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    Re: Cutting plastic foundation

    I use my skillsaw for plastic foundation. No problem cutting 2 at a time.
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    Re: Equalizing hives, when and why?

    I follow A Canadian Beekeepers Blog on YouTube. Ian does a lot of equalizing to optimize his work flow. When hives are about the same strength it means he can work faster. He has some great vids...
  3. Re: Harvesting plans, fume board, OAV, too many supers stacked

    Congrats on a great first year. About mites- don't forget about adding a fall/late fall treatment. I'm doing an OAV series right now (4 treatments 5 days apart). This is when mites will start to...
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    Re: Hive getting full - need advice

    Another suggestion is- create an emergency tote of honey frames and pulled comb before you commit everything to harvest. Important when the queen needs space to lay or when a hive needs emergency...
  5. Re: To feed or not to feed...(that is my question)

    Two suggestions- 1) feed aggressively without plugging the brood box- both protein and carbohydrate 2) treat for mites. Period. Rinse and repeat. Then and only then does someone have a shot at...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Bulb and seed orders placed (ColorBlends and VanEngelen). Getting better at bridging the gap between early spring and late spring. Harvesting phacelia and poppy seeds. Phacelia highly recommended....
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    Re: I need recommendations for an extractor

    3rd year- just bought and used my extractor Vivo V400E 4/8 frame $369. US. 5 production hives plus 1 (2 queen) resource hive. As odd as it sounds I wanted one that is lighter weight to be sure I...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    1st extraction. Bolted legs of the extractor to 3/4 plywood base and put it on top of furniture movers to take out the shimmy. (Read that somewhere). Success. Only malfunction was learning the...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Used bee escapes, removed supers on two hives and did my first OAV. Will go to mitecalculator.com after I do a 24 hour count. Watching my boards carefully now and started to see mites go up in one...
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    Re: I have a few questions

    Barnyard Bees has a great YouTube beekeeping channel and he talks about hive beetles a lot. They are in Georgia. He swears by using chickens around his hives because of their ability to detect and...
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    Re: Building a supply of frames with comb

    [QUOTE=LarryBud;1826705]" You know you're a beekeeper when your excuse to not cut the grass is there's a clover flow on."

    So hilarious. Just did that. Clover is the beans and rice and ramen...
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    Re: Should I split It?

    3rd yr 6a- You're already in conversation with some very knowledgeable posters. My own 2 cents- you're doing great feeding them and getting them to draw comb. Well done. Decide what your winter...
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    Re: Robbing Question- NOOB

    EDIT: I did just order (5) of the Bee Smart screens, so hopefully that will be the last of it.[/QUOTE]

    Well done. I won't start a new stack without them. Stays on spring through late fall. ...
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    Re: Robbing Question- NOOB

    Pat yourself on the back that you got it to stop. That's not easy. Be sure they have ventilation so they don't overheat. #8 hardware cloth over entrances helps. Also you may want to screen the...
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    Re: New right away- what to plant?

    6a high desert- I am successful with wildflowers in my area. Best time to seed is fall and somewhat lesser is spring. I have horses so aged manure is mixed well in area, weeded and raked. Once...
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    Re: Bee watering station

    I use a bird bath with rocks in it and two black horse rubber bowls. Also use a pinch of salt. They love them.
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    Re: Get ready August is coming!

    Well hello cheomar23. Your words and message are sincere and we hear you. Yes, we’re nearing an important time in the apiary. You’re welcome to take the journey with us. For my part I’m deciding...
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    Re: To treat all hives or just some...

    Treat all when weather allows. Reason- drift, robbing, mite bombs and drones going where they please. We are approaching the time where varroa treatment is for all the marbles. I will start in...
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    Re: We three queens

    You did the right thing. When in doubt the bees are the best arbiters of the situation.
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    Re: Super aggressive bees

    Confirmed- we don't have hive beetles. I spoke to a commercial beek last year about this location. They suggested keeping colonies large here for over wintering. So I'm very keen on watching...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Me talking baby talk to my queens.:)
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    Re: Super aggressive bees

    3rd yr- Having a cloud of bees around you can be very intimidating. It gets easier. Suiting up properly also helps. Your baby colony may be getting bigger. Be sure they have protein patties and...
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    Re: How to chek hives during dearth?

    I use dish towels from BiMart that are called "Flour Sack Cloth" oversized. Very tight woven to prevent bee parts from getting snagged. Can be any material really. Keeps you from having to over...
  24. Re: I need to vent about my last inspection and need some advices

    That you care as much as you do means you will be a great beekeeper. They are innocents in your care. Nothing wrong with a big awareness like this. It simply means that choosing the right...
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    Re: How to chek hives during dearth?

    3rd year- Got it. Best way to know for sure if your hives have a queen or one on the way is to drop a frame of eggs and larvae in. An inexpensive insurance policy. From my limited experience I see...
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