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    <<rare for certain, but they will nest in some strange places if they have limited alternatives>>

    Yes, that's what "as a rule" means... as in "rules are made to be broken." Nobody said "always."...
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    As a rule, European honey bees (the "nice" kind)...

    As a rule, European honey bees (the "nice" kind) won't build exposed comb, like on a branch. African honey bees (the "not nice" kind) will. If these bees are encamped on your tree and are building...
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    To reduce drifting, Brother Adam would set his...

    To reduce drifting, Brother Adam would set his hives in groups of 4, smack up against each other, with the entrances pointing north, south, east and west. Not much chance for the bees to get confused...
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    If you can get ahold of the August and September...

    If you can get ahold of the August and September 2006 issues of American Bee Journal, read the 2-part series on "Bee Stings - Immunology, Allergy and Treatment" by Buddy Marterre, MD. He goes into...
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    It doesn't say what species these are, but there...

    It doesn't say what species these are, but there are "stingless" bees that bite instead of stinging. So choose your pain.
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    FYI, here is what the FDA says about infant...

    FYI, here is what the FDA says about infant botulism and honey (http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~mow/chap2.html):
    "Infant botulism, first recognized in 1976, affects infants under 12 months of age. This...
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    Here is what CC Miller had to say about slatted...

    Here is what CC Miller had to say about slatted racks (he called them bottom racks):
    "The bottom-board is a plain box, two inches deep, open at one end.... With such a bottom board there is a space...
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    NC State University has a short document, "A...

    NC State University has a short document, "A Comparison of Russian and Italian Honey Bees" (http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/entomology/apiculture/PDF%20files/2.16.pdf) that discusses how to introduce...
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    It sounds like you are thinking of making a split...

    It sounds like you are thinking of making a split now (December), and letting the bees raise their own queen. Don't do it now; there won't be many if any drones around to mate with the new queen....
  10. My local association seems to be roughly 1/2...

    My local association seems to be roughly 1/2 female, many husband-wife members but also women on their own, and two sets of father-daughter (including me and my daughter). We also have one mother-son...
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    I would encourage your son to write this up and...

    I would encourage your son to write this up and submit it to Bee Culture magazine. There have been a lot of articles in there recently about getting young people interested in beekeeping, and this...
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    NC is the south; we've got grits, NASCAR, and...

    NC is the south; we've got grits, NASCAR, and lots of SHB. Our seasons in the piedmont are not that different than in Alpharetta (the north Atlanta suburbs). Around here, if your hives are strong...
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    There are air vents along the top of the white...

    There are air vents along the top of the white plastic bit that you would be blocking if you put the cover directly on top. Whether they are incredibly important, I don't know, but the intent of the...
  14. In Europe, bee houses are common --- the PBS...

    In Europe, bee houses are common --- the PBS video "Life in the Hive" has footage of a guy working one of these. The hives are in the walls of the building and they are worked via doors on the...
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    I take off the inner cover when I'm using top...

    I take off the inner cover when I'm using top feeders. When I'm not feeding, I put it back on. Many people don't ever use inner covers --- they aren't really necessary.
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    Don't use an inner cover over the top of a top...

    Don't use an inner cover over the top of a top feeder. As you've discovered, it simply allows bees to get in. They are likely robbers from another hive.
    I've got one of these brown feeders and find...
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    Claire Preston's book "Bee" is an enjoyable read....

    Claire Preston's book "Bee" is an enjoyable read. Not a how-to beekeeping book, but covers Man's fascination with bees through history, as shown in politics, religion, art, etc. The illustrations...
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    Ron, Sweet gum balls are what we used to call...

    Ron,
    Sweet gum balls are what we used to call "porcupine eggs". Sweet gum trees have a grey woven-looking bark. The sycamore trees we have in NC grow in wet areas (e.g. near creeks) and have a...
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    9 or ten frames go in a standard sized box. 8...

    9 or ten frames go in a standard sized box. 8 frames are used in a slightly smaller box.
    With 9 frames, the bees initially have more room between frames so will make cells deeper. So in a honey...
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