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    Re: Non Bee Keeper Question

    I think the OPs question is "what the heck are these things?"; not "how do I kill them?".

    I believe they are drones.

    http://home.windstream.net/ronaldpatterson/yjacketadults2004.htm
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    Re: Move Advice Needed

    Enj, thanks. It will be several weeks between the moves. I suppose I can make it as long as I want. The "long" is maybe 5 miles as the crow flies. I think that's what I'll do. Move them the...
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    Move Advice Needed

    I have 3 hives located next to some old concrete silos. The landowner informed me that the silos are due to be demolished over the winter, so I'll need to move the hives temporarily while the work...
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    Re: New to Beekeeping and need some Guidance

    No! Don't get the deeps!....just kidding

    "what kind of frame?" is one of those questions that will create a thread that goes on forever. There are many opinions and many choices. Use the search...
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    Re: New to Beekeeping and need some Guidance

    Check in with the Beekeepers Assoc. of Susquehanna Valley. http://www.thebeeyard.org/
    Find out if the offer a class over the winter, it will be well worth it (and fun) and you will meet...
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    Re: Prince of Pint Jar of Honey

    The price depends on where you are. I am in northern VA near Washington DC. Wildflower honey at farmers markets near me goes for $9 or $10 a pound.

    Driving home through more rural Middlesex...
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    Re: Paper Combine Question

    An update to this situation...and a little back story. This hive went queenless in mid July. I immediately put in a frame of young larvae and eggs. The following week there were 5 queen cells on...
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    Re: Paper Combine Question

    Thanks for the input everyone.
  9. Thread: Medium hives

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    Re: Medium hives

    I go all mediums because I am a small scale beek. It's easier for me to have spares for just one size box and frame.

    My local bee club produces nucs on medium frames every year, but they sell out...
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    Re: Paper Combine Question

    Thanks!
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    Paper Combine Question

    Hello, I have a queenless hive that is 3 - 10 frame mediums; and I have a nuc with a queen that is 2 - 5 frame mediums. I want to do a paper combine to give the larger hive a queen. Now, usually...
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    Re: Extraction question

    Wow. I didn't mean to start a bleach debate, I just didn't want the OP to inadvertently harm a club extractor.

    Nschomer nailed it. But if you want to sanitize, you do it just before using the...
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    Re: Extraction question

    You can get idophor from most any brewing supply store. They have them online and depending on where you live, you may have a local source nearby. Just Google "Homebrewing Supplies"

    That said,...
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    Re: Extraction question

    Not sure what the extractor is made from, but bleach is not good for stainless steel. It pits the metal. I know this from home brewing beer, not beekeeping. We use an iodine based solution...
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    Re: Minor feedback requested

    +1 on the advice from Intheswamp and others. I'm in VA and also use 3 mediums as my brood chamber. I also used the discarded QEs. I have a mix of wax foundation and plastic foundation in wood...
  16. Thread: Creamed Honey

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    Re: Creamed Honey

    The supermarket here sells Sue Bee creamed honey in 1 lb tubs. I thought Sue Bee was a national brand, maybe your supermarket has it too. I saw it in the Harris Teeter chain here.
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    Re: honey bound what should I do?

    Glad it worked out. Good luck with the new queen.
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    Re: tricks of the trade?

    I spray the foundation in each frame with 1 to 1 syrup to attract some of the bees. I have no idea if that helps, but that's what I do. A frame of brood will get bees up there too.
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    Re: honey bound what should I do?

    I wasn't reading the OP to say they caught the swarm. I understood them to be saying that the hive that issued the swarm now appeared to be queenless and honey bound.

    Re: honey bound: Yes you...
  20. Thread: Installing nuc

    by Irmo
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    Re: Installing nuc

    Follow your plan, it sounds fine. When I've hived nucs I move the frames right into their new brood box and leave the entrance open at 1" just like you're planning to do. They orient and go on...
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    Swarm Removal Question

    This is something I've been curious about. Those of you who take swarm removal calls or cut outs; when you go to collect a swarm/colony, do you look for the queen or just capture the bees and hope...
  22. Thread: Split Failure

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    Re: Split Failure

    Hi Karenarnett, good luck with the cold snap. By the way, don't count it as a setback until it really is one. Bees are resourceful. They may do just fine.

    An update on my situation, the side of...
  23. Thread: Stupid Mistake...

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    Re: Stupid Mistake...

    Cut/scrape out all the crazy comb and put the other frames in to establish proper bee space. You're well on your way to enough beeswax to make your first candle. You'll want to do this right away...
  24. Thread: Split Failure

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    Re: Split Failure

    Good points on the smell, I hadn't thought of that. I left three or four frames that need cleaning and removed the rest. Those frames were not solid brood. I was wondering if I could filter in the...
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    Re: Changing brood box

    Just place your deep on top of the honey super. Once the brood nest moves up up into the larger space, just reverse the boxes. If you're sure the queen is in the deep you can put a queen excluder...
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