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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Winter Bee House
« Last post by jayj200 on January 28, 2015, 05:32:35 PM »
That sounds like a bad idea for a couple of reasons.  First off if light gets into the shed bees will go out the hole and never get back to their hive.  These things need to be devoid of light.  Second all of what i have read says that ventilation is important and a simple hole doesnt seem like enough to transfer the air inside the shed.
   




go up into your attic look around the attic isnt devoid of light at all.
every 8 ft there is ventlation. It is called a soffit vent
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GREETINGS/TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF / Re: Just Starting Out in Giles County, VA
« Last post by sawdstmakr on January 28, 2015, 02:39:49 PM »
Welcome to Beemaster. Lots of good info and a lot of great videos. Check out the old posts in honey bee removal.
Jim
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THE 2ND AMENDMENT / Re: Registering your weapons
« Last post by Michael Bush on January 28, 2015, 01:38:41 PM »
We used to put dry ice and water in 2 liter bottles and put the cap on.  They blew up nicely.  Recently someone in Omaha was arrested for doing that.  Something about it being an explosive device.  Well, I don't know if I would call it a "device" but they were pretty explosive.  A lot of fun on the 4th of July...  I'm kind of hesitant to do it anymore... soon you'll have to have a licence to buy dry ice...
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It looks like it works pretty well.
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THE 2ND AMENDMENT / Re: Registering your weapons
« Last post by iddee on January 28, 2015, 12:20:49 PM »
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THE 2ND AMENDMENT / Re: Registering your weapons
« Last post by Eric Bosworth on January 28, 2015, 12:16:15 PM »
I always figured one of the deadlier weapons is the baseball bat... I think you should have to be 18 to handle one and have a license...  probably have a training certificate to prove you can handle it safely...
What about golf clubs? I think Tiger Woods should register his clubs...
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THE 2ND AMENDMENT / Re: Registering your weapons
« Last post by Eric Bosworth on January 28, 2015, 12:15:34 PM »
I made a potato cannon for my kids.
Registration was required.
I made a potato gun... I would never register something like that even if it is "required" It is just PVC pipes and fittings with a couple screws through it with a grill ignition system. That said a friend of mine had one that he was using until it got wet enough that it stopped working. He left it by his garage and the next morning went to put it away. He hit the button and boom.... I seem to remember something about always treat a gun as if it were loaded always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction... Was a good thing he headed that... scared the crap out of him.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Winter Bee House
« Last post by GSF on January 28, 2015, 12:00:38 PM »
Bush_84; Down South it might be a waste, but where you're at it's probably a must. I've been reading CC Miller's book "Fifty years amongst the bees". He kept his in a basement during the winter.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Follow the Bloom 2015
« Last post by GSF on January 28, 2015, 11:57:13 AM »
Daffodils - Elmore County
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Winter Bee House
« Last post by Bush_84 on January 28, 2015, 11:44:48 AM »
A bit of a grave dig but wanted to update. I have dryer vents on opposing sides of shed. One has a fan attached to a timer. It pulls fresh air in for 15 min three times a day. So that will keep air fresh. I bought a plug in with a thermostat built in. It turns on at 35 and turns off at 45.  That's about perfect.  Have a space heater in there. It's sealed up tight. No light. I checked on my bees a few weeks ago. Just popped the top. At this point in the winter my bees would be really taking big chunks out of my mountain camp sugar,but they hadn't touched much. So far no losses. Havent been able to say that in years. So far this is paying off.

I know some of you in the south, such as jay, think it's a waste, but near 100% losses every winter is a waste. So far I can tell you that my bees are light years ahead of previous winters. If I can get each hive through the winter then this will not have been a waste.
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