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    Re: Ultimate hot weather bee suit

    My Pigeon Mountain zipper gave out yesterday. It is a cheap metal zipper that I have kept lubed with beeswax. I also am watching my viel mesh go from black to white. Ohh yes the fabric they...
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    Re: What flowers make honey taste bad?

    Ohh let's add Ailanthus altissima to the list too. I hear that it has a very bitter tasting honey.
  3. Re: Top Bar Hives -- The red headed step child of beekeeping

    As a red bearded beekeeper I have nothing wrong with the red headed stepchild. But I see it from the other side in that I sell Nucs and queens and thus constantly field questions from beekeepers...
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    Re: Keeping Hives Under Solar Panels

    I would think it would be fine for the bees but the bees might lower the solar output slightly. Lots of bee poop on the panels is not desirable. If you have the hives on the back side of the...
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    Re: queen cell swap

    Yes if you cut out the swarm cells first. When given a choice they often pick their own.
  6. Re: How dependable is the USPS or UPS with delivering bee packages?

    When shipping using USPS priority mail there is an option on the USPS site for "hold at post office." If you click on it you get to pick the post office and that eleminates chance that the...
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    Re: Ventilated Bee Suit Recommendation

    I also highly recommend against the Pigeon Mountain suits. They use very poor materials and workmanship so they self destruct. It would take a long time to list all the individual problems in...
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    Re: Beware of the Birds!

    I love the rubber snake idea. So far a scrap of cattle panel leaned against the stack has been enough to keep a repeat performance at bay.
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    Re: Generic Foundation Support Pins?

    I also prefer bobby pins over the commercial support pins. My favorite are the 100 pack for $1 at Big Lots. They work better than any of the brand name ones I have tried.
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    Re: feeding question

    Same question I have. I have a line of black division board feeders against the south side foundation of my house. It gets quite warm there and the bees start working it at 40. At 55 its...
  11. Re: Honey Hive Farms, Give away!!! Win One of Three Prizes for 2014!!!

    Oh why not join in the fun?
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    Re: Hitachi Air Stapler

    I bought one from Lowes a few years ago and it was a nightmare....skipping and jamming up a storm. I took it right back and asked for another one and it has been a dream. Not a single jam or skip...
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    Re: Beware of the Birds!

    Years ago I rented a house that had a bunch of old garbage in the woods...bed frames, bottles, kitchen cabinets etc. There was one very very rusted out 55 gallon barrel and just about the only...
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    Re: Beware of the Birds!

    Thanks for the great discussion everyone.
    I just went out to reinspect the damage.
    First we live in a rural area and I work at home so I am certain the humans were not involved in the damage. ...
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    Beware of the Birds!

    I came back from a walk this weekend and noticed some strange damage to two shallow supers that I have stored outside under an eve in my bee shed. It took me some time to figure out that the damage...
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    Re: Beeswax waterproofing

    If you use veggie oil be aware that it can go rancid. Wallnut on the otherhand is much more stable and is often used with a bit of wax blended for wooden spoons. So nice on the hands too!
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    Re: Late summer beekeeping question

    Right on David!
  18. Re: Using fishing line for foundation support doesn't work !!

    my bees have chewed up 15, 30, and even 60lb test line. It is not common but when they do it is frustrating.
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    Re: Rendering Brood Comb

    Here! Here! for the solar wax melter! It turns a difficult waste of time process into a quick easy and effective process. It is incredible how pretty the wax is with little to no effort from the...
  20. Re: Does a Queen Need Attendants in a cage?

    I have had good luck keeping her alone for introductions like yours.
    good luck!
  21. How long can a queen live in a queen marking tube?

    How about 10 days in the elements through 90 degree weather and 6 inches of rain?

    Wow I sure can do some foolish things and this was one of the best yet. The rain finally stopped and I mowed...
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    Re: Virginia Queen Breeders

    Stephen,

    There are two other sideline queen breeders near to you.

    sourwoodfarm.com
    I am over in Earlysville, VA and have grand daughters of Glenn Pol-line, Glenn VSH, Glenn carni, and...
  23. Re: Second attempt at grafting a complete failure.

    BeeGhost,
    Perhaps the humidity in your cab was too low with the AC going and I am sure that they air flow would not help. I could see how if you took your time grafting and did not quickly cover...
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    Re: Virgin queen in hive?

    Kurt you are not alone. I pulled a queen out of a friend's hive a week ago for the same reason as yours and we gave them an extra queen cell that I had. The thing I noticed which was interesting...
  25. Re: can you catch a swarm in the rain?

    You bet! Get them in a hive as quick as possible. I would think that you will have less absconding risk as they won't be able to fly out looking for a better home.
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