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  1. Re: Best way to clean labels off glass Jars.

    Soak them in a big bucket of hot water with a little dish soap and more or less a 1/2 cup baking soda. I left mine a few days and most labels just fell right off. A couple bottles had a different...
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    Re: Frame question

    I started with this style frame too. I, too, do not like them. I ended up taking the slots from the venetian blinds (plastic) and cutting them so they fit down the slot and drop into position 1/4"...
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    Re: Grafting is easy!

    Mbeck,
    What I find to help identify the "right" age of larva is to look first for eggs, then expand to the cells around. When you get to the size larva that's easier to see, head back to the egg...
  4. Re: Virgin queen released into laying worker nuc...advice please

    Thank you all for advice. I poked the drone cells on 2 frames (they had the least) and saw a patch of eggs that looks "queen" laid. I will wait another day and do the other frame and also swap out a...
  5. Virgin queen released into laying worker nuc...advice please

    Hi! I've started my first year making queens. Small scale. I've done some grafting, helped out friends in need, done more grafting. So, my last batch has me a little puzzled. In this one nuc, I...
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    Queens not hatching

    This info generated from queen rearing calendar:

    Day # DOW Date Task/Status
    1 Tuesday 5/20 The egg is laid by the queen mother. -...
  7. Re: Will a small queen cell produce an inferior queen?

    Ok. That makes sense. I cut a hole clear thru the foundation and pressed the outer edges into the frame, which I had also pushed flat. Thanks!
  8. Will a small queen cell produce an inferior queen?

    I remember my swarm cells a few years back were closer to 2 inches. The cells I moved out of a split were just over an inch. Should I be concerned that these queens will under produce?
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    Re: unfotunate mistake by a newbee

    Colleen O. - Where'd you get the cloth for the covering on your hive top?
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    Re: drill holes in honey super?

    I drill a small hole (3/8 - 5/16", depending what I grab) angled upward to keep the rain out. I put one in most of the boxes, even brood. My bees like them. Some hives have used propolis and made the...
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    Re: 1st Bait Swarm of the Season

    I checked on a remote bait hive (used 8f deep mixed with 1 old comb and empty frames and LGO) to shoo out any wasps, and as I peeked under the lid, a honey bee greeted me! I told the landowner, maybe...
  12. Re: OB hive - larva seen through the glass

    Thanks for sharing! Very cool!
  13. Re: Harvesting leftover honey in spring, any suggestions?

    So to rather ask than reply, I have the small cell plastic frames that are loaded with spots of honey, not brood. I thought if putting a board over the top super and laid a frame over top and...
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    Re: First swarm. a little help please.

    Too cool! Thanks for sharing pictures, I enjoy seeing other peeps bees.
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    Re: 10 frame deep as swarm trap

    Looks good! I personally like to use a thicker wood as the top, as I noticed thinner stuff warps. Just as long as the lid covers to keep out both sunlight and rain and doesn't come off when you...
  16. Re: Installing package bees in observation hive

    That is on my to do list after the nectar flow slips away. I'm happy my husband agreed to having one in the house! Four years ago, he barely agreed to me getting bees. I'm flip flopping on putting it...
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    Re: swarm moved in this morning

    Yes! Nice pictures! When you take them away, how far away do you relocate?
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    Re: swarm moved in this morning

    10152
    Okay! It worked.I'm using Chrome and I resized the picture by opening it in Microsoft Office 2010. The menu has a button "Edit Pictures". Right menu pop up, select compress pictures, select...
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    Re: swarm moved in this morning

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?289663-Posting-Pictures&highlight=uploading+photo

    I did the steps in this post by Rader Sidetrack. Finally, in the very left bottom of my screen, a...
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    Re: Pollen patties/brood builder ?

    DC Honeybees TV 1-22-11 Pollen Substitute Patties
    in reference to Michael Bush, the sage of all things beekeeping, I show how I make pollen patties...with the promise that I will halt feeding once...
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    Re: White eyed drone picture . . .

    I saw one in my hive, but didnt have a camera handy. Spooky, really! Lol
  22. Re: Lots of bees in super, how come they're not drawing comb?

    I just did some checker boarding today in 3 hives that were not doing a thing also.
  23. Re: bee sting she really got me good this time...

    My fingers swell a little, turn red, itch, radiate heat, feel numb and finally peel. Though the peeling might be from me unconsciously rubbing them. The back of my knees swells. Last year, entering...
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    Re: What is your bees' favorite flower?

    I had them all over burning bush for over a week! It almost sounded like a hive over smoked! And then everything else mentioned - and heather in winter/early spring and hostas in summer. I also think...
  25. Moldy wax cappings - usable or trash?

    I put all my capping, unrinsed, in a 5 gallon bucket (after a couple weeks in deep freeze) - I was going to set it out in spring as a honey feed. Somehow they got fruit flies, strange, as they were...
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