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    Re: re-queening every year !

    I find it ironic that I seem to hear and read long-time beekeepers talk about how "queens just don't last like they used to" or "today's queens aren't as good" and then replace them every year or...
  2. Thread: well now what?

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    Re: well now what?

    There was a nuc producer on here a while back who had said he really liked to cage his nuc queens simply for the drive home. He lives back a bumpy stone lane and until he started caging he'd get...
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    Re: New package questions

    Your populations will slowly drop for the next 3 weeks until you finally have new bees emerging (egg->bee = 21 days). I'd leave the entrance small until that point, and then I'd go to the larger...
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    Re: Where have all the hive tools gone?

    My son asked for and received a darn good metal detector this past Christmas. I wonder how many hive tools I'd have if I just went on some apiary visits with that thing. :)
  5. Re: Is RM-43 (grass killer) Safe to Use Around Hives?

    Dish soap causes even water to become lethal to honey bees, but maybe not in the way most think. The liquid will coat the bee and cover its spiracles and cause suffocation. This is the reason why...
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    Re: Bee Technical Specifications

    It's a simple question of weight ratio. :pinch:
  7. Re: How Small a Hole in Mouse Guard Need to be?

    I wouldn't reuse the comb or even the frames where that were involved in the actual nest. Usually there's urine all through the wood of the frames, just chuck 'em or use them as kindling.
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    Re: Unbelievable! Acebird got lucky again

    George likes his chicken spicy.
  9. Re: How much moisture is added to the hive, from respiration, over the winter?

    No idea if this is right. Someone else can correct it if not.
    Fructose has the same formula as glucose, just the arrangement of the atoms is different. I think (grain of salt) in humans that...
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    Re: Is starvation really starvation?

    Just curious Roland. How do you identify the alfalfa spray as being a causative factor there?
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    Re: Is starvation really starvation?

    Thanks Enj and Frank. That is in fact where my mind was headed with posing the initial question. I've had the same experiences as Enj in many of my conversations with those who've lost bees over...
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    Is starvation really starvation?

    I searched a bit for this type of question/RFC and did find something about calling starvation of a small cluster something different, but I wanted to expand the question a bit more.

    Every year it...
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    Re: UPS Not Delivering BWeaver Packages

    With USPS, I'd just ensure Weaver's ships them on a Monday or Tuesday, nothing later in the week. Only issue I've had with trying to ship fast through USPS is if there's even a slight delay on a...
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    Re: How do I limit my hives?

    In the end no matter what you do you'll probably end up with a swarm at some point. I'd buy an extra box just to have around, cheap plywood bottom and lid (they're useful for way more than swarms). ...
  15. Thread: Wasps

    by libhart
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    Re: Wasps

    Of course you then need to post the video and give us a link. :)
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    Re: Wasps

    Camera's a good idea, and if you still want to have some fun with them, put a sign in the mailbox that reads, "Smile, you're on my hidden camera." For more action put it on the end of one of those...
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    Re: How did my bees survive ! ?

    I find weather has less to do with it and in the fall it's all about length of days and what they can forage. The days are getting shorter and they're bringing in less. They workers will stop...
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    Re: Powdered Sugar Shake

    Dr. Marion Ellis (Univ of Nebraska, retired now I believe) presented a few years ago that they found that when doing a sugar roll in a jar, the sugar will get the mites that are just barely clinging...
  19. Re: Bees attracted to hot tub and drowning by the hundreds :(

    My most popular watering hole (like that term btw fieldsofnaturalhoney) was a gardening tub that had some surplus potting soil in it and then was rained on. The tub of course just collected the...
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    Re: Marking the Queen

    I would get her introduced before marking her. Let her start laying, let the hive gets settled, then try. For 3 weeks you'll have no new bees, the population will be slowing dropping. So in those...
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    Re: Larger Apiary Configuration

    The flat pad is a great advantage but I'm thinking it'd be best to keep the timbers vs putting bottom boards right on the concrete. One heavy rain could spell trouble if they're right down on the...
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    Re: A little good news (pictures!)

    If you know it's new and coming in then you know. Didn't mean to say you didn't. So I'd just be wary of any week long rains like we tend to get around here in the spring. Nice work.
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    Re: Rethinking Dandelions...

    bees win. yard is full of weeds. bare spots get dutch clover seed. :)
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    Re: A little good news (pictures!)

    Def. looking forward to spring.

    This time of year can give you great hope but don't get too far ahead of everything just yet. Are you really sure there's nectar coming in? Where would it be...
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    Re: My first packages

    Inner cover w/no hole?....add a drill, a bit, and a coping saw to your list. Just make yourself a hole. :)

    The best video I've ever seen on package installation:...
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