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    Re: Dogs and Beehives?

    I have two small dogs that like to follow me around the farm and also to my bee yard--just once. Now when they see me putting on my veil and lighting the smoker, they find a shady place to hang out...
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    Re: Screen Type For Package Bee Cages?

    I couldn't find them listed for sale on Rossman's website. Are you sure they sell them?
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    Re: Wooden Hive Top Feeder

    When the bees are feeding heavily, they empty the feeders quickly and there is no residue. However, when they stop feeding (such as when it is too cold and I have left the feeders on) I get some...
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    Re: Wooden Hive Top Feeder

    I use silicon caulk on the joints and any knots. I never have any trouble with syrup leaking through the bottom or sides.
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    Re: Hello from NC

    Welcome aboard. I'm just north of you in Meadows of Dan, VA.
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    Re: Hello from West Virginia

    Welcome aboard! It looks like you have been having a tough winter--and it's not over yet.
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    Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2012

    I checked my hives in Stuart, Va, today (1/13) and they are bringing in lots of yellow pollen. They have been collecting it long enough to have packed into wallet sized areas of brood comb. They are...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    I checked my hives in Stuart, Va, today (1/13) and they are bringing in lots of yellow pollen. They have been collecting it long enough to have packed into wallet sized areas of brood comb. They...
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    Re: Populating 5frame double mini nucs

    The frame goes from top to bottom, I use a full one-inch board with 3/8" rabbets on each side. That leaves a 1/4 center piece that acts as a stop for the ends of the top bars. I had a couple that...
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    Re: Populating 5frame double mini nucs

    I use my strong hives and nucs to make brood to stock the mini mating nucs. I've got medium supers (5-, 8-, and 10-frame) with cross dividers that can hold the half-sized medium frames. When the...
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    Re: making up a cell builder

    I take all my nurse bees from a single strong hive and return them to the same hive the following day after I put the cells in a finisher hive.
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    Re: making up a cell builder

    Once you are done with them, where are you going to put them?
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    Re: Candy in queen cages

    I use confectioners sugar and invert sugar syrup. I got the invert sugar syrup for free from a Domino's Specialty Products website. The pint-sized bottle is enough for filling hundreds of queen...
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    Re: Queens emerging early...

    My grafts have been emerging one day early for the past three weeks The first time caught me off guard, but now I just expect it.
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    Re: Monsanto triple stack corn

    I plan to move my bees before the corn tassels. I have another yard that is miles from the closest corn. The move still doesn't address the residual chemicals in the soil that can migrate into...
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    Re: Monsanto triple stack corn

    I did ask the farmer this afternoon. He said the corn seed was treated with Poncho, Bayer's trade name for Clothianidin. It is the most toxic to honey bees of all the neonicitinoids.
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    Re: Monsanto triple stack corn

    Neonicitinoids do migrate through the plant tissues. As study from Iowa State University in April of this year showed that 50% of the pollen samples from the corn in their study contained...
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    Re: Monsanto triple stack corn

    When I google "neonicitinoids in corn pollen" I get an abundance of articles/studies showing the presence of neonicitinoids in corn pollen at toxic levels to bees. The substance has been found in...
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    Monsanto triple stack corn

    The farmer that leases our land planted 12 acres of corn last month. I finally caught up with him and asked what kind of corn it was. He said it was Monsanto's triple stack corn. Should I be...
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    Re: Glue for attaching felt to fume board???

    I just stapled felt to the underside of a regular telescoping cover. It works just fine!
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    Re: Hygenic test results on breeders

    I attended a queen rearing workshop with Dr. Larry Connor this May and asked him about using the canned coolant, like for freezing off warts. He said it would be really expensive, and not very...
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    Re: Protecting mating nucs?

    I use mating nucs with half-sized frames. The entrances are only big enough for one or two bees to go through. For ventilation they have screened 1" holes at each end, just under the overhanging...
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    Re: Hygenic test results on breeders

    Where do you get your nitrogen, and what do you use to store it?
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    Re: Queen Fainting during marking?

    It's happened to me several times as I go through my mating nucs to mark queens. There I times that I thought perhaps I injured her as I watch her lying there quivering, but otherwise not moving. ...
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    Re: 9 or 10 frames in honey supers

    I'm with Cleo. Once I get drawn comb, I put 8 frames in a 10 frame super. I also use the metal spacers. I also got some seven frame spacers to put in my 8-frame supers.
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