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  1. Re: what size filter do you use to strain your honey?

    As I understand it most HDPE plastics CAN be food grade, but a No. 2 HDPE HD bucket may be manufactured with some "blow molding release agent" (just making that term up), which could leave remnants...
  2. Re: what size filter do you use to strain your honey?

    I'm not a fan of using non-food grade plastics/equipment in processing/storing our honey. Seeing honey gates installed on orange HomeDepot buckets, for instance, makes me cringe ....
  3. Re: Smartphone app that listens to bees to tell you what health issues they have

    I've pledged my $75 as a Healthy Bees Founder! Looking forward to contributing and using!!
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    Re: Waterproof labels

    You can put your jars/bottles in ziplock bags, use the “water displacement method” to evacuate air, drop them in hot/warm water. Basically “sous vide” them ... look it up. Personally I love the...
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    Re: Queen behaviour after being marked

    It is practically impossible to take bad photos in NZ, isn’t it? :). Beautiful place!
  6. Re: Cotton Smoker Fuel: Where does it come from

    2 words: wine corks


    Cheers! :)
  7. Re: How much filtering/screening of raw honey is normal?

    I think that in industry parlance anything that’s allowed to drain through your filter mesh (via gravity) is considered “straining” and not filtering. Filtering is what China does with high pressure...
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    Re: Best time of day to move hive?

    Always move after dark or before light (note I didn't say sunset or sunrise).

    Also, if possible move the hive not more than 2 ft per day. It's a pain, but will save you the hassle of having to...
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    Re: Robber Bees - Killing Young Bees?

    Seems to me like these are worker bees doing what they're supposed to do: cart off dead and diseased bees and larvae. Lets hope, for you, that these are just some misfits and miscues from a young...
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    Re: Swarm in 1949 Ford Pickup

    Maybe she can send photos before you head out? Performing a "cut-out" of an existing colony is definitely a possibility, but how it's done will depend greatly on where it is ...
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    Re: Bee suit question

    Not all hives are the same and not all hive inspections are for the same purpose either. What I like about having a "Hat type" veil (not hard hat, just wide-rimmed cotton) is that I can always wear...
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    Re: REALLY mean hive solutions

    I've had hives that were under a near constant assault of ants, cockroaches, dragon flies, praying mantises, etc. They were stressed and extremely offensive. After taking care of the ant and...
  13. Re: Our country has lost close to half of the managed bee colonies it had in the 1940

    Interesting thread! I recently found out that one of my great-grandfathers kept bees during WWII in Holland (Netherlands). Sugar was rationed then, but the government made it available for...
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    Re: Upstate NY wintering

    Only two seasons in Upstate NY:

    Winter and 4th of July ... :-)
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    Re: Spray Sugar Water instead of Smoke

    Always have been using my smoker. Working well for me.

    But, a local beekeeper just gave me some "liquid smoke" (the stuff people cook with), mixed in water, which he uses sometimes if he wants...
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    Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    Some ants may get stuck in the sticky grease, but most will recognize the danger and turn back. It's like creating a moat around your castle ....
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    Re: New Queen Nothing

    Lauri, what type of glove do you use? They seem really form-fitting and leather-like? (In the photos holding QCs)
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    Re: Using a UV light to clean up combs

    UV and (gamma) radiation are 2 different things. UV is light and will have shadows, and those shadows are not disinfected/impacted by the ultraviolet "rays." This is an issue when UV lights are...
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    Re: A variation on the ant guards

    Variations on the theme. One is to fight cane toads and ants, the PVC one for ants only ...:

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    Re: First sting to the face...

    Proving, once again, that homeopathic "cures" are pure hogwash and a complete waste of money.
  21. Re: For a laying worker hive...would this work or not?

    Michael:

    In your book you write: "7) Put a laying worker hive over a queenright hive on a double screen board and after three weeks, shake the laying worker hive out in front of the queen right...
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    Re: Hotel Hive Management Contracts

    I don't know if you should price yourself out of this potential job by charging hourly rates that doctors or lawyers do ... I think that you need to find out "why" they would like to have someone...
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    Re: Hopelessly queenless

    That's for sure :)

    Got a new Nuc in the mail today and had hoped to cut another feral/wild hive. We'll see how the "wild" ones survive the winds in a tree ...
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    Re: Hopelessly queenless

    Just starting my bee raising adventure. I'm working with the local university, which has a USDA grant to evaluate Varoa (and other diseases) on Guam and nearby other islands. Varoa have been found,...
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    Re: Hopelessly queenless

    Thanks Michael! Got your book as one of my guides! Trying to get our (cut feral) hive up and going. Didn't get the queen with the cut and it looks like the laying workers have killed whatever...
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