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General Beekeeping / Re: Cleaning mouse poop in bee boxs
« Last post by Bakersdozen on Today at 09:35:36 am »
I would think a mild solution of bleach water could be used to disinfect the wooden ware. If possible, I would set it in the sun to dry and then freeze for several days.  I don't know if freezing will help, but I think it might kill any stubborn germs that the bleach didn't get. The bleach would dissipate in the sun.  You didn't mention frames and hopefully those boxes were empty. The frames would be different.  You could salvage the wax and use it for non-cosmetic  purposes.  If you are using plastic foundation, you might want to throw those away.

I would be interested to hear what others have to say.  I am just thinking out loud.
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General Beekeeping / Cleaning mouse poop in bee boxs
« Last post by TheFuzz on Today at 01:37:06 am »
I've recently had a mouse infestation in my shed. There were mouses living inside unused beeboxs, and they have pooped a lot on a number of bottom boards and bee box lids.

I need to clean the boxs and make them hygienic for bees to live in, though I know that bees are sensitive to chemicals, and I'm unsure what cleaning agents I could use that would be safe.

What could I use to clean the bee boxs that would be safe for the bees?
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Honey, Bee Forage; Nectar & Pollen Sources / Re: Seven Sons Flower Tree
« Last post by Bakersdozen on January 26, 2021, 09:43:17 am »
Hi Baker  :)  Wow! Just looked up this tree. Haven't ever heard of it and it is in our zone. We took down an old birch in our front yard last year. This Seven Sons Flower or Temple of Bloom would get full sun in our neck of the woods. I wonder how long it would withstand a whisky barrel? Still researching it.
Cool!  A fellow beekeeper told me about it and now I want one.  In this area, it will provide a nectar source after most other sources dry up.
I think it can't withstand drought conditions, so watering may be essential.  If you had a Birch, you probably had to water it while it was young.
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General Beekeeping / Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Last post by Zweefer on January 26, 2021, 09:09:51 am »
Lookin good!


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Honey, Bee Forage; Nectar & Pollen Sources / Re: Seven Sons Flower Tree
« Last post by Jen on January 25, 2021, 12:45:45 pm »
Hi Baker  :)  Wow! Just looked up this tree. Haven't ever heard of it and it is in our zone. We took down an old birch in our front yard last year. This Seven Sons Flower or Temple of Bloom would get full sun in our neck of the woods. I wonder how long it would withstand a whisky barrel? Still researching it.
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Calendar & Events / Re: Online events
« Last post by Bakersdozen on January 25, 2021, 12:14:54 pm »
Kansas Honey Producers Spring Meeting online through Zoom, March 6, 2021.  Speakers will include Dr. Samuel Ramsey, Dr. Clarence Collison, Charlotte Wiggins, and a session on making cold processed soaps.
Go to www.kansashoneyproducers.org for more information.  Registration is $20.
This is a rare opportunity to hear Dr. Ramsey at a state level. 
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Preserving Food / Re: dry canning grains?
« Last post by Bakersdozen on January 25, 2021, 10:02:00 am »


My oldest son is getting me some tiny scooter type stands for the buckets to sit on, so all I will need to do from now on is roll them out by the handles. This getting older thing ain't for sissies I'm telling ya.
I have my extractor setting on a barrel dolly.  My extractor isn't THAT heavy, but it sure is nice to be able to roll it around.
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Bee News / Re: Pollution from an ethanol plant killing research hives in Nebraska
« Last post by Gypsi on January 24, 2021, 05:39:05 pm »
the fields just south of me are about to become a CISD Sports complex. I wondered where all the squirrels and possums were coming from, and the giant rats.  The bulldozers have been busy.
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Preserving Food / Re: dry canning grains?
« Last post by Gypsi on January 24, 2021, 05:35:22 pm »
If it hurts don't do it, if it's arthritis, well I sent you a recipe for a remedy I take.  And I love the cheat your son got you.  But screw on tops are surely easier.  My question is what is the difference between dry storage in buckets and dry storage in jars?
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Honey, Bee Forage; Nectar & Pollen Sources / Re: What blooms where and when
« Last post by Bakersdozen on January 24, 2021, 01:06:58 pm »
Pictures 1,2, and 4 (lavender flowers) look like Cosmos.
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