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  1. I've managed to get beeswax over multiple kitchen utensils

    Hot water doesn't always remove it and I'm concerned about wax down the drain. Do you have a trick for removing beeswax? Mike
  2. So after storing frames of honey, they died...

    ...in mid December. I'm thinking I'll leave the honey in place and they can use it when the new box of bees arrive. But the bees won't arrive until late this month. Meanwhile the flow has started so...
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    Veggie/mineral oil and SHB

    Anyone know the action of the oil on the SHB? is it clogging up breathing pores and drowning them? is it simply immobilizing them? - Mike
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    Installing a package

    This will be year three of installing packages in my TBH. I had an idea the other day and don't see any reason why it wouldn't work. Your thoughts please:

    Do your thing with the queen (I suspend...
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    Re: What about the honey I left in the hive?

    Take out?
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    What about the honey I left in the hive?

    My hive died in December, leaving me with five or more bars of honey. I figured the new package would need something to eat. However, when the package is installed, they will be concentrating on...
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    Re: feeding bees in a topbar hive

    If I might add something I'm trying this year; elevate the feeding bucket such that a small lid/dish filled with veggie oil can be slipped under it. in the center of this dish, place an inverted soft...
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    Honey cell LENGTH

    will honey cell LENGTH vary?
    reason I"m asking is I"m preparing my dead TBH for another try. the old brood cells lined up along the center line quite well, but the honey combs "bulged" or went off...
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    Pollen on the ground.

    Wonder if I could get your opinion on something.
    running a TBH with a screened bottom board.
    I'm noticing pollen on the ground.
    Was worried that my robber screen might have been knocking pollen...
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    Re: diy oxalic acid vaporizer

    A picture or drawing would REALLY help. Mike
    Never mind. I see the picture.

    How much does 2t of OA weigh?
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    Re: Checking brood area in TBH

    OP did say 100*F. In my limited experience that means the comb is very soft, possibly very heavy, and probably attached to the sides. Addionally, the comb may have drooped until it melds into the...
  12. replacing detatched comb and the FatBeeMan

    I was looking at the FatBeeMan's SHB traps he makes using plastic signage that has a cross section of a cardboard box e.g. cells.
    First, a 1" square piece looks like it could be used to spread the...
  13. FatBeeMan's SHB traps under screened bottom board?

    Is there any reason the think FatBeeMan's SHB traps would not work taped to the underside of a screened bottom board? Eight squares to the inch - Mike
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    Fermentation and wax moth larva?

    I believe my TBH is strong. I harvested about three weeks ago, and am feed them 1:1 just as fast as they will take it. I don't get a strong smell of fermentation, but if the syrup does ferment, is...
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    Drawing comb and feeding

    Will bees draw new comb when being fed 2:1 syrup? - Mike
  16. Re: Oxalic solution: Are vapors heavier than air?

    That's what I was looking for. Now, what method do you to vaporize the OA? Mike B. provided good links; just looking for other approaches -mike
  17. Re: Oxalic solution: Are vapors heavier than air?

    Thanks Mike - have you seen a reasonable method for applying OA vapor to a TBH? - Mike
  18. Oxalic solution: Are vapors heavier than air?

    Thymol users can soak a paper towel and set it on the frame top edge and the fumes will sink thru the deep.
    Does anyone know if if an oxalic acid-soaked towel will release fumes and willl they sink?...
  19. Thread: Hello from VA

    by mhorowit
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    Re: Hello from VA

    Ash, the club in the area is BANV. Google for it - Mike in Falls Church.
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    Girls coming topside

    I don't remember this behavior from last year. Lifted up a 1" spacer bar from the end of the hive and 300 or so girls crawled out of the hive and on to the top. Happened every time I shifted a frame....
  21. some areas more sensitive to stings than others?

    this is my second year with bees and I"ve had my share of stings, but yesterday, I got several stings on my hands and one of them swelled up. are there some places on the hand more likely to swell up...
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    Varroa, Oxalic acid and by smoker

    doesn't it seem reasonable that one could make up an oxalic acid solution, soak something burnable in the solution, let it dry, then get fumes by burning the whatever in the smoker?

    Anyone...
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    Last bee standing

    It's about time to begin thinking about harvest.
    I'm watching You Tube video on harvesting a TBH.
    They brush off as many bees as they can, then cut the comb into a pot that has a lid.
    Now, for...
  24. Let me run my understanding by you please...

    My understanding about bees feeding in winter is shaky at best; I wrote this in order to organize my thoughts. Would you please look it over and comment if I'm wrong? Thanks in advance.

    In a TBH,...
  25. Thread: Second try

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    Re: Second try

    Well, I did see deformed wigs, and I may have mistaken robbing for hive activity, so here is my current plan: I'm going to place some green drone foundation in the hive and harvest that any time it...
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