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  1. Re: Gotta vent about customers' expectations of charges

    I do them for free for friends, family or under special circumstance. If someone starts talking about the value of the bees, I explain I can buy the same quantity of bees for fifty dollars locally...
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    Re: New member in Eugene Oregon

    You run a huge starvation risk taking from a first year hive in your area. I would leave it and if your bees make it, take honey in May with the maple bloom or better yet, let them use it to build...
  3. Re: Varroa treatment for single deeps, nucs and TBH

    Both. I would not use MAQS over 80. The instructions say you can but if you research a little, you will see you should not. I would not hesitate to use OA instead.
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    Re: Panty Hose As A Filter

    You are only limited by the surface area of the towel. It won't break through. When you have melted your wax, throw away the dirty towel or use it for swarm trap lure.

    All you need is a container...
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    Re: Panty Hose As A Filter

    I use a paper towel in my solar melting set up with no problems.

    My solar melter is a mixing bowl about half full of water. Paper towel stretched over that and held by rubber band. Set the bowl...
  6. Re: Varroa treatment for single deeps, nucs and TBH

    I use MAQS. I just reduce to one strip and make sure there is ventilation. No matter what, I don't use MAQS when it is hot.
  7. Re: super is not getting drawn. Am I being impatient, or should I do something?

    I absolutely could not get my bees to draw plastic foundation. So mid-flow, out of frustration, I put my super between my brood boxed splitting the brood nest.

    The bees did not appreciate it but...
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    Re: How to save a dwindling hive?

    Newspaper combine with a couple frames of brood and nurse bees. Once combined, requeen. You could always bank the old queen or queen a nuc with her to test the theory she won't lay for lack of nurse...
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    Re: swarm trap success rate?

    I went two for three using pieces of old brood comb and some lemon grass oil. The LGO has an immediate effect of getting bees to investigate. This year, I won't hang the comb by way of frames since...
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    Re: Bees not moving into honey supers

    You can if you introduce her right.
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    Re: Bees not moving into honey supers

    Put a medium between your two deeps for a week or two. Then pull it making sure the queen isn't on it. Put it above your excluder. Make sure you have an entrance above it. Any drones will look ugly...
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    Re: Please help me understand keeping a Nuc

    I use nucs to start new hives/make new queens in my outyards. It is much easier to move/transport them than a full hive. I also use them to bank a queen or cell when needed or anticipated. I use...
  13. Thread: Nuc?

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    Re: Nuc?

    The Fatbeeman does some of these if I remember right. Check YouTube.
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    Re: Swarm Trap: how empty should it be?

    Odfrank is right. I know from experience. If you leave open area you will be cutting out either drawn from the lid or disorganized comb. That is my actual having done it experience.
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    Re: Unsure of next move

    Next warmish day, pull your feeders. Put a single sheet of newspaper over your top bars and dump some dry sugar on that. As much as you have space for. Sugar will absorb moisture and also provide...
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    Re: Buying an Extractor

    I bought directly from Maxant and they did free shipping. Good folks but they were running several weeks behind stated ship date. Still, a very good company to work with and I will buy from them...
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    Re: Swarm catching question

    I went two for three this year. Baited with brood comb and LGO. I set them six to eight feet off the ground. One swarm was massive. I used two old lang deeps and one box I build that was slightly...
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    Re: Honeyless in Seattle

    I would reduce the entrances down to no more than two bee spaces, put as much dry sugar as I could in blocks to the sides of and if possible dumped on single layer news paper above them. I would then...
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    Re: Number of strips in MAQS sealed packages

    I did that this past spring. What is sad is I have experience with the product and was just not thinking. If you have not already done so, pull the extra pads off. Make sure you are well vented. What...
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    Re: Large local reaction

    I used to get massive swelling and itching no matter where stung. After about fifty stings last year, it is not bad except the head.

    Now, no itching but if I get stung on the head, I still get...
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    Re: queen but no brood

    Fairly normal for a new queen.
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    Re: How do you all fight "the itch"?

    I itched badly for days until I built some immunity. Still swell if they get my head or especially my face. I started to use white vinager to cover the scent when stung instead of smoke. I noticed it...
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    Re: queen but no brood

    Wait a week to make sure your new queen wasn't on flight. That is my advice. I did two inspections this year on walk away splits thinking no queen to return a week later to a queen. Same event told...
  24. Thread: lazy bees?

    by Motj3
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    Re: lazy bees?

    You can just put a super between the deeps for a couple days. Then, once they draw some comb move it to the top making sure the queen isn't on it. Any brood will pull bees up and they will draw...
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    Re: Sadly wave goodbye - Swarm too high

    Extending pole, bucket or large water bottle with big end removed, duct tape. 25' high becomes a nuisance and that is all.
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