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  1. Thread: WWOOFING

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    Re: WWOOFING

    My daughter and I volunteered at http://spikenardfarm.org/ for a few days three years ago.
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    Re: Swarm Trap - Some Questions

    Thanks cjfoster. In the meantime I've placed a deep with 10 frames of old comb and a few drops of lemon grass oil on one of my existing hive stands close to another very strong hive. This is only 1'...
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    Re: Swarm Trap - Some Questions

    I'm wanting to try my first swarm trap in a deep with 10 frames of old comb. How much lemongrass oil should I use? I was planning on placing it on my regular hive stand close to another hive, or is...
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    Re: Quilt Box?

    Thanks NewBeeInNH and mgolden. I'll put some kind of cloth down before adding the shavings.

    imkerwannabee
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    Re: Quilt Box?

    I plan to put cedar shavings on screen on top. Do I need some type of cloth between chips and screen to keep smaller pieces from falling into hive?

    imkerwannabee
  6. Mite treatment end of September in PA?

    24 hour sticky board test showed about 100 mites on two-deep, one super hive. What is the best course of action at this point? I have some Mite-Away strips on hand. Yes, I know I should have checked...
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    Re: adding deep this late

    I checked in on this hive yesterday, two days after adding the deep with new foundation. They had not drawn out the comb at all. They did take the gallon of syrup and I'm not exactly sure where they...
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    adding deep this late

    I collected a small swarm end of July and have kept it in a single deep. Two weeks ago when I checked it was dry, no nectar or honey, so I started feeding it. Yesterday when I checked it was...
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    Re: mating flight pseudo swarm??

    I should have been more patient and watched. How long is a normal mating flight?

    Imkerwannabee
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    mating flight pseudo swarm??

    I took the queen and six frames on 5/29 from a very strong swarm hive I collected four weeks earlier, leaving fresh eggs, etc. in the strong hive. One week later there were three queen cells in the...
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    Re: inactive split

    The two hives are only about 5 yards apart, but I did put a leafy branch right in front of the opening hoping it would cause them to reorient.

    imkerwannabee
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    inactive split

    I collected a large swarm about a month ago that did great, so I decided to do a split since I lost all four of my hives last fall/winter. I pulled five frames of brood, honey, pollen and bees,...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Collected very nice soccerball-size swarm from same hive and tree I got one from last year. 17601

    Strawbale
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    Re: stored frames - moldy and fermented

    Thanks for these responses. I am also wondering about gently brushing/wiping the mold off of the comb with a sponge dampened with water/clorox (maybe tablespoon in a quart of water) before I store...
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    Re: stored frames - moldy and fermented

    Thanks. My current challenge as I said above is that I don't have any hives on which to add them, so what do I do in the meantime and what should have I done. I'm wanting to learn from this mistake....
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    stored frames - moldy and fermented

    I lost all four of my hives this past fall and winter. I left them plenty of honey, so I have about ten deeps/supers stored with significant amounts of pollen and honey (capped and uncapped) and...
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    Re: strained/filtered

    I've been using a nylon stocking for filtering. Any idea what micron that would be? I suppose they vary.

    strawbale
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    Re: "You just might be a beekeeper."

    If you have the best waxed garage floor in the neighborhood.

    imkerwannabee
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    Re: STORING FRAMES OF HONEY

    Thanks for the counsel on not using PCB with honey and pollen.

    I've watched these hives closely for mites and do not think that was their problem.

    Imkerwannabee
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    Re: STORING FRAMES OF HONEY

    I've been storing empty hive parts, empty frames, etc. in our basement, stacked tightly (sealed) with moth crystals and then air pieces out for a few days before use. It feels like a lot of work to...
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    Re: STORING FRAMES OF HONEY

    Jumping into this discussion.... I discovered two days ago that two of my four hives were dead. One was my hive that did very well this year (120 lb honey extracted). There were still one and a half...
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    Fondant fermenting?

    Two years ago I bought a 50 lb. block of fondant. I used about half of it that winter. Kept the remainder in a sealed container in our insulated garage through the summer and used about half of that...
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    Re: Frankenstorm

    ersatzS2,

    My set-up is similar to yours except my hives are on 4" x 4" stands. I have always had ropes over the top of the hive and under the stand. Yesterday I went out and drove a stake into the...
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    Re: r-value of straw vs. foam

    We live in a strawbale house with an estimated R-value of 45. Of course our walls are plastered inside and out, so I'm guessing simply stacking bales would be considerably less. I think it would be...
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    Response to robbing

    My backyard hive started being robbed after I added a wet super post-extracting. By the time I responded they had not only cleaned out the wet super, but also emptied the other super which was about...
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