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Gilbey

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  • Birthday 11/22/1968

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  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    fishing, raising kids, home improvements
  • What I do for a living:
    Sales manager

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    Central NJ

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  1. I buy the pollen patties out of convenience. I am always busy with work this time of year. I have always used the Bee Pro patties from Mann Lake. Some hives take down two full patties, others barely touch one. I refreeze the uneaten portions and re-use. Logically, it makes sense to me to provide the colony with early pollen. As far as timing, I don't really have a system in place. I guess we want the colonies to start building up brood as early in the year as is viable, but not too early as freezing temps aren't ideal for brood. I have been adding them early to mid March without any ill effects. I don't know if it's "right" or not, but it's what I have been doing. Next question......when do you guys do your first mite treatments of the year? I was thinking the next 50F+ day when they are flying might be a good opportunity to give them a shot of OAV followed by a full series of treatments in April.
  2. I've been out of the country for a couple weeks. I ordered pollen patties and hope to get into all my hives this weekend to add sugar blocks and pollen patties. I am never certain if the pollen patties help or not, but logically it makes sense to me to add them. I am hopeful all 10 of mine are still alive.
  3. Yup, that's the biggest blunder! The others are mostly minor. I put switch plates back up last night and dig a final cleanup and polishing of the tile. Caulk tonight and this one is in the books! And BTW, how does a single tube of color matched Maipei caulk cost $18?!?!?!
  4. As posted, I had my kitchen redone last year, hired a contractor, not DIY! This weekend I finally got to the tiling the backsplash. Admittedly, I was a little rusty, and I made some rookie mistakes, mostly one that some of you pros will recognize, and I know about, but others probably won't notice. The mosaic behind the range was a royal PIA. It was not uniform in thickness, the panels were warped, and the original boarder to frame it in didn't work, so I had to improvise. All in all, it worked out though. I need to caulk tonight and replace switch plates, and then I can call this done!
  5. Yes, I was looking at those 4 way heads. Seems like a must have!!
  6. I keep a small flock of chickens, and IMHO your wasting your time raising chickens purposely for fly tying. Most backyard egg layers are bred for egg laying and don't have much in the way of useful feathers for tying. I will second the ideas of harvesting materials off of road kill and from hunting friends. Deer tails and body hair, pheasant, qual, duck, etc all are useful materials. Most hunters are happy to give them away and to know they are using more of the animals they harvest. Processing them is easy and a fun hobby......just depends how far down the rabbit hole you want to go!
  7. If I were tying up a bunch of mono extension flies, I would buy the Perlon leader that HillTop suggests. In reality, I don't tie all that many, so I just use 40# Trilene Big Game, but I like to take a 4' length, attach a heavy weight to one end and hang it for a week to straighten it out before use.
  8. I locked myself in my cave last night for 2 hours with a couple cold beers. Tying for a potential Summer Montana/Yellowstone trip this year. I've always been a big fan of fishing rusty spinners along the banks in the quiet pockets after sundown. The parachute post makes it easier for my newer flyfishing companions to see. Tied up a dozen of these - #16 Grizzly Para Rusty Spinner;
  9. Yep, I had two big walnuts and a big cherry milled last year. That lumber is stickered and drying in my basement right now. The wood in question for splitting is ash, all decimated or soon to be decimated by the emerald ash borers. I took down 20 or so last Fall, and there's another 15 to go including a couple beast sized ones! I actually thought about having some milled down, and I still may. I love that golden tone of ash.
  10. Yup, I can definitely see the advantage of a horizontal/vertical splitting feature for those big boy logs!! Is 25 tons enough to handle a 24" hardwood log? I looked and cannot find anyone locally who handles the Troybuilt splitters.
  11. Love those Honda motors! Last forever.
  12. When you say "heavier", are you just referring to the bulk of the machine? Do the 25T and 37T models both have a 2" ball hitch? I would not mind paying up for the 37T if it's gong to be more efficient.
  13. Thanks all for the tips. I would like to buy new rather than inherit someone else's problems. I will check out the models suggested!
  14. These single digit nights always worry me. I know it's part of beekeeping, but I have the urge to do something to keep them warm and dry even though I know I have already done what I can. For some reason though, I am more worried this year than any other, perhaps because I have so many more colonies now. I am traveling a lot over the next month, but I have some candy bricks made up, and the next warmish day I hope to take a peek and add sugar as needed. It's tough beeing a bee!
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