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    Re: Bottling question

    Do I regret not getting the 25 gallon tank? Yes and no. I hate hefting 5 gallon buckets to fill the tank so a bigger tank would be nicer. The other thing is that I do not have a honey room so I am...
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    Re: Bottling question

    One of my best investments was a Maxant 16 gallon bottling tank. Their valve is outstanding and only has one drip after filling a bottle. The standard cheap honey gate drips quite a bit after...
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    Re: Combining 2 Dink Hives

    One hive has 5 frames filled, the other has 7. I was going to snuff the one with 5 frames.
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    Combining 2 Dink Hives

    All,
    I have 2 hives that were created from packages in March. They are still in one box while the other packages are in double deeps and some even have a honey super on them. I want to snuff one...
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    Re: Nosema and Comb

    When you said "a mountain of recently dead bees", that sounds like starvation. I thought nosema bees would fly off and die.
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    Re: Probably over thinking this.

    I use shingles as a weed block. I go to HD and see if they have any shingle bundles that have been broken open. If they have any, they typically sell them pretty cheap otherwise they get thrown...
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    Re: Set It and Forget It?

    The hive will make a nice snack for a bear. Are you going to set up a fence?
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    Re: Adding Supers, which is better

    If all foundation, I would remove the QE for a few weeks. Shake the bees off each frame to make sure the queen is not trapped and then re-install the QE.
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    Re: squaring box corners

    I take the box out of the jig as soon as the fasteners are put in. Once released from the jig, I staple the places I can't reach while the box is in the jig. My pneumatic stapler is the only way to...
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    Re: squaring box corners

    When I first started building boxes, I got tired of having to use a square and endless adjustments to get a box built. To help me get square boxes quickly, I built a jig which makes putting boxes...
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    Re: Rotating Treatments Question

    A speaker at our club said that OAV appears to have a physical reaction from the bees or mites. OAV either cuts the mites or stimulates the bees to start grooming. As such, mites can't develop...
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    Re: Comb honey pollen cells

    I agree! I had a hard time selling the comb and chunk honey quarts. I put a few comb frames in this year but not as many as last year.
  13. Thread: Dead Drones

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    Re: Dead Drones

    Perhaps drones robbing? Are you sure they are drones? A dead bee on the ground after a day is pretty messed up.
    Put something under the entrance daily to catch the dead bees to see if it is a...
  14. Re: How much honey to give your hive land sponsors

    I give my land owners about 1/2 gallon per year. Some take more, some take less but it averages out.
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    Re: Want More Honey

    More hives will get you more honey. The strength of hives vary from year to year and the only way to get a consistent honey harvest is with more hives. With more hives, you will be able to put...
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    Re: Comb honey pollen cells

    I would drizzle honey to fill up the cells. Is that wrong?
  17. Thread: Bee Attack

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    Bee Attack

    This is in Texas so they were probably AHB
    https://www.breitbart.com/border/2019/06/08/swarm-of-bees-attack-migrant-mother-child-at-texas-border/
  18. Thread: Queen

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    Re: Queen

    If the population is still good, get a new mated queen ASAP. If it is a puny population, snuff the queen and combine with another hive.
  19. Re: seeking opinions about returning wet supers to hives after extracting

    Cedar, what does OMTCW mean?
  20. Re: Question RE: foragers returning to hive site

    I close my hives in the early morning before sunrise instead of night. Foragers that did not make it home by dark will return once they have enough light to see. You can try to collect the...
  21. Re: Burr Comb @ Bottom of Frames - Leave, or remove?

    I've quit cleaning the bottom of the frames unless the comb is perpendicular to the frame or extends past the frame surface.
  22. Re: seeking opinions about returning wet supers to hives after extracting

    I stand corrected. I have had wax moth infested frames where there is both honey cells and brood cells. The wax moth larvae completely consumed the brood cells leaving a webbed mess but stopped at...
  23. Re: seeking opinions about returning wet supers to hives after extracting

    As long as the comb has not had pollen or brood in them, wax moths and SHB will ignore them.
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    Re: What Do I Do Now?

    If all they have drawn out is medium frames, I would put the medium frames in a medium box and let them fill up the box. Once filled, put a deep box under the medium and let them fill it out. Since...
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    Re: What Do I Do Now?

    Leaving it alone will make matters worse in a few weeks. It is better to put the frames in a proper sized box. Wait until dark, close up the box and move the hive to its final location. If the...
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