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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: My new package bees swarmed?
« Last post by iddee on July 22, 2016, 06:45:33 PM »
NO massive swarm came from a 70 day old hive. They were not your bees.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: My new package bees swarmed?
« Last post by FlexMedia.tv on July 22, 2016, 06:22:12 PM »
GSF,
I just got up here and they are gone! I'll look at them tonight when it's cooler but I'm wondering if it's my hives? The kids here said it was just a massive swarm. It hovered over my hive and went back to the tree. Stayed there for a long time, hovered and grouped again and left. I'm looking at my two hives and it looks like business as usual, but I can't tell. One hive still has not started filling the super I put on a few weeks ago and it doesn't consume much sugar water from the top feeder I just installed. The other is filling up the super very well and I still see them all around the feeder from the super I put on. I can't tell until later but they look like they are still there.

What is the possibility like the previous comment, that it was another hive? The amount of bees they described flying was almost double what I think I have? Would they still be going in and out if they swarmed?
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THE 2ND AMENDMENT / Re: Bump Fire Stock
« Last post by Dallasbeek on July 22, 2016, 05:40:27 PM »
Okay, I'm getting better at hitting something with the bump fire stock on.

I went through 20 rounds and one of them hit the target (lol) I'll shoot 1-2 hundred rounds and maybe 10 will hit the target. Basically the first one out of the barrel when you first pull the trigger. It's still a lot of fun. It's a great stress relief for my wife.

How heavy is your rifle?  Try just cradling the forestock rather than gripping it.  If the rifle is heavy enough, it will settle back down, but if you are gripping it, you will make it "rise" because you're holding it at the top of the recoil point.  At least, that's true of a Thompson fired on full auto.  I used to know a 90-pound woman who could put most of the rounds in the black because she just let the Thompson settle back where it started.  Hold it tight and it will "rise" higher with each shot.  Try this and see if it works with the bump stock.  The worst I've ever seen was the M-2 carbine because it was so light.  I have a 9mm Ingram that is just okay to shoot full auto.
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We actually get decent summers with average temps of 22C (71F)... We got an early start this year where the 1st willows were producing pollen mid April. Long days make up for the shorter season "usually". I am now placing my hives in full sun pointing slightly to the west to take advantage of the warmer evenings and lessen the impact of cooler mornings. This year I have seen my bees out foraging ~8AM to 10PM and slightly more if the temps stay over 15C.
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Either use your decapper tool, the one with the tines, to remove the capped drones or add a top entrance to allow them to get out.
If you use the decapper, that is a good way to check for and remove mites.
To remove the drone larvae, just use it like a fork pushing it through the caps and then lift them out.
Jim
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HUMOR IS A FUNNY THING / Re: Doug Smith is on his deathbed
« Last post by herbhome on July 22, 2016, 04:25:46 PM »
cute
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: First Cut Out ~ Any Advice?
« Last post by divemaster1963 on July 22, 2016, 04:23:54 PM »
Ditto and ditto on the beevac. I have done 100s of cutouts. By my self and with help. By your self it takes almost twice as long. I have done jobs with no vac. Very very few. You have to go slower and try to bring bees with the comb. That makes it sting time. There are several vac designs on web that can be made in one night with minimal parts. Make one. Make sure you open the are as big as possible the bees will run.  Use bee-gone to keep bees from traveling to far. Buythe good smelling stuff so you ddon't choke your self. If you don't have any go Walmart and buy their  8 ounce bottle of pure almond oil and get bottle of teatree oil. Add two drops of teatree oil to the almond oil and shake it up. Use a spray bottle to spray lightly in area you want them to not go in. Use cotton balls and spray balls and push into ajacent cavities less is more.when your finished and get ready to seal up entrance  you can use the oil to chase them to entrance. Place the hive on stand outside at the entrance to get the workers coming back then pickup the next night.

John
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FARMING & COUNTRY LIFE / Re: Freezing Tomatoes?
« Last post by nella on July 22, 2016, 04:14:59 PM »
I did it both ways, cooking them and putting them through a Foley mill to remove the skins and seeds and putting in freezer bags and just quartering them and putting in a freezer bag and freezing. Quartering them is a lot less work and I thought for chile and baked beans they worked well. There is never any freezer burn because there is always plenty of juice. I usually add a little bit of sugar to taste when I cook with them.
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THE 2ND AMENDMENT / Re: Bump Fire Stock
« Last post by GSF on July 22, 2016, 04:10:45 PM »
Okay, I'm getting better at hitting something with the bump fire stock on.

I went through 20 rounds and one of them hit the target (lol) I'll shoot 1-2 hundred rounds and maybe 10 will hit the target. Basically the first one out of the barrel when you first pull the trigger. It's still a lot of fun. It's a great stress relief for my wife.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: My new package bees swarmed?
« Last post by GSF on July 22, 2016, 04:06:27 PM »
Flex, if possible take a nylon string with some weight on the end of it, throw it up there and let the weight bring the other end down. Tie a frame with drawn brood comb, or better yet brood, pull it up there and see if they'll move on it. I tried that a couple of days ago and I be danged if they didn't line up, march, and cover it.
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