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  1. Thread: Annual Dieback

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    Re: Annual Dieback

    I think a lot of good and helpful beekeepers are getting worn out trying to help a flood of newbees. I was pleased by how generous my mentor and others were with me and owe them a debt of gratitude...
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    Re: Video of a bad 5 frame nuc?

    Examine the bees before taking delivery--confirming the presence of queen, eggs, larvae, brood, and the condition of the nuc is well worth losing some foragers, and protects both the buyer and the...
  3. Thread: New from VA!!

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    Re: New from VA!!

    welcome. You can check out the virginiabeekeepers site for local beekeepers club meeting dates, times, and places -- talk with other folks who have caught the fever.
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    Re: Latest from Brushy Mountain on Oxalic Acid

    I tried but couldn't find the product on their website. Anyone else find it?
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    Re: Moving a hive ~400 miles

    I am following to learn, as I might want to get some bees someday from OH and bring back to VA. But I'll have the back of a pickup.

    How about a roof carrier?
    And are there (officially)...
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    Re: Brushy Mountain - Shipping / Communications

    I never had a problem, either phone or internet orders.
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    Re: Equipment & Lack Thereof

    one other thought. Having your equipment (jacket/veil, smoker, fuel, lighter) with you and ready to go is a good idea while transporting your package or nuc. Be prepared.
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    Re: Equipment & Lack Thereof

    your local bee club someone might help you by loaning a jacket/veil for a day.
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    Re: How to use Bee Pro

    I recall that Megabee worked on getting it so it could be in sugar water. So I would test a small batch of Beepro to see if it stayed suspended or dropped to the bottom and made mess of the feeder.
  10. Thread: Cheap Nucs?

    by RudyT
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    Re: Cheap Nucs?

    Many people pay for veterinarians to examine animals (either pets or livestock) and give advice about care. Expensive but valuable if it works. I assume more if the vet travels.
    I keep trying to...
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    Re: Funniest bee question ever asked

    All funny, and yet having so many people who think food comes from grocery stores is a serious problem. We need to go back to Victory Gardens.
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    Re: Screen Shrubs for Virginia

    I think I recall a comment about privet honey not tasting good but don't trust my memory. Worth checking though.
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    Re: At a loss...I just don't understand

    You might consider taking a sample of the bees and sendin them to Beltsville Maryland USDA bee lab for analysis.
  14. Re: Hive Location Relative to a Barbed Wire Fence Containing Horses

    IF you search here, some say bees bother horses, some say they had no problem.
    I like the spot you've identified. I would put up 6 foot wooden fence on north and west (road) side to help block...
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    Re: Hello from New Hampshire

    welcome, I was just in Manchester, NH last week during the warm spell. Also took 101 W across the state last fall and saw some beautiful country Best wishes as you start on the most fascinating...
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    Re: How important is it to leveling your hives?

    like many things in beekeeping, you'll probably get quicker with hive leveling after a few times. As everyone says, get it level side to side -- you'll be glad. It also helps if you use bottom oil...
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    Re: Getting out yards

    I would think twice about being too near orchards -- I'd want to know how much spraying they do while in bloom.
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    Re: Fruit Farmer/Beekeeper in SC Mountains

    freeman beetle trap (you can build your own) on the bottom; handi-wipe on the top of bars.
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    Re: Looking for 1 1/4" frames

    Kelley did offer them briefly. They quit, I think I heard because they didn't meet quality standards-- I would agree. Simply have narrower end bars but not re-tooling the top made the end bar...
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    Re: Newbie Equipment/Hive Question

    A local beekeepers club and a state club are great sources of info. There is also a suppliers area on Beesource which may have responses about particular suppliers. Your first need is...
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    Re: How long do most newbies stay with beekeeping?

    thanks, Michael Bush, for the reminder from Jay Smith that unrealistic expectations are not only a 21st century phenomenon.
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    Re: How long do most newbies stay with beekeeping?

    A new hobby beekeeper can have several hives and a years learning experiences for less money than a week at the beach. Both the beachgoer and the new beekeeper bears responsibility for how to spend...
  23. Thread: Beekeeper Smell

    by RudyT
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    Re: Beekeeper Smell

    The bees will be your guide. They have a precise feedback system.
    For starters, do not smell like a bear, skunk, raccoon, mouse, flower, or gas can. When they sting gloves or your suit they mark...
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    Re: 8 frame deeps and supers

    One other small suggestion -- I inherited about 10 frame boxes but switched to 8 frame quickly. I use that "left over" 10 frame equipment for swarm traps. One deep or two shallows (with hive...
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    Re: Hunter Apiaries Pulaski, Va

    http://hunterapiaries.com/


    Beepro -- thanks. That should be within my skill set. It worked this time, but I used the "link" button above.
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