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    Re: What to do with burr comb

    I made a solar wax melter. I throw it in there. It adds up!
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    Re: Linseed Oil as hive dip/preservative?

    I think that it's the oxygen in the air that aids the polymerization. Maybe sunlight, too.
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    Re: Straining melted beeswax

    I buy flour sack cloth, which can be found in the housewares section of places like Walmart. The sheets are large, and it is easier to work with than cheesecloth.
  4. Thread: Adding Deeps

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    Re: Adding Deeps

    3/4 is fine. If they seem to be getting backed up, you could always give them a bigger opening. Some of my colonies have bona fide reducers, but several have a cutoff piece of lumber that does the...
  5. Thread: Adding Deeps

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    Re: Adding Deeps

    I use entrance reducers with all colonies that are in a single hive body (5 frame nuc or 10 frame). As the colony gets larger, I increase the opening. Eventually, I remove the reducer completely. ...
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    Re: Burr comb with zip ties

    The nice thing about rubber bands is that they will eventually be hauled out of the hive. Either the bees chew them, or they break on their own. Once they do, out they go!
  7. Re: Oops. Moldy dead drone comb. What to do with it?

    That is pretty neat. If you can do the experiment in the future, why not? You could probably transfer any spores to additional frames just by setting the nuc you carried them in on top of the frame...
  8. Thread: Dying Drones?

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    Re: Dying Drones?

    The drones are no longer useful to the colony, and have been kicked out. Happens all the time, especially in the Fall.
  9. Re: Oops. Moldy dead drone comb. What to do with it?

    Is mold a sugar?

    Well, plants use carbohydrate to build cellulose, which provides structure. It's not sweet, but fibrous instead. Other plants do produce sugar, so I suppose molds can, too. Any...
  10. Re: Hive unusually testy yesterday - precursor to swarming?

    I don't know if that behavior has anything to do with swarming. My own hives get cranky if: 1) There is a dearth 2) weather conditions are sliding toward stormy conditions; a weather front coming...
  11. Re: Oops. Moldy dead drone comb. What to do with it?

    Right now and in my area, anything with a beehive scent to it gets checked out immediately. Foundation, empty supers, etc. So, it might not be so much the protein as the prospect of easy-to-get...
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    Re: Trespassers - liability?

    I put a rider on my homeowner's insurance, mostly because of ATV riders in the woods behind my house. I guess that makes it a rider rider. It covers trespass-related injuries, and the additional...
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    Re: It's not a super, it's a brood box

    I do recall being confused by the distinction, wanting each term to be used to refer to a distinct piece of equipment with a specific design or dimensions. Once I realized that it was the use to...
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    Re: Robbing in midwest

    We had a long, sustained flow here, and then it shut off about 10 days ago. Right then, the robbing began. The first sign (aside from fewer blooms) was that the swarm traps I had set out were...
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    Re: Looks like SHB have taken over, am I boned?

    I had my first run-in with SHB this year, in a frame of honey in a nuc. My larger hives have had no issues. As others have written, the first thing to do is to get those slimed frames (larvae) out...
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    Re: Banner spring for nectar

    Here in northern SW Ohio, the brood nest is being backfilled almost faster than I can keep up. This has been a challenge, and I'm glad to have some drawn comb. Blackberries and clover are just...
  17. Thread: mean bees

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    Re: mean bees

    Yes, benadryl does work well. For me, it seems like stings on joints/extremeties swell more than elsewhere....a sting on my knuckles will swell a lot more that a sting on my neck.

    Another factor...
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    Re: wasps with a swarm!

    I thought that I saw the same thing last year. On closer inspection, what I was seeing were virgin queens that were dark in color.
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    Re: Killing bees with dry ice, question.

    There are lots of different types of extinguishers out there, so the answer is...it depends. Most that are available for home use contain powders of varying types, one type is bicarbonate, like...
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    Re: Nuc's not building up

    It may be an issue related to resources. The energy coming into the hive (nectar, pollen) is going toward raising brood and there's not enough surplus or population to also support the drawing of...
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    Re: Do you need to harvest the honey?

    Right you are. I knew that, but hadn't fully linked that to my intentions for winter management.
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    Re: Do you need to harvest the honey?

    I think about winter. The more space there is in the hive, the more there is to heat.
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    Re: We gave some honey to friends

    That is adorable. A friend helped us to design labels, so we gave him some honey. When he tasted it, his eyes went wide and he said "It tastes like Spring flowers!"
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    Re: It's harder than I thought...

    If I get to spinning around, it helps me to choose one thing to do, and to do it. Doesn't matter how great or small the task is. Then, I move on to the next thing. Small steps make a journey.
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    How many different types of hives?

    As I was clearing an area for an out apiary next year, I found myself thinking about the different types of hives that have been or are in use. I'm aware of Langstroth, Warre, Top Bar, long lang,...
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