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    Re: Preserving Beeswax

    I'll check out PPG, will let you know how it goes.
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    Preserving Beeswax

    I want to preserve some honeycomb for educational purposes and am wondering if there is anything I can spray on it to make it a little more rigid? I use a brood comb and it is good and solid, but I...
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    Re: Beeswax Crayons

    My kids have the same one, which is what made me go hmmm. The little research I have done hasn't resulted in anything too positive but I bet it's out there.
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    Beeswax Crayons

    I'm wondering if anyone here has a good recipe for beeswax crayons? I have found some online that require mixing the wax with a good amount of soap...
    The crayons I have found are insanely...
  5. Re: Why do people always claim there is no $ in bees

    The way I see it, my day job pays the mortgage; buy my bees pay for a trip to Maui that I wouldn't get otherwise. That's not so bad.
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    Much like Astrobee I don't move bees around and avoid many of the commercial costs. I used to work for a large beekeeper that had flatdecks, swinger, large extracting line etc. etc. I run an F150 and...
  7. Why do people always claim there is no $ in bees

    Admittedly my day job paid for my entrance into the bee world but I also turn a nice profit off my bees now that they are established, yet every time someone asks about getting into bees they are...
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    Re: Comb on antlers

    Yes I mean whitetail antlers. I'll post some pics if it works out. I figure I'll run strips between the tines on the antlers so the comb bridges from antler to antler.
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    Comb on antlers

    I'm wondering if I can coerce bees into building comb across antlers if I give them a starter strip? Or will they chew on the antlers....
    I have a nice parallel whitey rack that I want to try this...
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    Re: Which size hives are most productive?

    Nice! And in Manitoba no-less. I think there is something to this but am reluctant to take the leap as old-timers are always pushing doubles.
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    Re: Which size hives are most productive?

    Ian do you mean you run singles up in Manitoba? Do you boost these in the fall to overwinter doubles? Part of the issue isn't just what gets you the most honey but what survives the winter.
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    What would you pay for equipment assembly?

    So the neighbor kids want a job assembling bee equipment. I'm hoping to negotiate a piece rate as I know an hourly may result in wasted time and slow production. Just wondering what others pay by the...
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    Maxant Tank Top Strainer

    Just curious on reviews of the top strainer as opposed to the other filtering method sold by Maxant as well. Scroll down here to see tank top filter http://www.maxantindustries.com/bottling.html
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    Why are there mixed approaches to AFB

    I have on hive with AFB that I am going to nuke tonight. I was suspicious of AFB earlier but couldn't get the ropiness test to work, the hive continued to decline and now has about a dozen observable...
  15. Thread: Oxeye Daisy

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    Oxeye Daisy

    Just wondering if anyone values this for bees? It grows like crazy near where I live but I have never observed a bee on it so far but perhaps my timing is off. I find conflicting info when I search...
  16. Re: Electric fence where ground rod is not possible

    I'm making some self-standing posts, with weighted footings. I'll look into this alternating idea as it sounds easier than the chicken wire.
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    Not all possible to dig. Rock hard old compacted roads. My fear with chicken wire on the ground is that it seems like a prime situation for shorting out.
  18. Electric fence where ground rod is not possible

    I need to put up an electric fence but the ground where the fence goes is solid so a ground rod isn't possible, what options do I have to make this work? Is this where people ground to the chicken...
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    Re: Walk away split vs 2 queen split

    I often make the split with 2 honey supers between brood boxes to maximize distance between queens to encourage rearing a new one, and to avoid any honybound issues. And yes, in response to another...
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    Walk away split vs 2 queen split

    I have heard complaints about folks doing walk away splits and the loss of productivity in the queenless colony until a new queen is laying (and both colonies if you consider honey production). I...
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    Re: Honey Super before 2nd Deep

    I do something like this, but try to hit the early flow before i add a second brood box. Definitely takes some management but it ensure you get at least some honey.
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    Feeding to build comb?

    Our packages are just arriving and spring is about 3 weeks early this year and dandelions are abundant. If I feed, will they build comb faster or will the bees have enough to handle with the bloom...
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    Re: When to spring feed?

    As I use pail feeders, I often wonder if I can push the limits a little as they don't introduce more humidity to the hive and the feed is waiting for them if wanted. This of course is when temps are...
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    Re: When to spring feed?

    I did the white sugar method on some hives then began wondering if I should go all out and simply do sugar water given the warm temps, but that seems risky due to brood production/freezing. Maybe I...
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    When to spring feed?

    This year our spring weather is crazy, getting to freezing at night but warm enough in the day that the bees are flying and the forecast predicts this trend for the next 2 weeks. During the day I...
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