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    Re: Cracking Hives The Easy Way

    We also only have major problems with comb between boxes on the few we have with those PF plastic frames. I was puzzled when my good buddy Charlie gave me a whole box of those for FREE! When we...
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    Re: Will new foundations work in a swarm?

    I have heard of one swarm catch into a new hive with wax foundation but that was blind luck. I suggest at least two frames of black comb.
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    Re: Swarm traps - how big is too big?

    Swarm into stack of solar melted frame.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpEH61fSbWI&t=5s

    Swarms love big traps as long as they have the right bait.
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    Re: Swarm traps - how big is too big?

    Swarm moving into big stack of old boxes.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09WK8Xb96ZA
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    Re: Swarm traps - how big is too big?

    This video is of a very large swarm moving into a twelve frame box that had frames twice as deep as a 9 1/8" frame. There were about six frames with comb as bait.
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    Re: Free Golden Rain trees

    Me too! Free Golden Rain tree whips in San Mateo, CA, you pick up.

    https://i.postimg.cc/5jdjxrgd/2020-02-04-11-24-50.jpg
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    Re: Treated lumber for hive stand

    I use it all the time. This is my latest heavy duty version for a new client. 6X6 PT on deck blocks lightly tied together with Timberlock screws. I make them this strong to irritate my friend...
  8. Re: Why does everyone think used equipment is ALL bad?

    I am getting almost brand new equipment from beginners who quit after their first packages die. Often the foundation is not even drawn out. Almost no propolis on the frame rests. A far cry from you...
  9. I sniff for the distinctive Foulbrood smell. I...

    I sniff for the distinctive Foulbrood smell. I look for the distinctive Foulbrood dried larvae appearance. I stay away from old combs and old old boxes. I scorch the insides of boxes. Ap much free...
  10. Re: Why does everyone think used equipment is ALL bad?

    There is a lot of excess paranoia about diseased used equipment. I have been buying and accepting free equipment for decades with no disease problems. Using common sense of course.
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    Re: Searching for Nuc entrance disks

    I have no complaints about Mann Lake steel discs.

    https://www.mannlakeltd.com/steel-entrance-disc-4-positions

    >"I find that the 4 1/2" ones commonly sold by bee outfits get propolized in place...
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    A strong hive will clean up mold and minor moth...

    A strong hive will clean up mold and minor moth damage in a jiffy.
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    Re: I hope this is just mold...

    maybe moth damage?
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    I never noticed a problem. I do run a lot of...

    I never noticed a problem. I do run a lot of slatted racks.
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    Re: Does anybody reverse/flip bottom boards?

    I consider the 3/4" height entrance too easily accessed by mice, robbers and yellow jackets, so I use the 3/8" height entrance year round. If you watch during yellow jacket season they just fly right...
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    Re: Sideliner preferred way to render beeswax?

    Solar melter for cappings. Mine fit five plus gallons a load. Gives back fairly clean wax and cooked honey
    Steam melter to melt down old combs. Doesn't pay really. You need to recover the cost of...
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    Re: Alternatives to Wooden Beehives?

    Agreed. I have said it before also. I tried wine boxes, Styrofoam fish boxes etc. Also stay away from old bee boxes, the wood has already started to rot inside. An on sale new commercial box is your...
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    Charlie ahem! USED 2016 Tacoma. Let's keep to...

    Charlie ahem! USED 2016 Tacoma. Let's keep to the true facts.
    And as you have seen a picture of my latest quake proof stand, that is only 300' away from the Canada Fault line, your mother of stands...
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    Re: Alternatives to Wooden Beehives?

    I agree that you can't beat a negotiated purchase from a supplier. Like Jim said, you can assemble almost anywhere and have pro grade equipment.
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    Re: Processing large quantities of beeswax

    My melters were built off plans from some college about 40+ years ago similar to the plans on Beesource. They easily fit 5 gallon plus of cappings. On good hot sunny days five gallons melt easily. In...
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    Re: Processing large quantities of beeswax

    >My plan was to process it all via a solar wax melter, but I've found that, with the amount of beeswax I have, it'll simply take too many years to process it all this way.

    Huh? I melt a five...
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    This goes for all woodenware also. I have honey...

    This goes for all woodenware also. I have honey supers that I have used for 50 years, stored inside during winter. My solar melter is used anually for 40+ years and also put in storage during the...
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    Re: Solar Wax Melter for JW Palmer

    I am of the opinion double pane glass does not add much of an advantage.
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    Re: Skunks

    For just a few hives something like this works for me:


    https://i.postimg.cc/RZwkqcrg/2019-09-27-10-27-22.jpg
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    Stacking boxes high has not not helped me with my...

    Stacking boxes high has not not helped me with my manhood issues.
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