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  1. Re: Can I use Modern Pressure treated DADO splinters in my smoker?

    If you want a hands-on example of just how noxious the burning of treated wood can be, set some on fire and stand back. The smoke is greasy and noxious.
  2. Re: How can I make hive boxes that are perfectly stackable-a necessary requirement.

    Make sure that you are working on a level surface. When I first started making my own boxes, I figured that keeping the corners square would be enough. Nope! I was assembling on a garage floor,...
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    Why does open feeding set off robbing?

    Though I have not done open feeding, the fact that it can set off robbing in an apiary has always left me wondering just how the robbing gets started. I assume it starts out as a foray by foragers,...
  4. Thread: New Bees

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    Re: New Bees

    I've often wondered about this. I came into beekeeping last year with an animal husbandry point of view, though there was some aspect of 'doing good' to my decision also. I see a lot of folk at bee...
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    Re: To take honey or not first year package

    My location is different from yours; a talk with those closer to you will likely give you some good information.

    Last year was my first, and I took a conservative approach. Since I knew that I...
  6. Re: Lots of bees, brood of all ages, fresh eggs, but hardly any honey....in strong hi

    It might it be that the bees are using all of their forage to raise brood. I know that mine are bringing in a lot, and the colonies are growing, but not putting anything up for long term storage. ...
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    Re: Combining to save my hive

    Rather than adding brood from your active hive, I would pinch the queen shown in the photo and combine the bees with your more active hive; she's laying drone brood, and not too well. If you take...
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    Re: Fire adjacent to bees

    Sorry to hear about the fire, but I am glad that there seems to not have been any significant damage or injury.

    A lot of the dry chemical extinguishers of the ABC type use ammonium phosphate. ...
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    Re: Inspections without all the squished Bees

    If the boxes aren't too heavy, I have success by lowering the box slowly and rotating it slowly back and forth as the gap closes. The box comes to rest and is rotated a few degrees, and then is put...
  10. Thread: What to do

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    Re: What to do

    How far apart are the two sites?
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    Re: Game Plan Change

    Well, at least you've increased your colony count.

    Splitting a new hive isn't likely to give you honey in July, unless maybe you used drawn comb to complete the splits and to replace the frames...
  12. Re: So I was wondering what pollen my girls were bringing home......

    There are some online suppliers of reagents for chemistry sets that might suit your needs. Or, if you're feeling particularly inventive, a trip to Lowe's, TSC or equivalents can turn up some amazing...
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    Re: Slow to build comb in honey supers

    I am up the road a little ways from you. Last year was my first year, and I noticed the very same thing that you are noticing. I took the mediums off for the summer and put them back on in the...
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    Re: Another first in the bee yard.

    If you could develop a strain of fainting bees, that would be a moneymaker :D
  15. Re: Oxalic dribble - acid quantity measuring methods

    Is the acid in solid form? That density isn't the same as the number that I know.

    If you are trying to make 10% oxalic by weight, but can only measure by volume, you would need 2/3 a measure of...
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    Re: SHB populations low this year?

    I've seen one or two this year, far fewer than last year, which was my first.
  17. Re: What's the best way to get bees out of supers for extracting?

    I thought it looked like a TV tray stand, with the top tray reworked into a panel.
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    Re: vented bee suit

    I just got my Ultrabreeze, and I love it.
  19. Thread: Hop Guard II

    by Chemguy
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    Re: Hop Guard II

    Ah, thanks! That explains a lot of the language in the patent about 'tautomers thereof.' I had forgotten about the lupulone. The patent is rather vague (of course), and covers amounts of active...
  20. Thread: Hop Guard II

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    Re: Hop Guard II

    I'm not sure of the active ingredients in HGII, other than that they are "beta acids". I suspect that the active component is only found in trace amounts in hops, and is isolated and concentrated...
  21. Thread: Struggling nuc

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    Re: Struggling nuc

    Keep in mind that the 3,000 bees are going to need to keep brood warm, tend to the hive, and forage. I wonder if there will be a large enough workforce remaining to keep brood warm from the donated...
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    Re: Weird AFB question

    In general (not just bees), the pathogens that cause disease are usually very widespread, and fought off as a matter of routine. It is once the levels of those pathogens increases, or the host...
  23. Thread: Kelleys

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    Re: Kelleys

    I've had a minor issue with a different supplier, one which is typically very prompt. In my case, it was unassembled frames that were backordered. But, they shipped everything else very promptly...
  24. Thread: how many

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    Re: how many

    Are you wondering about the best configuration for overwintering? Some folk use all mediums and no deeps. 3 mediums = 2 deeps. The queen will move up, at least to a point, no matter what size...
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    Re: Sheet Metal migratory cover?

    I tried using some metal salvaged from a microwave, and it worked fine as a cover to keep rain out. But, the metal conducted more heat to the interior of the hive than wood alone or metal-sheathed...
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