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  1. Re: Any reason NOT to just dump sugar on the inner cover?

    I would feed three quarts of syrup in a gallon zip lock baggie on the top bars. No bees are drowned and it will be emptied in four days. I feed dry sugar by laying a couple sheets of newspaper on...
  2. Re: Reasonable payment for assembling woodenware

    Can I come and work for you?
  3. Re: Plastic foundation accepted, plastic frames, polished clean...

    Take a chunk of bees wax and use it like an erasure on the frames. There is no giving up in bee keeping!
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    Re: Frame spacing tool question

    The spacer is best employed spacing out drawn frames in a honey super. THe frames drawn fatter are faster and easier to extract is the rational. Just another gizmo that you may or may not like and...
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    Re: Uniting the weak

    I don't necessarily want the genes but I do want the colony to survive so I can use it to make splits or survive until I have a better queen available.
  6. Thread: Queen color ..

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    Re: Queen color ..

    My pretty queen with sharply defined hourglass patterns on little stems turned black abdomen in about a month. I really wanted her to stay the way she was when I pulled her from the mating nuc. I...
  7. Re: Skeps - Looking for a (W.Pennsylvania) Source for Long Cut Heirloom Rye

    This is of the same skep bee keeping series but their skeps were almost wicker and were undated in the spring with a fresh coat of fresh almost liquid cow dung. But maybe you aren't wanting to be...
  8. Thread: Charles Dadant

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    Re: Charles Dadant

    I bet they had a steam jenny pulling belts for power if not next to a river then it could have been water power. 1875 was pretty well into the industrial revolution. Low cost items like bee boxes...
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    Re: Screen or solid Bottom Board +/-

    Well put my friend.
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    Re: Uniting the weak

    Regularly treating the bees to kill mites pretty well makes things like it was in the good old days for me. Well pasture isn't as good either. Stack the weak ones and let the best smelling queen...
  11. Thread: Queen color ..

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    Re: Queen color ..

    Some tend to get darker and patterns fill in dark. I had a most remarkable black and tan pattern on one and was disappointed when she went totally black on the abdomen. I have never noticed a dark...
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    Re: Screen or solid Bottom Board +/-

    ssbs are a perfect example of the meddling people do that the bees can overcome. they are not beneficial. lots of pig wrestling contests on this subject, search them out.
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    Re: Syrup Mixing Calculator

    All one needs is a measuring cup and the most basic knowledge of mathematics! My measuring cup is twenty five pound bag of sugar and three gallons of water to make five gallons of roughly 1:1 syrup....
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    Re: Adding brood box from bottom

    In the spring the messed up box on the bottom will not havebees or brood in it, if you pull it when there is not a lot of brood, say in January the bees should not be too active in it and you can...
  15. Re: Plastic foundation accepted, plastic frames, polished clean...

    Maybe it is because the bees have no choice when the only place they have to go is onto plastic frames, but I have little trouble getting them drawn. Some hives have duragilt foundation to draw and...
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    Re: Dry land beekeeping

    If there was nothing else, they would come to any source three miles away. The plate of honey or sugar syrup outside will let you know what is in the area. The advice from the California desert ...
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    Re: Styrofoam hives

    Now please dont take a feeble old mans feeble attempt at humor as an evil intention. Some of my best friends live in dismal swamps.
  18. Thread: Sugar Cubes

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    Re: Sugar Cubes

    I add a quart of warm water to ten pounds of granulated white sugar in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly into just a wet slush. I use paper soup bowls for forms and hear of people using the Styrofoam...
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    Re: Styrofoam hives

    If the very good epe boxes made by beaver Plastics in Alberta were closer and cheaper I would love to run them for wintering my bees. The bees are cooler in the heat of summer and warmer in the dead...
  20. Re: Shook out LW hive, now bees clustering under SBB on queenright hive

    SBB's make a fine fire if you don't breathe the released phosgene gas of the galvanized metal melting. Bees may SURVIVE them but they do not benefit the bees. Bees are expert ventilators and choose...
  21. Re: Multiple things going on, confused on if I'm doing this right.....

    I treat by putting the not card with the measured amount of goo in he middle of a two deep. One treatment has always crashed my mites and gotten them thru the winter. It has not proved to be hard on...
  22. Thread: Used hives

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    Re: Used hives

    When you say foundation, that implies that no comb is drawn. Are the boxes even used? If the do not appear used, I would say there is zero chance of disease transfer. If the foundation is indeed...
  23. Re: Shook out LW hive, now bees clustering under SBB on queenright hive

    Do yourself and your bees a favor and do some comparisons between colonies encumbered with those miraculous screened bottom boards and colonies being cultured naturally in natural cavities lacking a...
  24. Re: Anyone have better, more detailed plans for the Miller Type feeder?

    search dave Cushman beekeeper and find good pictures of all imaginable gadgets.
  25. Re: "Beekeeper ordered to pay bills for neighbor who was stung"

    How did the plaintiff prove that it was his neighbors bee that stung him? No other bees in the area? What a bunch of crap!
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