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    Re: Bbq hive

    I was thinking it was an offset smoker, that's your generic style grill. There should be a couple of bolts holding the cover to the bottom. Take the bolts out. Lift off the cover, there should be...
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    Re: Bbq hive

    George, have you done a cutout before? Nothing compares with some experience, my first advice would be to get a mentor to do it if this is your first time.

    If you have some experience, I've done...
  3. Re: Ya Might Love beekeeping if...

    … if you enjoy living a holey life.
    … if your wife hears you say "look at the legs on that one!" and knows you're watching bee/pollen videos.
    … if the police /D.A. call YOU for help.

    (and yes to...
  4. Re: Swarm traps and unspoken code of ethics

    People are odd. Some guys are offended if you put a trap within a mile of their bee yard, even if you bee yard is 1/2 mile away. Land 'ownership' doesn't matter to them
    . Others don't care. One...
  5. Re: Is it too early to put swarm traps out in Central Texas? What would be the harm?

    It's still too early for swarms, but... I am going to get my first swarm of the year tomorrow @7am. I'd guess it's really an abscond, but a basketball of bees is still a basketball of bees! And to...
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    Re: Suggestions

    I'd be concerned a torch would kill much of the colony. If you move it, keep it in the shade, that metal will act like an oven even in mild sunlight.

    I like the cutoff saw idea. If it's too much...
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    Re: Critique my capture plan

    Your strategy has a few weak points, but there is one key thing I strongly, very strongly recommend.

    Contact a local beekeeper, and join him on a couple of cutouts that he has planned. You'll...
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    4 cutouts... exhausted

    I owe everyone an apology. In the past I've said if someone does 3 cutouts in one day, they're crazy.

    So yesterday, with an experienced fellow BK, we planned 2 cutouts.

    You know the...
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    Re: Customer feedback

    A customer called me yesterday. He had just gotten his vacuum and was going over it. Note that he's a busy beekeeper, he's done 8 cutouts in the last 10 days.

    As we were going over things, he...
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    Re: Customer feedback

    Here's a chuckle. I think I found a new way to market and sell the vacuum. I got this message:

    I’m interested in one of your vacs. I used a friends and love it!!!
    How do I order one?

    I'll...
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    Re: Customer feedback

    I heard back from another happy customer. His problem in the past has been with killing bees in the vacuum. He wasn't sure about The Everything Bee Vacuum, but I told him that it is the safest...
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    Re: Customer feedback

    I heard back from another customer today. Here is a quote:

    "I've owned five other bee vacs. This one is by far the easiest, smallest, and the best one of them all. We did about six cutouts and...
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    Re: Amount of Vacuum

    I was too young to comprehend what was going on with Vietnam.


    Stop! I almost choked laughing. But with how aggressive colonies are around me (AHB), there is no such thing as 'peaceful' access....
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    Re: Amount of Vacuum

    I think of it in the exact opposite way. Weapon systems prevent death and destruction. I liked how Reagan said it, "Peace through strength." Yes, every once in a while you need to use them. But I...
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    Re: Amount of Vacuum

    That works until your back doesn't! We all make due with what we have. I just offer a complete system that makes the work part of cutouts far easier. I started with the same 50 lb system. I made...
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    Re: Amount of Vacuum

    Thank you Chuck.

    Cutouts are like physics classes. The vast majority of people absolutely hated their physics class, or never took it. I remember physics classes where the average score was 25...
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    Re: Amount of Vacuum

    Good questions.

    My degree is Computer & Electrical Engineering, graduating from Purdue back in '88 with additional MSCS work at University of Miami (moved before completing that degree). My first...
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    Re: Customer feedback

    I've mentioned Nick before. He owns and runs animalremover.com near the Ohio-Indiana-Kentucky border. While he removes all kinds of animals, he and his team do a bee colony removal about every...
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    Re: Amount of Vacuum

    Nearly everyone uses too much vacuum the first time and kill most of the bees. We kick ourselves, and back off from there. You can work faster with more vacuum & have lots of dead bees or work...
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    Re: Bee vac a needed tool?

    Aweiss,

    I'm biased (note my login name). If you do 1 or 2 cutouts a year, it's not really worth it. Yes, you will have to work harder, much harder on those 1 or 2 cutouts. But it's hard to...
  21. Re: How do you retire a queen bee?

    When I saw the title, my first thought was "is there a Union"? Do they have a pension plan? Is the mob involved, and are they part of the management's "retirement plans"?

    Goodness... we humans...
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    Re: A new ventilated suit

    Different folks and different preferences.

    I got the 1-down-from-top-of-the-line from Mann Lake. Still vented, but heavier than their top-priced suit. The advantages for me is that it is more...
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    Re: Customer feedback

    Maybe the feedback is finally starting to roll in!

    A customer (Rodney) called yesterday. He was going to do his first cutout with the new vacuum, and we walked through some things.

    Just now he...
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    Re: Hives are like Kids

    As I read what Jimmy said, the thought "We already have 2 kids, what do you mean you're pregnant and how did that happen?" came to mind! We husbands really know how to stick our feet in our mouths!...
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    Re: Ants

    Beware! Yes, this really helps. And I was there to a degree...

    I didn't make the 'legs'. I got some plastic leg stands off ebay (search for 'ant bee barrier') and sprayed them with neverwet.
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