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  1. Re: What should I expect durring my first inspection?

    My rule for me, I don't open hives unless I have a lit smoker. A couple of light puffs to "announce my presence," then only as needed; never can tell when someone might be in a bad mood.
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    Re: Where to locate a water source

    I use a bird baths 30+ feet from the hives with wood and sticks added, let the water maintain a little character (funky might be another term used)
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    Re: Dirty dishwater color

    The JAOM was the great and very quick at settling once it decided to start. The traditional with fall honey is being the problem child about clearing. Plenty of lees but still cloudy, the jug is...
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    Re: Dirty dishwater color

    The antique orange is excellent even drinking it before bottling, can't wait for it to age a year. The dirty dishwater are a nice golden color, waiting for the last one to clear a bit more before...
  5. Re: Queen cells after week and half after installing package

    They've found the current queen of unacceptable quality for some reason and they are home growing her replacement.
  6. Thread: Bottom clearance

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    Re: Bottom clearance

    My solid bottom boards have 3/8" shims around the perimeter to raise the brood box.
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    Re: Trap-out with no capture???

    The problem isn't getting the bees to move out as much as what is left behind. Wax and honey left in a wall or floor make a tasty treat for a lot of creepy crawlers and a much uglier "infestation."...
  8. Thread: Watering bees.

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    Re: Watering bees.

    I use a bird bath with some wood thrown in
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    Re: Shallow Super vs. Deep Super

    One deep on bottom, mediums above; with the exception of the deep, the bees decide what is for brood or honey. But then I do too many splits to get much of a honey crop.
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    Re: Wiring foundationless frames

    I use heavy monofilament but the bees will sometimes chew through it if they set their mind to it. One of the members suggested using a clamp to flex the sides of the frame in so you don't have to...
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    Re: Bee pulling cracked corn from bird feeder

    Follow them and see if it's sorority sisters brewing up a little shine.
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    Re: Opinions concerning top entrances

    My entrances are pretty close to shinbone's except I add tapered shims under the sides of the top feeder and "screen off" most of the gap in the front
  13. Re: When to put out swarm traps in central North Carolina?

    Generally, if I don't have swarm traps out as the eastern red buds bloom I feel like I'm running behind.
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    Re: hi to all, from Missouri.

    Welcome Crazzy, I'm about 75 mi north and across the river from you.
  15. Thread: Beekeeper Smell

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    Re: Beekeeper Smell

    My hives are close to the shed and I've found using wd40 and carb cleaner can attract hostile visitors. Not sure which one or both they found offensive but the message was clear.
  16. Thread: Essential Oils

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    Re: Essential Oils

    The zip lock bag would be left unsealed
  17. Thread: Essential Oils

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    Re: Essential Oils

    Put a couple of drops on a q-tip or a piece of paper towel, wiped a line around the box and dropped it in bottom of the box. Placing the q-tip/towel in a sandwich size zip lock may cause the smell...
  18. Thread: Essential Oils

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    Re: Essential Oils

    I use lemon grass oil, old boxes and a couple of frames of old comb. Must smell like home because I had one swarm land about 18" behind my head while I was installing a box.
  19. Thread: Migratory covers

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    Re: Migratory covers

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    I'm strictly a hobbyist so I have more time for niceties but I add tapered shims on the sides, a swivel entrance and some screening to my top feeders
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    Re: hello from illinois

    Where in Il are you located Brian?
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    Re: You Know Its Time To Buy a Hivetool Holder...

    I picked up one of the small tool pouches that attach to your belt from the big box store. I was tired of all my work pants having the back right pocket at least partially propolised (if that's a...
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    Re: Moving a Hive in February

    Do you have the option to wait for spring weather?
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    Re: Dirty dishwater color

    Used standard baker's yeast, aggressive stuff that blew excess fermentation foam out the airlock. It was extremely cloudy until last week, suddenly everything settled out and it's very clear (with...
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    Re: Dirty dishwater color

    Good to hear Vance, everything has been fermenting for well over two months and I was wanting to rack the antique orange but didn't want to "short change" it by racking before the fruit sank.
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    Re: Dirty dishwater color

    The traditional meads are still a bit cloudy but coming around to a better color. The antique orange (oranges, cinnamon, raisins) suddenly went clear with a nice golden color. I've read "wait...
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