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    Re: Rendering Beeswax from Brood Frames

    I've done it three ways. 1) Dump it in boiling water and stir it around until it's all mushy. Cool, scrape and repeat with filtering. 2) Put it into a paint strainer bag and put that into the boiling...
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    Re: I Made a Bad Mistake

    I once thought I'd learn how to mark a queen so I bought the marking pen and practiced with drones. I used a previous years color until I THOUGHT (note the use of caps here) I was comfortable with...
  3. Re: Electric fence where ground rod is not possible

    In my experience, if you alternate them well with conservative spacing you should have a pretty effective fence after.
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    Re: Lost queen. Nervous new beekeeper!!!

    I would just wait on that other hive, maybe for a week or so, and go back to see what it looks like. Two hives, side by side, started at the same time often develop differently. Give her a little...
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    Re: first year honey?

    You COULD get honey your first year and I know of beekeepers that certainly have had good year one harvests. They also fed heavily after those harvests to get them ready for the fall and winter. I...
  6. Re: Newb help with entrance reducer/ convo with Tim Ives

    I don't get too worked up about whether I reduce or not. Certainly, I reduce when I'm worried about robbing or during the winter. But I don't think there's any hard and fast rule that we need to...
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    Re: cracks between boxes?

    You can try to even them out but sometimes it's hard to do if you have a lot of boxes that aren't perfect. And, if you shave too much off you end up messing with bee space. If you have a real bad box...
  8. Re: New nucs in deep box, can I add a medium above?

    There's no problem adding a medium over a deep and I know a few beekeepers that regularly use a single deep with one or two mediums above as their brood boxes. If I were doing what you're proposing,...
  9. Thread: Splits

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    Re: Splits

    I was assuming that your split would be the recipient of your new queen. I guess my advice is really to be certain that you don't add a queen to an already queenright colony.
  10. Thread: 2 Entrances?

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    Re: 2 Entrances?

    A few years back I made a bunch of ventilating inner covers. Essentially, a shim with a bunch of screened openings all around. I included a notch in the front. When I run those inner covers, it's...
  11. Thread: Splits

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    Re: Splits

    Caleb, if you want to split the hive it's not a bad time to get it done. If I were doing it from a single hive, I would introduce a new queen instead of letting them make their own. I'd also be...
  12. Re: How many colonies can I put in a small space?

    Should be fine as long as you can work them with reasonable comfort.
  13. Re: Frame and wax foundation mismatch or bad quality control.

    I've been married almost 37 years. I'm used to being blamed and good at being wrong!
  14. Re: Mold on inside of telescoping cover top feeder

    I wouldn't worry about it. Not sure how long you'll be feeding but just clean it up when you pull the feeder for the year. When I used top feeders, I would just spray the plastic that had mildew or...
  15. Re: Day 15 Inspection - No evidence of queen.

    I might wait a few more days and then look real hard for eggs. But I wouldn't wait much longer before I put a new queen in.
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    Re: REPLACE THE QUEEN??

    I'd give your weak hive some frames of brood from your stronger hives to help boost the population. I'd also think about re-queening in one form or another.
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    Re: Requeened the split hive a week ago

    Yes, I would wait as well and check back to see what they've done.
  18. Thread: Splits

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    Re: Splits

    Couple of things. Yes, you can split if you have no swarm cells present. If you are sure to give your split frames with eggs or very young brood, they'll usually make their own queen. If you don't...
  19. Re: Frame and wax foundation mismatch or bad quality control.

    Yup, it's for a split bottom bar. You can trim it if you'd like. A paper cutter works OK if you have access to one.
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    Re: How to Split without moving hives?

    It's not too late to split. There's a lot of posts regarding keeping splits in the same yard. I usually don't have a problem with splits and I generally always keep them pretty much near where they...
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    Memorial Day 2015

    I had to share this. Here in Pepperell, we live right on the main road so we don't have to go far to see the parade. Today, my son brought my grandson to watch. At 8 1/2 months old, there's a lot for...
  22. Thread: earwigs

    by Ravenseye
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    Re: earwigs

    I typically have them in all the hives. Usually on the cover. I just leave them. They don't bother the bees.
  23. Thread: Bee Waterer

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    Re: Bee Waterer

    I don't typically find them aggressive but you never know. I wouldn't worry too much about it unless it's intense. I suppose you could always fill it with some wine!
  24. Re: Got my nuc installed...messy, stuck together frames?

    When I have a mess like that, I try to fix it as early in the season as I can. The bees are typically active early on and they can make new brood and comb with relative ease.
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    Re: Changing hive direction

    Beyond what Oldtimer said, not much difference. I like them facing the sun as well.
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