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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Protective suits
« Last post by Michael Bush on February 22, 2024, 09:45:19 am »
> I guess that the water needs to be changed periodically to prevent a mosquito farm.

Correct.  Or put some fish in it...
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FARMING & COUNTRY LIFE / Re: Breaking a Broody Hen
« Last post by Michael Bush on February 22, 2024, 09:41:59 am »
>I would lightly mist the eggs. That did the trick!

I would be afraid that might activate bacteria on the surface.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Protective suits
« Last post by Terri Yaki on February 22, 2024, 09:36:08 am »
Now that is interesting. I can go with a bucket of pool water and see how that goes. I guess that the water needs to be changed periodically to prevent a mosquito farm.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Decontamination of old comb
« Last post by Ben Framed on February 22, 2024, 09:27:32 am »
Good to know Michale, thanks!
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FARMING & COUNTRY LIFE / Re: Breaking a Broody Hen
« Last post by Ben Framed on February 22, 2024, 09:22:04 am »
When I was hatching a lot I was in Western Nebraska where the humidity is very low.  Humidity was always my problem.  I suppose my incubator was crude by today's standards.  It was a Montgomery Ward incubator probably from the 1930's.  It has a tray of water in it to raise the humidity and I had to double the that (using jar lids).  I think 50% is the goal and agree that 75% at the end is good.  Otherwise they seem to get stuck to the shell and have trouble getting out of the shell.

I had the same problem with a Sears and Roebuck incubator (round, made of metal). The way I over came this problem was; When I would rotate the eggs twice daily, using a spray bottle filled with water, I would lightly mist the eggs. That did the trick!

Phillip
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Thanks Brian, I would like to meet you all in person. Judging from reports and pictures of past events, no doubt Beefeast will bee 🐝 a good time filled with good fellowship for all!
We are tied up, in the middle of a home revamping project. I will have to miss this event this year.

Phillip
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>I think each frame should be independently actuated without moving other frames.  That way you can drain only the frames that are completely full.

That's exactly how it works.  You open one frame at a time.  I do them one after the other so the whole thing can be draining at the same time to save me time, but one at a time is how it's designed.  I had to get my own tubes, cut a six holes in the bucket lid, hook them all up and then open them one at a time until they are all open.  They only ship with one tube with the expectation that you will do them one at a time.

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FARMING & COUNTRY LIFE / Re: Breaking a Broody Hen
« Last post by Michael Bush on February 22, 2024, 08:51:15 am »
When I was hatching a lot I was in Western Nebraska where the humidity is very low.  Humidity was always my problem.  I suppose my incubator was crude by today's standards.  It was a Montgomery Ward incubator probably from the 1930's.  It has a tray of water in it to raise the humidity and I had to double the that (using jar lids).  I think 50% is the goal and agree that 75% at the end is good.  Otherwise they seem to get stuck to the shell and have trouble getting out of the shell.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Decontamination of old comb
« Last post by Michael Bush on February 22, 2024, 08:47:49 am »
>So using a solar wax melter as the first step in recovering the wax is a really good thing.

Yes. 
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Sorry I can't make it this year Jim, but I am hoping for next.  I would also like to see Phil and Kathy at one.  I know travel is expensive and one royal PITA.
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