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    Re: Question about syrup.

    Good advice here from Rader and Neil!
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    Re: SBB from Pallet Scrap

    Good stuff. I love quality re-use of materials!
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    Re: More"advanced beginner" Questions

    As far as distance goes, I just put them in the same yard. Rarely more than a few feet away.
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    Re: Hive Staples?

    Love that story! Appreciate your sharing it.

    I use staples when I move a few hives for pollination. Friend of mine uses tape and straps. I've never had a problem with staples but I don't have many...
  5. Re: Is 1.5 miles to a pond too far for a bee water source?

    I keep a chicken waterer near the hives with wine corks around the rim so that the bees have a place to land. They like that and they love the birdbath around the back of the house. I always keep...
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    Re: carniolan bee cluster ??

    I would be surprised if they did not go back down to get the food. Sure, if they get "stuck" up there due to prolonged cold temperatures, that would be a different story but I've often had colonies...
  7. Thread: Foundation

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    Re: Foundation

    Dry, flaky comb is fine. The crystals are fine. The capped honey is fine. I'd probably just let the bees work it out. When I have a LOT of comb with crystallized honey, I pull it out to give the bees...
  8. Re: Cluster is at the top of the hive (TN) Winter post

    I often have my clusters in the top box by the end of the year, maybe a little after. In fact, I rarely peek inside of a hive around mid-winter and NOT see them up top. It doesn't necessarily mean...
  9. Re: What is the big attraction of pine saw dust??

    I see it every early spring, especially if we have a stretch of warmer weather. Pine shavings from the coop or even sawdust from cutting trees. Last spring, I was burning brush and had used the chain...
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    Re: Bees Won't Clean Up Crushed Comb

    I've seen that on my hives before. I extracted in mid-spring once (deadout) and put the wet frames in a box above the colony and separated by an inner cover. Usually, I get thousands of bees working...
  11. Thread: Foundation

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    Re: Foundation

    You don't have to swap out the black brood comb unless you want to. Suspecting disease is one reason (although I'd dump the frames as well if I suspected disease). Some people like to rotate comb so...
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    Re: Apiary Registration

    I registered with the state years ago. Since then, I've received an annual inspection except for one year (I believe it was funding issues). The inspector is good to work with. I get a lot of...
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    Re: Cell cappings when harvesting honey

    I let them sit for a while and take as much of the clean honey as I can get. Then, I put it all in a paint strainer bag and squeeze the rest out. That honey stays right in our pantry! The cappings...
  14. Re: Dado sets. Comparison Freud SD208 and Oshlun SDS 0842

    I use the Freud set and have been happy for the most part. Getting the backer right to avoid as much blowout as possible is the key for me. I rarely use it so much that it needs to be top of the line...
  15. Thread: Foundation

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    Re: Foundation

    Often, they'll draw it out. Sometimes they won't. When I used plastic, I would "paint" a fresh coat of wax on the plastic after I had scraped it. Even then, I had problems every once in a while. It...
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    Re: bees only heat the cluster?

    As the (slightly modified) saying goes, bees that are guilty of not using punctuation deserve long sentences! :D:D
  17. Re: Dumbest thing you ever bought for beekeeping ?

    Goodness. If I cleaned up my "never used stuff" section of the barn, I'd have a much bigger barn.

    Mine was the frame grabbers. I got stung a few years back and had a reaction. All winter long I...
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    Re: Off-season Prep

    As mentioned, you may not "need" to do all things mentioned but it's your call and it won't hurt to try things and see what works. When I get antsy during the off season, I go through all my boxes...
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    Re: Alternative to candle release spray?

    Freezer and patience. It's the patience part I have the most problems with no matter what I do!
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    Re: Treating mites during honey flow

    Mite-Away Quick Strips?
  21. Re: How much sugar water should a new hive consume?

    It can be a pretty wide variable. If they are foraging, they may take less. Temperature can matter, at least here. I've had colonies take a bunch and the colony right next to it take very little. The...
  22. Thread: Oops Paint

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    Re: Oops Paint

    Just a thought. If you're in a local Ace or TrueValue or something like that and it's a small store, ask someone if you don't see OOOPS paint on a shelf somewhere. Both of my local stores keep it out...
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    Re: plasticell and wax moth damage

    I would just clean the heavy web off and any debris and other junk that you can scrape off to save some work for the bees. They'll do a good job taking care of the rest.
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    Re: hive location question????

    I mow right in front (grass blowing away from the hives) and very rarely get bothered. My preferred location for bees is as much sun as you can give them. I'm going to have to slightly relocate mine...
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    Re: cross wire or support pins

    A radial extractor holds the frames to be extracted like spokes on a bicycle wheel. One long side of the frame rests near the center of the extractor while the other rests near the outside of the...
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