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  1. Re: Wintering question for northern beekeepers

    I'm not going to argue that you shouldn't make your hives into big thermos bottles since it is working for you, but it seems to be way overkill to me. (BTW, when did Rensselaer become part of...
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    Re: Corrugated Metal Roof?

    Couldn't it help in cooling as air can flow under the roofing?

    Wayne
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    Re: How SWEET is the Mix?

    No, actually, I think that would be the worst if you are trying to provide stores for the bees to carry them through the winter. The bees need to store their food in empty cells surrounding their...
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    Re: Insulating box idea

    Unless I am misunderstanding, the edges of the carpet will be exposed to the outside air? If not enclosed or completely sealed from the elements, I believe it will wick in more moisture from the...
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    Re: Need a SBB?

    I would make a 3/4" rim and fasten the #8 screening to that. Then to close it off, lift your hive & place the hardboard on top. Will be a lot easier to clean in the spring and if you need to reverse...
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    Re: Purchase or make a mite washer

    I did see that Ken, and that's exactly what I went into the shop to make. As I was about to cut center of the second jar cap, I paused and wondered why I need two jars. Being in a rush, I decided I...
  7. Re: Phrases I just wouldn't have expected to say till I started beekeeping

    Don't kill those dandelions.
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    Re: Purchase or make a mite washer

    For 26 bucks plus shipping from Canada, I think I'll stick with the method I used today. It is the simplified version of the one that Mark described.

    One empty peanut butter jar with two lids. One...
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    Re: Shafted on Shipping

    ONLY if your order is over $100.

    Wayne
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    Re: How Long Can I store my Supers

    For a few days, I'd just put them somewhere where critters can't get them. With a top cover on perhaps as jsbyers said. Or a piece of scrap ply. I've got some supers stacked in my kitchen now waiting...
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    Re: new place to get stung

    That answers the famous question:" Was you ever bit by a dead bee?" ~ Eddie (played by Walter Brennan) in To Have And Have Not

    Wayne
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    Re: Shafted on Shipping

    Mann Lake is about 25 miles from my office and about a 32 minute drive ea way. Still, unless I need something in a pinch, it's usually not worth the drive down the highway. Cheaper to pay the...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    A new crop of a taller goldenrod has been blooming for over a week here. (Susquehanna County.) It's about 100 yards from my apiary. I checked it frequently last weekend to see if my bees were working...
  14. Re: Logistics of keeping up with syrup supplementation

    I guess I'm just lucky in that I haven't had a need to boil the water. Just mix and go.

    Wayne
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    Re: Shafted on Shipping

    As noted in the thread I linked to: Betterbee.com

    Wayne
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    Re: Goldenrod honey value

    You'll have to ask him. I don't know any beekeepers that remove supers to avoid goldenrod honey. When I lived in Maine, that goldenrod (and aster) honey was what kept my bees alive over winter.
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    Re: Old Sol Apiaries?

    Actually, the owners of both companies have been members here, but I believe that is the only similarity. I have only heard good things about Old Sol. As for the other, well unless a leopard can...
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    Re: Shafted on Shipping

    Rarely. Most mail order suppliers build some income into their shipping charges. Some, little to none, others a hefty profit.

    We had a similar thread about a week ago. The answer: Shop around.
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    Re: Bee dancer

    I think that what non-beekeepers take way, beyond the extraordinariness of the performance is the thought that possibly our bees are not all the media portrays them to be.

    If watching this video...
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    Re: Bee dancer

    Now there's the message we as beekeepers want the public to embrace.

    Wayne
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    Re: That phone call you get...

    Isn't the problem not in supporting the hot wire posts but getting the ground post deep enough to make good earth contact?

    Wayne
  22. Re: EXTRACTING FOUNDATIONLESS and WIRELESS FRAMES

    I have shelves of engineering books and after a careful reading of them all, I still haven't found the section that encourages engineering wannabees to argue with those doing something successfully...
  23. Re: When should I take my supers off to prepare for winter?

    Before I would button up even a single hive for the winter at this very early point in the season, I would try to make sure I understand completely what the beekeepers you are referring to are...
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    Re: Bee dancer

    Perhaps I'm the only one that appreciates it for what it is? I see it as an artistic expression with the added benefit to beekeepers in that demonstrates to the general public that honeybees are not...
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    Re: Golden Rod & Golden Honey

    There are a lot of varieties of Goldenrod. We had an early variety in Maine that bloomed mid-summer but the bees never touched it. I saw the same here in PA a few weeks ago with the bees ignoring...
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