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    Re: Scarifying goldenrod and aster seed.

    Yeah maybe some fine grained clean sand. I'd think that if the grains are too large they could crush the seeds.
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    Re: Scarifying goldenrod and aster seed.

    How would you scarily them? They're too small to really get a handle on to do so. Maybe you could put them in a container with some dirt and give that a good shake before you broadcast them.
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    Re: Catching swarms in the spring.

    I would think it would depend on the size of the swarm. When I catch a swarm on say a branch, I put them in a box that roughly contains them rather than giving them the entire area. I increase the...
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    Re: Comb organization for winter.

    Yeah what I had in mind was basically putting a follower board on one end, empty combs, brood comb, and then honey stores.
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    Comb organization for winter.

    So I've got a top bar hive with 18 fully drawn frames with all of them having a good percentage of capped honey and two of them with small patches of brood. The bars with brood are smack dab in the...
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    Re: overwintering top bar

    That's an ingenious idea. Thanks Mr. Bush. I feel honored to hear from you.
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    Re: overwintering top bar

    Does anyone have any experience feeding dry sugar to a top bar hive? I'm afraid it's getting too cold where I am for my bees to dehydrate the 2:1 syrup I'm giving them. To feed the syrup I created a ...
  8. Re: Cleaning suit after cutout of sprayed hive

    Thanks jimsteelejr. Luckily it's not too hard to get people to tell me whether or not they've been sprayed because "how else would you get rid of them besides bug spray?" But yeah I think I'll go...
  9. Re: Cleaning suit after cutout of sprayed hive

    I'm concerned because I have zero experience with this sort of thing. I was hoping to get other peoples advice who had cut out bees that had been sprayed and tell me that it did or did not cause...
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    Thanks for the comments guys. I just don't want my non contaminated bees to get contaminated. I really wanna save as many bees as possible though but sometimes, more often than not, they've been...
  11. Re: Cleaning suit after cutout of sprayed hive

    No special precautions? Special detergent, wash 3x etc? I think I'm a bit paranoid about it.
  12. Cleaning suit after cutout of sprayed hive

    Hello all,

    I may or may not be doing a cutout soon of a hive that has been sprayed. I questioned the homeowner on whether or not they had sprayed just the entrance or up into the cavity. They...
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    Re: first swarm caught and have a question

    I recently hived a swarm into a top bar hive (about 3 weeks ago) and gave them 8 top bars worth of space to start off. The bars had comb guides and nothing more. I stuffed some grass in the entrance...
  14. Re: Need advice regarding removal of bees from house

    Yeah that makes the most sense to me in terms of where they actually are. And it's a new house so there's probably nothing but the vinyl soffit and no wood soffit underneath. It will be most likely...
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    Re: Question reguarding honey colors

    Doesn't the age of the honey also influence the light/darkness of it i.e. young honey is lighter in color while the older honey is darker in color?
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    I just found a great site that shows the construction of a soffit (keep in mind I know nothing about construction and this is probably not new to you guys lol)
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    Awesome,

    Thanks Barry
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    The problem with that is finding a contractor who isn't afraid of bees lol.

    I'm just not sure the best way to handle this, I wish all the calls I got were for swarms, those are easy.

    I've got...
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    Thanks Don,

    So how do you know for sure that they're in the soffit under the eyebrow roof (was wondering what to call that) and not in the walls above it? If they were in fact in the soffit that...
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    Thanks The Dude, those are good ideas and I will suggest it to them.
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    I explained to them and they understand the reason for not wanting to leave the comb in the walls, the problem is that I don't feel competent enough to try and take down any of the siding myself and...
  22. Need advice regarding removal of bees from house

    Hi there,

    I'm a new Beekeeper and am trying to get as many free locally adapted bees as possible rather than buying them from other locales. I've already removed a few swarms and I've gotten a...
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    Re: Top Bar Hive Entrance feeder

    That seems like a lot of holes. Let us know how it works out. I made a feeder that goes inside that I enclose within two follower boards and can hold two jars.
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    Re: I thought this was an old man's Hobby!!

    +1 for deadlifts and weightlifting in general. I do it to prevent injury mainly.
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    Re: Easy LOW Swarm

    I got one a week ago that was on a short juniper bush. Less than a foot off the ground. Cut the branch and away I went.
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