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    Re: Having a Mentor

    My original mentor was my grandpa when I was young. He took the time to show me about bees when I was young, very young. Both he and his brother were beekeepers and I soaked in the stories. But...
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    Re: THickness for pants

    I like a Tyvex painters suit and shorts underneath. The stings are usually where a bee gets trapped in a wrinkle or fold in the Tyvex.
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    Re: That one obnoxious bee

    But that crazy Rambo bee could become a laying worker and produce some drones. The drones could go out and mate with a virgin queen and pass along her genes. Squash it and let nature be nature.
  4. Re: Speaking of bee attacks...what could you do?

    I stir my hives up every time I work them. I always exit thru a brushy spot with trees away from my house or the place I disrobe out of my suit. Sometimes there will be a few follow some distance. ...
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    Re: That one obnoxious bee

    I was fishing in the boat on a lake last weekend when a honeybee started taking an interest in me. Buzzing around, landing on everything. I missed her one time and my buddy said it just flew up...
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    Re: Political signs...

    Run for election, have a bunch made up. If you lose, you will have a great supply. And the expense is tax deductable.
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    Re: Combining Nucs?

    Or, you could capture one of the queens and bank her in a mini nuc. Might come in handy if you need spare queens or to requeen.

    Or you could sell the queens, I have heard people buy them.
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    Re: terrible swarming issues in midwest??

    I have not received a swarm call since early May. My neighbor said a swarm came out of one of my hives right after I did splits in early May.

    Another local keeper has caught 2 swarms this year...
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    Re: Need advice on trees for bees.

    Its really better to have a nice forage field of many acres that flowers all thru the season than to have trees that bloom for a short period.

    That being said, maples are important, they are...
  10. Re: Reconciling different Langstroth dimensions?

    Dimensions do make a difference. I have not dealt with the metric dimensions, but a 3/8" bee space is pretty critical. Any more or any less they will fill it up with wax or propolis. They you have...
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    Re: Walk away split

    I have a hard time finding a queen. What I look for are eggs, young larva. Those are the best signs that you have a mated laying queen.

    I give a walk away 3-4 weeks before I check. No brood,...
  12. Re: I guess you can shoot bears in Minnesota for raiding your hives!

    In MO, you can shoot anything attacking your livestock or damaging your property. You just have to report it to the local agents.
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    Re: Raising a honey bee queen

    Observation hives have a low survival rate. And they are expensive. I am sorry I mistook your post as a joke.
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    Re: Vintage Beekeeping Documents

    This site has pdf's and ebooks of many old bee texts. Just do some searches. I am reading Millers "40 years among the bees" now. It is a good read.

    https://archive.org/details/texts
  15. Re: Is it possible to make a split without pollen?

    Don't most brood frames have some pollen and honey on the outer edges? Unless you grab them out of the center, I almost always get frames with brood and eggs, pollen, and honey. Then I pad the...
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    Re: A little experiment, interesting result.

    I wonder if that will work with plastic foundation? If so, I would glaze them with donut icing instead of brushing more wax on.
  17. Re: As if we needed another reason to love our awesome wax moths. (video link)

    Wax worms are excellent for this.
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    Re: Raising a honey bee queen

    That's just cruel.
  19. Thread: nuc combine

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    Re: nuc combine

    Funny you mention it, I just combined 2 nucs I made in the first of May. One was queenright and doing fine, the other had not made a queen and dwindling but has honey stores. They were side by...
  20. Re: To Mow or Not to Mow-Near Hive-any opinion on this one

    I mow, weed eat, mulch, and spray weed killer. I like a barren waste land around the hives that does not cover up snakes or fill my legs with ticks. Plus, its just easier to work around the hives...
  21. Thread: inner covers

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    Re: inner covers

    So why would you use an inner cover with a tele cover? If you sit the tele cover down on top of the hive box, it still seals like a migratory cover. It just overlaps on all 4 sides.

    The only...
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    Re: What is chewing on my hive?

    Did you hub a tree when you were bringing the box in? Odd, does not look like chew or pecked. Almost like it was scratched.
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    Re: Can I Split a hive this way

    The part of the hive you split will lose the field bees if you only move it a short distance. They will fly and return to the original location unless you move the split over a few miles. But the...
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    Re: Original Honeybees in North America

    Hairy eyes, certain wing pattern, barbed stinger made it a part of the genus Apis. Insect classification is based on characteristics and patterns, not actual genetic makeup.

    Here is another...
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    Re: Original Honeybees in North America

    I read an article the other day that honeybees may have been here before the last Ice Age according to fossil record, but were wiped out because of the Ice Age that covered most of North America. I...
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