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  1. Re: wax foundation falling apart in the extractor

    I'm assuming the extractor is tangential, i.e. frame sits in the basket with one side facing the tub of the extractor and the other toward the center axis? Are you going slow before switching sides;...
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    Re: Keeping Bee Hive Records

    I never got into the duct tape on the cover method. Instead I get a few scraps and cut offs from a local vinyl fence manufacturer and cut them into flat pieces. The pieces fit between the IC and...
  3. Thread: Hello from SC

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    Re: Hello from SC

    Welcome As rw said add your location, there are frequently tons of beekeepers out there but sometimes we hide in plain sight.
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    Poll: Re: Engineering Project

    Rather than the hive itself, you might consider exploring a "one man" device to lift, weigh and transport a hive over moderately uneven terrain. Lift min of 250 lb, lift range of 0 to 54" and easily...
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    Re: Mouse Guard and Entrance Reducer for Winter

    I get it from a local but it's like a 16 gauge mild steel with 1/4" holes. Even expanded metal will work; a pencil is a good go/no go gauge, if a pencil will fit through - so can a bee.
  6. Thread: Bees in the rain

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    Re: Bees in the rain

    Not all read the same books we do
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    Re: Mouse Guard and Entrance Reducer for Winter

    I use a fixed 4.5" entrance but same concept as an installed entrance reducer. Clipped the bottom of the metal to provide unobstructed entrance/exit on the BB. The screws in this pic allow the guard...
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    Re: Melting down burr comb with larvae

    As noted above, the wax melts fine and there's a YouTube where a guy sautÚs some larvae for snacks if you don't want to waste them either.
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    Re: Foundationless source?

    I've considered and accomplish it, but the time involved in the set ups and quantity required made buying frames at a $1 and change more attractive. One of the attractions for F frame was the top...
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    Re: Foundationless source?

    I had no luck finding a repacement for the F frame either; in the interim I've started using the wedged top bars and turning the wedge to form a starter strip. It requires more steps for assembly...
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    Re: Basic Drone and Mating Question From a Noob

    Not exactly correct on the "will only try to mate" part, drones will mate with anything that enters their DCA. The part where you mention the queen flies further from the hive to mate is true and...
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    Re: Xentari Questions

    Pretty much the same as Ravenseye but sometimes the drawn comb only comes in by a super or two; too few frames for a gal and I don't like BTa solutions sitting around very long. Seems to pick up an...
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    Re: How early can I pull the supers?

    Freezing isn't necessary if you extract and put the "sticky" frames right back on the hives; leaving the frames sit around for a couple days is a recipe for slime.
  14. Thread: Runny Honey

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    Re: Runny Honey

    Just for clarification, USDA says Grade A Honey moisture content must be 18.6 or below, moisture content above 20% is Substandard.
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    Re: Hello form another one in Alabama

    Welcome on board Just a touch to learn that extends over a life time
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    Re: How close can I set my hives

    While you're mulling over options inside the fence; also consider, handling, stacking and transporting loaded supers
  17. Thread: TREAT or FEED

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    Re: TREAT or FEED

    I must be missing something; why is it an either/or question? Why can't you treat while feeding or feed while treating?
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    Re: Feeding a queen castle

    When I do use jars to feed, another alternative is a feeding "shim" that allows multiple jars over any hole.

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    Re: How early can I pull the supers?

    Without freezing the frames my concern would be shb eggs and larvae.

    You mentioned you have "a hive that swarmed," any others that could protect the frames?
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    Re: How close can I set my hives

    Since your post hasn't generated repsonses, here's my $.02

    I believe you have yourself a quandary between what you desire and the reality of your space. I agree, working hives with only two...
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    Re: 2 New Bee Questions...

    The bees will fly toward white light at night but they also become crawlers with a propensity to sting. If you have a chink in your armor they'll pay it a visit, not bashful about crawling up your...
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    Re: Greetings from SC

    Welcome
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    Re: Hive Locations when you aren't a landowner?

    I bet wearing some type of beekeeping t shirt or hat into/about town would get a few conversations started, probably more than you really want. When I'm carrying empty hives/boxes in the back of...
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    Re: Weed in Front of Hive

    I guess I'm lazy; I just hit the weeds around hives with a weed eater. The closest thing some of my out yards have seen resembling a lawn mower is a brush hog a few times a year and pulling weeds...
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    Re: Really need to feed during dearth?

    Feeding is all about ensuring they have adequate stores, if they have adequate stores why would you feed? If there's a good reason why they don't have adequate stores, why wouldn't you feed?

    I...
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