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  1. Re: Can hone harvest be delayed until winter or even spring?

    +1 with Snapper, harvest can wait till spring with no ill effects - it might even save a colony or two.
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    Re: Wood eating larvae in my hive

    20848 I forgot to remove the frames before I stored one of my bait hives last year, the wax moths had a high time. As JRG stated, they bore into the wood or dish out a space
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    Re: Wax moth larvae tincture

    Yeap, and they have referred to "excrement of rabbit" as smart pills. Can we find a volunteer?!
  4. Thread: No Honey

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    Re: No Honey

    I'm in southern Il, the wet spring and early summer was created a real bust of a main flow. They're holding their own but there will not be much of a surplus unless I get a good fall flow (which I'm...
  5. Re: Double screen between laying worker hive and queen right hive.

    With all the pheromone dependence/detection that normally occurs in a hive, has any research been conducted if a queen right hive will allow the actual laying workers to beg their way into another...
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    Re: What is the best size box for a swarm trap?

    Haven't had to deal with any Africanized bees or fire ants for that matter, only exceptionally crabby ones at the worst
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    Re: What is the best size box for a swarm trap?

    Concur with Rader on size and his reference to Thomas Seeley's material. Don't know about AHB.
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    Re: Study links bee decline to cell phones

    What's the cannon test?
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    Re: Study links bee decline to cell phones

    I've also drawn a correlation between the number of times my cell phone rings and a productivity decline. But I've also noticed answering the phone (it's black) while working a crabby hive makes...
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    Re: Considering drinking the Kool-aid

    I've had loses that I don't have the proverbial smoking gun; excessive mite frass, starvation, wet, etc. That's drove me to look harder at the Aug mite loads. I'm hoping by monitering Aug heavily I...
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    Re: Considering drinking the Kool-aid

    I've been chemical free for three years and have worked at increasing hygienic behaviors. However, I also try to be practical and judicious with my resources including bees and brood. My mite levels...
  12. Re: Question re alternative entrance position for M. Palmer-style double nuc boxes

    My approach to the common storage area is only for summer where the space management in the nuc could get ahead of me. I don't have a problem with a common feeder or storage but overwintering would...
  13. Thread: Bee tree!!!

    by Eikel
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    Re: Bee tree!!!

    I agree with your thought process but I'd still talk with them. My concern is if they've made the effort to start asking about a removal their next move could be extermination. Personally, I'd take...
  14. Re: Question re alternative entrance position for M. Palmer-style double nuc boxes

    I do it without any problems. I actually have 4 bottom entrances and two top entrances on the same side but place a piece of wood across the middle bottom entrances unless I need to provide...
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    Re: What type of weed is this?

    Smoker fuel
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    Re: Dry land beekeeping

    For S&Gs take some honey and put it on a plate outside, you may find out you already have in your area.
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    Re: source for #8 hardware cloth

    One of the local lumber stores is a Do It Best, they carry a number of different sizes but you have to ask for it. They keep the rolls in the basement and sell it by the foot.
  18. Thread: Sting Reaction

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    Re: Sting Reaction

    if I'm not working my bees correctly, then I get stung. If I do it right then I don't get stung, right?


    Great theory, too bad the bees don't read. If you keep bees you will be stung; their...
  19. Re: Putting a Queen into a hive with queen cells in it

    My thinking mirrors Bees of SC. Unless there are some other limiting factors, with 7 hives you have resources and a prime opportunity to at least do a small split and not endanger your new queen.
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    Re: not much honey stores

    I don't know your local conditions and patterns but I'm in a similar situation. This spring was very wet which disrupted foraging and the normal main flow, the hives are on the light side but with a...
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    Re: Heavy Honey Flow Resuming

    Picking up in southern IL too, I just hoping they can get enough stores for winter, spring was a bust with all the rain.
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    Re: 5 gallons old honey

    I'm with Burns375, go with the mead and a high alcohol tolerant yeast; a couple of sips and I'll bet you'll have developed "an aquired taste."
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    Re: Tools for DIY components

    In actuality both methods are comparable. It's just so engrained into my process it seems quicker to me, I imagine someone who constantly uses the framing square is just as quick. When I use the sq...
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    Re: Tools for DIY components

    I find measuring diagonally across the top corners to be the quickest determination if the box is square; equal measurements = square (the assumption is your lumber isn't bowed or twisted)
  25. Thread: Sign of a Swarm?

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    Re: Sign of a Swarm?

    When it gets warm the girls hang out on the porch.19775
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