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    I am thinking of planting a number of acacia...

    I am thinking of planting a number of acacia trees for winter/spring hive build up. Here in CA, the acacia tree blooms late in the winter, about Feb. producing tons pollen (not popular to people...
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    I purchased a couple differnt mesh sizes of SS...

    I purchased a couple differnt mesh sizes of SS wire from McMaster Carr than cover the bottom of my decapping tank. The drained honey only needs the final nylon mesh sieve before bottling. Saves...
  3. Thread: How many jars

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    >order a case of 24 1 lb. jars What's a 1 lb...

    >order a case of 24 1 lb. jars

    What's a 1 lb jar? I find a pint jar holds a little of 20 oz by weight, that's 1.25 lbs. Maybe I fill my jars too full....
  4. Thread: PO Yellow Jackets

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    I was digging up a patch of ground with a backhoe...

    I was digging up a patch of ground with a backhoe and dug into a yellow jacket nest the other day. Got stung twice before I noticed the mass of bees around the hoe. Needless to say, after turning...
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    I use a drab green patterns on white boxes for...

    I use a drab green patterns on white boxes for pattern recognition and to prevent drifting. Seems to work as end colonies are no stronger than central ones (6 total in an arc).
  6. Thread: Using smoke

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    This is only my second year, but last year, I...

    This is only my second year, but last year, I started out a little fearful, full suite very time I checked the hives (which was weekly). Eventially, found the bees to be vey mellow and got down to...
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    I sell raw honey at $0.185 per wt oz. rounded to...

    I sell raw honey at $0.185 per wt oz. rounded to the nearest $0.25. If in named bottles (Mason, ect) I add $0.75 as a "jar charge." If the jars are returned, then no jar charge the next time around....
  8. Thread: All stung up

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    iddee: Hmmm..always thought you were a country...

    iddee:

    Hmmm..always thought you were a country boy, but those look like a city kid shoes.....
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    Maybe the real question is: "what percentage of...

    Maybe the real question is: "what percentage of necter is from clover to call it clover honey?"
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    George nobody likes cigar smoke blown in their...

    George

    nobody likes cigar smoke blown in their face...
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    I don't recall seeing a plane advertised...

    I don't recall seeing a plane advertised anywhere....suggestions?
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    Everyone seems to be talking gentleness from new...

    Everyone seems to be talking gentleness from new queens and packages. Very important indeed. An observation on my splits with new queens and packages I installed this year: small cell wax...
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    $23.25 for 2 lbs....with free shipping. That's...

    $23.25 for 2 lbs....with free shipping. That's $0.726 per oz. Guess my $0.185 per oz is cheap (that's $5 per pint in a new Ball jar which includes a $0.75 jar charge, recycled jars are sold at the...
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    When I had 4 queens shipped and went ot pick them...

    When I had 4 queens shipped and went ot pick them up at the PO, everybody in the place was talking about them as if they were a big deal...strange, but what do you expect for a suburbia PO.
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    Jim> So you managed to collect a swam without...

    Jim>

    So you managed to collect a swam without getting stung so often as to frighten you away from beekeeping. Good for you. So now remember how thick your wallet feels, it is about to get...
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    One of my deadouts hives was robbed of honey by...

    One of my deadouts hives was robbed of honey by the other hives during the late rains here in CA. Preparing the hive for a new package, I find the drawn comb to have dead some capped cells and...
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    If you need to order #5, check out...

    If you need to order #5, check out McMasterCarr.com, you can usually get small lots the next day if ordered before noon.
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    Ah the brush...used it once to flick a bee off a...

    Ah the brush...used it once to flick a bee off a frame...watched the girl fly about 3 feet, turn around and come right back at me like a cartoon...stinger first. First bee sting as a beekeeper. ...
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    We have had quite a wet spring here in CA and as...

    We have had quite a wet spring here in CA and as such, I haven't been able to inspect the hives until this past weekend. Much to my surprize, I found lots of bees working the upper medium super....
  20. Thread: Hive set ups?

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    Michael....didn't you give a list of things you...

    Michael....didn't you give a list of things you don't waste time and money on recently....including paint? Looks like picking up used bee keeping equipment might be in line as well, then skipping...
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    I too keep Epipens for safety sake. Our property...

    I too keep Epipens for safety sake. Our property is about 40 miles from the closest emergency room. The doctor had no problems on the prescription, paid for through my HMO ($20), but as stated...
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    amymcg: ...

    amymcg:

    <On paper last year, I made $180>

    Just the stuff IRS likes to find in print....Where did you sleep, what did you eat?

    I think I hear something....audit, Audit, AUdit, AUDit, AUDIt,...
  23. Thread: Achtung

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    Ah...old memmories. Lived in Trier '65-68 and...

    Ah...old memmories. Lived in Trier '65-68 and went to the Bittburg Dependant High School as a civil dependant, not quite a brat but close enough.
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    Just to show you how people have different frames...

    Just to show you how people have different frames of reference....I have know idea what latitude I live at, I can look it up, but off-hand, no idea.
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    Skunks got one of my hives, honey left alone, no...

    Skunks got one of my hives, honey left alone, no bees, but paw prints all over the landing board during the wet season.
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