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I've been practicing with my smoker. Good thing since my bees arrive in a few weeks and I don't know what I'm doing!


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I live in Michigan and I plan to start two hives from two packages. I have a friend who I am modeling after, other than that my education comes from this forum and reading books. I'm planting a bee friendly garden but I had to start from seeds in my home cuz it's so cold. I have entrance feeders that I plan to keep topped off but I'm wondering if I need pollen packs. My friend hasn't used them last year. Only one book I have read said I should. What are your thoughts?
Thanks,
Art
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They say they are natural oils - and you can find a few in Google that repel bees but any ideas?  I see cinnamon is supposed to repel bees - wonder if you can put a cinnamon stick in the smoker?and maybe some orange peel and a sprinkling of lavender oil to keep them calm
Cinnamon does not repel my bees, I put it on cotton swabs stapled to the inside of the top feeder to repel the ants.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: New frame assembly jig
« Last post by Jim 134 on May 04, 2016, 02:52:49 PM »
I do like the metal one. Just in case you don't have access to a welder something you may consider.






         BEE HAPPY Jim 134 :)
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: requeening mean hive
« Last post by CliveHive on May 04, 2016, 02:27:17 PM »
Thanks - - Will do.  Think I figured it out - - - , and will appreciate review of a painful lesson - -   When I split the hive the split went onto the old hive landing board, and the original hive was moved about 20' away and allowed to 'calm down' for a couple of days, while I prep'd the new site.  Returning bees found the split - - no problem.  I thought (wrongly) that house bees in the original hive would live on stored honey until I got them moved to their new home - - - but - - when the girls didn't show up from their foraging, the queen shut-down - - - and the house bees shut down - - and the small hive beetles didn't shut down - - - and when I moved the hives, and got a look inside, the split was healthy & happy and getting to know their new queen,  and the original colony had mostly dead.  A lot to happen in 2.5 days - - - .  Do I have this right? 

Will newspaper transfer this evening - - moving the now queenless original hive deep box on top of the active and newly queen'd split box, with a couple of sheets of newspaper (with a couple of small slits) between the two boxes.  Sorry to be a PIA, but I am a little goosey after screwing this up, and appreciate the 'double-check'

Thanks

Rick
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Queen Extruder
« Last post by Acebird on May 04, 2016, 01:55:50 PM »
It can be used to isolate a queen when you want to find her in a big hive.  It can be used to partition a hive for raising queen cells, and it is used to keep brood out of honey supers.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: What is in the Hive clearing sprays?
« Last post by GSF on May 04, 2016, 01:54:45 PM »
I think I have bee quick. The smell is a mixture of stink bug and grand daddy long legs. Dang sho run the bees out though.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: It's back and alive.
« Last post by GSF on May 04, 2016, 01:52:53 PM »
Welcome back around
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: New frame assembly jig
« Last post by GSF on May 04, 2016, 01:51:38 PM »
ditto - heck of a jig
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Best lighter for smoker?
« Last post by GSF on May 04, 2016, 01:51:10 PM »
I had a 15 year old teach me the other day about the cedar bark. He didn't use shavings but just got some bark off of a nearby cedar. remarkable.
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