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    Re: Ants In The Hive

    I'm on Vancouver island and this happened to me recently. Lost a new split with a great Queen in a week. These are small but aggressive red ants. They are going down!
  2. Re: Did I do this right? - Winterization West Central IL

    Just 2" from my local hardware store. Comes in 4x8 ft sheets. It is not Mildew resistant. It's all about trying to control moisture by insulating (to prevent issues with condensation), leaving the...
  3. Re: Did I do this right? - Winterization West Central IL

    How big do you make the upper entrance hole and where should it be placed, in the top centre or to one side? I was thinking of doing this to help increase honey flow in the spring and making it big...
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    Re: Yellow Jackets casually coming and going

    Thought I'd update on this post. I've been monitoring the situation in my bee yard and the wasps are showing no sign of relenting. I am seriously concerned about two more hives that look like they...
  5. Re: Seeking Bees wax and Olive Oil Lip Balm recipe

    Can I just ask how to best fill those little tubes without spilling and making a mess?! Thanks :)
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    Re: Yellow Jackets casually coming and going

    I'm having the same issue with wasps. I've already lost one weaker hive to them. Even with reduced entrances there are wasps attacking all my other hives. Seems to be worse now since the weather...
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    How long will a jar of pollen keep?

    Have a jar of pollen in the fridge but not sure if it is still ok to eat. How long will it keep ?
    Thanks!
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    Re: What Have You Learned This Season?

    Love this thread, had me smiling and nodding all through.
    I learned how to make a split and the timing for a new queen to be raised and laying
    I learned how to listen to the bees - angry or...
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    Re: Nuc management tips

    Thanks for this post. It's very helpful! Can you speak to mite treatment? Have you found that you don't need to treat as much? How do you select the hive to make nucs from? How has this approach...
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    Re: outbreeding mites and overwintering nucs

    Thank you! Just watched Michael Palmers lecture... Fascinating and inspiring!
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    Re: outbreeding mites and overwintering nucs

    Interested in the methods referred to In this thread - MP and Roland. Can you post the full name or a link so we can look it up? thanks!
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    Re: Whats the percentage ?

    Lol... I refer to beekeeping as my obsession, rather than a hobby!
    Q
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    Re: Okay need some help.

    I prefer to run all dadents, now, having learned the hard way that deeps are often just too heavy! The other good thing about sticking to one size is that it optimizes flexibility of moving frames...
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    Re: Okay need some help.

    This site has a basic illustration. http://m.almanac.com/blog/beekeeping/beekeeping-101-building-hive
    Good luck!
    Q
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    Re: Bees on sticky board

    Thanks everyone. Maybe I will consider putting the solid bottom on in case they are cold. I will try blocking their access to the bottom board with a piece of foam or something. The bees keep me...
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    Re: Whats the percentage ?

    It can seem overwhelming sometimes and you can't just hope for the best! My secret weapons in my first years have been my mentor and my local bee club. Having support and lots of experienced beeks...
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    Re: Bees on sticky board

    Thanks for replying. No, I don't think that they are getting through the screen. They are going around the back of the hive And crawling into the space where the board is... That's why I'm...
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    Bees on sticky board

    Hello,
    This is really a small question to satisfy my curiosity. Since the temps have dropped here on the west coast, I am finding anywhere from 10-40 bees that are dead or dying stuck to my sticky...
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    Re: autopsy of a dead out

    Here is a link to a site that describes how to make a shaker jar...
    http://scientificbeekeeping.com/sick-bees-part-11-mite-monitoring-methods/
  20. Thread: Bee stash?

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    Re: Bee stash?

    Lol... Thanks. Was thinking it could be a great fundraising stunt for Movember. If I am ever brave enough to try it I will post a pic.
  21. Thread: Bee stash?

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    Bee stash?

    So, weird question... Does anyone know how to safely make a bee beard? Do you smoke the bees? Do you put honey on the spot you want them?
    Thanks!
    Q
  22. Re: Hint from universe? Hives being robbed, then a bear, then a hurricane, now robbin

    I am sorry to hear your troubles. I had robbing problems of a big hive and found great advice on this forum. In my situation I put a top feeder on the hive with water and put some pollen patty in...
  23. Thread: robbing

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    Re: robbing

    This thread is very helpful! I am currently trying to identify if my hive is being robbed. It is nearly dark and out of my 4 hives one is still very active. It is about 10 degrees out now and all...
  24. Re: Dead bees and pupae a result of wasp predation?

    Thanks Gold,
    I would agree, but maybe the wasps were killed by the bees before they could leave the hive with those pupae or eat them. ... I am hoping! I hope that by shutting down the access to...
  25. Dead bees and pupae a result of wasp predation?

    Hi All,
    I could use some advice. I noticed today that even though it is late October (unusually warm fall) there were quite a few wasps agressivley trying to enter my hives. I had reduced the...
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