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    Re: How do you mark your hives?

    Check this out: a DIY branding iron


    https://youtu.be/cQk8E-KXA2I
  2. Thread: Best books

    by oldfordguy
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    Re: Best books

    My favorite book is The Practical Beekeeper by Michael Bush (I bought the eBook first, and then a hardback copy to have autographed.) You can also read all the information from the book on his...
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    Sticky: Re: diy oxalic acid vaporizer

    I just tore apart my wife's iron last week and got the thermostat out of it and am in the middle of building a vaporizer to see how this works out.
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    Re: CSA's Said Ok. Now What?

    I believe it refers to "Community Supported Agriculture." This is a farm that folks buy shares in, and then share in the harvest.
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    Re: nine frame brood chamber?

    I believe the end bar frame spacing system was a development of Hoffman rather than Langstroth.
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    Re: Monsanto (Bayer) and Bees

    http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/household-hints-tips/cleaning-organizing/disinfecting-vs-sanitizing.htm
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    Re: yellow jacket queen mating???

    Yellow jacket males are haploid just like honeybee drones; females are produced from fertilized eggs.
    See Dolichovespula_arenaria (Yellow Jackets)
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    Re: What to do if they don't survive?

    BT stands for "bacillus thuringiensis," which is a bacterium for controlling insects, and for wax moths (a member of the lepidoptera order) you want the "aizawai" strain of BT, which targets...
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    Re: What to do if they don't survive?

    Definitely keep the comb; it will save the new bees a lot of work. They will do the cleanup, but I try to get most of the dead bees out to save them the trouble. I've found using compressed air...
  10. Re: What is it you love most about beekeeping?

    All the hot, young beekeeper groupies!
  11. Thread: Supercedure

    by oldfordguy
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    Re: Supercedure

    Who? I've never heard of this; everything I've read has said the queen won't mate unless in free flight (excluding AI, of course.)
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    Re: Another harvesting question

    The purpose of freezing them is to kill wax moth & SHB eggs/larvae so that they don't destroy them.
  13. Re: Queen Marking Fail -or- Can you spot the Queen?

    My choice for marking is Testor's model paint, and I use a small craft stick that is about 1/8" square with a flat, squared off end. Note to self: always just touch the stick to the thorax once!...
  14. Re: Queen Marking Fail -or- Can you spot the Queen?

    I certainly did in my younger days, not so much now that I have type II diabetes, 3 stents in my heart, and a pacemaker/defibrillator in my chest. Still enjoy the bees immensely, just don't get to...
  15. Re: Ideas for "in line" filter and "automatic" valve

    Spinal Tap
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    Re: Paint in the eyes! Is it over?

    Don't feel bad, I marked one earlier this year, and she looks like I dipped her in the paint! (see thread...
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    Re: Do worker bees toot

    Look for the one saying "pull my finger"
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    Re: DIY Crush and Strain equipment

    I found a pampered chef Mix-n-Chop to be far superior to a potato masher when doing crush and strain.
    http://www.pamperedchef.com/our_products/catalog/product.jsp?productId=15658&categoryCode=CW
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    Re: Pic of one of this years queens

    She's brand-new this year, one of my batch of queen rearing for this year. Don't know what might have happened to her wing, but she seems to be well mated and is laying up storm.:thumbsup:
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    Pic of one of this years queens

    My wife took this picture of one of our queens that I thought was pretty neat. Made it the background on my computer.

    http://mannell.net/wordweb/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/QueenBackground.png
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  21. Re: Learn wood working the best way... With mistakes!

    Experience is a rough teacher because she gives the test first and the lesson afterwards!
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    Re: is this normal

    It looks like normal play flights to me.
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    Re: 8 frame Medium Nucs?

    Michael Bush does; see http://www.bushfarms.com/beesnucs.htm I've been doing it this year as well, and it seems to be working out well. We'll see how they make it through the winter.
  24. Re: Queen Marking Fail -or- Can you spot the Queen?

    I usually do much better::thumbsup:
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    or at least I did last year!
  25. Queen Marking Fail -or- Can you spot the Queen?

    Well, this was certainly the worst job of marking a queen I've ever done. However, that unfortunate incident occurred over 2 weeks ago when a thunderstorm came up out of nowhere and surprised us. ...
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