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    Re: Bee Beginner: Day 5 Swarming

    They were painted months ago, then stored in a clean room indoors.
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    Re: Bee Beginner: Day 5 Swarming

    (Didn't meant to say you were!)


    What does "Hmmm" mean?

    R.Weaver gave me a call and was equally surprised. He's never had this happen, and he's had people install his bees every way...
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    Re: Bee Beginner: Day 5 Swarming

    1) Foundationless, but as you can see in the picture I uploaded, they were having no trouble.
    2 & 3) I direct-released the queen. Acceptance has not been an issue, obviously.
    4) I did not spray...
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    Re: Bee Beginner: Day 5 Swarming

    Here's the combined hive: http://www.bulldogtechnology.com/combined.jpg

    What a headache. They've been fed, given water, had plenty of pollen (the hive is filling with pollen and they're all over...
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    Re: Bee Beginner: Day 5 Swarming

    I think I wasn't clear: they ALL went into the hive the first day. Only days later did they swarm. There was no cluster on the ground the first couple days. They all made it into the hive. I found a...
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    Bee Beginner: Day 5 Swarming

    So, I ordered 4 packages from R. Weaver. The bees arrived Friday after shipping Monday and were cranky as I released them -- probably my fault. Fully suited-up, I got stung a number of times and my...
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    Re: Allow Buckfast Bees to Supercede?

    That's what I did. I'm hoping that is why they were mildly irritable. Mind you, I don't know what "hot" really is. My reaction of finding a bee or two in my suit might be overdone. I shouldn't be too...
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    Re: Allow Buckfast Bees to Supercede?

    ..Great! :p

    Well, I hope they calm down. Maybe I should have been gentler? I don't know... My default is to think that I did something wrong. And, until these prove themselves to be consistently...
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    Re: Etymology

    My thought is that it works like:

    super, superior.
    Above, more above, most above.

    bonus, melior.
    Good, better.

    And thus, perhaps:
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    Re: Allow Buckfast Bees to Supercede?

    Well, my R. Weaver Buckfast bees arrived today. They were surprisingly feisty. I was fully suited up and they were all over me, trying to sting through the suit. Actually, three bees made it into my...
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    Etymology

    Is the Latin word for honey, mel, related to the Latin word melior, which means "better" (though I found one reference for "sweeter")?
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    Re: Allow Buckfast Bees to Supercede?

    I'm confused. Are you asking me a question or answering one of mine? Can you rephrase?
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    Allow Buckfast Bees to Supercede?

    I purchased 4 packages of R. Weaver Buckfast bees from Texas. Of course, only after paying did I become aware of the potential Africanized Honey Bee problem in Southern/South Western states... and...
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    Re: hive top feeder question

    Good to know... I must have gotten the wrong impression somewhere.
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    Re: Is using paint a waste of time?

    Michael Bush doesn't paint his anymore:

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beeslazy.htm#stoppainting
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesnotinvented.htm#notpainting

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesdipping.htm
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    Re: Alternative Hive Designs Wanted

    Hm. That is peculiar. Anyway, thought i'd share that. Not one i'd likely use
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    Re: Hello from SC

    Well done (and welcome!). My own package bees arrive this week.

    I grew up in SC. How's the weather been?
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    Re: Alternative Hive Designs Wanted

    I didn't see the part about forcing the hive to swarm. I was under the impression that the "swarm plate" on the "hex hive" was to give them just as much space as they needed... forcing swarming...
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    Re: hive top feeder question

    Local honey can last much longer and won't go bad like sugar syrup will. It's also more nutritious than sugar.
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    Re: New from Deer Park Tx.

    Welcome! I'm new and ignorant too. :P
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    Re: Supercedure capped cell

    You could split the hive if you're worried about losing the old mother queen. Then you might have two good queens like the first.
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    Re: Lavender Garden

    Seed Savers Exchange carries good heritage seeds:http://www.seedsavers.org/Details.aspx?itemNo=1247

    $2.75 for 250 seeds.
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    Re: Eastern Shore Beginner

    Thanks, Americasbeekeeper. I will remember the name Ferguson for next year.

    I'll probably get some queens next year if mine get excessively weird after letting them supercede once or twice. If the...
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    Re: Eastern Shore Beginner

    I'm getting my Buckfast bees from R. Weaver Apiaries, Texas... I've read some issues about them getting "hot" in subsequent generations, and I'm hoping they don't contain any AHB genetics. I may end...
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    Re: Alternative Hive Designs Wanted

    What do people think of the "Hex Hive"? http://www.hexhive.com/

    On its facebook page there are some design pictures:...
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