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    Re: Shallow Super vs. Deep Super

    One deep on bottom, mediums above; with the exception of the deep, the bees decide what is for brood or honey. But then I do too many splits to get much of a honey crop.
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    Re: Wiring foundationless frames

    I use heavy monofilament but the bees will sometimes chew through it if they set their mind to it. One of the members suggested using a clamp to flex the sides of the frame in so you don't have to...
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    Re: Bee pulling cracked corn from bird feeder

    Follow them and see if it's sorority sisters brewing up a little shine.
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    Re: Opinions concerning top entrances

    My entrances are pretty close to shinbone's except I add tapered shims under the sides of the top feeder and "screen off" most of the gap in the front
  5. Re: When to put out swarm traps in central North Carolina?

    Generally, if I don't have swarm traps out as the eastern red buds bloom I feel like I'm running behind.
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    Re: hi to all, from Missouri.

    Welcome Crazzy, I'm about 75 mi north and across the river from you.
  7. Thread: Beekeeper Smell

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    Re: Beekeeper Smell

    My hives are close to the shed and I've found using wd40 and carb cleaner can attract hostile visitors. Not sure which one or both they found offensive but the message was clear.
  8. Thread: Essential Oils

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    Re: Essential Oils

    The zip lock bag would be left unsealed
  9. Thread: Essential Oils

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    Re: Essential Oils

    Put a couple of drops on a q-tip or a piece of paper towel, wiped a line around the box and dropped it in bottom of the box. Placing the q-tip/towel in a sandwich size zip lock may cause the smell...
  10. Thread: Essential Oils

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    Re: Essential Oils

    I use lemon grass oil, old boxes and a couple of frames of old comb. Must smell like home because I had one swarm land about 18" behind my head while I was installing a box.
  11. Thread: Migratory covers

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    Re: Migratory covers

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    I'm strictly a hobbyist so I have more time for niceties but I add tapered shims on the sides, a swivel entrance and some screening to my top feeders
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    Re: hello from illinois

    Where in Il are you located Brian?
  13. Re: You Know Its Time To Buy a Hivetool Holder...

    I picked up one of the small tool pouches that attach to your belt from the big box store. I was tired of all my work pants having the back right pocket at least partially propolised (if that's a...
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    Re: Moving a Hive in February

    Do you have the option to wait for spring weather?
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    Re: Dirty dishwater color

    Used standard baker's yeast, aggressive stuff that blew excess fermentation foam out the airlock. It was extremely cloudy until last week, suddenly everything settled out and it's very clear (with...
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    Re: Dirty dishwater color

    Good to hear Vance, everything has been fermenting for well over two months and I was wanting to rack the antique orange but didn't want to "short change" it by racking before the fruit sank.
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    Re: Dirty dishwater color

    The traditional meads are still a bit cloudy but coming around to a better color. The antique orange (oranges, cinnamon, raisins) suddenly went clear with a nice golden color. I've read "wait...
  18. Thread: Mapping App

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    Re: Mapping App

    Drift Watch also works and can show bee hive as a "specialty crop" for registered apiaries.
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    Re: Drumming a trap out

    Thanks for the insight Michael.

    Field, common sense tells me I'm in violent agreement with you on walking away.
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    Re: Drumming a trap out

    Michael,
    Thanks for the info, that mirrors what my research has uncovered; I really appreciate the insight. Unfortunately, I need to drive them down and still have some gaps on the best approach....
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    Re: Drumming a trap out

    Using any of the chemicals will hamper robbing out the honey and I don't want to take any chances on contributing any smells to the house.

    This isn't a swarm, they apparently moved in last year...
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    Re: Drumming a trap out

    Field,
    Thanks for the feedback and I don't disagree with a lot of your points but cut out is not an option for more than one reason, so are stinky chemical.

    Drumming on the outside of a hive...
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    Drumming a trap out

    I've received a call from a personal acquaintance about conducting a trap out on a house that the owner wants to sell come March; obviously members of this forum would be tickled if their new house...
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    Re: Mated Queen who can tell

    My advantage of buying local, other than queens acclimated to my climate, is the breeder is a short drive away and if he plans on staying in business he needs to stand behind his product and protect...
  25. Thread: Almonds in Bloom

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    Re: Almonds in Bloom

    The only thing we have blooming are idiots
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