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    A small dehumidifier may work. The humidity of...

    A small dehumidifier may work. The humidity of the room and temperature is what's important. I dry at 35% and 85F or hotter in a closet with the boxes stacked up and box fans ontop of stacks...
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    Walmart is usually the best around here. Right...

    Walmart is usually the best around here. Right now it's 0.34/lb for both 25 and 10lb bags. Usually the 25lb bags are harder to find or stores only stock a few. I buy a couple hundred pounds for...
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    Re: How Much Honey to Leave the Bees?

    I already pulled my honey for the year. In my area they may put on a little honey, the strongest hives but nothing significant, our fall flow is small. You want to make sure they have a few frames...
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    Re: Drones being attacked/killed

    When the hive is stressed etc. Typically when in dearth they will throw out the drones and not want them to enter the hive. Only the strongest most well off hives will produce and tolerate...
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    Re: Captured swarms that don't lay eggs?

    Keep in mind afterswarms or secondary swarms are comprised of virgins. They will take about 1-2 weeks to show eggs. If you had cells emerge then 2 weeks is about normal. You should be seeing eggs...
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    Re: Is my hive about to swarm?

    Were they cups or active cells with Jelly? THis is very important because many newbies screw this up.

    In my area its really late for swarms but if you have an unusually late nectar source or...
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    Re: Paramoth: kills or only deters moths?

    Never use moth balls. Paramoth (p-dichlorbenzene) kills moths, beetles, etc. I use the enoz cystals purchased at walmart. 1lb bag treats 50 cubic ft equivalent to about 13.5 grams /deep and...
  8. Brood wax cappings are typically recycled wax...

    Brood wax cappings are typically recycled wax since most of the year there is not a flow to stimulate wax glands. Honey caps are typically new wax because honey is really only being stored when the...
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    I had a mouse last year make a nest in deadout. ...

    I had a mouse last year make a nest in deadout. I got him/her out. Super fat mouse. But....the mouse chewed it's way back in. I put an entrance reducer (closed orientation) and when I came back a...
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    You want use yeast leftover from fermentation...

    You want use yeast leftover from fermentation process. Dryed yeast added to the beginning of fermentation is not what you want to use.
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    I weigh my hives and feed to target in September....

    I weigh my hives and feed to target in September. I shoot for about 40lb. Your in warmer Texas but it still seems a bit late to try to cram in a significant amount of weight. A qt or two really...
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    For me the goal when using fishing line was just...

    For me the goal when using fishing line was just to keep the foundation flat until they draw out enough comb to stiffen the foundation so it would no longer bow. Preventing bowing was my main...
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    Crystallization is somewhat random phenomenon. ...

    Crystallization is somewhat random phenomenon. Assuming the honey was the same.....The plastic may have had more debri or seed cites (plastic maybe rougher than glass). The thermal mass of the...
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    In my area during cold spells they usually don't...

    In my area during cold spells they usually don't break cluster to clear out dead bees. They may just drop them at the entrance or not move them at all. The strength of the hive and temp has a lot...
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    Dadant warehouse in Frankfort, Kentucky doesn't...

    Dadant warehouse in Frankfort, Kentucky doesn't even come close to providing the same service and products as Kelley headquarters in Clarkson. I can literally walk into the wood shop and watch the...
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    Ever since Walter t Kelley passed away the...

    Ever since Walter t Kelley passed away the bussiness kinda lost it's way, passed around 3 or 4 times. The recent buyer before Mann lake invested heavily in improving the facilities in Clarkson. ...
  17. I just multiply by 18% for rough prediction when...

    I just multiply by 18% for rough prediction when estimating feed amounts in fall. I make 2:1 with 90lbs sugar mixed with 6.25 gallon of water...roughly 106 lbs stored. A gallon of syrup will be...
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    It's pretty mixed. You could go by color and...

    It's pretty mixed. You could go by color and stripes. Queen color, color banding etc. For example cordovan mutuation (absence of black) is pretty obvious one.

    Alot of folks are keeping bees now...
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    I don't put dry sugar in my hives. Never needed...

    I don't put dry sugar in my hives. Never needed to. Do fine without it.
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    I usually don't let honey combs sit around for...

    I usually don't let honey combs sit around for that long. I extract them pretty much right away (especially during the warm season) Usually they are crystallized to some extent which makes...
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    If they won't leave sounds like queen may be up...

    If they won't leave sounds like queen may be up there. You'll also have more bees if they are actively processing nectar and they tend to not leave quickly but seems too cold for that.
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    Both are a waste of time. Feed syrup or better...

    Both are a waste of time. Feed syrup or better yet leave them with enough honey.
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    Yes overfeeding is possible anytime it's warm...

    Yes overfeeding is possible anytime it's warm enough for them to take syrup, accept maybe during the flow but they are gorging themselves on nectar. Bees are gluttons.
  24. I introduce 2 cells to a small queenless split...

    I introduce 2 cells to a small queenless split the same day. Most take like 80%.

    Rearing queens by grafting is not too hard. It doesn't really hurt to try, doesn't cost much. Buy yourself some...
  25. Shipping bottled honey is not very cost...

    Shipping bottled honey is not very cost effective. That's why it's typically so expensive online for just a few bottles. Shipping cases of 24/25 isn't too bad and probably worth it if you have a...
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