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  1. Re: Honey comb everywhere, larvea everywhere, whats going on?!

    What you are describing is a very over full and crowded bee hive! If you saw swarm cells, they are about ready to leave, at least most of them. Did you ever super them or did some bozo tell you...
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    Re: montana beekeepers (legislation)

    There is no new law just regulators assuming power by re interpreting existing laws and changing well defined and easily understood exemptions granted hobbyist beekeepers. Contact your legislator...
  3. Re: So should queenless small split just be left to dwindle out?

    Shake them out on the grass several yards away from the rest of the hives. They will beg their way in to the other hives where they will be prevented from harming the queens. If you want to take...
  4. Thread: Canola picture

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    Re: Canola picture

    As was pointed out to me about honey quality; the man said, " I can sell that! I can't sell empty".
  5. Re: Best method to extract just a few frames on plastic foundation

    That looks like an easy build actually and with a five gallon bucket, you are home! Just don't scrape the valuable comb off the frame. Enjoy the honey! Run it all thru a clean pantyhose as a cheap...
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    Re: montana beekeepers (legislation)

    The LAW is plainly written with exemptions for all those selling honey at farmers markets and such. The LAW only required inspected facilities if one was selling units in the twenty some thousand ...
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    Re: montana beekeepers (legislation)

    Montana currently has clearly written exemptions for hobbyist beekeeper honey sales, gramma making cookies and breads and soap makers all who the clean brown shirts want to bring under their thumb. ...
  8. Re: Does the frame need to be completely capped before extracting

    They are probably fine. Most certainly would be in my low humidity world. Most figure eighty pct capped is good.
  9. Re: great new Opportunity need advice on capitalization?

    Ian didnt you know one could solve all agricultural problems by driving accross Long Island and talking to an agricultural extension officer in New Jersey?
  10. Re: "...honey vs. sucrose or high fructose corn syrup"

    Like water off a ducks back Mr Lyons. They are blind who will not see.
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    Re: Styrofoam Hives

    Bees love to disassemble Styrofoam unless you protect it with something. Short term til it gets a hole in it, shrink wrap works well. Duct tape it on. Foam mating nucs work well and keep small...
  12. Re: Looked like bees were swarming, but then they died on side of hive in a few minut

    Folks in the south have all the fun! I don't have bees at home so I doubt I would see such behavior demonstrated anyway. I wonder if this is also a Russian genetics thing.
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    Re: Hygienic behavior?

    The aborting of drone brood happens when the bees are not bringing in any nectar or pollen and the colony stops having reproductive urges. If the vast majority of the dead outside are drones, I...
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    Re: How Do You Spell Honey?

    We got our inch of rain KA CHING!
  15. Re: "...honey vs. sucrose or high fructose corn syrup"

    If it weren't for Capitalists many of the people who think Capitalism is a dirty word would be starving to death in a cave in the dark. Do me a favor and don't buy your bees or sandwiches from...
  16. Re: "...honey vs. sucrose or high fructose corn syrup"

    I have been around commercial beekeepers my whole life and have never heard any suspicion as what you spread out like it is a common practice. Sad that you have been taught to hate so freely. I...
  17. Thread: queen laying

    by Vance G
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    Re: queen laying

    Depending on how long she was banked in that queen cage, It can be over two weeks. If she is released now, Just stay out for that couple weeks. If you have another colony, take a frame of mostly...
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    Re: Adding Second Brood Box

    I guess an empty box is better being below providing dead air space than empty above come fall. Are you going to feed so it gets built out if the flow fails? Let us know how it turns out please.
  19. Re: Not enough spring management/Hive now out of control

    That was before they murdered the king right? Assuming you have some frames with no foundation in them, drive small nails on one side top and bottom and middle of each end. Tie fishing line on...
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    Re: Another first in the bee yard.

    Never rolled one? I would say that makes you pretty special.
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    Re: Another first in the bee yard.

    I have neuropathy and sometimes hold them too tight between my fingers and they sometimes recover as you relate. Was she pinched?
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    Re: Want to work bare handed?

    Millions of families in Africa have lost their babies in the past years and dengue fever and malaria are returning to areas where it had virtually been eliminated. The difference is that the...
  23. Thread: Painting

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    Re: Painting

    A hive tool separates boxes nicely
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    Re: Robbing sucks....

    Reduce entrance of weak hives to about two bees wide in any direction and they will be able to defend their hive.
  25. Thread: Mead Recipes

    by Vance G
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    Re: Mead Recipes

    [Just buying Ken Schramms excellant book, The Compleat Meadmaker is a lot faster and cheaper. You can make really good mead right away if you can follow directions. I can,t and still have made some...
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