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    Re: Bee's working Japanese Magnolia?

    If the tree has some disease, such as scale, there might be a number of pests that produce honeydew that can attract bees. I'm not aware whether these trees have any kind of sugar component, so I'll...
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    Re: 4 frame Nuc boxes, "Sustainable Apiary"

    Or use a standard 5-frame nuc with a follower/block to limit to only 4 frames. Take the follower out as they expand and need a 5-frame setup. That said, I am moving to all 4-frame nucs that can...
  3. Thread: What happened?

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    Re: What happened?

    Good to know. I've never had an issue with the sbb wide open once. Always good to hear other's experiences.
  4. Thread: What happened?

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    Re: What happened?

    Why do you say that? If you don't want a sbb, sure. Otherwise I can think of no reason to leave it in.
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    Re: New beekeeper looking for comments...

    It always nice to see brand new clean virgin wax.
  6. Thread: pump?????

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    Re: pump?????

    I bought this $35 12-volt-marine-utility-pump-9576.html from HF. Self priming sitting on top of a 30 gallon syrup tank. Doesn't compare to a $500 pump, but quite suitable for my needs. I haven't...
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    Re: Jigs for makign your own

    I used the 18" miter bar from Rockler Woodworking and Hardware. They are anodized aluminum and have width adjustment sliders. I also use UHMW strips for miter bars, but only if fully supported for...
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    Re: Jigs for makign your own

    Cleo, your warnings about finger guards should be in bold, underlined, with flashing lights, and horns blaring. It cannot be emphasized enough.

    I am over-careful about my fingers. It helps to...
  9. Thread: nuc question

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    Re: nuc question

    You can use a 10 or 8 frame medium for a trap. It might limit your trap success rate though, compared to a deep.

    As for what can you do with a nuc? Manage your bee yard. Having that nuc on hand...
  10. Thread: nuc question

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    Re: nuc question

    To answer your original question, yes, you can cut the deep nuc down to medium frame size. You can trim it down either before assembly, or after. Save the pieces and assemble into a nuc-sized candy...
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    Re: Jigs for making your own

    Daniel, here's some images of my box joint jig. It cost less than $30 to build, including the miter bars, baltic birch plywood, T-bolts, threaded handles, maple fittings, and glue. It is fully...
  12. Thread: 3x Longhive

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    Re: 3x Longhive

    Nicely crafted! Your bees should be very happy.
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    Re: Best material for long lasting hive

    Spot on Sqkcrk! In fact, beeks are the most damaging to hive bodies with our misplaced hive tools tearing the corners out of boxes. I did more damage in my first year than for the remaining life my...
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    Re: Brad nailer or stapler

    After gluing up the business end of my Senco (twice), I now use the Harbor Freight narrow crown staplers. They're cheap enough that I don't get too concerned about jamming one with glue. Now I...
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    Re: is spackle toxic to bees?

    Leave it...it's a design feature! The coveted inner hand-hold for carrying two empty hive bodies with one hand.

    Just like every other hive builder, I have at least one in each of my hives. And,...
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    Re: Watering with IBC Totes?

    Tyson, Google "IBC tote aquaponics" and you'll find the perfect system. The water is pumped up into the upper section on a timer, and allowed to drain back into the lower tank section. Leave a...
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    Re: January question.

    Caveat: I'm not in Texas

    Late winter, early spring feeding is usually done when their honey and pollen stores are close to being depleted. If you have ample of both, don't feed.
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    Re: D Coates Nuc Cutting Guide Spreadsheet

    Dale, I'll clean up my mess on the spreadsheet and send it to you. Now if I can just remember how to test option buttons.

    Glad to provide input for your hard work!
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    Re: D Coates Nuc Cutting Guide Spreadsheet

    Nicely done!

    I was curious as to why cell foundation dimension was included (entered in the spreadsheet in cell C18 as 4.9mm), until I found it used in the total number of cells calculation to be...
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    Re: Can I cook a two layered candy board?

    Pour it right on. You can wait or not. I don't do anything to the first batch before pouring on the second.

    My usual method is to do two batches one right after the other for each feeder and I...
  21. Thread: Creamed Honey

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    Re: Creamed Honey

    Creamed honey, also known as spun honey or whipped honey, is finely crystallized honey. It has a smooth, buttery-like consistency. If crystallized without starter, it would be far too coarse and...
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    Re: Russian VS Italian bees.

    We're both in Central Indiana, so I think this should be applicable to you. I've found the actual race isn't that big a factor - each has advantages that average out whether it's Italian, Russian or...
  23. Thread: handles

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    Re: handles

    I use the table saw with a molding head for standard hand-holds, or I use a dado head for slot-style hand holds. Although not as nice looking as the standard hand-holds, I find the slotted hand hold...
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    Re: Planning for Spring, for Newbie

    Rick, you have one of the best resources right here - far better than most books I've found

    You can view relevant issues throughout the year by simply scrolling back through the forum posts for...
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    Re: Grooved vs Wedge

    I used to rely on wedge frames but switched 100% to slotted-top (groove) frames. I do not cross wire. The foundation slips in, and into the hive body. I use these on deep and medium frames. My...
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