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    Making Queen Cages

    I would like to make some 3 hole wooden queen cages. What type of drill bit is used to bore the three holes? It appears to be a router bit since the holes are flat on the bottom. Am I correct?
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    Cone Swarm Trap - Help

    I purchased a cone swarm trap from Brushy Mtn. which I put 15 ft. up in a maple tree. Friday a swarm entered the cone trap and set up housekeeping. I plan to transfer the swarm to a hive probably...
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    9 Frame Italian Extractor

    I would like to buy a Baldor Power Conversion Kit for my Italian 9 frame radial extractor. Anyone know of a better price than Brushy Mountain? Cedar Glen Apiary has a lower price but the shipping...
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    Re: Moving Hives

    Some beekeepers are not able to move their bees 2 miles away for a few days as they don't have access to another property. An older beekeeper told me a trick that I have had pretty good success...
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    Re: Is 118 degree F honey still "raw"??

    There seems to be a wide range of opinions among beeks as to what the term "raw" means. What the term means to the customer also varies as to what is in their minds. Has the FDA ever defined the...
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    Re: what went wrong?

    It was not necesary to use HBH or even sugar water for that matter.
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    Re: Overwintering Nucs Vent Hole Question

    I have a 1" screened vent hole in the middle of the top cover. I don't worry about rain as the nucs have a tin roof 1 foot above them.
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    Re: Just killed 20 Queen Cells: Now What?

    I don't know your situation but if you had other hives with queens two years old or older, you could have used the capped queens to replace those queens. Free queens.
  9. Re: About how long to draw out new foundation?

    In a strong hive bees can draw out eight frames in two weeks or less if there is a strong honey flow in progress. Bees only draw wax when there is a need to do so. If there is no nectar coming in...
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    Re: I'm going to kill my dogs.

    They may die of a glycemic attack and save you the trouble. ;-)
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    Re: Overwintering Nuc ?s

    I overwinter five frame nucs in a weatherproof insulated box. Inside the box is a thermostat that turns on a 100 watt light bulb at 35 degrees and shuts off at 45 degrees. Moisture or high...
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    Re: First stings!

    Here's the thing...you can't go by the reactions of other people as stings reactions are a completely individual thing based on your personal immune system. You should monitor yourself and try to...
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    Re: Need help with plant id.

    I think what you have is English Ivy. The is much variation in the shapre of this species leaves. Some plants have a leaf shaped almost like a maple leaf whiles other are spear/lance shaped like...
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    Re: Trap Out Found New Way Out

    "Anyone see any problems with the setup? It's two stories up"

    Yes, I see a problem and I think you have answered your own question. I amazes me the danger, time, trouble, expense, and hours of...
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    Re: Is summer dearth the time to make splits?

    It's been my experience that making splits in mid July through August is not a good time generally. This dearth time means you have to feed sugar syrup to the splits and that touches off severe...
  16. Re: extractor comb blow out, what did I do wrong?

    I use plastic foundation in my honey supers like Rite-Cell or Plasticell for the very problem you describe. With plastic foundation you have never have to worry about a blow out or babying the RPM.
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    Re: How to stimulate new nuc to build comb?

    Bees will often ignore sugar water if there is a natural source of nectar available even if its' a weak source. There is a annual cycle to comb building and unfortunately for you this is not a good...
  18. Re: how long will it take to draw 10 med foundationless frames

    It depends. If there is no honey flow on you need to continue to feed them. With no honey flow and no supplemental feeding, frames may sit undrawn until next spring. Bees don't drawn comb unless...
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    Re: I don' worry 'bout no steenkin' varroa...

    In the latest issue of Bee Culture a man wrote a letter to the editor about his SHB problem. He says the beetles don't like light, so he built outer covers out of white plexiglass which lets in...
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    Feeding Nucs in Winter

    I fed my nucs dry sugar this past winter by placing several sheets of newspaper over the top bars and pouring sugar on top of the paper. The bees got fed but it turned into quite a mess. The bees...
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    Re: Getting Propolis off of tools and clothes

    There is only one thing I have found that attacks and dissolves propolis almost immediately and that's Greased Lightening. It really works!
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    Re: Mildew in feeder pails

    I don't know if you consider Honey Bee Healthy an expensive supplement but it sure keeps the black mold away.
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    Re: fumigillin question

    I go with loggermike, and use 1 rounded teaspoon to a gallon of warm syrup. That's also indicated in the written instructions that come with the product.
  24. Re: Survey on Russians (Please give your take on them)

    I bought two Russian packages last spring. I highly suspect the the queens were Russian but the bee breeder dumped Italian workers in the box and not Russian workers. Within two weeks the bees got...
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    Re: should i wrap with tar paper yet?

    Rather than wrap with tar paper, I put 1/2" foam insulaton boards on all four sides of my hives...held in place with two bungee cords. I look at this way; bees in the wild often make thier home in...
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