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  1. Thread: BetterBee

    by Roger Pell
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    BetterBee

    My experience with BetterBee has been extremely disappointing. Their customer service is really lacking.
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    Re: Michael Bush's Book

    Well, I appreciate you thinking of the reader's eyes. There are so many books I put down too often because the font is uncomfortable.
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    Michael Bush's Book

    I just purchased Michael Bush's book, 'The Practical Beekeeper' in hardcover. Even though a lot of what it contains can be found here and on his website, I find it to be really enjoyable. I carry it...
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    Re: Bees won't leave anyone alone

    My bees were very aggressive during the past two weeks too. Never noticed them this way before. Maybe its the solar storm.
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    Re: staining boxes instead of paint

    I use polymerized tung oil.
  6. Thread: V-Mites

    by Roger Pell
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    Re: V-Mites

    Take a look at this video where Don 'The FatBeeMan' Kuchenmeister demonstrates fogging with mineral oil.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcy-cozD7VQ
  7. Thread: When to Fog

    by Roger Pell
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    When to Fog

    I understand from Don Kuchenmesiter that fogging with mineral oil should be done every three weeks. My question is: When do I start. Is it pointless to begin now in the middle of the winter?
  8. Thread: Lost hives

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    Re: Lost hives

    Very interesting. I never thought of it that way.
  9. Thread: Lost hives

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    Re: Lost hives

    Just finished insulating all my covers. There were no bees with their heads in the cells so I think it must have been condensation. I also think I was being too clever by half by putting screened...
  10. Thread: Lost hives

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    Re: Lost hives

    Rak,
    Thank you very much. Was it a case of there being too many bees and not enough food. I fed all my hives and, so far, the others are okay.
  11. Thread: Lost hives

    by Roger Pell
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    Re: Lost hives

    I was thinking that too. In order to reduce condensation, I put a 2" spacer with screened vent holes that were covered by the telescoping cover, and then the inner cover on top of that. Maybe I made...
  12. Thread: Lost hives

    by Roger Pell
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    Lost hives

    I went to check on my hives today because the weather was warm and found that I had lost two. The bees were all clumped together at the top of two frames and most of the food I have put there was...
  13. Thread: Betterbee

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    Re: Beware of Betterbee

    That is exactly what I am talking about. I finally found a place to order that metric caps nuts for my extractor (the ones they told me I could get in a harware store) but not until I took the entire...
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    Draw comb during Fall flow

    Will bees draw comb in the late Summer/Fall if there is a flow on?
  15. Thread: Betterbee

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    Re: Betterbee

    A solution, information on precisely what size nut to order. Otherwise, going the hardware store requires taking the entire top assembly of the extractor as the bolts are permanently attached to the...
  16. Thread: Betterbee

    by Roger Pell
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    Betterbee

    I have never been that happy with Betterbee's service. Most recently I tried to order two stainless steel acorn nuts with metric threads for my extractor. They told me they don't carry the part. I...
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    Re: Slatted Bottom Board Configuration

    Thank you!
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    Slatted Bottom Board Configuration

    Can someone tell me what the most common or recommend position of the slatted bottom board is? Does the deep side go up or down, and does the one wide board go toward the front or the back of the...
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    Re: Adding Frames to a Nuc

    Okay. Thanks. I will leave it. I only have one, but I'll wrap it or put a wind break around it and make sure there is ventilation. Thanks for your help.
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    Re: Supers and wax moths

    When do you freeze and for how long?
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    Re: Adding Frames to a Nuc

    I just checked my nuc which I started as a walkaway split early in June. These are small cells from Don 'the Fat Beeman.'

    I have been feeding them syrup all summer and they now have two 5-frame...
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    Re: Adding Frames to a Nuc

    Pearl River is right here in my Town!

    Thanks for the advice.

    Question: is the notch in the inner cover sufficient for ventilation? I have a spacer on the top box right now to make room for my...
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    Re: Adding Frames to a Nuc

    Is the notch in the nucs inner cover sufficient for a top entrance, or should I make another to prevent winter condensation?
  24. Thread: Hydrangea

    by Roger Pell
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    Hydrangea

    My hydrangea 'trees' have been in full bloom since the middle of July and the bees seem to be enjoying them. They are very fragrant and there isn't much else in bloom right now.
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    Re: Adding Frames to a Nuc

    Thank you very much.
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