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  1. Thread: Smoker Fuel

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    I use anything that is handy that will burn...

    I use anything that is handy that will burn readily.
    I prefer hay and living on a farm makes it easy to come by. Usually have a couple wads on my truck that are slightly damp, they get put in on...
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    We are making a trip to Virginia Beach mid July....

    We are making a trip to Virginia Beach mid July. Was hoping to pick some up on the way back.
    I like to bring in a few new queens every year.
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    Ruthiesbees would you be willing to sell me two...

    Ruthiesbees would you be willing to sell me two queens that late in the year? If nothing else I may like to see you apiary if you have time.
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    Not the best photo of it but this is a box I made...

    Not the best photo of it but this is a box I made myself. Kinda based on a Merrill box out of 1/2 pine.
    It is about the size of a 6 frame nuc. Inside I have frame rest spaced with nails to hold 4...
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    Virginia queen breeders

    Are there any queen breeders in Virginia in the Newport News/ virginia beach area? Will be traveling the I64 on the way home and wouldn’t mind a short detour to pick up a new queen or two. Always...
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    If it’s skunks you better take some precautions...

    If it’s skunks you better take some precautions fast. I lost 4 hives to them last winter and they thinned down another to the point it didn’t make spring buildup.
    I ended up putting chicken wire...
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    I have bought them. They are good queens but the...

    I have bought them. They are good queens but the ones I had were very “spicy” as had been said. However I am going to graft from the 2nd gen daughter of one this year. Good strong hive and her...
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    Finally got back to check this situation out. The...

    Finally got back to check this situation out. The bees went down to the lower queen and abandoned the weak one. At least the worker bees didn’t die out trying to keep her going.
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    I ran single deeps last summer. Checked for queen...

    I ran single deeps last summer. Checked for queen cells every 14 days and if I found swarm preparation had started I just pulled the old queen and a few brood frames.
    That stopped the swarming...
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    My dad and I own a small band mill. If I can get...

    My dad and I own a small band mill. If I can get the tree for free and have the lumber cut far enough ahead of time to be dry, building my own is cheaper. If I have the time. This year I don’t have...
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    Re: How to save a queen?

    This is basically what happened. Time and weather didnít allow for much else. I will know in a week or two how it went. Need to get pollen patties on this weekend if possible so I may see then....
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    Was really hoping to avoid transferring frames....

    Was really hoping to avoid transferring frames. Just a entire box to the next hive.
    I have wintered small clusters in the house before, but I set them up inside before winter cluster set in. May...
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    So far I have 12 out of 15 alive. Skunks worked...

    So far I have 12 out of 15 alive. Skunks worked me over good in one out yard. But that’s why you learn to make more bees.
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    How to save a queen?

    I have a hive with a good queen that is about to die out. Skunks raided the hive until the cluster will fit in a coffee cup.
    Now the question on my mind. If I put this hive on top of another well...
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    You may check around and find a local club that...

    You may check around and find a local club that has a shared extractor, or someone willing to let you use theirs.
    Wv dept of agriculture has some scattered around the state for registered...
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    Same here nothing actually has to be sold. Just...

    Nice! Glad you got it done. Texas doesn’t have a minimum value, you just have to show that you are producing something that could be sold, from what I understand.[/QUOTE]

    Same here nothing...
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    It’s the same here in WV. You have to make over a...

    It’s the same here in WV. You have to make over a min amount of value to qualify for agriculture exemption. Filed mine last year. Between the bees and the chickens I meet it.
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    Learning to raise queens and make your own...

    Learning to raise queens and make your own increase is essential. It frees you up from being afraid to try to use different methods and fail. Also makes keeping bees affordable.
  19. Thread: Skunks

    by coalsmok
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    I hadn’t considered an upper entrance but I...

    I hadn’t considered an upper entrance but I wouldn’t take much. All of my hives have an upper entrance anyway plus a feeder shim with a entrance in it. Just a solid reducer in the bottom.
  20. Thread: Skunks

    by coalsmok
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    Skunks

    Skunks are hitting me hard this year. Pretty well cleaned out one out yard and were working on the other out yard hard. Neighbor beside the worst hit told me he has trapped out 6 so far since fall. 4...
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    I don’t own an extractor so I have to use the...

    I don’t own an extractor so I have to use the states, which usually has a wait time to get. So for me I just harvest all at once. When I know how much I need to keep for growing hives that were to...
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    I done something similar this past summer...

    I done something similar this past summer successfully.
    The first time was by accident. But I had read Doolittle’s book.
    I pulled the old queen out of the hive and placed her in a nuc for swarm...
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    Don’t destroy queens or queen cells. Put the old...

    Don’t destroy queens or queen cells. Put the old queen in a nuc box and let the mother hive raise you a new queen. It will be a new well fed queen that was given the best treatment a larva could get...
  24. I can raise all the bees I want as well. I am...

    I can raise all the bees I want as well. I am still working on making a honey crop. Problem in my area is that the flow is really only about a 45 day affair. Yes there is stuff for them to eat on...
  25. This thought has been wandering around in my head...

    This thought has been wandering around in my head as well. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Just keep trading drawn comb into the nuc as you pull out full brood frames.
    Only thing is you would...
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