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    Re: Plans for horizontal hive using deep frames

    Probably overkill, but here's mine... also check out Dartington hive for a supperable one. I didn't make plans on the computer but it's about 50 inches... and forget burlap... use multiple inner...
  2. Thread: deeps vs mediums

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    Re: deeps vs mediums

    I looked at the Dartington when I was designing, but you still super it (this was originally intended for someone with a serious back condition and was going to even add a lift assist for the lid). ...
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    Re: deeps vs mediums

    My favorite is still deep horizontal. Expensive to build but why lift boxes at all if you don't have to. Space to feed inside, bees don't get as riled up, and since I build with insulation in the...
  4. Re: Crush & strain-nylon cheesecloth, plastic mesh filter, stainless steel mesh filte

    I crush from cutouts occasionally and sometimes have to filter m extracted honey. I used to paint strainer thing... didn't get everything I wanted out (a little smoker ash dang top entrances). I...
  5. Thread: Car crash bees

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    Re: Car crash bees

    Except if it was hornets, why would they hose/foam down the entire tree and then call beekeepers instead of exterminators. I hate to say it, but a large colony inside the tree is just as likely.
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    Re: Work bees under canopy in rain?

    Ditto the cranky bees thing, but I have actually set up a canopy to do just like you said, it worked just fine.
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    Re: How much honey do you go through personally?

    If you count beer and mead, probably 5 gallons or so for the two of us. (More every year it seems). Homemade "Clif Bars" and Yogurt use up a lot. Toast, honey wheat bread... and on and on.
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    Re: Bee Weaver bees....worth the price?

    I got 4 packages a few years ago. I was pretty new at the time, but when they grew bigger they all got hot. Weird year for me though so I wouldn't read too much into it I guess. I had one abscond,...
  9. Thread: Pricing Lip Balm

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    Re: Pricing Lip Balm

    Yep, remember reading that too I think, lip balm was hers though, cut my explanation short, I hate typing on a tablet.
  10. Thread: Pricing Lip Balm

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    Re: Pricing Lip Balm

    Like I said all about the market... Burt's sells for 2bucks here, but I know it's more elsewhere where the market supports it... Burt also was a woman and she has since sold the business last I heard.
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    Re: Pricing Lip Balm

    We priced ours at $2 a tube or 3 for 5. We calculated out materials and discounting beeswax it was 15 cents for ingredients, 10 cents for the tube and around 25 cents for a label (bought labels and...
  12. Re: Successful Treatment Free BeeKeeping = Breeding from Survivor stock

    I will start by saying that I have heard others with very good reports also and qualify that this was a few years back her I had even less experience but I had four packages from there. One...
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    Re: Molding Full Wax Comb?

    Just thinking out loud here, but it's probably not worth the hassle, and would be extremely fragile, just like new comb is. I've found an extra thick coat of beeswax on plastic foundation gives a...
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    Re: BeeWeaver Bees... Aggressive for you?

    Update, inspection today. I normally don't wear gloves, but do use smoke and veil. My daughter hive from my last beeweaver sent me back to the house for some gloves. It's in 3 mediums currently...
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    Re: Container to carry smoker

    I use a rocket ammo can, I have a piece of metal ductwork that partiions off one side for the smoker, the other side hold lighter, matches, paper, fuel, and an extra hive tool. Heavy, but works real...
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    Re: BeeWeaver Bees... Aggressive for you?

    I had some, some did well, but they were avid "greeters" from 50+ yards away, to say nothing of being actually near the hive. They were too aggressive for me, eventually swarmed off (captured and...
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    Re: Charring some old boxes

    More than likely... The problem is the less than likely scenerio where you end up burning them with bees inside, but I have some old ones I'm going to wax dip and put out as swarm traps, I have a...
  18. Re: Taking brood frame from strong hive for weak one

    Probably not necessary, but I take one out of Langstroths book. I keep a little spray bottle of peppermint light sugar water. I give a quick spritz to the hive and added frames so everyone smells...
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    Re: Storing Empty Supers with Drawn Comb

    You can bag then freeze. Bag them up tight on a day with low humidity, then freeze (I do this with cut comb frames to prevent moths etc). If you bag them before freezing you don't have to worry...
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    Re: Honey flavors and flowers to avoid.

    Does ragweed actually produce a noticeable amount of nectar? I've only ever seen pollen collection, which shouldn't change your honey flavor much. I've been told sunflower is kind of blah, but I've...
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    Re: HITS method of mite control

    I think that is because treatment is talked about in every other forum... and there is more to it than just varroa. It's kind of like asking why you don't have European history month in...
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    Re: HITS method of mite control

    He did clarify, several times, including in the first post. He pretty clearly says he has a name for a different style of beekeeping, i.e. not the bond method, but something else. He only mentioned...
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    Re: HITS method of mite control

    That is because of longer capping time on drone brood, which allows more mites to develop to maturity (my understanding anyway). What I was looking for was a study more like this....
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    Re: HITS method of mite control

    <>But that's not selecting for resistance. If small cell is all it is, then even the most pampered mite-treated colony around can be graduated down to small cell and never have to worry about mites...
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    Re: HITS method of mite control

    Well mites are something you can control, no one (normally) wants to be to blame for the death of their bees. It's much easier to one's ego to claim it was something out of your control. Those that...
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