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    Re: best pollen patty for the buck

    I've used 'Global patties' and was very pleased the past couple of years. I am trying some 'Megabee patties' this year, but also have some global patties. My own trial I guess.

    Mark
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    Re: Bottling Buckets

    Maybe I left the honey gates on too long. With the buckets curved sidewall, it does stress being flattened with the valve fastened on tight. It just happened to be two different buckets in the same...
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    Bottling Buckets

    I tried to save money and gathered used fondant buckets from Wal-Mart to store and bottle honey from. I ordered a couple of 1 1/2" honey gates and drilled a hole to mount the honey gates. I went to...
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    Re: just ate to much honey comb...

    I put a good size chunk of comb in my mouth and bit down. I almost panicked. It almost took my breath. The honey had the inside of my mouth covered and I literally could not get my breath. Tasted...
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    Re: Observation Hives in school classrooms?

    I also use an Ulter Observation hive. Teachers and kids are all wide eyed when they look into to window. There is so much to be learned from an observation hive. If the school does not allow such...
  6. Thread: Bee Abuse?

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    Bee Abuse?

    I have been using three 5-frame nucs to make some queens in the backyard. My original purpose was to supply my Ulster observation hive for school. I just transferred my bees to the observation hive...
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    Re: Pollen in the Honey Supers

    Your strainer should take most if not all the pollen out. I'm sure all raw honey probably has some pollen in it. This is what makes it more appealing for allergy treatments in your local area.
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  8. Re: Question on moving frames from one hive to another

    I've never tried a whole super, but a frame or two at a time is no problem. I usually spray the frames with bees with a little sugar syrup and vanilla added and also spray the over the top of the...
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    Re: Second Grade presentation on bees

    They still call me the bee man when I'm at school with my kids. Had a blast.

    Mark
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Chattanooga, TN 20' in oak tree. First swarm call this year. Got another call on the way to this one. Volleyball in size.

    Mark
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    Re: Queen cells (simple advise would help!!!)

    I would be worried about the queen you released. Usually when queen cells are present, they would be considered queen right. This should be a difficult time to introduce a new queen. I would think...
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    Reversing boxes? Too Late?

    Last year I was able to reverse boxes 3 times early in the Spring. I had bees busting in the hive. This was planned to build them up strong to make a 50/50 split. With the weather this year, I...
  13. Thread: Royal Jelly

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    Re: Royal Jelly

    Sorry. I see the previous thread and M. Bush made a good explanation.

    Mark
  14. Thread: Royal Jelly

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    Royal Jelly

    Is the Royal Jelly that you can buy at a health food store also used to prime cell cups. I've heard people talking about priming with royal jelly but wasn't sure if they were robbing other cells or...
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    Re: bits of flowers

    Decoration! :lookout:
  16. Thread: Stacking Nucs

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    Re: Stacking Nucs

    The queens pheromones may not be dispersed enough for the hive to be cohesive with the partial barrier. I may need to create larger openings in the bottom board.

    Mark
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    Re: Stacking Nucs

    I do have ventilation holes in the bottoms with #8 wire mesh. I was hoping the bees would go through these holes without the mesh to get up in the upper box.
    The bee space below the bottom would be...
  18. Thread: Stacking Nucs

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    Re: Stacking Nucs

    It would be one hive. I would just be adding an upstairs apartment. I wasn't sure if the holes and 85% floor +/- would be a problem. They have the migratory type covers so the bottom of the top...
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    Stacking Nucs

    I built 4 of the "Easy Nuc Plans" nucs a few weeks ago. I went ahead and put the bottoms on them and cut two 2" holes covered with #8 hardware cloth for ventilation. The bottoms were glued and brad...
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    Re: Changing from NUC to Lang

    I would just put the nuc in the center of the 10 frame and put foundation frames of both sides of the brood area. I would put honey frames if they have them on the outsides. Depending on how strong...
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    Re: Grafting Nuc Box

    Ray, I'm already hooked I think. I built four of the simple nucs that were displayed on both forums. They look great. I also bought a cell bar frame and grafting tool this past Fall. I have one...
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    Re: Grafting Nuc Box

    Thanks Ray. Taking on some more hives and may need queens later. I would always like to have a spare queen around anyway.

    Mark
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    Grafting Nuc Box

    I plan on using a 5 frame nuc to load up with nurse bees and a frame or two of capped brood. I have a cell builder frame and want to graft from a good queen I have. If I just wanted to produce 8 to...
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    Re: spliting before a swarm

    Creating a nuc with the old queen or even another hive body with the queen would simulate a swarm. I don't think you would have to move the colony away. I did a 50/50 split on the same spot last...
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    Re: spliting before a swarm

    Your plan sounds great, I was just worried about queen breeding this early in KY.

    Mark
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