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  1. Re: How many frames to put in 8 frame box?

    Thanks for all the replies. I'll go with 8 centered in the box. I don't want to give them too much space between frames; I've seen them build on top of the foundation instead of drawing it out when...
  2. How many frames to put in 8 frame box?

    Yes, I know, simple answer is eight. I'm using 8 frame mediums for the first time, and I notice 9 frames, with only new foundation, fit quite nicely; using only eight frames leaves a rather large...
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    Re: bee escape not working

    I used to use that style of bee escape, usually with good results, sometimes not. If it is fairly warm there, the bees won't feel the need to go back down overnight to the brood chamber like if it...
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    Re: Honey B Gone

    I started using "Honey Bandit" from Mann Lake and really like it. No bad smell and it's effective. The label says "all food grade ingredients," which may not be all natural--I don't know. But if...
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    Re: Swarm traps

    I live in southern Missouri and hope to have mine out by the middle of April. I have seen swarms here the last week of April. If we are having really good weather I may go earlier. I know one...
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    Re: Insulating hives

    Perhaps a tar paper wrap that is sealed with duct tape at the top might be a good option. If it were sealed at the bottom too there would be less air flow, but would it cause moisture problems? ...
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    Re: German civil swarming laws

    Most American law is based on English Common Law. Maybe someone here has a set of "American Jurisprudence" that they can look into for anything applicable to bee swarms.
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    Re: Generic Foundation Support Pins?

    I haven't seen the ones in catalogs used for anything else. However, bobby pins (the ones women use for their hair) work very well, are quite inexpensive, and readily available. I'm going...
  9. Poll: Re: Is painting the inside of hive bodies generally recommended?

    No, I don't paint the inside of boxes. Boxes wear out from being pried open with hive tools before they rot out. Here are my reasons:

    1) the bees will propolize the inside, and I've been hearing...
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    Re: Bee association needed

    Here's what I did:

    Email address--I set up a free email address with the hoped for groups name, to appear organized and have a central place for people to contact me about the club.

    Craigslist...
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    Re: February Kills

    Thanks I'll check for both. I didn't get in and do a detailed check of all the frames--without my reading glasses I can't see up close very well. They always seemed to be bringing in pollen, even...
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    Re: Can you identify this?

    I've experienced the cold but not dead bees, and am careful not to assume. But it was in the upper 50s and sunny, And these were just plain dead. I've seen these bees out flying when it was 44F. ...
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    Re: February Kills

    I would be afraid of the hive busting loose, no matter how good the straps are. The problem these all seemed to have was that it was just too cold to move the cluster, and they ran out of honey on...
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    Re: February Kills

    Here's what one of the hives looked like. http://i920.photobucket.com/albums/ad45/n0kdq/deadoutFeb2014001.jpg

    I wonder if they made the holes to help the cluster move.
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    Re: February Kills

    I checked mine today and all three hives are dead--starved out with lots of honey just out of reach. They were Minnesota Hygienic bees. You would think a strain from Minnesota could handle the...
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    Re: Can you identify this?

    Thanks. I guess my eyes aren't what they used to be.
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    Re: Need ideas for club meeting programs

    We had our first meeting last week. One thing we will do each meeting is discuss what we need to be doing now.

    I asked at the meeting for suggestions for the March meeting. We will be covering...
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    Can you identify this?

    Today it was warm enough for the bees to be flying--mid 50s. Three weeks ago my hives were all very active, but today no activity. I opened them up and all three were dead. Dead bees on the...
  19. Re: Bees pooping on the landing board and outside the hive

    Not criticizing anyone, but I'm surprised people give bees tea tree oil. The stuff smells like turpentine (another natural oil) and is suggested for the elimination of toe nail fungus. Of course I...
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    Re: what do certain blooms mean to you

    When we have goldenrod, that's the last major nectar flow of the season. My bees need to fill their stores on this to get through winter. If I take honey off, I better be sure they have enough to...
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    Re: Need a projector to do Powerpoint

    Thanks for the responses. Sounds like if I want a projector I'll have to spend around $300. I may consider an overhead projector, but they can't show videos and you have the ongoing cost of...
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    Re: Need a projector to do Powerpoint

    I already asked, they don't have a projector.
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    Need a projector to do Powerpoint

    Our new beekeeping club had its first meeting, and it looks like it's going to take off. I would like to get a portable projector to connect to my laptop to give Powerpoint presentations. I really...
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    Re: Favorite Youtube Personalities

    I have dialup internet, so the only time I can watch videos is when I'm at my mom's in town. Is there any way to record or copy these videos to watch later? I don't think you can save them like a...
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    Re: Liability

    I'm not a lawyer, and I do agree with you. But the thought crossed my mind wondering if bee hives could be considered an attractive nuisance. For those not familiar with the term, things like radio...
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