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  1. Re: ID of the creepy powder on my hive's inner cover?

    I had a lot of problems with mold my first year. Since then I have gone to quilt boxes and have not had any problems with mold.
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    Re: Ebay Extractors?

    I borrow one of the 4 (I think) that our local bee club has, and it works well.
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    Re: Installing Nuc in Horizontal Langstroth

    I have been using 2 vertical skewers per frame and it seems to work. I have been drilling 1/8 (I think) holes in both ends, installing the skewers in the frame, then shooting a staple thru the top...
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    Re: beekeeping within city limits

    I am so glad that the HOA in my neighborhood doesn't have much authority and isn't very strict. They have tried to do stupid stuff a few times and ended up with a lot of the residents showing up at...
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    Re: beekeeping within city limits

    That makes sense. Where I am at there are not any laws/requirements for registering beehives so I suspect the town that I am in doesn't actually know that I have beehives. I also have not heard of...
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    Re: beekeeping within city limits

    I think that one is based on the fact that we are in an arid climate. There are not many natural water sources in the area and I think this is intended to keep bees from bothering neighbors by going...
  7. Re: Honey extractor- Dadant 20 Frame- Stripped Gears

    Most 3d printer parts are nowhere nears as strong as machined/molded/cast parts. I would be surprised if a printed gear in this application lasted more than a few batches of frames.
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    Re: Catching and Marking Queens

    the workers do clean up the queen. I have seen paint still there after about a year, so it may be the paint that you are using. I have been carefully using a posca marker and making sure I write...
  9. Re: How long can a colony stay alive without fresh air?

    Any chance there is enough of a gap between the inner cover/top box and the lid for some air to get thru?

    I also second top entrances and/or quilt boxes.
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    Re: I hope this is just mold...

    What happens if you put a few drops of bleach water (5-10%ish bleach) on it? I have found mold typically disappears when you do this, but I am not sure if moth damage will dissolve/disappear with...
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    Re: beekeeping within city limits

    I also disagree with the ones above


    I think this would be better worded as stored inside or in sealed containers to prevent robbing, insect contamination (wax moths), and prevent...
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    Re: beekeeping within city limits

    These are the rules in the town that I live in





    The only thing in the above rules that I think people may object to is the requirement to use langstrom hives. I think the rest of it makes...
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    Re: Bee removal in january-help!

    Any chance you have a thermal camera to figure out where the top and the bottom of the cluster is at?

    Any chance you can see the comb or get a picture of it from below? If it is a few large...
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    Re: Warm weather in NC effects?

    Sounds like you are opposite of us. Our winter here seems to have been a bit colder than usual. Last year we had a moister and cooler year than average, and had several records tied/broken.
  15. Re: I checked a couple hives-Small clusters, no brood

    Another thought, how much pollen is there stored in those hives? If there are no pollen stores the hive may not raise much/any brood.

    I watched parts of the video, and if my hives had that few...
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    Re: Keeping bees out of a swimming pool

    I am not sure if it helped or not, but I put a spoonfull of honey on a floating platform to try to attract the bees to the water source that I had. It seemed to work, but I am not sure this was what...
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    Re: How cold in the hive?

    I have a homemade data logger on one of my hives. When the bees are not on/near the temperature sensor it reads cool, but it is usually a bit above ambient. I am guessing the cluster had just moved...
  18. Re: A new Year. What are your goals for the bees in 2020?

    I am hoping to keep mites in control come fall and get both of my existing hives thru the winter. I already lost 2 due to mite treatments failing this fall.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    I agree, I am also an engineer which probably adds to the strangeness compared with the general population.



    I really hope I am not jynxing myself, but I have not had to deal with any of...
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    Re: Why do Beeks stack supers so high?

    I tend to checkerboard some of the frames in if the existing supers are mostly capped. If the supers are uncapped this does not work though. I only had 2 hives with supers this year, so this works...
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    Re: Why do Beeks stack supers so high?

    After adding box 8 (1 deep + 7 medium) this summer I decided I was not going to add any more to the hive in the picture above. I did not want to get a ladder to work it, and I could barley push the...
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    Re: Asian Giant Hornet

    Sounds like a metal mouse guard would work if it is attached well.

    I would still rather all of of the asian hornets get killed off in North America ASAP
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    Re: Why do Beeks stack supers so high?

    I borrow an extractor once a year from the local bee club (I had 4 hives this year) so trying to extract multiple times is a lot more work and harder to coordinate

    In this hive when I pulled the...
  24. Thread: New Smoker

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    Re: New Smoker

    I dont know how many hive tools I have, I don't think I am in double digits yet, but I am getting close.

    I do tend to focus on other stuff and misplace my hive tools a lot.
  25. Thread: New Smoker

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    Re: New Smoker

    :lpf:
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