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    Re: checking bees in rain

    There are some few obvious drawbacks ... like getting soaking wet, getting the bees soaking wet, drowning bees, etc. Of course there is rain and there is rain. Is there an absolute need? Why...
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    Re: Short Course or Not?

    This confuses me. You realize that there is a lot to learn, but you are afraid that because they might say something you disagree with, that you will necessarily be compelled to follow their...
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    Re: Bee Intallation, can it be this easy?

    I usually suit up .. I don't like getting stung. And I shake. It's a quick and simple process and avoids you needing to go back into the have later and disturb them yet again.

    That said, I...
  4. Re: How can I eradicate honey bees from the recesses of a banyan tree trunk?

    More or less, that is true and a good way to understand it. We (modern humans) are in a unique position within the animal kingdom to move other species around on a much tighter timeline than nature...
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    Re: spring order backlog from suppliers

    Yes, but equipment and supplies are not.
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    Re: spring order backlog from suppliers

    I think it's curious that every spring is exactly the same. As a supplier, at some point don't you just expect the surge and plan accordingly?
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    Re: Jawadis Bee Suit

    I purchased a Jawadis suit for my good ... great customer service, good suit. Zipper quality was somewhat lacking, didn't take much for the metal to break.
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    Re: Installing a package

    It sounds like a reasonable approach, and I understand correctly you will be able to leave the package in the hive, close it up, and wait for them to move in. However, to Michael's point, why not...
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    Re: Requeening package bees

    I'm from Maryland ... Western MD. And recently moved to the Seattle area of WA. Huge difference. There are parts of Maryland that will dip into the 5a/b zone. While Seattle is a much more...
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    Re: Frame Nailing Device?

    A jig is very helpful, in general. Some folks build their own. I personally went with the Brushy Mountain one and have been really happy with it. A jig of some sort is definitely worth while.
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    Re: Frame end design ?

    It seemed to me that my bees always chewed a hole wherever/whenever they wanted to have an easy path to the other side. I assumed they were just too lazy to go around and that this was also why...
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    Re: New England vacation

    Late September through mid-late October, depending upon where you are headed. It varies by region, by proximity to the shore, and by year. The summer weather (rain) can affect peak as well as the...
  13. Thread: Nosema

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    Re: Nosema

    Why do you think it was Nosema? Randy Oliver has a ton of information on Nosema, mostly N.Ceranae (N.apis is the one that is associated with dysentery). Here is another brief write-up about...
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    Re: Eco Wood Treatment

    Looks very nice. What type of wood?
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    Re: HELP for new beekeeper

    As folks have already pointed out, yes you can. Take a look at the hives at beethinking.com, they are all cedar. Pine and paint may be cheaper, but those cedar hives sure are nice looking!
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    Re: What is this junk?

    Bug poop or sugar? Time for the taste test!

    Seriously though, just looks like crystallized syrup/honey ... have them take a sample, warm it, and watch it dissolve to confirm.
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    Re: What is the obsession with WHITE???

    Thanks! My son has been pushing for more minecraft hive bodies, gold, diamond, etc. But I actually have been thinking Tardis after seeing one that another beekeeper made. And I think the...
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    Re: What is the obsession with WHITE???

    My white hives are white because that's the color of primer. Never got around to putting a final coat on ... but when I do find the time:

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    I did this one last year.
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    Re: Elementary

    Your book is sharing company with Lucy Liu! That's awesome.
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    Re: Noob Equipment Questions

    Many (most) folks will feed their bees at various times of the year, particularly in the spring while establishing a new hive. The feed is generally just a solution of sugar water. There are a lot...
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    Re: Alex Wild photos

    Excellent photos!

    Another good collection of macro bee photos:

    Sam Droege, USGS Been Inventory and Monitoring Lab

    Though these are really specimen photos.
  22. Re: How big a problem are mice in the winter?

    Winter mouse guard that doesn't obstruct bees.

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    Re: Landing board for a hive, or not?

    In the standard Langstroth setup, even without the "hive stand" with a slanted ramp, the typical bottom board extends beyond the front of the hive, creating a large landing space for the bees. ...
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    Re: Relocating Cross Country

    Thanks all. I figured it would be a real pain in the butt for little reward ... but wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something simple. I think we'll find someone local that will take the bees...
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    Relocating Cross Country

    I am accepting a position with a company that require me to relocate from DC to Seattle this August. Is it even feasible to move a few (three) hives that sort of distance or should I expect to...
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