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  1. Re: Tree Pollens: Where do Boxelder trees fit in the scheme of things?

    Box Elder gets 3 stars (out of 5) for Pollen in Garden Plants for Honey Bees.
  2. Thread: Oleander

    by Andrew Dewey
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    Re: Oleander

    It sure doesn't sound like a situation that needs any action from you. Bees fly where they want and forage on whatever they think will get them the most nutrition. Their needs change - sometimes...
  3. Re: Help Deciding between Warre and Langstroth

    I was talking with my State Apiarist the other day while he was lamenting the new beekeepers need to experiment with hive styles. It was in this conversation that I told him I was starting my first...
  4. Re: Temperature to open and check for brood

    I try to wait for 60 degrees. If I am impatient, or have a task that just won't wait, I'll inspect frames so long as there is some flying; that said, I'll be quick!

    Did you know you can check for...
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    Re: Having Second Thoughts

    When I want syrup taken very quickly - in the fall generally - I do as you have done.

    Other times, like right now, I feed through the hole in the inner cover. The bees get an upper limit on the...
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    Re: Feed Essential oils

    For what purpose? Are you following some advice you've heard somewhere? If so, there should be some guidelines for use.
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    Re: Why balance a hive?

    You never want to take so many resources from the strong hive that you put the strong hive at risk. If you are an experimental sort - and a hobbyist - you might do nothing and see what happens. Can...
  8. Thread: Clorox

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    Re: Clorox

    There are good books out there but your best bet is to tag along with someone who knows AFB and how to recognize even small amounts of what is called scale. If there is no comb your worries just got...
  9. Re: Feeding the Bees. How necessary is it?

    Feeding of an established colony ought not be automatically done. You need to inspect or know via some other method how they are doing for stores and what there is for available forage and if the...
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    Re: Empty colonies, CCD suspected

    Me too.
  11. Re: Help! Neighbours bees attracted to our Ipe decking

    I'm trying to figure out what is attracting the bees to your deck and will hope others will speak to deterrents. I don't envy the position you find yourself in. Has the lumber been treated with...
  12. Re: New guy question. Bees still in package after 3 days in hive.

    Sounds to me like shaking is called for. The non-shaking methods often work but sometimes like in your instance only work partway.

    Good luck!
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    Re: Mites Beware

    The "article" (and I think calling it an article is giving it more credit than it deserves) has a number of inaccuracies which ought to contribute to a sense of skepticism about the device.
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    Re: Nuc Install Opinions?

    When installing a nuc, I think the most important advice is to listen to the producer! If the nuc has plenty of food stores and room for population expansion, I have no problem letting them fly from...
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    Re: FREEZING!!! Install ?

    Hi Dean,

    My packages came two nights from shaking and there was still syrup in the feed cans. These I put above the inner cover with an empty box around them. I also fed a winter patty...
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    Re: Freeze warning question

    One problem we have on BeeSource is a tendency to want to identify a product as useful or not for all areas when often times the answers aren't simple. Screened Bottom Boards (SBB) are one such...
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    Re: FREEZING!!! Install ?

    Install by shaking ASAP and leave with plenty of feed. I gave winter patties AND syrup to new colonies started from packages last week. If you've got access to the patties, you might consider doing...
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    Re: Nuc to top bar

    Your plan ought to work but sounds like a pain to implement. You'll want to get the queen laying on one of the frames you cut ASAP, and not in the original nuc.

    This is why packages are most...
  19. Re: No shake install lessons learned and need advice

    You guys are in the tropics compared to Maine. The low temp the day I installed my packages (8) was 27F with 40MPH winds. Shook packages here. Yesterday was over 60 and the bees were flying up a...
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    Re: Varroa already?

    If you are into treating a fall cleanup treatment is often required. You may have taken a full crop of mites through winter.

    Reinfestation from robbing out weak hives.
  21. Re: What should I expect durring my first inspection?

    Have a reason for your inspection. If your purpose is your own education - that's great! Just have a reason.

    In addition to the purpose above I'm always checking: colony health - does something...
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    Re: Installed package. Pain ensued! Help

    You miss my point. There is debate on this issue. As with many things, where you are located makes a difference. For me in my location I'm going to rely on EMS. For someone too far from EMS for a...
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    Re: feeding a package

    Hey may-flower - Welcome to Bee Source. There is a club in your area and I think you'll find the folks knowledgeable and helpful.
  24. Re: Package - Queen cage has no attendantd

    You need to try and figure out how long the queen has been in the package before deciding to do a direct release. If the queen has been in the package for five or six days she has had plenty of time...
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    Re: Installed package. Pain ensued! Help

    Dangerous advice. If you use a pen on someone else you possibly leave yourself open to practicing medicine without a license. You can get certified to use EPI so that you understand when epi is...
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