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  1. Thread: paper combine

    by Moots
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    Re: paper combine

    I guess you could give them a little time, but really don't think it's necessary. The whole point behind a newspaper combine is that by the time they eat through the paper the pheromones have...
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    Re: confusion on moisture content

    I think you're fine...don't over think it! The honey I just pulled and bottled was right at 19.2. Which is right in line with my other pulls...have never had any problem with it.
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    Re: Plastic Frame Indentations

    Yes...
    I had an interesting conversation with the Pierco rep about this issue at the ABF Convention in Baton Rouge. Has to do with the molding process, cooling time, warping issues, etc. etc.
    He...
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    Re: I'm done taking swarm calls for the year.

    I'm only 1 1/2 years in as a Beek, but hit the hobby pretty hard. However, I've finally learned sometimes you just have to say no.

    Over time, I transitioned from an enthusiastic YES to every...
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    Re: "Butt Joint" Hive Supers

    Yep...This one has been pounded ad nauseam on this and every other bee forum.

    My 2 cents...Finger Joints are a major pain if you don't have the appropriate skill set and equipment...Many claim...
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    Re: Putting hives in a swamp

    OK....
    I stand by my first post that it's really not practical....But if we're going to dream BIG, I'll play along. :)

    Why not simply place your hives on the ground as you normally would, beneath...
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    Re: Putting hives in a swamp

    I guess anything is possible if you put your mind to it....But this one seems to strike me as simply more trouble than it's worth! There's simple no practical, affordable, and convenient way to deal...
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    Re: Chinese Tallow Trees

    Casper,
    Not sure what to tell you, other than I feel your pain. :-/

    We too are suppose to be well into the tallow flow, However....Haven't seen bee one on the trees and my bees seem to be doing...
  9. Re: Who just ordered a MAXANT 3100 powered extractor?? This guy, thats who!!

    Last year was my first year, I made a homemade extractor that I finished about 95% and would have probably worked fine. However, I got a little nervous leading up to my first extraction and since I...
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    Re: Opinions/Options for ~18 frame extractor

    I agree with hedges....

    Have owned nothing but my Maxant 9 frame, which I'm extremely please with... But the Maxant 20 is a thing of beauty, I'll probably never grow my operation to the point of...
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    Re: Question reguarding honey colors

    drlono,
    That's correct, if they find more than 45% pollen from a single type, the honey can be classified as a Unifloral. As a matter of fact, I learned of this lab because they were featured in a...
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    Re: Question reguarding honey colors

    Not sure if you have it in your area, but I hear Thistle honey is very light in color and taste great...

    Aside from that, if you're 60 dollars worth of curious you can get a definitive answer by...
  13. Re: Abandonment method for clearing supers: Just pulled boxes. I'm worried. Need advi

    HiveMind,
    I have no experience with the Abandonment method, so can offer no meaningful opinion, short of I would share all your concerns and worries about leaving them out. However, I am curious,...
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    Retail Price for Fresh Raw Pollen?

    Purchased a Sundance II trap to give it a try and even though I placed it on a small hive, it looks like I'll be collecting a bit more pollen than I will personally consume. Curious what's a fair...
  15. Re: First day harvesting pollen. Is this massive bearding normal?

    I have exactly 6 days experience with my Sundance II Pollen trap...So, whatever it's worth, this is a recap of my experience thus far...

    I've never trapped pollen before, but had been eyeing and...
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    Re: Blue Sky Bee Supply

    Thought I'd add a +1 for the compliments about the Blue Sky experience...I saw their booth at the ABF convention in January and ordered my Sundance II Pollen trap from them recently. Good price,...
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    Re: What is better -- Bees or Honey?

    As you point out, lots of variables....but I get the impression that there's more money in bees and that the honey is often viewed as a bonus byproduct but not the primary money maker.

    As someone...
  18. Thread: Painting boxes

    by Moots
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    Re: Painting boxes

    I just paint what's exposed to the elements and the top and bottom edges, neither the top or bottom of the actual cover.
  19. Thread: Painting boxes

    by Moots
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    Re: Painting boxes

    I do pretty much the same as laketrout, except, I do not paint the entire top surface of my bottom boards...I do paint the complete shim that the hive sits on and maybe 1/2" into the hive from the...
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    Re: Best glue for disk marking

    I don't mark, but do think the little disk looks pretty cool! :D

    According to this thread I found, Titebond Gel Superglue is recommended...http://www.beekeepingforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=18525
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    Re: Smoking the hive...or not

    There was a recent thread on this same topic...
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?294379

    I'm of the opinion that a little smoke on a hive is always a good thing. It's been done and...
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    Re: Did you get honey your first year

    I'd say don't expect it, but you very well may get some. :D

    I started last year in January with 2 Nucs, one of which I actually ended up losing. However, through swarms and a couple of cutouts I...
  23. Thread: Bees and Music

    by Moots
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    Re: Bees and Music

    Hate to break from the witty theme here. :D But on a somewhat serious "note"...pun intended! :)

    I have heard/read that talking to your bees keeps them calm...I want to say maybe this is in some...
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    Re: Why not to visit the hive at night.

    Gilligan,
    I know you're new to beekeeping, but you must be new to marriage if you think your wife can take four stings, because of you, and still make a statement like, "I got off Scott...
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    Re: Early Spring Aggression

    Eric,
    I feel your pain. I just started last January and built up to about 10 hives...I would routinely walk right up to my hives and stand and watch them for extended periods of time, never with...
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