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    Re: Capture wild bees ????

    Following bees back to their hive is called "bee lining". It's fun. I'd Google for it; I'm pretty sure there are explanations for how to do it.

    The warning about AHB (Africanized Honey Bees, aka...
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    Re: built up natural wax frames/foundation

    Occasionally I've seen references to the sale of fully-drawn comb, but it's pricey. Maybe $20/frame?

    And like all "used" hive components it would carry the risk of transmitting serious bee...
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    Re: Too late to add another deep?

    Too late? I don't think so. They probably won't draw it out much, but every extra frame (or even partial frame) of drawn comb will be gold next Spring. Before winter you can check to make sure the...
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    Re: Winter quilt AND candy, or bad idea?

    I use both Lauri's faaabulous sugar bricks (in a feeding shim with upper entrance) and a quilt box. My hives all survive very well in harsh northern NY winters.

    Like Vance, I make sure my hives'...
  5. Re: split a double deep with queen available?

    I think Biggraham is being polite.

    My response is more along the lines of, are you nuts? You have one hive that is decently sized for being ready to survive a northern winter and you want to...
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    Re: Sugar Roll Results, Newby

    Your sugar roll technique seems fine to me, though I would try for a mixture of bees from two different frames, if possible.

    Since your bees are new this year, I would be cautiously optimistic...
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    Re: Do bees like Clematis

    There is a small wild white clematis that is blooming right now along the hedgerows on my farm road. I have been calling it Travelers' Joy, but it may be Sweet Autumn Clematis now that I have seen...
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    Re: Hive too hot - hive combination question

    You don't have to keep it all frozen, for ever. Freeze it for a period (rotate the best and most honey-filled combs in first if space is an issue). After it has been frozen for a period, remove it...
  9. Re: Workers killing queen--strange activity.

    I have twice found young queens on the platform near my hives. In neither case was it one of mine, nor was it a stray cell that had been missed. I think that one of the fates that befalls virgin...
  10. Re: Is there such a thing as keeping the bees too warm??

    FWIW, I had 4" of foam insulation all around my hives (R-20) last winter.

    My boes are just regular Betterbee 7/8ths thick stock.


    I use a quilt box on top (for moisture management more than...
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    Re: Whats a queenless hive sound like???

    @snapper:

    You wrote:

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    Really? I am overhauling several hives in the next day or two to find queens and mark them so I will try to hear a difference as I go down through the (many) boxes to...
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    Re: It's harder than I thought...

    @Julie & Wade (probably Julie, I'm gusessing, who posted?)

    I can keenly empathize with what you're feeling. I have been keeping bees for three years and I can barely remember my first summer, and...
  13. Re: bees mixed with honey to be crushed and stained

    Just pick them out and discard them. If you get to them quickly enough you can wash the honey off and they may be able to fly away.

    Enj.
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    Re: Oxalic acid use in Summer (August)

    Please don't use the N95 masks for OA Vaproization. Get a proper one.

    You may never need the protection the mask gives you, but the one time when something goes slightly amiss, nothing less than...
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    Re: Whats a queenless hive sound like???

    I've never heard any difference in sound, between hives I knew were queenless and those I knew had queens. I've listened and listened, having read about that idea here.

    I also don't see a...
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    Re: How many different types of hives?

    There's the wonderful Eastern and Central European Bee-Houses with lots of hives all stacked on one another and accessed from behind, sometimes on trailers for migratory purposes.

    Enj.
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    Re: Might be getting there

    ETA:

    Sorry did not realize this was the TF forum. Good luck with your bees.

    Enj.
  18. Re: Is it ok to eat honey that was produced while treating with teramyacin?

    Preventitive treating of food sources with antibiotics is one of the factors leading to failure of antibiotics in humans when they really need them. I would not want to contribute to that problem,...
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    Re: mite med Questions

    I use OAV and am happy with it. But I also am a fanatic about using the correct personal protective gear, which adds to the initial cost.

    You need a well-fitting respirator/mask with cartridges...
  20. Re: Vitamins, electrolytes and PH in winter feed

    Jcolon:

    I use exactly what Lauri specifies. In her long thread I posted a scaled-down version of her recipe for those of use w/o a big dehydrator.

    Here is what I originally posted, excerpted...
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    Re: Marking a laying queen....

    Zhiv -

    I'm glad you mentioned the passing out/fainting thing. I have watched my mentor mark lots of queens in his nuc-making business. He came to my apiary to mark some nucs I'd raised for him...
  22. Re: Vitamins, electrolytes and PH in winter feed

    I use Lauri's recipe bricks, made with the tiny quanity of electrolytes specified in her recipe. The citric acid and the pure apple cider vinegar (I use Braggs) are there not so much for nutrition...
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    Re: Nucs or deeps?

    @Kaizen,

    Are you thinking that there would be a vertical double-sided barrier, or a horizontal one between the two colonies?

    Veritcal barrier sounds complicated (though I would like to see pics...
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    Re: Nucs or deeps?

    'Cause in winter the girls like to go up, rather than sideways. I change the interior dimensions of all my 10-frame boxes down to 7 or 8 frames (so two deeps become three narrower deeps). I fill the...
  25. Re: Honey Bee Health Coalition releases Varroa Management Guidebook

    Humpf!

    Please don't lump all of us "hobby beeks" in the same category. Nobody could be less commercial, I (heck, I don't even bother with honey). But I will not let my bees suffer and die from a...
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