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  1. Thanks for the clarification

    That's a part of my fall shut down sequence. Never even occurred to me that anybody would lock down their hives for the winter without making sure nothing was amiss.

    Nope, that little bugger got...
  2. I certainly won't take it badly but I am confused...

    I certainly won't take it badly but I am confused as to why I would do a search before I put blocks on.

    Perhaps a little history would clear things up. I'm in a new environment keeping bees after...
  3. That's handy

    I just happen to have a length of 1/4" hardware cloth in the utility building. I was concerned things might get a bit cramped for the bees. You guys really think those little monsters can squeeze...
  4. I do not mices, I do not like them at all

    Should be "I do not LIKE mices, I do not like them at all"


    Aaaarrrrgggghhhh........checked hive weight and vibration last month. All well in the world. Went out today, snow still on the ground...
  5. Thank you all. I'm one of those lucky people who...

    Thank you all. I'm one of those lucky people who blows off stings in less than an hour so I don't have much first hand experience with more "normal" responses to venom. Naturally my daughter got very...
  6. Next Day Facial Swelling From Sting

    My daughter's boyfriend got a sting just below his eye yesterday at my yard. It looked like he got the stinger out without injecting additional venom. Put a paste of meat tenderizer on it and it all...
  7. I guess there isn't much more to expect from a...

    I guess there isn't much more to expect from a society where most people believe eggs come from boxes, meat from Styrofoam & plastic and milk from plastic jugs. The fact that so many of us have a...
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    Wow apparently lots of folks still aren't...

    Wow apparently lots of folks still aren't connecting the dots.....1 in 3 hives in commercial operations dying.......agriculture's dependent on honey bees for pollination.....pollination necessary for...
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    I don't know where you keep your hives but I'm in...

    I don't know where you keep your hives but I'm in a really remote area and I work alone better than half the time. Things can go sour in a hurry with bees. A frame slips out of your hand, a box falls...
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    I got 3 packages with MH queens and thus far they...

    I got 3 packages with MH queens and thus far they have been a joy. Lovely, big active queens who are settling down and getting to work. Of course they would have more to work with if &^%$$^ spring...
  11. Thanks peggjam, that sounds a lot easier. What...

    Thanks peggjam, that sounds a lot easier. What concentration of acetic acid would you suggest and will the fumes dissipate naturally or is there some sort of post exposure procedure you'd recommend...
  12. Anyone tried disinfecting comb with hydrogen peroxide?

    I've been reading Randy Oliver's material and am looking at disinfecting my comb by spraying a solution of hydrogen peroxide on comb and then the next day putting them out in the full sun this spring...
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    Just plain old dish washing gloves? And the girls...

    Just plain old dish washing gloves? And the girls don't get their little sharp pointy things tangled up in them? Way cool, time to trade in the 30 year old leather gauntlets and get current in the...
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    Wow......just watching that video was a profound...

    Wow......just watching that video was a profound emotional experience. The text accompanying the video says "There are lots of bees flying, but we were not being attacked." After watching the action...
  15. Thank you all. The new girls arrive on the...

    Thank you all. The new girls arrive on the 23rd...Napa to Utah to Eastern WA. Sure hope I'm going to miss out on the horror show happening west of the Cascades. My deepest sympathies go out to all of...
  16. I HATE cleaning out winter kills, need some advice

    Aarrrrrggghhh.....so depressing. Guess I kinda' sound petty compared to what so many others are going through so I'll quit feeling sorry for myself.

    No sign of disease, dead bees in small clusters...
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    Just out of curiosity Frank, would those be the...

    Just out of curiosity Frank, would those be the modern advances that are causing losses of 80% or more all over the industrialized world? Just asking.

    PS Barry, I quoted Frank because folks would...
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    Funny thing about letting bees do it themselves

    They seem to be able to deal with parasites much more effectively without the need for medication.

    Ignore the troll, take a good level out to the yard, make sure the boxes are level from side to...
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    I like your attitude Joe and you're right in...

    I like your attitude Joe and you're right in saying this is an exciting time to be in beekeeping assuming you're an adrenaline junkie.

    My perspective is somewhat different. I grew up on a family...
  20. Wish I'd written that. Good on you!!!

    Wish I'd written that. Good on you!!!
  21. Watch out for the blotter acid

    'Cause like wow man, those bees will be like, seeing colors and the hive walls will be moving. Nothing worse than a hive of bees on a bad trip man LOL


    heeheehee, been going nuts on bed rest the...
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    Hee hee hee.......I love it. Where the bleep are...

    Hee hee hee.......I love it. Where the bleep are they going to go in April in the northern half of the US. My concern has always been the package rejecting the queen but hey, they're looking for a...
  23. Looking for help in North Central Washington

    Tough start off last year, tough start up this year.

    Grew up keeping bees and then joined the military, not lots of beekeeping opportunities. Got back in the game after 27 years absence. I was...
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    Just another misnomer from our wonderful...

    Just another misnomer from our wonderful mainstream media. What we are currently, and probably will be for the foreseeable future experiencing is much better described as global climatic instability....
  25. The number is disconnected and the email has that...

    The number is disconnected and the email has that "member doesn't want to be contacted" response when you click on it.

    That's why I asked for help.
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