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    Until you have properly cleaned the creosote...

    Until you have properly cleaned the creosote accumulations from the smoker, it can easily be opened if you use a hive tool to pry up the top: Set the blade in the seam of the top and use the bellows...
  2. Thread: Hot, hot hives

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    It is important to be 100% certain that all of...

    It is important to be 100% certain that all of the hives' self-produced queen cells have been destroyed. If any of their own cells remain it can spell disaster and prevent the acceptance of the...
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    Apis, that sounds like a sneaky way for a...

    Apis, that sounds like a sneaky way for a scoundrel to kidnap someone else's bees.
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    Zook---you're lucky they couldn't get to the...

    Zook---you're lucky they couldn't get to the honey, because if they could have reached it, your van would have had not hundreds but thousands of bees----and you would have had a much lighter crop. ...
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    It's okay to post wherever you want so long as...

    It's okay to post wherever you want so long as you're on the topic---BUT, starting a new threaad can often be to your advantae because sosme people look for new threads to post to and if you post on...
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    "Better late than never". Thanks very much JLT...

    "Better late than never". Thanks very much JLT for your information and for your translation of the Chinese.
    I think you're close, but question the idea that it was dug up from the ground. ...
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    Depending on your method of extracting and the...

    Depending on your method of extracting and the floral source of your honey, you might prefer early extracting or late extracting.
    Some honeys (like cotten flower honey) crystalize soon after they...
  8. Thread: Back again

    by efmesch
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    It may sound inapropriate on a bekeeping forum,...

    It may sound inapropriate on a bekeeping forum, but, without any hesitation, I say YOUR health comes first. There are a lot of bees in this world and they can be replaced. There's only one you, and...
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    Apis cerana is quite different than Apis...

    Apis cerana is quite different than Apis mellifera in its general behavior and can't compete with our honey bee (mellifera) when it comes to producing honey. A cerana builds small colonies and...
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    Maybe it would be wiser to buy into honey...

    Maybe it would be wiser to buy into honey futures---with the honey shortage in sight the price for our naural health sweetener should be expected to jump.
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    While you people are suffering from unheard of...

    While you people are suffering from unheard of cold and snows, here we're suffering from the longest recorded mid-winter dry spell. We had one good session of raind in December, but since then it's...
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    Since the beginning of December 2013, when we...

    Since the beginning of December 2013, when we received an unbelieveable "flood" of over 215 mm of rain (about 8 1/2 inches) in a matter of days, we have barely seen a drop of rain in my neighborhood....
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    Greeting Frizzletop, on joining the forum. :hi:...

    Greeting Frizzletop, on joining the forum. :hi:
    Yep, we all make mistakes---sometimes even the same mistake more than once. That's frustrating.
    Treatment free is a nice ideal, but be on constant...
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    They should be tilted forward all year ----summer...

    They should be tilted forward all year ----summer rain doesn't enter if tilted forward and if it does get in during a strong windy rain, it drains out. Gravity is good for helping the bees to keep a...
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    As a Floridian, from the "Sunshine State" you...

    As a Floridian, from the "Sunshine State" you should know---it's powdered sunshine, the kind that comes there in the winter when everyone else is under clouds and snow. :lol:
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    Lesson for us all to learn: Even in the winter,...

    Lesson for us all to learn:
    Even in the winter, when we think that there is nothing to do with our hive, they need an occasional examination to see if all is in order. What goies on with our hives...
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    The price you can ask for depends greatly on how...

    The price you can ask for depends greatly on how and where you do your marketing. It's important to emphasize that YOUR's is natural honey, unfiltered of its micro-contents (pollen), unheated...
  18. If you're making the regular nucs by shaking bees...

    If you're making the regular nucs by shaking bees from several different hives to create it, you could probably be successful if you just wait a few hours, enough for them to realize they're...
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    Keep plugging away at it Zulu. That's the only...

    Keep plugging away at it Zulu. That's the only way to make sure that this potential biological agent will get its due research. Either one way or the other, finding out that this predatory mite can...
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    Just make sure they have ample stores to last...

    Just make sure they have ample stores to last them till the flowers open. A hive that is "too strong" in the winter can be a candidate for starvation in the early spring. It's happened to me.:cry:
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    Yeah----probably those that were unlucky enough...

    Yeah----probably those that were unlucky enough to be on the bees that died. :mrgreen:
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    Great pictures Zook. It looks to me like you...

    Great pictures Zook. It looks to me like you should be on the alert to prevent swarming in the coming weeks---unless you want them for increase.
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    Sounds like a reasonable request to me when it is...

    Sounds like a reasonable request to me when it is presented as Americasbeekeeper, Gary did.
  24. Thread: I'm Back

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    Greetings AKA:hi:Welcome on joining the forum. I...

    Greetings AKA:hi:Welcome on joining the forum. I don't recall any previous activity from Greece, but there's nothing worng if you will be the first.
    How about going to the introductions and start...
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    Wow!

    Wow!
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