...
  20. Re: Carniolan Bees for sale near south central ky

    Just a thought if you cannot find a source for bees: Since you say this is an experiment, you can make a nuc or 2 from your Italians and give them each a good Carny queen for less cash than buying...
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    Re: Hive bettle trap...epic fail?

    I'm in Alabama, too, and I keep my hives on IMP bottom boards to avoid just this kind of problem. Yes, SHB can get out of hand here if you do not keep on them. I keep my hives in full sun and there...
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    Re: SHB Larva

    I'm further south of you in Alabama and I cannot use patties in the warm months at all. They are SHB magnets. If I need to feed, I whip MegaBee or UltraBee into my sugar syrup and feed it as a...
  23. Re: Bees leaving gaps in 'old' plastic foundation

    This has been my experience, especially with Duragilt.

    Rusty
  24. Re: Bees leaving gaps in 'old' plastic foundation

    What kind of foundation? Some, like Duragilt, if it's down to the smooth plastic, the bees will not redraw those spots into comb.

    Rusty
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    Re: What to do with the deeps?

    I do not extract those 2 deeps. They belong to the bees. And if you feed 1:1 at any time during the year the "honey" in them is not really honey. I extract from my supers and when the supers go...
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