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  1. Re: Electrical help: Using car battery charger as power supply for OAV.

    If you know someone with some electrical/electronic knowledge, they can direct you to buying a 12v transformer. Transformers are cheap and the vaporizer doesn't care if it sees DC or the AC from a...
  2. Thread: Top insulation?

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    Re: Top insulation?

    Even a small opening will provide ventilation; a piece of foam insulation covering the top to the hive, inside or outside, will be a great help in maintaining the heat of the hive. My hives have a...
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    Re: Smoker Frustration!

    Walter Kelley smoker here for no particular reason. It's been working fine for years but I'm only working three hives.
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    Re: How to leave more honey for the Winter?

    sqkcrk has some good points- remove the top two supers for extraction, and probably the bottom medium. If you can get a mirror under the bottom medium, you will probably see that there are no bees...
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    Re: My head is spinning

    You would probably be better off starting with foundation- maybe a 10-pack of of sheets for your deeps and another 20 for your supers. This way the bees get off to a nice start. Every other frame...
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    Re: Neighbor complaint

    I can only suggest that if the bees are enjoying the neighbors sugar water, perhaps you should be feeding sugar water (or honey) to your hives from inside the hive or a closer feeder point. As...
  7. Thread: Wax Moths

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    Re: Wax Moths

    Any good garden center carries BT. I've used it directly on bee-covered frames and on frames stored for the winter in my attic. it's harmless stuff except to moths.
  8. Thread: sad day

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    Re: sad day

    I managed to over-winter a weak 8 frame deep by surrounding it with 1' rigid foam insulation and a hive heater (Ebay #380944580269). The heater was taped to the inside of the bottom board and powered...
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    Re: Combining Hives Sets Off WWIII

    Was there any brood at all in the weaker hive?? Even just a few cells?
  10. Thread: 2-1 Sugar Syrup

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    Re: 2-1 Sugar Syrup

    Is it REALLY that important to get the mixture exact? I doubt the bees care as long as they can take it in. I simply put ballpark amounts of sugar and hot water into a bucket, stir, let settle,...
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    Re: Drowning bees in top feeder

    I use a 1/8" thick sheet of packing foam cut to the size of the syrup dish, and with many open cut-out slits. The bees feed through the slits and the foam sheet always floats on top of the syrup. ...
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    Re: Weak colonies died out

    There doesn't appear to be any stores or brood in your photos; there was no reason for the bees to stay around. Your country can be extremely dry and probably offer little pollen or nectar for...
  13. Re: OA vaporizer - dedicated battery or the one in the truck?

    I've been using a ham radio power supply; I need only to bring 115v to the hives and the supply does the rest. Radio Shack almost certainly has these power supplies. Another option is a plain ol'...
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    Re: Feeding with hive top feeders

    If you have an opening at the top of the hive it will greatly add to the risk of robbing.
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    Re: how many Bee's do you need?

    What kind of woodwork are you using? How many frames are filled and what are they filled with? I would expect a June 15 package start would have pretty much filled two deeps by now.
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    Re: Frames with more than 18.6% moisture

    A simple solution is to go ahead and extract the 18.6% honey; there's nothing wrong with it. It shouldn't ferment with that level of water but if you are concerned, you can put it in a plastic...
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    Goldenrod Flow to the max!

    My girls have been going nuts over the last week or so collecting what appears to be goldenrod pollen! There's al 15 acres field only 1.1 miles away and it's in full bloom; another half mile and the...
  18. Re: Pros and Cons of leaving a supper on over winter

    It's going to depend on how cold your winter is. How are you going to know that the super is empty- will you be pulling the frames out one at a time to see? Opening a hive for an extended period...
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    Re: How to clean scum off top of settled honey?

    I just wait two or three days following extracting (into a 5 gal. bucket); after that I simply tap the honey directly into jars from the gate valve on the bottom of the bucket. When the top micro...
  20. Thread: Cleaning wax?

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    Re: Cleaning wax?

    I use a cheap electric hot plate and a junk teflon coated pot along with some water. After the wax has completely melted, allow it to cool in the melting pot. The crud will be in the water and on...
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    Licked clean super

    On August 3 I did some extraction but left behind several frames that had honey and nectar but weren't ready for extraction. Today I looked into that same hive only to see that all of frames were...
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    Re: Minnesota beeks, overwintering wraps?

    Getting a bit more back on the OP's subject, black is an excellent for absorbing the heat from the sun; however most people don't realize that black is the best radiator of heat. On a cold night a...
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    Re: Does melting down old wax remove chemicals

    If your resultant wax is black, don't waste your time. Make ugly candles.
  24. Thread: first hive

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    Re: first hive

    By any chance did you place the hive in shade? Something is seriously wrong; it should be a full two-deeps with a medium honey super by now. We're missing something here.
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    Re: Minimum Number of Bees to Survive?

    It might just be worth it to sell the queen and start from scratch in the spring with a fresh package and clean foundation.
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