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    Re: Hive Beetle Bait

    good old pure mineral oil. Buy it at the pharmacy if you want the purest. dave
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    Re: trap out becoming a headache ......

    why don't you do the exact same thing as before but within a short timeframe close it all off, move it as if it were a new hive more than a few miles away and put yet another box of empty but drawn...
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    Re: Holy cow, I got my first swarm!

    Yantabulla is 100% correct. You need to get them on some frames ASAP. Even if you only have a few done. Put them right in the center of the box.
    I would have like to have seen the photo of you...
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    Re: Can you tell what breed of bee's you got?

    Mutt bees.
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    Re: Hello from Vermont!

    Hello Vermont! Such excitement!
    I have had the pleasure of owning a couple wooden top feeders and must forward some likes/dislikes about them.
    Generally I like them because of the capacity. The...
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    Re: Hives per acre...

    Just something to think about...
    If you have two pieces of property that are at least two to three miles apart you'd have a great opportunity to move bees when splitting or moving new queens etc....
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    Re: Made Splits/Nucs prior to frigid temps.

    I made what I thought was going to be a long term decision about the drones based on the date. I know we ALWAYS have drones in numbers in the first week of April. Based on that I figured two weeks...
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    Made Splits/Nucs prior to frigid temps.

    I live in Northern Virginia and had an opportunity on the 18th of March to make seven nucs and split two hives from two strong hives and the nucs were made from several weaker but still thriving...
  9. Thread: My Hive Stand

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    Re: My Hive Stand

    I like it. I have used cups with oil in them to discourage ants. Looks great on paper. Somehow you must keep the rain out. Even driving rain that comes in (Forrest Gump style) from the sides and...
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    Re: Thank you, Erin Forbes!!!

    Wow! Thanks Fatscher. You da man. Who was our past president of that great club?...:thumbsup:
    I too will thank Erin for her excellent talk. Educational, interesting as heck! and because spring is...
  11. Re: Calling all Alabama beekeepers: No comb law...yes or no?

    Howdy "Fatscher"!
    I say keep poutin! someone will eventually hear you and maybe they'll see the light.
    If you aren't able to move those hives to your land soon I know a place a bit north of there...
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    Re: emergency feeding TBH's

    I cut a slot just big enough to put a Boardman feeder on the front of the hive. In the late spring it can also be used to make their entrance(s) a bit bigger. It is just a few inches away from...
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    Re: Anyone ever put in their own well?

    Got a pick up truck or trailer? I haul creek water from a stream from a few miles away using a sump pump, 300 gallon plastic tank and either generator or large inverter and I filler-up. Gravity...
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    Re: Moved hive question

    I would think those little "buggars" would be less defensive now that you stole their home and honey away from them! Good luck.
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    Re: venom reaction - need advice

    Always have some diphenhydramine (Benadryl) on hand. Other antihistamines work well but this works the quickest to help stop the reaction. When taken 20 to 30 minutes prior to getting stung, this...
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    Re: Hive Condensation

    I have read on this great resouce that insulating the top of the hive allows for condensation to collect on the much cooler walls of the hive/supers. This apparently sends the moisture dripping...
  17. Thread: Fondant recipe

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    Re: Fondant recipe

    Right on "Soupcan". I made 10 pounds of fondant yesterday using 5 pounds each time I mixed it. I heated the mixture very slowly. I used one cup of water, 5 pounds of sugar, and heated it until it...
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    Re: Jan 4th , Swarm Call ??

    oooh! There's at least a handful of them. Thanks for the pictures. Did you risk your life and um, limbs to save these bees? (If you're reading this as a non-beekeeper this is a joke). I'm...
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    Re: What's wrong with my bees

    As I read your problem this is what came to me.
    One more question to be answered but I believe it sounds like they have been slowly poisoned. Is it common to see "dysentery" with an exposure to...
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    Re: Converting a deep.

    Do you simply want to know how much wood to cut from the bottom of the actual box? Due to the variances in different manufactures deep boxes, you'll need a table saw with a fence or some other means...
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    Re: Is 1/8" to much gap?

    Ventilation is a good thing. The bees will propilise the gap where they seem fit. If it makes you feel better throw a piece of duct tape over the "gap" and be happy.
  22. Re: I am the complaining neighbor (but are they bad beekeepers?)

    I think you should consider taking up beekeeping yourself. See if you can out-bee your "no good" neighbor! You will soon find yourself looking for places to put bees and spending more time with the...
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    Re: Swarming appearance during an inspection?

    I had a nearly same experience late yesterday. I determined that I had far too many bees (I fed them a month or so ago) and not enough entrance/exit. I made the entrance larger and everything went...
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    Re: Bees under bottom board

    This last spring I placed an extra (empty) medium super UNDER the SBB.
    This would prevent bees from getting too far off the beaten track and still allowed the mites to fall through. This may also...
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    Re: Making own woodenware, lumber question

    Pine pallets make for some really free woodenware. Just be sure to stay away from painted or treated pallets. I just use a circular saw and cut around any nails. The wood usually splits if you try...
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