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    Re: Used equipment

    I've acquired used equipment from time to time over the years. My process has been to wash the boxes inside and out with a detergent followed by TSP. I spray the clean boxes down with a bleach...
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    Re: Bees gathering chicken feed

    Exactly. Once you create an artificial food source and the bees utilize it, they may count on it to always be there. If the brood counts on it and it disappears, you have a problem. Starting early,...
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    Re: Is Acrylic paint okay to use?

    Good point on the oil based primer. I only use oil based primer since you can put oil or latex on top and it gets in the wood a lot better.
  4. Thread: Dead bees

    by Ravenseye
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    Re: Dead bees

    Agree with the food issue. In my own experience, crashed colonies that were sitting on good stores were badly impacted by Varroa OR in a few cases, suffered through a prolonged cold snap that didn't...
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    Re: Is Acrylic paint okay to use?

    Acrylic is just fine. Actually, probably better than latex.
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    Re: Abandoned .. mouse ?

    Yup, and I have feral cats that live in the barn. Cat urine is nothing compared to frames that mice lived in over the winter. They go right onto the burn pile in the spring.
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    Re: Australia’s fires

    Yes, the arson stuff was quickly and thoroughly debunked.

    I did recall reading an article in Beeculture that discussed how the previous years droughts and this years spring drought had affected...
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    Re: Keeping bees out of a swimming pool

    Once bees lock onto a water source it's not easy to get them going elsewhere. My neighbors have a pool about 100 yards from my hives. I suppose the bees visit the pool but between the hives and the...
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    Re: Is History Of Beekeeping Down?

    Works for me!
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    Re: Tight Smoker Lid

    I would probably try spreading out the cover along the edges as opposed to the body. I had one that was a little tight and it looked like the rolled edge had a little too much of a roll. Pliers...
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    Re: Honey extractor choices

    I have the Maxant 3100P and love it. I've mounted it to a base with wheels so that it only rocks gently while extracting...even when poorly balanced with frames. I generally let the bees clean it out...
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    Re: Is History Of Beekeeping Down?

    So, right now the "History of Beekeeping" sub-forum has a setting to show all threads from the beginning. That setting is at the sub-forum level. However, the default user settings are to show...
  13. Re: Bee recovery after bear attack (November 21)

    Well, in my opinion it's always worth the effort if it's all you have to work with. Get the warm and fed and protected. Plan your next year and hopefully, they'll start it for you. If not, they'll...
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    Re: 18% ABV Sweet mead

    As mentioned, time is the magic ingredient. I opened 2 bottles of Acerglyn (Maple Mead) this week. One spiced. One not. They were started on New Years Day, 2017. Both were better than anything you...
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    Re: queen excluders

    Metal. Propane torch cleans them right up.
  16. Re: Is there a problem in giving bees a bit of fermented honey?

    I've done it but not in great quantity. There used to be conversation that it was either a CURE for dysentery or it CAUSED dysentery and I'm inclined to believe that while it may cause them to fly...
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    Re: Global Warming

    Rules..


    Pretty close to a move to Tailgater or a closed thread. Just saying....
  18. Thread: Wax Moths

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    Re: Wax Moths

    It it's a strong hive, they'll take care of wax moths. The bigger deal is how to store them once they're off the hive and somewhere else. I store them up top of my barn but the moths don't care so I...
  19. Re: Do you clean and reuse plastic foundation or throw them away?

    Let the bees take care of them. Unfortunately and ultimately, you have to deal with that plastic you bought and are responsible for. Plastic has consequences in the long term.
  20. Re: Orange pollen in Early october, Northeast US?

    Goldenrod isn't a single color. I'd bet Aster. Second bet...Goldenrod. It's all good....
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    Re: Global Warming

    Sigh. We're in new territory for this sub forum....
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    Re: Should I pull this super?

    I agree. Feeding them now won't hurt a thing.
  23. Re: Can I move mason bee cocoons from furniture?

    Yes, you just want to add some moisture to the surrounding air. I lay moist paper towel sheets on the bottom of a plastic container then I put cocoons in an open topped plastic bag on top of the...
  24. Re: Can I move mason bee cocoons from furniture?

    So, the answer is yes. You can carefully break the mud seal and if there are cocoons in there, gently pull them out. If there are more cocoons further in each hole, those will be harder. You can use...
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    Re: extremely aggressive today?

    Dearth. Protective time of the year. For me, it's also yellow jacket attack season so everyone is on high alert. Also, multiple stings on suits, veils, gloves, etc., provoke more bees to become...
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