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    Swarm mitigation: vacuum?

    I have an over-populated hive that is likely to swarm in the near future. Bees beard the hive continuously and there is a large cluster of them bigger than a package in the vivaldi box in the top. ...
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    Re: Issue with candle wick

    Where do you get 5 micron cloth for filtering your wax? Can you share a product name?
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    Re: Filtering wax

    I just started filtering wax this year. I boil the raw wax a couple of times and scrape the waste off the bottom when it cools. I then filter it through cheese cloth to get the final clean wax.
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    Re: Kelley Beekeeping top covers

    I haven't bought top covers from them. If you keep it, try to close the gaps where the top of the hive will come in contact with the cover. It won't matter at all in normal bee operations because...
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    Re: Looking for mid to late summer pollen plants

    Borage is a great nectar producer. I've bought several pounds of seeds and spread them around open spaces, large pollinator gardens and regular gardens. It is great in this kind of a use as it is...
  6. Re: Idea for water source - please let me know if you think this would work!

    The bees tend to prefer slow flowing or relatively still water. The picture looks like continuously moving water. It may attract some bee traffic, but I don't know if it will be preferred.

    Your...
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    Re: A new bad invention

    I don't see an obvious problem if the glass is tempered. Hobbyists would enjoy looking into their hives this way, at least until it is waxed over. It is a bit like an observation hive. The only...
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    Re: Painting Cypress Woodenware???

    Binnie,

    The answer may depend on why you bought cypress. I bought cedar components so I wouldn't have to paint them. A dealer pitched cypress to me as another alternative with similar...
  9. What do you do with leftover candy in a candy board?

    I used candy boards for the first time this past Winter and have a decent amount of leftovers. I just replaced some of them with syrup top feeders as we have some record warmth forecast for the next...
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    Re: site unavailable = good sometimes

    I found the former home page a very convenient aggregation across all the forums. It was very easy to use and I miss it. I don't have time to look into each forum to see what is new every day. I...
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    Re: Hello from Chester County PA

    Welcome! The Chester County Beekeeping Association is also a great resource.

    Jim.
  12. Re: Will oxalic acid kill Bt aizawai if used together in a hive?

    I wouldn't worry about it. I use BT and oxalic too. The BT is to protect the stored comb as mentioned above. The bees will patrol the comb once it is in the hive and keep out wax moths. You will...
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    Re: A nuc question.

    Nucs are usually advertised regarding what they have in them, such as 3 frames of brood and 1 frame of honey. You will need at least 3 weeks for a brood cycle to begin hatching. That gives you at...
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    Re: Ventilation on a nuc

    I use a Vivaldi box. A Vivaldi box is similar to an inner cover, but with 4 sides that are 2-3" tall and screened vents on the front and back. I place some sugar bricks around the hole in the...
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    Re: When is too early to hive packages

    Early March is too early for PA. I am assuming you will be putting the package into a brand new hive with no comb, stores, etc. Temperatures in early March will probably preclude liquid feeding. ...
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    Re: Dimensions crucial for telescoping cover?

    I like mine a little longer than standard for vents and 1 inch wider than standard for a 10-frame hive so it can do double duty covering 2 5-frame side by side nucs.

    Jim.
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    Re: Apps or Ideas for recording bloom cycles

    I attempted this my first year. My goal was to record the dates of when certain blossoms appeared, then use that information as a local indicator for the start of the peak nectar flow. I found it...
  18. Re: Alternatives for securing the metal top to a telescoping cover

    Warrior,

    Thank you for the tip on liquid nails.

    The reasons for the conversation that led to the alternative adhesive suggestion were that I needed to buy a new staple gun and some telescoping...
  19. Alternatives for securing the metal top to a telescoping cover

    I am building some telescoping covers. They are traditional metal on top of a wooden framework with plywood rabbeted inside the framework type. I plan to use galvanized staples through the sides of...
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    Re: Are the good times about over with?

    Capitalism in action!
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    Re: new to bees, never been stung, should I?

    An allergist can test you for honey bee venom allergy in a controlled environment. You end up spending a little, but it might be safer and you can learn a little more in the medical setting.

    Jim.
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    Re: Here we go again

    I think Hackenberg will need to show a lot more than "neonics could kill bees" to make a strong case. For example, if they are as bad as he claims, commercial pollinators should be totally wiped out...
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    Re: How do You Become an Almond Inspector?

    You should probably check with the CA Department of Agriculture.
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    Re: Lauri's bricks down to an Art!

    lakebilly - Check your recipe and ingredients. When I made mine, apart from the initial pour and mix, there was no syrup-like material at all. I think Lauri described the resulting mixture as...
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    Re: Lauri's bricks down to an Art!

    Thanks for the approach, recipe and tips. I made Lauri's recipe a month or two ago. It came out fine and the bees seem to like it. My bricks were very brittle though. I think I put in too much...
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