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    Re: Help me find the queen

    First, wait for spring to look for her again. When I have a queen that's difficult to find I remove one outside frame, check and set aside. Then remove the outside frame on the other side, and check...
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    Re: Why is my wax coming out in two colors

    That should work. If you have much wax you might look for an old "crock pot" at one of the local thrift stores. I put a couple of inches of water in the bottom and melt CLEAN wax there for molding.
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    Re: Why is my wax coming out in two colors

    Don't boil the wax. Keep it well below the boiling point of water. 150-160 degrees should allow it to flow through your filter cloth.
  4. Re: Collecting bees during the winter, in the FL panhandle, for apitherapy?

    Why not set out a saucer of honey and catch some for yourself? Any warm day will do.
  5. Re: People actually make a living with honey production??

    Yep. That's the only good thing I can say about them. They are almost indestructible. The telescoping tops are good for sitting full supers on in the honey house. I even had some hive bodies made of...
  6. Re: How to stimulate colony build up in the spring?

    I use a 1:1 mix and there is never any syrup left as it is used up along with the maple nectar. We do not get surplus honey, only bees, from the maples. There is usually plenty of pollen even through...
  7. Re: How to stimulate colony build up in the spring?

    I start a slow feed the day after Christmas. Our first flow usually comes from red maple sometime in January. The little bit of feed each warm, sunny day gets the queen going and has them ready for a...
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    Re: What could have happened??

    It sounds like you had three issues. A queen issue as you suspected and a mouse and finally,robbing. That's the cell caps you see everywhere. Neglect had nothing to do with either of these. Robbing...
  9. Re: Two general questions for seasoned beekeepers (for fun)

    Boxes don't make honey, bees make honey.
  10. Re: Have not even started and already discouraged...

    The voice of reason. Pay attention grasshopper.
  11. Re: People actually make a living with honey production??

    Thanks for the links Angelo.I know where to sell it I need to know how it's packed to ship safely.
    Generally speaking I do not think the postal service accepts liquids so that leaves Fed X and UPS...
  12. Re: People actually make a living with honey production??

    First,there is no such thing as "organic" honey.Unless you have bees on an island more than five miles from any other land and that far from other humans then you have no control over where your bees...
  13. Re: People actually make a living with honey production??

    I have some equiptment nearly forty years old.I still have some of the plastic bottom boards from when they were first made.Granted most woodenware doesn't last forty years but most should last 20...
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    Re: Farm land of Forest

    Areas along creeks, rivers and swamps work for me.
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    Re: Paradox? Hive & Swarm trap location

    Bees seem to prefer shade.We put them in the sun to keep down small hive beetles which quickly become a problem for hives placed in the shade.
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    Re: 4 Failed Hives!?

    There is another thing that will take a strong hive down quickly and that is poison. If your hives did not have a lot of dead bees present then they may have been poisoned away from the hive.The fact...
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    Re: filtering wax

    For my final cleaning I use an old slow cooker with tee shirt material as a filter.This is after a couple of trips through the solar melter.This is clean enough for things like lip balm and other...
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    Re: An oxalic vaporizer that WORKS in 30 sec

    Add me to the list please.
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    Re: Useless tools or beginners luck?

    I agree with mgs post except I would keep the brush and throw away the gloves. Get several hive tools and paint them florescent orange.You still won't be able to find one when you need it.
    Buy...
  20. Thread: mineral oil

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    Re: mineral oil

    Can you point us to some of this discussion from several years ago? The talk now seems to be about 50/50 for and against
    fogging and no,I have not tried it yet.
  21. Thread: mineral oil

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    Re: mineral oil

    I wonder if anyone has tried adding essential oils to the mineral oil.
  22. Re: Turnkey topbar hive for selling to my "students"

    I think your prices are well in the ball park.Here a 10 frame Lang with bees, top,bottom and inner cover goes for north of 250 in the spring.
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    Re: A smelly smell that smells smelly...

    You probably already know this but just in case.....make short flicking motions with the brush.This instead of long sweeping motions.The long sweeping motions roll the bees and that is what they hate.
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    Re: Sting virgin & first aid

    If you are this worried about a sting maybe you should consider another hobby.
  25. Re: Unusual Bee Behavior (Bees dying regularly, and attracted to light)

    Your bees are simply attracted to the light.These would be bees that were outside the hive after dark.For instance,some bees remain outside if they are out in a late rain or if they just didn't make...
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