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  1. Re: diy solar cappings melter for under $50 and better than factory

    Did you try nylons from the women's section? They may be too fine, but much finer than 20 mesh. Seems like it might be worth stretching over a frame, if you can avoid runs in the hosiery, but...
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    Re: Solar Melting

    Oliver is MUCH more experienced than I, and knows the nomenclature well (possibly wrote/invented some of it). I, too, have seen the brown stuff in the cappings residue, but I thought it was...
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    Re: Solar Melting

    As mentioned above, the cocoons from the pupating bees (they're wired to make them even inside the wax cells, which I find interesting) are not wax. They're part of what the wax moths eat/need as...
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    Re: Attracting queen by sounds

    I have been led to believe that for multiple queens of the same age, the first to emerge pipes, listens for any queens sufficiently mature to reply from within their cells, and promptly kills them...
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    Re: Destroying brood to create a brood break?

    I just want to inject a comment about the "parasite that kills host" discussion, at the risk of restarting it which is not my goal. It appears to me that the mite is distinct from a disease organism...
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    Re: Destroying brood to create a brood break?

    To get back to the O.P.'s topic of question: brood manipulation in support of controlling varroa...
    Beepro was pulling brood to pack into a "mite bomb" colony, but I don't see anything wrong (for a...
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    Re: Buckwheat yield per acre

    In case it is of interest: I _really_ like buckwheat honey. Not everyone does. I planted some buckwheat around my plot, just the edges, and I saw it bloom, but in no large areas. I get a lot of...
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    Re: can't believe it.. honey!

    I haven't used a needle roller, but it _appears_ to me they'd be likely to crush cell walls when the pegs get misaligned with the centers of the cells. That would be a lot of the time, so I'd think...
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    Re: can't believe it.. honey!

    BeeDuto: Check out the youtube vid from Brushy Mtn. linked by Grins. That the tool used there looks just like my two red cappings "lifters," which I can't tell apart but for the different decorative...
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    Re: Foulbrood sniffing dogs

    Absolutely a great use of canines. If they can seek out tightly packaged opiates and deep cancers, why not foul-brood?

    Michael
  11. Re: What to expect ... DIY or "good neighbor"

    My cappings (from a cappings "lifter" tool) gave about 2 oz of honey per frame, with about 3 lb of honey per frame from spinning them. Medium frames not especially fat.

    1) I've never used other...
  12. Re: Any practical way to address SHB maggots in frame feeder?!

    I rather like the Freeman beetle traps. Mine came from eheartwood.com in mississippi, with whom I have zero association except as satisfied customer. For a hobbyist with small number of colonies,...
  13. Re: Overwintering with Freeman beetle traps and screened covers

    The traps/bottomboards that the Mississippi folks who bought Jerry Freeman's production setup have fairly well-fitted basins, molded thermoplastic that slides into close-fitting slots, the pan held...
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    Re: can't believe it.. honey!

    capping scratcher: I have three. Two are red-handled, molded things that look like a dog comb. They are night and day different. Either works great for clearing wax from the times of the other,...
  15. Thread: swarm cell

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    Re: swarm cell

    Seconding JWPalmer's comments... Suppose you start a split with either the QC or old queen. Then you have two colonies. If the old queen is indeed deficient somehow, your queen split won't take...
  16. Re: "Flyback split"= "cutdown split"by a better name

    The principal purpose of words is to communicate. I occasionally wax poetic, making words for their sounds and sometimes hidden or double meanings, as entertainment. But no matter how poetic...
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    Re: Please help our Cloake not to Croak...

    Sacramento is in a relatively arid region. In such regions, evaporative cooling is extremely effective. If soarswitheagles can wet down his hives slightly with misters, he may be able to control...
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    Re: The forgotten "Dadant Deep" hive

    That could be a problem at times, but what I was doing with my frames was setting them to the depth of two boxes. This means that I can move them into other boxes and slowly push them to the sides...
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    Re: two queens in one hive

    A favorite read of mine. I made some misplaced posts here, but the content others provided is marvelous. Thread ID 306234
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  20. Re: Possible to spray for ticks without hurting bees?

    And I apologize for not having read the entire post carefully. Looking back at your post, I observe that on this, my wife's computer with a wide screen and itty-bitty font, your mention of city...
  21. Re: Possible to spray for ticks without hurting bees?

    two and a half acres is enough for some chickens. I have read from more than one person (one a co-worker) that their tick problem evaporated when they started keeping hens in the yard. A rooster is...
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    Re: Supplying restaurants sizes

    I would suggest that if your honey is specialty, raw/natural and they want to advertise as using it, then more power to them (and to you). If they expect the aromatic, flavorful raw honey taste I've...
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    Re: Best way to remove labels from bottles

    When removing labels from beer bottles (home-brewer re-use) I found oxy-clean (mentioned above in post #6) to be a great help. For most beer labels, one can just soak the bottles in warm water for...
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    Re: Using a matting nuc to requeen

    Inexperienced writer here, but....
    I've read that colonies with queens (and even with queen cells) can reject mated queens. I _know_ I had a laying worker colony do in two separate mated queens...
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    Re: strange thing happened tonite

    Are they robbing out residual stores from the old hive? If not, then perhaps you have swarm scouts looking at moving in. Or you have a new (and possibly secondary?) swarm setting up shop and you...
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