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    Re: source for #8 hardware cloth

    One of the local lumber stores is a Do It Best, they carry a number of different sizes but you have to ask for it. They keep the rolls in the basement and sell it by the foot.
  2. Thread: Sting Reaction

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    Re: Sting Reaction

    if I'm not working my bees correctly, then I get stung. If I do it right then I don't get stung, right?


    Great theory, too bad the bees don't read. If you keep bees you will be stung; their...
  3. Re: Putting a Queen into a hive with queen cells in it

    My thinking mirrors Bees of SC. Unless there are some other limiting factors, with 7 hives you have resources and a prime opportunity to at least do a small split and not endanger your new queen.
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    Re: not much honey stores

    I don't know your local conditions and patterns but I'm in a similar situation. This spring was very wet which disrupted foraging and the normal main flow, the hives are on the light side but with a...
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    Re: Heavy Honey Flow Resuming

    Picking up in southern IL too, I just hoping they can get enough stores for winter, spring was a bust with all the rain.
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    Re: 5 gallons old honey

    I'm with Burns375, go with the mead and a high alcohol tolerant yeast; a couple of sips and I'll bet you'll have developed "an aquired taste."
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    Re: Tools for DIY components

    In actuality both methods are comparable. It's just so engrained into my process it seems quicker to me, I imagine someone who constantly uses the framing square is just as quick. When I use the sq...
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    Re: Tools for DIY components

    I find measuring diagonally across the top corners to be the quickest determination if the box is square; equal measurements = square (the assumption is your lumber isn't bowed or twisted)
  9. Thread: Sign of a Swarm?

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    Re: Sign of a Swarm?

    When it gets warm the girls hang out on the porch.19775
  10. Thread: So much robbing!

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    Re: So much robbing!

    Are you adding anything to the syrup besides sugar and water? I generally don't use anything "smelly" in the syrup (HBH, vinegar, essential oils, etc) but if robbing becomes probematic I restrict...
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    Re: Who is not squishing the grumpy queens??

    I don't tolerate a hot hive; grumpy is a bit of a gray term. I had one that didn't care for the smell of WD40 and/or carb cleaner; I work on old iron and they would go 40-60 feed around the corner...
  12. Thread: trap out kit?

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    Re: trap out kit?

    do you build any of your own woodware and/or do you do woodworking; if so I'd recommend you try the Hogan method but you'll have to modify a box.
  13. Re: Very Very New and Need LOTS of Guidance and Support (Buyer beware LOL)

    Agree with Metropropolis; take a class, find a local bee club, find a mentor and read, read, read.

    Mentoring takes a significant effort and it really helps when the mentee has a basic knowledge...
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    Re: Race of Bees and Color

    If your queens have been open mated you have a true "blended family," they know their momma but who's their daddy?
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    Re: snap, crackle, pop?

    I get the snap crackle pop noise when working hives but usually it's from me
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    Re: Virgin vs. Mated queen intro?

    Rookie,
    If I have virgins I put them in a cage (haircurler cage), tuck them between frames and leave them for a couple of days. This may sound a little cold but after a couple of days if the she's...
  17. Re: Assmbling Hives Bodies - Battery powered finish nailer or air powered Framing Nai

    I use a nailer and Titebond III when assembling hive boxes; IMHO, the glue is strongest "mechanical fastener" and the nails are only needed to keep the joints in place until the glue sets.
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    Re: Virgin vs. Mated queen intro?

    Usually 24 hours. After about a couple of days from when I expect her to emerge I open the hive just enough to ensure she did emerge and remove the cell, then close it up for 7-10 days before...
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    Re: Virgin vs. Mated queen intro?

    If I have queen cells ready to emerge I prefer to introduce the queen cell a couple of days prior to emergence.
  20. Re: Cleaning the Propolis from the tops of feeder jars.

    I keep a bottle of Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) and shop towel in the truck for clean propolis off my fingers before leaving the outyard. The alcohol and a little rubbing gets it off my...
  21. Re: Why do some apiaries run consistently small hives, while others run towers?

    I believe you will find most of the commercial beekeepers utilize a broad spectrium of the bee industry from pollenation contracts, honey, wax, selling hives, etc. Sometimes the transportation and...
  22. Re: Why do some apiaries run consistently small hives, while others run towers?

    It also depends on your "core objective." Large hives have an economy of scale advantage if you're looking for honey production; building up hives and splitting for nuc sales can/will result in...
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    Re: Tips for managing foundationless frames

    When you are performing inspections do not lay it flat. Learn to keep it in the same orientation as it sets in the hive, to inspect the other side rotate it onto its end. String/wire it for...
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    Re: Not sure what bush this is

    We have bush and vine honeysuckle but I haven't noticed much difference between the blooms, both are fragrant
  25. Re: Introducing queens in various configurations....

    I've had good results adding queen cells into 24 hour queenless nucs and hives. Per Brother Adam, you should be able to remove the original laying queen and insert a new laying queen almost...
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