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    Re: Sideliner Uncapper

    I've been using the Sideliner Uncapper for a couple of years now. I'd give it about a 5 on a scale of 1 - 10. Not having to deal with all the cappings is a huge plus. The price is over the top...
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    Re: Cert. of Competence or Master Beekeeper

    These programs vary but, as I understand it, there is no curriculum or classroom instruction...only testing offered a couple of times a year (written, oral and hands-on). One of the requirements is...
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    Re: Cert. of Competence or Master Beekeeper

    Perhaps this discussion needs a different perspective: different from a labor union apprentice program or “barrier to entry” regulation. There is a real problem brewing!!

    I’ve belonged to a...
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    hive weights...incredibly clever

    I recently discovered the “Nectar Detector” hive weighing instrument. I’ve started using it and it is one of the cleverest devices I’ve ever seen.

    Each spring I commit to trying to figure out a...
  5. Thread: How exact?

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    Re: How exact?

    The depth of the frame rest dado is the most important dimension. If you get it wrong and the tops/bottoms of the frames are too close together, the bees will glue it into a giant tower. In fact,...
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    Re: Thoughts Upon the New Shizel Hive Tool

    pretty big and pretty pricey...have you checked out http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?293611-Hive-Inspection-using-THE-PERFECT-POCKET-HIVE-TOOL?
  7. Re: Hive Inspection using THE PERFECT POCKET HIVE TOOL

    I would agree that little in our lives is perfect...but "perfect pocket hive tool" isn't too outrageous a claim since it is about the only one that will fit in your jacket pocket and it will stay...
  8. Re: Hive Inspection using THE PERFECT POCKET HIVE TOOL

    The two dark colored frames are from an old hive that I split in late summer to deal with bad behavior. It was on wax foundation but the bees have worked it over several years to make it look like...
  9. Re: Hive Inspection using THE PERFECT POCKET HIVE TOOL

    They are in the Spring 2014 Dadant catalogue or online at dadant.com
  10. Hive Inspection using THE PERFECT POCKET HIVE TOOL

    I borrowed my brother-in-law's GoPro camera to video a hive inspection using THE PERFECT POCKET HIVE TOOL. It was a mid-February check on a late summer split that I made to deal with a hot hive...
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    Re: Cheapest Supplier

    As has been said, cost is cost + shipping. I've found that Brushy Mountain starts out cheaper but tacks on shipping costs that are nearly double the actual UPS charge. Don't figure that they all...
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    Re: Where can I find gallon feeder jars?

    Dadant sells a 5 lb glass honey jar that is perfect for entrance feeders (about the only way to feed bees with killing hundreds of them). ...
  13. Thread: zipper pulls

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    zipper pulls

    I went looking for zipper pulls to make putting on my jacket easier..simple, but I wanted white ones...no luck. No luck online either until I found this video:...
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    Poll: Re: Ulster type observation hives?!?

    I have used the Brushy Mountain Ulster obs hive for several years...it's great. It is incredible how much you learn as you watch bee behavior. At first I intended to make one..but when I priced...
  15. Re: What is the best advice when building a bee vac?

    Beevacs work just fine...but not for every colony and certainly not for swarms. My advice:

    Don't use corrugated pool hose...you want hose that is smooth on the inside so as not to kill bees as...
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    Re: "bee jug" swarm capture

    one more thing....I use PVC fittings because sometimes I need to use PVC pipe and my beevac with the bee jug. The vacuum attaches to the pipe with the jug on the other end so I can vacuum bees if...
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    Re: "bee jug" swarm capture

    I had three last week....my biggest problem is finding someone to take them. It is my experience that I can usually get to the tangled up ones without even a stepladder.....unlike the ones up on a...
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    "bee jug" swarm capture

    I get lots of kudos for my "bee Jug" YouTube video of a swarm capture: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FAiOB9MzIY. My record "altitude" so far is 29 feet using a 16 foot pole plus an 8 foot pole...
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    Re: First time queen breeder

    I'm confused...the reason to buy the (expensive) queen rearing system is to take the grafting step out of the process....and for small scale it has worked great for me, especially with a Cloake Board...
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    Re: SHB Study... NEED YOUR THOUGHTS

    I have heavy SHB pressure, especially at home where I keep an Ulster observation hive. I have found that a screened inner cover offers the pests (what they think is) an easy entrance into the hive. ...
  21. Thread: Bottling Buckets

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    Re: Bottling Buckets

    that's why I use 1 1/4" gates....
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    Re: screened inner covers

    I may have been the post about keeping out the SHB's....and it really works. After about a year, it is unusual to see one of them!! In fact the only one I saw yesterday afternoon while checking ten...
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    "Christening" Maxant 3100P Extractor

    I "christened" the new powered extractor yesterday after gathering up two supers of last fall's honey that the bees didn't eat. The new machine worked great. What had always been a sticky mess in...
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    Re: swarm capture video

    I took a picture...then made a drawing and posted them at

    http://www.shutterfly.com/lightbox/view.sfly?fid=93f779e7eb4cdb896d9889752d9a603c

    there is another picture that shows what happens...
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    swarm capture video

    I've had lots of swarm calls over the last few weeks (one or two a day!). Yesterday I asked the homeowner to suit up so he could video my BEE BUCKET in action. He did a great job: check it out at...
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