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    Re: Killed more than half the swarm.

    Bees need to hang. They cant stand on top of one another, they need to hang. Best way to deal with a surprise swarm into a cardboard box is to put some of the tree in the box too. Even branches from...
  2. Re: Best way to filter 35 -50 gallons of honey?

    I know it's been said already, but will just reinforce.

    **never scratch the fork across the tops of the cells. Slide the fork under the top of the cells and pivot, lifting the caps off. Then...
  3. Re: Had my first really bad taste of honey.

    Blackberry blossom honey is my favorite! It's neat how tastes evolve depending on what you are used to. I also like the taste of my tap water better than anywhere else I have travelled.
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    Re: Foraging, but where is it going?

    10 lbs of 2:1 will not add up to 10 lbs of honey. The amount of water in honey is lower than in 2:1. Therefore an amount of the weight is lost to evaporation, and in energy feeding the bees that are...
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    Re: First Car and New License Plates

    Nice. Don't rest your foot on the clutch pedal when you aren't shifting and the clutch will last nearly forever. Simple car, easy to fix and lots of parts available. Love the plate.
  6. Re: laying worker colony accepts new Queen

    Nice work.
  7. Re: I am calling the dearth in the Pacific NW

    Decentflow up here right now on the invasive species that flower in the summer. Right now it's Himalayan Balsam, and Japanese Knotweed is coming up. (Fraser Valley, BC)
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    Re: I think my hives are doomed

    I also go away for work and come back, it does make beekeeping a bit more challenging.

    Can you haul the three colonies and leftover boxes out of there for one o two work cycles, leave the fence...
  9. Re: going to do a cut out this morning...pics to follow

    Nice work.
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    Re: Swarm moved in a tractor

    Right. But can you get a flexible vacuum hose down the tube?
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    Re: Swarm moved in a tractor

    Nope.

    Trap-outs are playing the long game.

    You need a way to physically move them out of the tube and into your hive box. Make a bee vacuum, just a simple one. Is there any access to the tube...
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    Re: Robbing concern?

    Occasional fighting is normal. Testing the defense.
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    Re: Replacing hive stand

    Go for it.

    Don't stack the hive boxes right one the ground, you may end up with crawlers up your pant legs.

    Easiest way would be:

    Take off outer cover, place it on the ground upside down,...
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    Re: Attached Comb

    Totally normal. Don't sweat it.
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    Re: HELP! What is this???

    Drone larvae, all is normal.
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    Re: Shrimping and bees don't work

    Commercial salmon fisherman here, I hear you! Trying to get the boat ready, leaving for the West Coast on June 3rd, right about when the swarm calls start tapering off around here. Always a bit of a...
  17. Re: trouble engaging a maxant power extractor PLEASE HELP

    Still stuck? Do you have a photo?
  18. Re: Too Much Moisture in the Screened Bottom

    Do you have a top entrance or vent on this hive?

    ** sorry I wrote this back an hour ago but posted it late so now I doesn't make sense.
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    Re: Lip balm questions

    The smell and taste of honey will come through in your beeswax, so don't worry about it, you can put it on the label no problem, just don't add a lot of it to your recipe because it gets hard to deal...
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    Re: What is this?

    Pollen. They pack it it balls like that when they are putting it in the cells and it falls out often. You see a lot of it if you have debris boards under the screens.
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    Re: Vacuuming established hive

    Like everything beekeeping - lots of different options that work.

    I changed my vacuum setup around last season so it takes normal brood boxes like cartridges in between a modified top cover and...
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    Re: Split question

    Nope.
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    Re: New guy, caught a swarm, twice.

    Thanks for the photos!
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    Re: British Columbia

    Swarm call came in April 22nd, 2016
    -likely swarmed April 21st.

    RICHMOND, BC.

    Near IKEA.

    Small swarm clustered on ornamental pine shrub, maybe cantaloupe sized total. Four feet off the...
  25. Re: Over-confidence, or over-stupid? (smoking bees)

    Experiment with a little puff of smoke at the entrance and then a little puff when you lift the cover. I end up killing way less bees per hour when using a little smoke. I don't use it to stop...
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