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    Re: No Gloves- No Veil......WHAT?

    I had a hive last year that would let me do a full inspection with no protective clothing or smoker. Two new hives this year and neither one will play nice.
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    Re: Options when switching to medium frames

    I would think this time of year they could draw out without much trouble.
    Next time just make a shim to put under your medium box that will allow you to use deep frames. When they move up over...
  3. Thread: smoker skills

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    Re: smoker skills

    Pine needles have to be packed real good to smolder. Too lose and they burn up as you've discovered. I still use some, but made the switch to old denim and sawdust because of the tar from the pine...
  4. Thread: dead drones

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    Re: dead drones

    Dude.....chill. Not everyone spends the day hovering over the computer(or nights).
    Drones get kicked out if the girls have had enough of them. I have one hive that drew out two medium frames of...
  5. Thread: How long?

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    Re: How long?

    I'm on the west side of the state. Orange, yellow and tan coming in. The tan can be a bit harder to spot (Maple and/or blackberries).
  6. Thread: hive plans

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    Re: hive plans

    http://www.beesource.com/build-it-yourself/
  7. Re: How to find timeframe of local "main flow"?

    I use this site http://honeybeenet.gsfc.nasa.gov/Sites/national_map.htm. I don't see anything really close to you, but....there is some older data from Beaverlodge, AB.
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    Re: How strong for "cut down" split?

    Thank you for confirming, Michael. I'm just a hobbyist trying to go from two to four hives without creating more problems for me and the bees. LOL!
    It makes sense that with less brood to care for,...
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    How strong for "cut down" split?

    Is there a way to determine how strong a hive is in order to split with this method? It seems to be a fine line between overflowing with bees and swarm crowding. I have a hive with a prolific laying...
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    Re: Foundationless Supers

    I use waxed lacing similar to this http://www.specialized.net/Specialized/44800NAT-Cable-Lacing-Twine-9Ply-Waxed-Poly--191-yd-Spool-4862.aspx.
    The bees take to it well and you can cut through it if...
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    Re: Would you requeen?

    Local extension service and Craigslist....pronto, because time is ticking away. The sooner you get more bees or a queen, the better chance you have. Also, go to you local feed store or city hall and...
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    Re: supplements for spring build up

    Why do we, as humans, always think mother nature has to have our help in order to survive? By no means am I bashing, I just don't understand the human thought process many times.
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    Re: how long before adding second brood box?

    I'm not more experienced than you are but may I suggest pulling two frames from outer edge of brood an putting them in a third box on top. Fill the holes with empty frames and they should start...
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    Re: Nectar Flow questions

    There was a commercial beek keeping hives on the north side of Hwy 73, between Port Aurther and Winnie. Never had the chance to meet when passing thru but Always wanted to check them out. Don't know...
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    Re: Fine mess I've made!

    Next time use a cheap, foil baking pan (the shallow ones) or pie plate and you won't have to clean or scape anything. :thumbsup:
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    Re: Nectar Flow questions

    Everything you mentioned is on about the same time line as I am here (40 miles north of Lake Chales, LA.) I have two hives that I started this spring (one cutout and one duck nest box) and both are...
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    Re: deeps vs mediums

    Who cares? The OP is obviously just starting out. If he's doing it as a hobby, he can do whatever he wants. If growing into a business, he'll have to do what works for the business.
    I'm a hobby...
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    Re: Wooden Hive Top Feeder

    Silicone calk.
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    Re: Pollen versus Nectar?

    How much honey do they have in stores? If none or very little, keep the syrup on till some nectar becomes available. Dutch clover is coming in strong here, so I don't expect to feed any more. I had...
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    Re: Ultimate hot weather bee suite

    Just a note....the Navy uses pure bees wax for lube on the brass zippers of all survival gear. Comes in stick form.
  21. Re: What happens when you ask your 11 year old daughter to "paint" hive bodies

    That is a real treasure. Be sure to keep these photos for her later years!
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    Re: handhold video table saw

    I tend to keep simple as well. I use a 1/2" dado blade on a bench top table saw, set to 5 angle. A jig holds the boards in proper position to the blade. Just lay the board down, lift, move jig to...
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    Re: l) Harvesting first honey

    I have no experience, but wanted to share my plan. I had one hive last year that was a late season cutout and they were slow to build up. That hive got robbed and died out over winter. This spring, I...
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    Re: Newbie question about trapouts

    Indeed. I have learned more here than anywhere else. I have saved Mr Bush's web site and following much of his advice. ....except that "winter" stuff (whatever that is) LOL !
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    Re: water spray vs smoker

    I tried water mist on a recent removal and it seemed to reduce the flying. Still used a bit of smoke too.
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