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    Re: Wax moths in my bee hive

    Join a local club and ask questions,maybe find someone you can follow around.
    There is one that meets monthly in Jackson.

    https://www.abfnet.org/page/mississippi?
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    Re: Honey Still Not Capped

    I used to rely on the shake test until I lost a 60 lb pail to fermentation.It really hurt to pour that in a hole in the back yard.
    My area in NE is noted for high summer humidity.
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    Re: Queen Selection

    Just to clarify:
    I said my bees were Rus based.More than 95% of my colonies are F? crosses or feral that I've trapped(been stocking the woods around my yards with swarms for 20 yrs).I may raise a...
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    Re: Honey Still Not Capped

    Had that problem last year and pulled out the cheap refractometer that was gathering dust on the shelf.Tested frames as we extracted and most were less than 18% ( what a royal PIA) but better than...
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    Re: Queen Selection

    I think GregV paints an unfair picture of CERTIFIED Russians.All my bees are Rus based.In the past I have purchased (for the last 15yrs) certified Rus Qs from various members of the RQBA.Their...
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    Re: Mann Lake Refractometer question

    Better Bee recommends 99.5% anhydrous glycerin(from drug store skin care section)
    Adjust to just below 74(73.8) on brix scale
    ...
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    Re: Queen Selection

    Welcome
    One of the benefits of filling out your profile is it gives others an idea of where you live.
    It has been said that all beekeeping is local and a plant hardiness zone of 3b covers a broad...
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    Re: Help with a honey extractor

    Brushy used to sell SAF extractors which are now sold by Blue Sky.They sell replacement parts but this does not seem to match your part(and is out of stock anyway)
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    Re: Spun (Creamed) Honey issues

    Optimum temp for creamed honey is 57F.
    We all liquify crystalized honey with heat so it entirely possible that creamed honey subject to warm temperatures will separate into layers.Maybe store in...
  10. Re: super placement question post harvest & during dearth

    When you harvest spring honey,there will always be partial frames or frames of uncured nectar.There is less chance of waxmoth or SHB damage if you store these on you hives with your stickies until...
  11. Re: Mann Lake Large SS Uncapping Tank v. Maxant SS Uncapping Tank (MUTT)

    SAF,good quality but thin stainless.



    https://www.blueskybeesupply.com/saf-natura-sideliner-uncapping-bench-sn-sub/

    https://www.blueskybeesupply.com/pro-uncapping-bench-sn-pub/
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    Re: Smoker issue

    Dry fuel and a hot fire reduces creosote whether is a wood stove or a smoker.Pine needles and firewood are collected the year before and both sit in a shed overwinter.
    Never jam your lid down all...
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    Re: Steaming old combs

    I use paper towels to filter out the slum in my solar melter and gives a very clean product.
    Maybe you could incorporate that into your setup.
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    Re: Difficulty opening stuck beeboxs

    From the pictures it looks like your equipment is non standard.It is critical to follow standard box dimensions if you use standard size frames.The difference between the height of the frame and the...
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    Re: Birds

    Only 4? I have a bunch of sparrows that bounce between my chicken coop and my hives.I also see gray catbirds feeding off the carpets around my hives.I think mostly they feed on the dead bees that...
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    Re: General Box Construction Questions

    White pine works very well for bee boxes.
    Light weight,easily worked and decay resistant if kept dry.(ie: covered and off the ground)
    In my area(CT),we have 100 yr old tobacco barns with untreated...
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    Re: Swarmed hives in trouble

    Try a small,powerful flashlight.
  18. Re: Any guesses? Swarm took 6 weeks to start laying?

    Nurse bees that don't have to feed brood don't deplete their fat bodies and are very similar to winter bees.Combine this with the reduced need for foraging to feed brood and bees will live longer...
  19. Re: New territory for me: Cloake board and timing.

    Check out this U of Guelph video.
    https://youtu.be/mS5YGK9OX5E
    Starter finisher in one colony and I leave supers on instead of a feeder.
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    Re: DNA Testing on Honey Bees please

    Contact someone in the Rus Breeders Org.
    The test their own bees annually.
  21. Re: Honeybees for raspberry pollination.

    My hives abut my raspberries and most of the bees I see on the flowers are bumble bees.
    I would not plant raspberries solely for the blooms.
    A raspberry farm could make a nice beeyard providing it...
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    Re: Catching Wax Moths!

    One old frame is probably sufficient,any more and you will be increasing the number of wax moth eggs. The first place wax moth hits is between frames.
    I use 1 old comb,5 foundation and 6...
  23. Re: Laying queen release from quad mating to regular nucs

    That clip is ingenious!!
    Over the years I'e tried nails,strips of wood/metal,hive staples etc. PIA!
    I'm going to steal that idea.
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    Re: Front Range Cell Builder a "do all box"

    How about a few pictures of what looks like a bench/toolbox for us old guys who are tired of bending over.
    Thanks
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    Re: brood disease

    Visual ID of EFB is best on3-4 day old larvae.
    Yellow tinge and slightly twisted.Spotty brood pattern as shown.
    Your profile doesn't include your state.If your state has an inspection program call...
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