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    Re: winter porch canopy

    Face the hives south and you will have less buildup. Also place a 3/4" (1x4) board the width of the hive but a little wider than the than the porch (front to back).
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    Re: Moisture question

    In order to have proper ventillation, you must have an intake and exhaust. Typically and entrance reducer and a notched inner cover = air flow. Your case like stated above screened and propped top.
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    Re: when can I count my chickens?

    April. March is when they usually starve to death. They run out of stores and typically there is no nectar to be had. At least here anyway.
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    Re: 32 degrees, Bees flying?

    Could very well be. Most new beekeepers freak out when they see a couple of hundred dead bees in front of the hive on a "warm" day. Some come out to die, others to deficate, others are dragged out by...
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    Re: Equipment in Michigan

    Figure 5 mediums to a hive.
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    Re: Natural European Hive Free to Good Home

    Sounds like yellow jackets to me.
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    Re: Paint Sprayer

    I have a nephew who is 15 and a couple of his friends paint the hive bodies. I pay them a good wage and you can't believe how many they can paint with a roller in a couple of hours.
  8. Re: When are my package bees no longer a 'package'?

    Once the packaged bees are emptied into the hive the are no longer considered a package since they are free of their confines. IMO.
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    Re: Do you reverse hive bodies?

    Now... I'm not perplexed anymore. Always learning from the peeps on here.
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    Re: Do you reverse hive bodies?

    Now that you mention it, I never had to remove burr comb. Wierd... but I've never had burr comb to the point that I felt the need to remove it. Now I'm perplexed.

    A typical frame for the hives.......
  11. Re: Is 1.5 miles to a pond too far for a bee water source?

    We have a pond about 3/4 of a mile away, but I'm sure they get water from other sources as listed above. I do know they also take water from the wife's bird bath. She makes sure they have water every...
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    Re: Do you reverse hive bodies?

    All of my bees were removals. With no intervention at all, they used all the comb that was there previously to their arrival (older dark comb). My thought is that the queen will find empty space and...
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    Re: Hinged lid on swarm trap

    All due respect Cleo, but it seems like a lot of messing about with frames and such. I use the full hive method because I cannot tell you how many times I did a removal in which the bees moved in on...
  14. Re: How warm does it need to be to do a cut out?

    Devil dog...... Marines?
    Check out my FB page below and a few youtube vids. It may help you out with removals. Or it may just put you to sleep. lol
  15. Re: Crud..problems in my previously stronger hive...insight needed please.

    What is your hive's ventillation set up like?
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    Re: Hinged lid on swarm trap

    I run two 5 frame medium nucs for my swarm traps. They are built exactly like a lang hive but narrower of course. A ratchet strap holds eveything in place then another to hold the hive to the trap...
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    Re: Emergancy Winter Feeding Help Needed

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3d6Wp_Ip2XQ
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    Re: Bottom entrance blocked

    I just use a stick to remove the dead ones from the entrance. Air flow is key all year long. No need to remove the reducer. Hopefully you have the reducer on the larger opening?
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    Re: Winter clusters already in upper body?

    The bee cluster will move quite a bit during the winter months. Like MP stated the weight of the hive is your determining factor weather you need to feed or not.
    Myself, I feed all the hives before...
  20. Thread: Jumbo Smoker

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    Re: Jumbo Smoker

    It is. They sell for around 8.00.
  21. Re: Dumbest thing you ever bought for beekeeping ?

    Actually, the varroa AND tracheal mites are suffocated with this methodology.

    The microscopic size of the particles is believed to play a very important role in the use of FGMO as an acaricide. In...
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    Re: Smoker stuck closed - solution to avoid?

    Burn old cotton blue jeans as fuel. Problem solved.
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    Re: Painting hives with Tite bond III

    Not a good idea with the bedliner. They also have a product with multiple colors that is called deck renew I believe. Same product as the bedliner. Problem is that the wood absorbs moisture and it...
  24. Thread: Jumbo Smoker

    by Mr.Beeman
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    Re: Jumbo Smoker

    You can always add fuel to the standard one. I use old blue jeans as fuel. It will emit smoke for HOURS in a standard size smoker with just one fill up.
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    Re: House Construction and my Bees

    I think you will care more than they do. lol Good luck with the deck.
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