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  1. Branding hives with your name is cheap insurance.

    Branding hives with your name is cheap insurance.
  2. Thread: Late Season Swarm

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    Late Season Swarm

    One of my hives threw a small swarm on Sunday afternoon (7/8/07). I just happened to look out the window and noticed an unusual number of bees flying in the yard. I went outside and watched as a...
  3. Thread: 6 Deep

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    What a wonderful problem! Good advice from the...

    What a wonderful problem! Good advice from the others, just pull the completed frames. You can probably find 20 or 30 that are fully capped, allowing you to harvest lots of honey and then put them...
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    I use "mason" style jars in the various sizes for...

    I use "mason" style jars in the various sizes for all my honey. I don't sell, I give it to friends and the jars have a homey look to them. My favorite is the 12 oz. jelly size that WalMart had on...
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    Late season transfer to a new home.

    I got a call today from a homeowner who had a swarm in their grape arbor. I stopped by after work and was delighted to find a fully functioning hive in the open. I'll go back in the morning with an...
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    I use whatever twigs are available in my yard. I...

    I use whatever twigs are available in my yard. I have a tree that has shed lots of branches. Some of them are half inch in diameter and they tar up the inside of the smoker pretty fast. My propane...
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    I'll second the propane torch. Used mine the...

    I'll second the propane torch. Used mine the other day and it took a thick layer of gummy tar off in just a minute or two.
  8. Thread: Bee Panic Story

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    You realize that "The Onion" is not a real news...

    You realize that "The Onion" is not a real news outlet. It's a web-based humor paper with fictional "news items".
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    Advice Needed - Sample contract?

    I have a hive from a swarm I captured on a small organic farm near my home. They would like me to locate and manage a hive on their property, which I am happy to do, but I am worried about...
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    It was my brother who accompanied Earl on this...

    It was my brother who accompanied Earl on this cutout. I was talking to Keith on his cell phone as he arrived home, with 20 stings and climbing while we spoke. I about died laughing as he described...
  11. Thread: Start flame

    by LET
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    Great question; and it got me thinking. I...

    Great question; and it got me thinking.

    I think I'll do an experiment and start referring to one of my hives as a "tribe", another as a "colony", and one as "sorority" and see if it makes any...
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    Poll: Gloves - All the time

    I wear a hooded jacket and gloves every time I open my hives. I get a pretty good allergic reaction to a sting, so the risk/reward equation is way out of balance to go without. I frequently wash my...
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    Here's one I'm picking up in two weeks

    This one is located on a commercial property. I was asked to pick it up today. It's about five feet tall, 12 feet above ground level and has been there for more than a year. It's in the San Francisco...
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    My allergic reactions don't begin to affect...

    My allergic reactions don't begin to affect breathing, just swelling, hives and itching. One or two Benadryl pills takes care of it for me. Like I said before, I always suit up and wear gloves. I...
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    Just tell them you're baiting the fence for...

    Just tell them you're baiting the fence for meat-eating people. . . they'll probably thank you. Probably best not to even mention your electric fence to people like that. They don't think...
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    I get a lot of swelling and itching - closely...

    I get a lot of swelling and itching - closely resembling a poisoned puppy. Benadryl takes care of it for me. I wear full protective clothing when I work my bees now.
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    Your friend is probably the best person to answer...

    Your friend is probably the best person to answer that question. He's in the business. I personally would be worried about splitting, but I'd sure give a few boxes a try. The price is right.
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    Gotta get me some of those!! :D

    Gotta get me some of those!! :D
  19. Thread: No Smoke

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    I do a couple of gentle puffs in the entrance and...

    I do a couple of gentle puffs in the entrance and under the inner cover. I try to set my smoker about 6 feet upwind to allow for a small residual amount to mask any odors that might upset the girls....
  20. Thread: Golden Bee Suit

    by LET
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    Veils touching face when you move

    Some people wear a baseball cap under the veil to help keep the front of a veil away from their skin.

    all the best - Lenny
  21. Thread: Honey Suckle

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    My back fence has a large amount of honeysuckle. ...

    My back fence has a large amount of honeysuckle. The only bees I see on it are the big carpenter bees (about the size of bumblebees) I assume that the flowers are too deep for the honey bees to get...
  22. Thread: Bee Joke

    by LET
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    The "little boy" in me is still laughing. Gotta...

    The "little boy" in me is still laughing. Gotta love bathroom humor. :cool:
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    You're doing a good thing!

    I had a kid over to the house this past weekend with his mother. big items of interest were to see a frame of honeycomb, and the smoker. We did a hive inspection (he had a borrowed veil) and had a...
  24. Thread: Finding feral bees

    by LET
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    Hunting Wild Bees

    There was a book written by Robert E. Donovan titled, "Hunting Wild Bees" that you can find by doing a search on either abebooks.com or alibris.com that explains the entire process of finding feral...
  25. I'm still freaked out by the bee sitting on your...

    I'm still freaked out by the bee sitting on your nose! It was a very well done video. Did you use a camcorder or a digital camera?
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