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    Re: How to find an unmarked Queen?

    You can reduce the risk of squishing the queen if you always start your inspection by pulling out the frame closest to the wall. That frame is usually a honey frame, and unlikely to have the queen....
  2. Re: When to remove do Spring removal of extra fall honey

    Just be sure to leave at least two top bars of honey for brood rearing/bad weather. Bees will stop rearing brood if the pollen or honey stores run out due to bad weather.
  3. Re: Crush & strain-nylon cheesecloth, plastic mesh filter, stainless steel mesh filte

    Shinbone asked about crush and strain, and filters, so everybody answered that question. Now I ask Shinbone, how do you crush plastic foundation?
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    Re: To Insulate or Not - Study from the 1920s

    Thanks for posting this. With the severe weather most of us have had, many beeks will be reassured by this study, (unless they don't use windbreaks and packing).

    And then, of course, we can argue...
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    Re: 1 vs 2 Brood Chambers?

    Acebird,

    The OP is using the word chamber to mean box, and asking if it is wrong to restrict the size of the brood area in his locality (Malta).
  6. Re: EPA grants $500K for projects to reduce risks to bees

    Yes, every registered beekeeper in Portsmouth gets a personal phone call, and e-mail if you want, several days before the plane is scheduled. So if you are home at sunset every day in the summer, you...
  7. Re: EPA grants $500K for projects to reduce risks to bees

    The pesticides used by the City of Portsmouth, Virginia to control mosquitoes killed off any bees on the outsides of my hives. I doubt that the Louisiana State University is going to discover any...
  8. Thread: Lecanto FL

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    Re: Lecanto FL

    stpetesal,

    Get in touch with the Tampa Bay Beekeepers, they meet in Sefner, just across the bay. They will help you with advice, training, equipment, and will even ask you help work in the...
  9. Re: Fuzz ball at the bottom of the hive? (Picture attached)

    I can't see the picture, but the bees do shred fresh wax comb into a fuzzy fur ball when they are trying to move it away. Maybe that's what you are looking at.
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    Re: An Interesting Article

    We should all sign the petition at the Pesticide action network.

    http://action.panna.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=5370
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    Yes, my old bookmark no longer takes me to the...

    Yes, my old bookmark no longer takes me to the forums. Barry has to change the links from beesource.com so as to direct it here.
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    Yes, I noticed it. I assume the journalists got...

    Yes, I noticed it. I assume the journalists got the details wrong as usual.

    The Feb issue of Bee Culture has an article on the status of pollinators in North America. That article states that...
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    "How many gallons should I plan for? 2-3 or 20-30...

    "How many gallons should I plan for? 2-3 or 20-30 gallons?" blammer.

    Plan for 20 gallons. You keep refilling the feeder until the bees have drawn out the comb in their brood chambers. This will...
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    Brent, The bees smell and target the carbon...

    Brent,

    The bees smell and target the carbon dioxide in our breath. Many bee predators (those that are mammals) have sensitive noses. A breath mint can't save us.
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    Magnet-man, Instead of a full suit, how about...

    Magnet-man,

    Instead of a full suit, how about a jacket that uses a heavy duty zipper to make a bee-tight seal with the pants? Then you would have a full suit that can be used as only a jacket; or...
  16. Thread: drones

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    bigbeeeee, You don't need to worry about wax...

    bigbeeeee,
    You don't need to worry about wax months in the winter. Leave the hive alone, let them die.

    During your spring inspection, you can then transfer any surviving honey and pollen stores...
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    I also learned not to keep honeybees in the flood...

    I also learned not to keep honeybees in the flood plain. I have a beautiful location near the Myakka River. My bees were in TBH's with solid bottom boards. The heavy rains poured into the hives, and...
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    Wojtek, SBB is Screened Bottom Board. It looks...

    Wojtek,

    SBB is Screened Bottom Board. It looks as if that is the purpose of the metal mesh (or screen) at the bottom of the pictures showing how to use the hive tools (or podcinacz). "They" is...
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    The University of Arkansas has developed an...

    The University of Arkansas has developed an interesting manual about the AHB that suggests beeks do not have to change many procedures.
    Go to http://www.uaex.edu/Other_Areas/publications/default.asp...
  20. Kulinich claims to be a beekeeper. Those of...

    Kulinich claims to be a beekeeper.

    Those of you with outyards can conduct this experiment.

    Shake 3 lbs of bees into a nuc with drawn comb and a swarm lure. Then take them at least five miles...
  21. Kulinich claims to be a beekeeper. a) The...

    Kulinich claims to be a beekeeper.

    a) The queen bee . . . will lay eggs and nurse little bees.
    My queens are incapable of feeding themselves. Now they are going to feed "little bees" also?

    b)...
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    I just rechecked my local Ace Hardware. They...

    I just rechecked my local Ace Hardware. They stock Savogran. I also remember seeing wood bleach at Wal-Mart and Lowe's. Don't ask the workers. Few would know every product on the shelves. Just go to...
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    J.J. My original plan was: First year: small...

    J.J.
    My original plan was:
    First year: small cell
    Second year: powdered sugar
    Third year: natural cell
    Fourth year: monitor, no treatment expected

    I ended up buying established hives raised...
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    Sneeky, In Florida we would have problems with...

    Sneeky,

    In Florida we would have problems with small hive beetles taking over and breeding in any area not patrolled by bees. Even a strong hive would be overwhelmed by SHB breeding in 3" of...
  25. Michael, Welcome to beesource. You will find...

    Michael,

    Welcome to beesource. You will find the contributors to this forum are very helpful and knowledgeable. A lot of newcomers' questions are already answered at bushfarms.com.

    I read your...
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