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  1. Re: Oct 1st today who's still extracting honey???

    We pulled Spring honey in July. Plan to pull the Fall flow (Goldenrod) late this month.
  2. Re: Possible to Move Yellow Jacket Underground Nest?

    You probably could do it...But I'd seriously question why. As previously stated, Yellow Jackets do not over Winter as a colony. I personally detest them. Received 22 stings last year when I...
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    Re: Entrance Reducer?

    I use wooden paint stir sticks to reduce the hive entrances. Tack them in place leaving the gap on one end. I reduce my weak hive entrances during the Summer dearth, the others I leave open until...
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    Re: I have a hornet problem !!

    Looks like a European Hornet (aka Vespa Crabro). We see them around the hives during the Summer dearth. I kill the ones I see but their impact on the colony is neglible.
  5. Re: Medium select 8 frame supers -- Dadant vs Mann Lake vs your recommendation

    I switched to commercial grade last year and have had no second thoughts. They perform well. I received a flyer (attached) from Brushy Mountain yesterday and noticed that they have their commercial...
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    Re: crystalized honey

    Hi firebug,

    Most all honey crystallizes at some point. I prefer it that way but it makes bottling a pain the tail. I place mine in the front seat of my truck with the windows rolled up and this...
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    Re: Honey with bettle larva, Any Good

    She's a registered licensed dietician who works in the clinical world. The concept of bugs in your food took some getting use to.

    Vomit? Geez and all this time I was thinking that it was only...
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    Re: Honey with bettle larva, Any Good

    If the material can be strained out then I don't see an issue. We strain all kinds of foreign material from extracted honey... dead bees, SHB's, and who knows what else gets slung out by the...
  9. Re: What's the best gritty non-slip coating for ladder rungs?

    We used a product for custom walk boards called wing walk. http://www.randolphaircraft.com/wingwalk.html
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    Re: Anti-bear bee fortress; nearly completed.

    A moat and a draw bridge seem in order.
  11. Thread: Very bumbed!

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    Re: Very bumbed!

    I PM'd you a few days ago about the equpiment. Respond in kind if you're interested.
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    Re: Golden rod honey, dark or light

    Around here Goldenrod is a major source for Fall honey and it is dark... and delicious.
  13. Thread: golden rod

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    Re: golden rod

    We have it in abundance here. It makes up one of my primary sources for late Summer and early Fall honey. Unique smell...great honey. Never thought of buying seed as it is so common in my area.
  14. Thread: hello from SC

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    Re: hello from SC

    Hi BC69,

    York County has a great beekeeper's association. If you have not been in touch with them you might consider attending one of their meetings. They meet the 2nd Thursday of the month...
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    Re: SHB moved in quick.

    SHB's are prolific flyers. Having the beetle traps and SBB's will help you manage. Just make sure your colonies remain strong.
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    Re: How long can you keep queens caged?

    Some regular watering and some honey drops on the cage screen is all she'll need. I just dab the water on the screen with my finger.

    I had a Queen die in her cage the day after package...
  17. Re: I run 8-frame medium Everything - how many brood boxes?

    Hi Carol,

    I ran all 8-Frame mediums until this year. They will draw them out quickly in most cases so be ready with extra supers. My typical setup was two mediums for over Winter brood with a...
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    Re: what is this? wax worm?

    Sounds like Wax Moth larve. I had minimal damage to a dozen frames. Threw them in the deep freezer for a week, then cut out most of the damaged cells and gave them back to the girls.
  19. Thread: 8 frame or 10

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    Re: 8 frame or 10

    We run 8-Frame woodenware. When it was just a copule of hives it was no big deal, but now it is a big deal. I spent 4 hours checking newly established hives last Thursday and was ever so grateful.
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    Re: Goldenrod Honey: Take it, or leave it?

    We gave away Goldenrod honey for Christmas along with some Sourwood. The GR honey was preferred by most everyone.
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    Re: first time building bee boxes

    Nice work Terrance. Interesting take on building your own woodenware. Some copper flashing on those tops sure would look nice IMO.

    Keep us posted on your progress.
  22. Re: What do you bring to the bee yard for hive inpections?

    Aside from what you posted I try to keep the following on me, or in the truck:

    Frame rest
    Sharpie markers
    Camera
    Benadryl
    Bottled water
    Folding stool
    Magnifying glass
    Extra supers with...
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    Re: Total noob in Huntersville, NC

    Hi David,

    You'd be surprized. I kept seven hives in my backyard for several years. In the city limit, in view of the neighbors (HOA), and in view of the street. A few bottles of free honey...
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    Poll: Re: How do you staple your frames

    Glue all joints then four staples on the top bar (two on each end) and two on the bottom bar (one on each end). I use 18 Ga. crown staples. 1/4" x 1-1/2". Nothing through the side bar.
  25. Thread: rabbet joints

    by Kevin245
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    Re: rabbet joints

    Most of our mediums are rabbeted with 1/4" crown staples in both directions and glued joints. They're incredibly strong and I prefer the appearance when compared to finger joints.
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