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    Re: Alright guys or gals explain this one to me

    its because skunks, racoons and bears look much like a good crop of brown or black hair, go figure!
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    Re: Alright guys or gals explain this one to me

    yea I agree check for scratch marks, skunks and racoons are getting busy to get ready for winter, try slipping on a white hat may help.
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    Re: Bees not capping honey

    get yourself a refractometer, glad I did, had frames with just one side capped, the uncapped was 17.1% moisture, mann lake has them on sale for like $70. sent one to a buddy, he's also impressed with...
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    Re: Hives just Swarmed :(

    wow swarms usually don't fly very far just out of the hive because the queen hasn't flown for a while, when you go in the hive if there are a lot of queen cells either destroy all but 2 or make nucs...
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    Re: Hives just Swarmed :(

    you didnt mention if you recaptured the swarms??? I had a swarm in late Aug last yr, was feeding and they were back filling (rookie mistake) hope you're getting into your hives every couple wks of...
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    Re: Where Can I Buy 2 Queens?

    try Bjorn Apiaries, down her in central pa. they have a web site, I'll send you a personal message with the second guy's name and #, dont want to give it out to the public
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    why all the drones

    just out checking hives 4:10 pm eastern, every hive (6) have numerous drones flying around, the entrances, they enter the hives just for a few seconds then out again and off they go, just to return...
  8. Re: Can thinned-down old queen ready to swarm fit through queen excluder slots?

    all i can tell you is that the decision to swarm is not the queens, true without her there wouldn't be much of a swarm but if they are in swarm mode they're going to swarm. I don't know if I'd wait...
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    Re: How many guard bees are in a normal hive?

    from what I have learned all bees become guard bees just before becoming foragers which is around 18 days old, then at 22 to 23 days they start foraging, this infor is from a college entomology dept....
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    Re: 9 frames in an 8 frame box?

    I'm running 1, 8 frame hive with 9 frames in it, i planned of 1/32 " off each side of the shoulders, CC Miller said in his book that bees very seldom drew comb out past the top bars when running 9...
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    Re: Life after a Swarm... Now What?!?

    Yea, don't beat yourself up, bees swarming are like a dog barking, thats what they do, we as bee keepers just try to make it work out for us, this definitely is not a bad time in the year to be...
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    Re: Open feeding station methods

    I saw one I wanted to try, its a 5 gal bucket with #8 hardware cloth cut to same diameter as the bucket, a couple short 2x4s on the bottom of the wire fabric so it floats and dump in the syrup (...
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    Re: Questions on two first year hives

    yea I agree with make sure you are queen-less, #1 did she have room to lay? #2 is there ample pollen for brood (all the rain) good idea to examine a queen cell very closely, does it look like it...
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    Re: Price of beeswax

    just wanted to tell acebird lmao, I get it with the more than one honey
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    Re: Southern New York honey flow???

    dont mean to butt in on a NY question but down here in central pa, we're getting rain 2 or 3 times a week, i have 1/2 acre of white dutch clove and the bees just started working it last week (must...
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    Re: Hundreds of dead bees

    no need to shake the bees off the frame you are inspecting, just move them with a finger of blow on them and they will move for you, I helped a guy last summer remove supers, he brushed bees off of 5...
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    Re: Newbee Question on Honey Super

    no answer just a note to let you know how predictable bees are, i have the same set up 2 deeps with a med super no excluder, they are drawing the super out and low and behold today they swarmed, she...
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    Re: Extractor motor wanted

    thanks DC Bees thats just what I did, got both baldor motor and motor controller, motor is on the way to me, when I get it I'm taking it to the local machine shop for him to make a coupling so I...
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    Re: Extractor motor wanted

    ok, I tried the often talked about treadmill motor, I went direct drive instead of using the pulley / belt system, to get the extractor to move it would start at 20 mph, then when I tried to slow it...
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    Re: Aggressive bees but which hive?

    If you get rid of that queen and let them requeen the daughters from the new queen will be from different drones, should calm them down, may have to do it twice in worst case. good luck
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    Re: Treating mites with MAQS

    use it like the manufacturer says and place them just like they say (off set), if you apply them late evening those initial fumes are off gassed during that first night, makes it a little more...
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    Re: Hello from North MS

    welcome there northern missip, have an old buddy that lives in Cleveland Miss. good luck with the bees
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    Re: ? About keeping queens until needed

    i keep 3 extra queens in nucs, i just remove a frame of brood from time to time keep them happy, right now I'm just adding a second nuc box and planning on overwintering them if the queens aren't...
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    Re: Pond lily honey?

    never seen them work the flowers, have seen a couple sitting on the lily pads getting a drink from time to time
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    Re: Change Their Mind About Swarming

    Wish all newbees would read GaryG74's answer the big swarm season is about over up here in Pa. dont know how it runs out there in Mo. just watch them, i haven't been at this long, but I have...
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