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  1. Bees on Corkscrew Willow this time of year?

    My coworker was telling me that he has a Corkscrew (sometimes called Curly) Willow tree in his yard that has bees all over it, as in covering. I am assuming that this time of year they are pulling...
  2. Re: UF Featured Creature common name: European honey bee

    ^

    not this again.... :pinch:

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    Re: Beekeeper, one word or two.

    Four pages of feeding the troll....

    I'm not old, but I'm also not young. Grade school in the 70s, and I learned this. I also learned to quit worrying about other peoples internet spelling. And...
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    Re: I hate to hear the crunch

    More than crushing them, I feel worst when I tear a leg or otherwise wound them while pushing and sliding boxes. Dead is dead, but wounded bees get tossed out to starve.
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    Re: Encouraging bees to cap frames of honey

    Honey is capped when it hits the correct water %, or better said, when the nectar is turned into honey. When it is uncapped, either the cell is not full, or the honey needs more exposure to air to...
  6. Thread: angry bees

    by TokerM
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    Re: angry bees

    I have 2 hives of Carnis and they are VERY gentle. I only got hit once, and very few guards greet me at the hive.

    The research I did suggested that they are normally gentle, with small winter...
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    Re: second honey super above or below?

    What about with wired foundation? Always over, or might under encourage them to "fill the empty space?"
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    Re: Rolling Stones, Honey and Moss?

    Knee-jerk reaction would be that that might help speed the process up? More surface area being exposed? Then again, maybe not. I would think that whatever cost would be there to power a roller to...
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    Re: Old farmer wisdom about mesquite trees...

    "Old ranchers tale"

    Neither humans nor trees can predict what the future winter will bring.

    It doesn't make sense logically. If you knew the weather was going foul earlier than last year, why...
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    Re: Feeding in summer?

    You should only feed honey to the bees that made that honey. Do not take honey from hive A and feed it to hive B. That's a good was to transmit foulbrood. NEVER feed purchased honey to bees.
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    Re: Massive carpenter ant problem.

    I thought the cinnamon was working, but they finally got to liking cinnamon, is my thought.

    The scouts first started showing up when I installed the package in mid-May. Headed for the top feeder....
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    Massive carpenter ant problem.

    Opened the top cover to a horrific sight. THOUSANDS of carpenter ants had started nesting in the top cover. They had bored a channel through the inner cover just under the top cover, and had...
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    Re: Bees pulling others out of hive

    I'll take a nursing home over having my arm chewed off and tossed off the porch!

    Yup! Shady Rest for me with nary a complaint!
  14. Re: Compensation - Grower or Beekeeper (Pollinator)?

    +1 to this. Or.... If you want a specific percentage of honey, will you also contribute an equal percentage of costs of equipment, livestock, feed and medicine? Will you contribute an equal...
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    Re: Should I be worried about a loud hive?

    Usually a hijack starts with:

    "THIS IS A HIJACK!!! I'm taking this thread to Cuba!"
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    Re: Should I be worried about a loud hive?

    From the sounds of it, there's no need to pull the alarm right now. We'll just assume these girls are the "talkers." I've dated a few like that in my time. As soon as I can get time to do a nice,...
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    Should I be worried about a loud hive?

    tl;dr version: New hive is buzzing loud, and rain has parked here for a bit. Do I panic inspect between rain clouds, or wait 'til clear?

    Hive background:

    One of 2, my first hives. Installed...
  18. Thread: Vandalism?

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    Re: Vandalism?

    I was swearing up and down this weekend that my girls had moved the whole brood chamber and top feeder, full of syrup, 1/4" off the back of the bottom board. I KNOW I put that edge flush when I set...
  19. Thread: Vandalism?

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    Re: Vandalism?

    Possibility of a heavy wind gust?

    Urban bee yard here in Pittsburgh was hit by vandals once when they first started. Once! Word got around fast. Kids lifted the top box and opened the brood...
  20. Thread: Stay focused!

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    Re: Stay focused!

    Replace the caps with the pop-top style, and sell them that way!

    Squeeze bottle!

    I hope they are plastic. Glass would be a bit confusing.
  21. Re: Interesting Observation.... your input wanted

    I've also read about hives in the middle of the woods that are more productive than full sun hives. Sun is good in cool areas, and can be detrimental in hot climates. As with most things in...
  22. Re: You told me to silicone the feeder, now what?

    That may have been a bit confusing on my end.

    I don't think the silicon caulk is affecting the bees desire to feed. The thymol comment above really hit me in the head with the obviousness of it. ...
  23. Re: You told me to silicone the feeder, now what?

    Are you thinking that the ProHealth is keeping them away from the syrup? If that's the case, where can I source lemongrass and spearmint oil to change to a non-ProHealth mix?
  24. You told me to silicone the feeder, now what?

    I have 2 of the top feeders from Mann Lake - The 4gal black plastic, open channel in the center type.

    Following what sounded like good advice to seal the edges of the screen, I sealed the edges of...
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    Still no bees, is this a conspiracy?

    2 packages of Carnolians were due to my local distributor on April 15th.

    First delayed by 2 weeks, then an additional 3 weeks. Now due in a couple weeks.

    Weather was the excuse, the packages...
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