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    Re: I left my hive sealed up - UGH!

    I commonly use a wet rag (one quarter of an old sock) to block both the upper and lower entrances. I think that Greg's suggestion of using a piece of painter's tape with a knife slit is an excellent...
  2. Re: Unusual abundance of HB hind legs on mite drop board

    Bump !

    Any more ideas or thoughts?
    None or of the other 10 ajacent colonies have a similar collection of hind legs on the drop boards.

    Steve
  3. Re: Sugar water residue/growth in jars

    Paul,

    You can add a "splash" of vinegar to the sugar syrup to lower the pH. The natural pH of honey is around 4 or 5 so the bees will accept the sugar syrup with no problem and you will have...
  4. Unusual abundance of HB hind legs on mite drop board

    This time of the year I maintain sticky drop boards under my SBB's on all of my colonies and periodically inspect them. This morning I observed an unusual number of honey bee (HB) hind legs on the...
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    Re: Check Your Bear Fences

    I use a continuous sheet metal apron on the ground connected to an 8 foot ground rod all outside the "hot" part (cattle panel) of my fence. Every year new bears test it once and avoid it thereafter....
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    Re: Beekeeping Trailer

    kramerbryan,

    Sounds exciting to have so many hive trailers. Your slide-out ladder with a leg sounds like an interesting concept but I would think that you are over doing it. I believe that all...
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    Re: Beekeeping Trailer

    kramerbryan,
    I too, like you, am thinking smaller. I am turning a small 9 foot long Harbor Freight kit type trailer into a 10 to 12 colony easy to move bee trailer. Its not finished yet, but it...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2019

    Dr. James Tew will be the guest speaker for the October 17th. evening meeting of the Pikes Peak Beekeepers Association in Colorado Springs, CO. I'm 'Steve", the VP of PPBA and I would like to...
  9. Re: So, what did you scrounge today? Braggin encouraged

    LJ,

    In your design process why don't you keep in mind that this incubator can also be used to de-crystallize honey in jars or a five gallon bucket. I'm actually working on a similar project to...
  10. Re: Will bees remove pollen from frames in honey super?

    Off topic.
    Davemal, (Post #9), I am of the same opinion as you relative to bee-power efficiency. I drill a 3/4 " hole in the lower right hand corner, 2" up from the bottom and in line with the...
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    Re: Closing them in for a day

    Grins,

    Several years ago in August I had a similar concern because I had a wedding at my house for a son and there were 70 wedding guests. I had 15 colonies in my apiary about 40-50 feet from...
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    Re: Getting comb drawn 'on demand'.

    John,

    Thanks for your today's post. I find what you are doing very interesting and may also play with the concept next year. I commonly use 5/5/5 Nuc's too.
    Keep us all posted as you assess...
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    Re: New EAS Master Beekeeper - Nancy

    Congratulations Nancy! I too try to read as many of your posts as possible because you and I think very much along the same vein. I believe that you have become a great asset to BeeSource. I wish...
  14. Re: Is capped sugar syrup useful to a hive?

    Little John, thanks for your comment - I think that that says it all.
    psm & Greg, thanks for your confirmation and comments.

    I too would agree.

    Cheers,
    Steve
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    Re: Locking up a hive

    I had a wedding next to my bee yard two years ago with 70 people in attendance. Had 15 hives all with full screened bottom boards and I made a ventilated screened inner cover for each with the outer...
  16. Re: temporary and inexpensive solutions for coloring hive bodies?

    Honey bees can only differentiate between the major categories of color, including yellow, blue-green, blue, violet, and ultraviolet. Why don't you paint the fronts, tops, or complete hives those...
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    Re: Moonshine jugs?

    I frequently use the 16 oz. Muth jars with the big cork because they are good sellers, especially during the Christmas holiday season. When I harvest and bottle ahead with the Muth jars I do not...
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    Re: Nosema and Comb

    Smoke,

    Here is the photo of the "stack" that I intended to post.
    Steve
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    Re: Nosema and Comb

    Smoke,

    Started fumigating early spring when clearing out my dead outs, and continue. Stacked supers ~ 6 high with bottom super empty of frames but containing a flower pot saucer holding a rag and...
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    Re: Nosema and Comb

    Margot,

    I fumigated lots of wooden ware (supers full of frames stacked five high) this spring with glacial acetic acid vapor after major winter losses due in part to Nosema. Be careful! Frames...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Dan,

    I'll bet I'm an older fart than you! Will be 80 before year end.

    Here's the procedure for attaching a photo to your BS message. I had to step through the process with this photo taken...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Dan,

    Did you make the jig? Send a photo.
    I like jigs.

    Cheers,
    Steve
  23. Just interrupted a cub's training session ...

    I had some dead out (DO) NUCs outside my electrified bee yard to be cleaned up and when I looked out I saw Mama bear taking the opportunity to instruct junior on the size, shape, smell, etc. of a...
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    Re: Bear got me

    Maybe the bear found that somebody else's apiary "was a piece of cake".
    (No pun intended)

    Cheers,
    Steve
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    Re: Bear got me

    Fivej,

    For clarification, by "good ground", I mean a good electrical ground. My sheet metal apron ground outside of the electrically "hot" fence is soldered to a continuous copper wire which is...
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