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    Have you checked the bee-vac plans listed under...

    Have you checked the bee-vac plans listed under the Plans section of this website? The first concern that I would watch out for is the velocity of the air (and consequently bees) that your vacuum...
  2. Thread: Sugar Roll?

    by Paul B
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    Hi, As I understand it, a Sugar Roll is a way...

    Hi,

    As I understand it, a Sugar Roll is a way to check your bees for Varroa Mites without killing them. The old "Ether Roll" technique uses a jar and a can of spray ether. It kills the bees in the...
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    Hi Peg, I live in Maine and I have asked an...

    Hi Peg,

    I live in Maine and I have asked an "old-timer" how he has prepared his hives for the past several years. He said that sometimes he wraps his hives and sometimes he does nothing at all.
    ...
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    Hi mrbillz, As a matter of fact, I use a pair...

    Hi mrbillz,

    As a matter of fact, I use a pair of nylons to filter my wax. I use the cheap aluminum disposable pans to pour my wax into after I slide the entire pan into the leg of a pair of...
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    Hi Dave, It sounds like you have hit the usual...

    Hi Dave,

    It sounds like you have hit the usual "Summer Dearth". This is when the nectar flow basically shuts off (or close to it). I would suggest that you simply remove the empty shallow and let...
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    Hi Clayton, I'm afraid that I can't be much...

    Hi Clayton,

    I'm afraid that I can't be much help here, but I did find that Dadant has some creamed honey equipment listed on their on-line catalog. You may want to run a search for them and take a...
  7. Thread: Honey Labels

    by Paul B
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    Hi Dlee, Yes, I have been using my own labels...

    Hi Dlee,

    Yes, I have been using my own labels with special help from my wife. We buy the pre-cut boxes of Mead labels to fit the size jar that I am working with. Next, my wife hand draws the...
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    Hi Folks, If this will help, here is what I...

    Hi Folks,

    If this will help, here is what I have been told. The old addage that "a pint's a pound the whole world 'round" is true for water. Honey on the other hand is heavier than water. The rule...
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    Just a quick note, I bought an old galvanized...

    Just a quick note, I bought an old galvanized extractor myself. I found that "Food Grade" epoxy coating is available through the Walter T. Kelley catalog. Others may carry it also. You may want to...
  10. Thread: Bee Blowing

    by Paul B
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    Hi Beardsworth, The main concern that I would...

    Hi Beardsworth,

    The main concern that I would have using compressed air would be the velocity of the air as it leaves the nozzle. Basically, The speed of the air will translate to the speed of the...
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    Abeille, I'm not quite sure how many deep...

    Abeille,

    I'm not quite sure how many deep bodies that you need for Quebec, but, here in Maine we usually use 2 deeps. Anything more added on top of the hive would be supers. You can use a deep...
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    Hey guys, I have to add a little trick that my...

    Hey guys,

    I have to add a little trick that my wife found. She has been growing herbs and stuff for a few years and heard that if you chew on a mint leaf, and then rub the chewed leaf on the area...
  13. Thread: building hives

    by Paul B
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    Hey Christopher, Depending on the deals that...

    Hey Christopher,

    Depending on the deals that you can get around the local lumber yard, I'd bet that you can probably make your hives cheaper than buying... especially if you are buying from the...
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    I read a book recently that discussed the color...

    I read a book recently that discussed the color bands that bees can see... As far as which color to paint the hives, I think you can use anything that you want, but, you may want to avoid using any...
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    Interesting project... I've never built a truck...

    Interesting project... I've never built a truck bed to hold hives before, but I'd be concerned with robbing if you face all the hives inward. Also, when you place hives permanently, you want to have...
  16. Thread: Used Hives

    by Paul B
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    Here in Maine we have a State Bee Inspector who...

    Here in Maine we have a State Bee Inspector who knows all the stuff to watch out for. If you call your loacl Cooperative Extension or the State Government Offices, they would be able to put you in...
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    The way that I was taught... you sure can. I...

    The way that I was taught... you sure can.
    I have even used frames with a little mold on them. The bees will clean the frames to their own liking.

    Good Luck,
    Paul B.
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    The way I was taught, you only rotate the brood...

    The way I was taught, you only rotate the brood chambers in the spring after the cluster has broken. Generally, the Queen will be in the top chamber and this will put her back down in the bottom to...
  19. Thread: brood chambers

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    Hi Paul I Am, Since you live in Ontario, I would...

    Hi Paul I Am,
    Since you live in Ontario, I would suggest that you set your hives up like we do here in Maine. I find that it is best to overwinter your hives in 2 deep brood chambers. This will give...
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    I'm going to assume that you are using 1 deep...

    I'm going to assume that you are using 1 deep brood chamber in the south and that all other added boxes are honey supers. Now, here is what I have learned. When the bees have drawn out all of the...
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    Hi, I just checked out an interesting site that...

    Hi, I just checked out an interesting site that lists several categories of recipes. You might find what you are looking for at: www.honey.com/recipes

    Good Luck,
    Paul
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    Here's a possible improvement that I've been...

    Here's a possible improvement that I've been thinking about. I have looked at a couple of different wax melter plans also, and found them to be fairly similar. I'd paint the inside black but would...
  23. Thread: Hive Placement

    by Paul B
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    Hi Pancho, I'd add just a couple of items...

    Hi Pancho,
    I'd add just a couple of items here... First, you want to make sure that the list of "pets" close by DO NOT include horses or sheep. From what I have read and been told, bees get very...
  24. Thread: mead

    by Paul B
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    Have you taken a look at the recipes listed at: ...

    Have you taken a look at the recipes listed at:
    www.honeywine.com

    There are a few different types listed in the Mead section.

    Good Luck,
    Paul
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    Hi, I hope that the "Entrance Screens" that you...

    Hi, I hope that the "Entrance Screens" that you are going to use will not prevent the bees from leaving the hive. Remember, the bees, like us, occasionally need to go to the bathroom (cleansing...
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