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    Re: Beekeeping and the Atkins Diet

    You realize, of course, that honey is _not_ on the Atkins diet. I see great conflict looming in the future.
  2. Re: Stupid question: how many beekeepers are scared of bees?

    Wow. That is so incredibly obvious that I'm embarrassed not to have thought of it. Maybe I can blame it on my mentor for not advising it :D.

    Thanks!
  3. Re: Stupid question: how many beekeepers are scared of bees?

    I cut a hole in my top cover so I could just feed through there, which means 10 seconds to swap out Mason jars. So lately I've been swapping jars without any gear whatsoever.

    On Friday I squished...
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    Re: Survey for science fair

    I do wonder why the bees can't groom the mites off of each other. Do they lack the mouthparts to be able to do that?

    "Big bugs have little bugs
    Upon their backs to bite 'em.
    Little bugs have...
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    Re: Survey for science fair

    enjambres's comment has nothing to do with accuracy; it has to do with standards.

    It's like asking users in an automotive forum to post their acceleration times using 0-55 MPH. Few will respond...
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    Re: Possible bear in uncommon bear area

    They're so cute! I love the "bear cam" view.
  7. Re: Common mistakes or other topics for a class.

    As an attendee of beekeeping classes here in Los Angeles, I'll say that frequent interaction with the bees is important for maintaining your students' interest. I read a ton of stuff, but there's no...
  8. Re: How long can regular sugar water be mixed and stored for?

    Since I'm a newbee my best contribution is to serve as an example of what not to do. I was making syrup several weeks back, and I poured all the sugar into my turkey fryer pot and put it on the fryer...
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    Re: Rolling bees

    Does anyone have any useful tips on reducing the amount of rolling deaths?
  10. Re: How long can regular sugar water be mixed and stored for?

    I made some 1:1 more than a month ago, and I kept in Mason jars, unrefrigerated. I put it into the Mason jars when it was still quite hot, so it's pretty much "canned," and should last for a long...
  11. Re: Queenless in Los Angeles, mini-swarm. ???

    I did a quick inspection today, and I have at least two frames full of brood. About 1/3 of the brood is capped, and the rest is at all different stages of larval development. The laying pattern looks...
  12. Re: What happens to the honey the bee's eat during a hive inspection

    That's the best idea yet! Now I just need an observation hive . . . .
  13. Re: What happens to the honey the bee's eat during a hive inspection

    Michael,

    I read this opinion on your website (and again, here) with great interest, because the "gorging to flee instinct" is one of those "basic facts" that gets taught to all new beekeepers.
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    Re: Prince of Pint Jar of Honey

    And if you did a labeled taste test (e.g. _not_ double-blind) the vast majority of your customers buying the $14.00 stuff would swear that they can taste the difference.

    If you're uncomfortable...
  15. Re: Queenless in Los Angeles, mini-swarm. ???

    So I inspected on Sunday the 31st, or exactly 2 weeks after hearing the piping, and I saw lots and lots of eggs!

    So it looks like the bees know what they're doing (and have done so for a few...
  16. Re: Queenless in Los Angeles, mini-swarm. ???

    I probably didn't word my original question correctly--if I requeen too late and don't have enough worker bees to sustain a colony, then what are my options?
  17. Re: Queenless in Los Angeles, mini-swarm. ???

    But where would one get new bees in September if one's only hive were to fail?
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    In the event that the new queen fails and I'm too late with a new queen, what does one do with a failed hive while waiting for next year?

    Will all the capped brood eventually emerge? Will the hive...
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    Re: re-liquifying honey

    I put two jars on my (black) dashboard on a medium-hot day, with the windows rolled up, and by the time I got back in the car at 2:00 the jars were too hot to hold, and the honey was very clear and...
  20. Re: Phrases I just wouldn't have expected to say till I started beekeeping

    I have a nervous virgin piping in my bottom deep.
  21. Re: Queenless in Los Angeles, mini-swarm. ???

    According to Bush's Bee Math, queens take approximately 12 days from emergence to laying, +/- 5 days. So your 2 weeks sounds consistent with that.

    If my queen was piping yesterday*, can I assume...
  22. Re: Stupid question: how many beekeepers are scared of bees?

    I've started wearing just a cheapie jacket/veil combo (and shorts!) when feeding syrup, as I only open the hive for 60 seconds or so.

    But if I'm going to do any real work I wear my full suit with...
  23. Re: Queenless in Los Angeles, mini-swarm. ???

    Well, it sounded just like this, so I guess that's "piping," and that there's a Game of Combs going on right now.
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    How does one tell, after the fact, whether the supersedure was normal or emergency?

    One more thing that I forgot to mention in my original post--while I was inspecting this morning I heard some...
  25. Queenless in Los Angeles, mini-swarm. ???

    I have a bottom deep with feral bees and comb from my May cutout, and I thought they'd been doing OK, except that they hadn't been drawing much comb on the foundation in the medium upper during our...
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