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  1. Re: New Hives, Use Frames With Drawn Comb Or Not?

    If the drawn wax was from your hives, I would use them. It really gives a package a productivity boost. If you got the drawn frames through some other source, I would start with new foundation.
  2. Thread: Dirty Sugar

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    Re: Dirty Sugar

    I don't know exactly where it was used but was purchased in TN so it was probably liquor related.
  3. Thread: Dirty Sugar

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    Re: Dirty Sugar

    Okay, you forced me to taste it..... yum...... sugary....
    I had already fed some to the bees which is when i found out it was plugging the feeders. No ill effects.
  4. Thread: Dirty Sugar

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    Re: Dirty Sugar

    It looks like ordinary sandy dirt except that it is extremely fine. There are also rocks in the sugar.
    I make it in 2 gallon batches. I mix in the water and strain through a t-shirt. Then if the...
  5. Thread: Dirty Sugar

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    Re: Dirty Sugar

    That is a good idea. Thanks!
  6. Thread: Dirty Sugar

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    Re: Dirty Sugar

    I let it settle overnight and it was still very turbid. I was using a ladle to scoop the syrup and pour it through the coffee filter. I had to change the coffee filter 5 times for just 2 gallons. ...
  7. Thread: Dirty Sugar

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    Dirty Sugar

    I have a problem that I hope someone can suggest something.
    I found someone who was selling barrels of sugar relatively cheap so I bought 2 barrels. It was dropped sugar which was why it was...
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    Re: Questions Concerning Candy

    I place my sugar bricks in the oven at about 150 degrees. I wait until the oven has heated up before putting the bricks in the oven. If you put them in the oven before it has heated up, it will...
  9. Re: What date should I have my bees arrive?

    I tried them one year. Quite a disappointment. The two nucs I bought were so weak, they didn't survive the season.
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    Re: Strange bee poo

    That looks like what I have all over my car. The stuff is very hard to wash off.
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    Re: Mite transfer when moving bees

    I would first do a mite count on some of the untreated hives to see how high they are. Mite counts should not be that high this time of year although in your location, if the queen never shuts down,...
  12. Re: Few wax worms in comb, can I eat honey?

    I would cut out the wormed sections. If it is too difficult to cut out without destroying the comb, I would just feed it back to the bees. In addition to the caterpillar webbing, they are also...
  13. Re: I'm convinced that OAV is a cure-all for mites.

    Give it some time before praising OAV as the cure-all.
    OAV works in the winter when there is little or no brood. When I used it as my August treatment, I was still having 60% losses.
  14. Re: Advice on finding properties to place beehives?

    Keep trying. The more you have an opportunity to practice the sales pitch, the easier it gets.
  15. Thread: Splits

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    Re: Splits

    I am in North Georgia and it seems to be a bit early to be doing a split. Drones have not emerged yet. What were you looking at to decide to split them?
  16. Re: Setting up for spring - looking for nucs locally

    Look on Craigslist. That is where I found my bees when I got started.
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    Re: Managing spring build up

    Using a blade with more teeth will prevent foundation shattering.
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    Re: Bees starving

    This is one of the reasons I make sugar bricks. The bees have to dissolve it to get rid of it. If there is any brick left over in the spring, I can easily take it out of the hive and use it to make...
  19. Thread: Mowing rows

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    Re: Mowing rows

    Or you can position the rows closer together and put down something that prevents grass from growing. I use old shingles laid on the ground that totally prevents anything from growing. Home Depot...
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    Re: Keeping bees out of a swimming pool

    A speaker at our club said that bees have a hard time finding forage that is less than 50 feet from their hives. It also helps to put an obstacle (trees, bushes, etc.) between the water and the...
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    Re: Tight Smoker Lid

    I clean the lip of the smoker body and the inside of the lid with denatured alcohol. I make sure the lip has all of the creosote scraped off and then clean it with the alcohol.
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    Re: Mountain camp ingredients...

    I add the vinegar to the sugar and water solution and heat it to make my sugar bricks. My bricks are indeed, "bricks" when the solution cools. It is hard as a rock.
    The vinegar and heat invert...
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    Re: Mountain camp ingredients...

    It really depends when you are going to add the HBH to the sugar. HBH will cause robbing, so if you are adding it to your sugar bricks to add to your wintering hives, it shouldn't be a problem. ...
  24. Re: Transferring Double 5 Nuc Into 10 Frame Hive

    Put all frames in a single 10 frame box. Make sure all brood frames are in the center and put honey/pollen frames on the outside. Then, put any undrawn frames outside of those.
  25. Thread: Dead outs

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    Re: Dead outs

    What, if any, was your mite treatment?
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