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  1. Re: Central Maryland Beekeepers Association (CMBA) taken over by extreme alarmists

    May want to make sure it actually came from Association leadership and not just an ordinary member who hit the almighty "Reply All" button.
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    Re: Flow Hive- this look interesting

    "I however hope it all works out. With these advances beekeeping can be modernized. In the house of honey many new technologies have emerged to help us, but the field is still all very similar to...
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    Re: Any Plastic Foundation Preferences?

    I think a lot of the plastic foundation claiming to be "wax coated" actually just has some beeswax added to the molten plastic and it's just assumed some of it ends up on the surface.
  4. Re: Anyone use the wooden wicks for beeswax candles?

    I believe the official WoodWick wicks are dipped in some chemical to promote crackling and slow the burn time. I'd be interested to see how a plain wood wick would work.

    I'm wondering how these...
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    Re: When should I put out swarm traps?

    Late Feb swarms are not unheard of, but things usually get rolling the first couple weeks of March - depending on the weather.
  6. Re: Is there a consensus on Screened bottom boards ?

    I read the thread title and had to chuckle "Is there a consensus...". I think the consensus is there is never a consensus on anything in beekeeping.:)

    SBBs were all the rage for a while but...
  7. Re: Thinking about changing to single Deep???????????

    Lots of folks here run single deeps - even through winter. With singles, you will get more honey in the supers because they don't have a second brood box to put it in. But swarming is more of an...
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    Re: Natural honey with a spicy cinnamon flavor

    I have heard that sunflower honey has a bit of a cinnamon flavor to it.
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    Re: Hive Hosting Payment by Honey

    I'm not sure the farmer knows what he is asking for. 1/4 of it for no charge or all of it for $10/pint (as opposed to 3/4 of it for $10/pint). I like to put bees on the local organic farms not so...
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    Re: Watermelon pollination

    I think you should go in with the automatic assumption that you will have a lot of loss in the form of weak or dead hives and price it from that standpoint. If your experience ends up being anything...
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    Re: Watermelon pollination

    I have done some watermelon pollination for the last few years (small scale - 25 hives). It is very hard on the bees. Especially the last few years when we have had a lot of rain. During rainy...
  12. Thread: Jumbo Smoker

    by GaSteve

    Re: Jumbo Smoker

    I agree - the large model with the protective cage is the way to go. That cage is very handy for holding it between your knees and it has a hook to hang it on the side of a hive. I also like the...
  13. Re: Dumbest thing you ever bought for beekeeping ?

    Manipulation cloth. Supposed to keep bees calmer by covering all the frames except the one you're working -- worthless.

    Ross Round super was a close second - not that it didn't work, just...
  14. Re: One more reason to keep bees...... hair loss treatment?

    "When the researchers tested propolis on mice that had been shaved or waxed..."

    How's that for a job description - "Mouse waxer"
  15. Thread: hive scale

    by GaSteve

    Re: hive scale

    This looks like an interesting hive scale. Apparently you insert the angled piece between the bottom box and...
  16. Re: Two general questions for seasoned beekeepers (for fun)

    1. Don't try to carbon copy someone else's management techniques.
    Even if they are very successful, blindly copying their actions without understanding what's behind them probably won't be...
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    Re: Paradox? Hive & Swarm trap location

    I'll second that. Even in GA, I've found that bees in full sun have fewer problems (especially small hive beetles), are more productive, and have a better temperament than those in the shade.

  18. Re: Frame top bars popping off, seeking opinions from the group

    In addition to the horizontal nails that go through the end bar under the ear of the top bar, you can also put horizontal nails through the edges of the "fork tines" of the end bar into the top bar. ...
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    Re: creamed honey setting solid

    I read an article once on how an Australian company produces creamed honey. They warm all their jars of creamed honey at the end of the line. Apparently once you warm it to soften it up once, it...
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    Re: film on wax after boiling

    I see stuff quite often on the bottom of the wax after it hardens over water. Most of it looks like sand. I just scrape it off the cake with a hive tool.
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    Re: 1 lb. Panel Bear - IN STOCK NEXT WEEK!

    What is the size of the front panel? If I can fit my regular 1 lb. jar labels onto the panel and do away with the unique size 12 oz. bear labels, you have a new customer.
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    Re: Cleaning queen excluders

    These QE cleaning tools work pretty well. Still a manual process, but it's better and faster than a hive tool because...
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    Oxalic Acid Vaporizing vs. Dribbling

    Apparently both methods can achieve an efficacy rate in the mid-90s if done correctly. Pros and cons as I understand them:

    Vaporizing is fast but requires a heating element and an energy source...
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    Re: Certified Sourwood Honey?

    As is usually the case with beekeeping, nothing is clear cut or straightforward. I have read if at least 51% of the pollen in honey is from a certain source, you could claim the honey is that...
  25. Re: Charge for placing a hive at someone's garden?

    That's good advice that I didn't follow. I 've tried the hive rental idea with a couple hives. It sounds great on paper, but much different in reality. Even at a couple hundred bucks a year rental...
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