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    Re: Managing spring build up

    Using a blade with more teeth will prevent foundation shattering.
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    Re: Bees starving

    This is one of the reasons I make sugar bricks. The bees have to dissolve it to get rid of it. If there is any brick left over in the spring, I can easily take it out of the hive and use it to make...
  3. Thread: Mowing rows

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    Re: Mowing rows

    Or you can position the rows closer together and put down something that prevents grass from growing. I use old shingles laid on the ground that totally prevents anything from growing. Home Depot...
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    Re: Keeping bees out of a swimming pool

    A speaker at our club said that bees have a hard time finding forage that is less than 50 feet from their hives. It also helps to put an obstacle (trees, bushes, etc.) between the water and the...
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    Re: Tight Smoker Lid

    I clean the lip of the smoker body and the inside of the lid with denatured alcohol. I make sure the lip has all of the creosote scraped off and then clean it with the alcohol.
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    Re: Mountain camp ingredients...

    I add the vinegar to the sugar and water solution and heat it to make my sugar bricks. My bricks are indeed, "bricks" when the solution cools. It is hard as a rock.
    The vinegar and heat invert...
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    Re: Mountain camp ingredients...

    It really depends when you are going to add the HBH to the sugar. HBH will cause robbing, so if you are adding it to your sugar bricks to add to your wintering hives, it shouldn't be a problem. ...
  8. Re: Transferring Double 5 Nuc Into 10 Frame Hive

    Put all frames in a single 10 frame box. Make sure all brood frames are in the center and put honey/pollen frames on the outside. Then, put any undrawn frames outside of those.
  9. Thread: Dead outs

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    Re: Dead outs

    What, if any, was your mite treatment?
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    Re: Help me find a suit for my wife

    When I started beekeeping, I bought a second suit for my wife. She hasn't touched it. If you are absolutely certain your wife wants to participate, get one of the suits suggested. However, if it...
  11. Re: A new Year. What are your goals for the bees in 2020?

    Goals for 2020 are:
    * Increase hive count from 32 to 40.
    * Buy no queens, hives or nucs. Become a self-sustaining beek.
    * Split hives and try notching brood frames the last week of March to...
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    Re: RIP little bees...

    People may disagree with me but OA is not effective if there is brood present. I was using OA as my only treatment in the fall and winter but was still having substantial losses. It was not until I...
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    Re: Bees moving to neighbors hive?

    OAV is not effective in the fall and is only effective in the winter when there is no brood. I had to switch because of it's ineffectiveness when brood are present. I treat with a thymol product...
  14. Thread: Spring nucs

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    Re: Spring nucs

    IMHO if you start seeing drone brood being raised, start to get ready to split. When those drones emerge, it is time to split. If you see the bees making swarm cells with royal jelly in them, SPLIT...
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    Re: Buckets or Jars?

    I just saw this. I wish I had one of the blankets versus the metal band that I have. When I first got my bucket heater, I melted a bucket when the honey level got too low.
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    Re: Buckets or Jars?

    I keep my honey in 5 gallon buckets. Before dumping into the bottling tank, I warm the bucket with a bucket heater for 5 hours to make sure the honey is de-crystallized. Plus, the warm honey drains...
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    Re: What are the bees doing all over my house?

    What was the temperature when you took the video? Could it be that the bees were just getting warm before flying back to the hive?
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    Re: Weak hive and wax moths

    Nursing a weak hive through the winter isn't worth the effort. If you have another hive, remove the queen from the weak hive and do a newspaper combine. If you don't have another hive to combine...
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    Re: Telling the bees - can be therapeutic

    Way too young to pass. I'm sorry and pray the Lord gives you peace.
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    Re: Is my Yard OK?

    Join a local club and get your bees from them. Also, I would suggest starting with nucs instead of purchasing packages. Most beeks that supply nucs are much more helpful with questions than package...
  21. Re: Advice on finding properties to place beehives?

    I have gotten a couple yards from word of mouth at church. Also, when I finally harvested enough honey to sell, anyone who came by the house to buy the honey, I would ask if they were local...
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    Re: I need to move my hives. When is best?

    FWIW, a speaker at our club commented that it will take a hive up to 4 hours to recluster after being disrupted. If you move a hive on a cold day and the cluster is broken, at the very least, you...
  23. Re: How to store pulled Supers for the winter in warmer climates.

    According to the Certified Naturally Grown requirements (if that certification is important to you), you cannot use moth crystals. Bt on the other hand, is perfectly legitimate. Vegetable growers...
  24. Re: How to store pulled Supers for the winter in warmer climates.

    NEVER USE MOTHBALLS!
    They leave a residual trace amount in the wax that will never decay. Your best bet is to use a Bt/water mixture and spray both sides of the frames. Here is a link for...
  25. Re: new beehive designed to stop bees from dying over winter, and to have 24/7 monito

    Yes, KickStart emails should be banned. If the poster is looking for money, they should pay to become a vendor or pay the fee for posting in a For Sale ad.
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