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  1. Thread: snake!

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    I was watching my hives yesterday at about dusk,...

    I was watching my hives yesterday at about dusk, and i was shocked to see a snake come out of the front of a hive. Just came out and vanished in the grass. I have not heard of this happening...
  2. Thread: Capped brood

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    Ok, here it goes: I hived a package on the...

    Ok, here it goes:

    I hived a package on the 24th. Opened them up on the 30th to find the queen dead in her cage and not released. Closed everything up after seeing that and ordered a new queen. ...
  3. Thread: wax wax wax

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    Thanks for all the info. Just a side note, I...

    Thanks for all the info.

    Just a side note, I installed my first packages of bees last month. 20 of them, dived right in. All went pretty well, didn't get stung ...
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    I have a question that i have been wondering...

    I have a question that i have been wondering about. What do the bees do for water in the winter? I am pretty sure they don't store water in the comb and honey has a very low water content. How do...
  5. Thread: wax wax wax

    by deggary
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    If you want any milk boxes let me know, I only...

    If you want any milk boxes let me know, I only buy milk from the local dairy and only in the half gallon containers. Be happy to send them to you for all your help.
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    i cannot either, browser times me out.

    i cannot either, browser times me out.
  7. Thread: wax wax wax

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    Thanks for the excellent information! I would...

    Thanks for the excellent information! I would imagine a paper milk carton with the top cut off would make a good container to pour the wax into so you can scrape off the bottom later. I tryed...
  8. Thread: feeders

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    I have 20 hives that I now feed with entrance...

    I have 20 hives that I now feed with entrance feeders. It is a huge pain. I plan on feeding them in the fall and would like a better way. If I could afford it I would order the $20 hive top...
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    I have a couple of plastic, not foam, deep hive...

    I have a couple of plastic, not foam, deep hive boxes. It seems to me that they facilitate mold growth because they don't "breathe". This is off of the hive, stored in the garage.
  10. Thread: wax wax wax

    by deggary
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    Hello Everyone- I have 20 hives and I have a...

    Hello Everyone-

    I have 20 hives and I have a stock pile of old wax, given to me by another beekeeper who is retiring. What is the best equipment to purchase to render the wax? I think that my...
  11. Thread: laying workers

    by deggary
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    well, i installed the package a week ago, and...

    well, i installed the package a week ago, and when i opened the hive, the queen was still in her cage dead. She looked a little sluggish when i installed the package. So, seven days later, I open...
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    You should pick up a copy of Beekeeping for...

    You should pick up a copy of Beekeeping for Dummys, I have found it very easy to navigate through, especially when you need an answer fast. I don't have my copy with me or i would quote what it says...
  13. Thread: sugar water

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    powdered sugar has corn starch in it and it is no...

    powdered sugar has corn starch in it and it is no good for hummingbirds, they reject it. Made that mistake a number of years ago. Extra fine sugar box looks just like the powdered sugar box. The...
  14. Thread: sugar water

    by deggary
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    powdered sugar has corn starch in it and it is no...

    powdered sugar has corn starch in it and it is no good for hummingbirds, they reject it. Made that mistake a number of years ago. Extra fine sugar box looks just like the powdered sugar box. The...
  15. Thread: laying workers

    by deggary
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    Hello everyone... I have a package that i...

    Hello everyone...

    I have a package that i installed and i opened it up for the first time to pull out the queen cage. She was still in the cage, dead and there is signs of laying workers. ...
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    Thanks for all the advice, I feel a little...

    Thanks for all the advice, I feel a little better....

    Also, Spell Bee Co screwed up and did not ship my order on the 12th when they were supposed to, now shipping it on the 19th. Guess it gives...
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    Ok, here goes. I have recieved lots of bee...

    Ok, here goes.

    I have recieved lots of bee equipment from a local guy who has kept bees for many years. Up here in Northern Maine, it is just begining our spring. My bees should be arriving...
  18. Thread: Organic?

    by deggary
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    Thank you everyone for your imput. -d

    Thank you everyone for your imput. -d
  19. Thread: Organic?

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    Does anyone know how to have your honey...

    Does anyone know how to have your honey "certified organic"? I saw some certified organic stickers at my grocery store and was wondering. Thanks..

    BTW: Do you know what kind of bees make milk?
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    Thanks for the info. So I guess that no heat is...

    Thanks for the info. So I guess that no heat is the way to go if I will be selling it myself, but I am thinking of trying to supply the local grocery store with honey later this year. Do you know...
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    I have read many books on the subject of bees and...

    I have read many books on the subject of bees and beekeeping, but I still do not have a clear picture of the "process" of processing honey. Do you need to heat the exctracted honey before putting it...
  22. Thread: Used Hives

    by deggary
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    Well, thanks for the info everone. I am getting...

    Well, thanks for the info everone. I am getting four hives for $100, so I cannot turn it down and will just risk it...Turns out he has five hives, and four failed during the winter, one is still...
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    Sorry if this is a repeat, but could not find the...

    Sorry if this is a repeat, but could not find the info in any of the posts....

    Where do you find a fogger and how much are they? Thanks.
  24. Thread: Used Hives

    by deggary
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    A person living near me wants to sell me four...

    A person living near me wants to sell me four used hives. They were used by bees from the spring of last year to the winter, when they were found dead the following (this) spring. After this...
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    I have seen a trap that a great aunt of mine used...

    I have seen a trap that a great aunt of mine used with a two liter cola bottle and it is the same idea but:

    You cut with a sharp knife the entire top of the bottle off right above the top of where...
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