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    Re: Bees Throwing Themselves Out Of The Hive?

    Not sure what the issue is with the bees.

    There's a lot more water around than you think. There is almost certainly some water in the gutters on homes in your area, and all of the mosquitos have...
  2. Re: My best zero-drowning feeder is also my simplest and cheapest.

    That's wonderfully simple. Last year, I open fed the bees about 150 yards from the hives without problem. This year, the same produced crazy amounts of robbing. It's probably due to the fact that...
  3. Re: How far can I move my bees without disturbing them?

    The saying goes "two feet or two miles." When I moved a hive 50 ft, I did so by putting it on a cart, then moving the cart 2-4 feet every other day and it worked out well. It was interesting to see...
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    Re: Bees Not Gathering Pollen

    I had a similar experience this year. The swarm that I caught took down plenty of syrup, but pollen was coming into the hive at barely a trickle in comparison to my other colonies, most of which are...
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    Re: What kind of bush is this?

    It looks to be a Rose of Sharon.
  6. Thread: Partridge Pea

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    Re: Partridge Pea

    I don't know the answer, but can provide my experience. We have a very small bed of partridge pea, and I haven't seen any nonnative pollinators on the flowers. But, it is only a small bed and there...
  7. Re: Negative effects of caramelized sugar syrup...

    I'm with you, using hot water to make 1:1 is a good way to go. I did leave out an important bit of info in my post. Heating sucrose causes the sucrose to break into glucose and fructose, and...
  8. Re: Organic Beek with Nosema. I guess all I can do is ride it out. Anything else?

    If you're not going to treat, then no amount of testing is going to convince you to do otherwise. Randy Oliver looked into some management aspects to control nosema. They're near the bottom of this...
  9. Re: Negative effects of caramelized sugar syrup...

    They are based on science or, put another way, the warnings have been confirmed by at least one scientific study. In a study (2009) on the rate of formation of hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) in high...
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    Re: Wood species for hive components ?

    I've always used pine lumber or plywood. Some use cedar. I'm sure that many species are suitable, but there could be some that are not.
  11. Thread: Piping

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    Re: Pipping

    The times I have heard piping are when I've made a split using queen cells. I assume that this is so that the first queen out can locate the others and do them in.
  12. Re: Bees eating a gal of 1:1 in a day, why so much ???

    My guess is that you have a full field force, and that your dearth has begun. You might want to open the hive to see what they are doing with it, it's possible that they are crowding out the queen.
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    Re: Help ... My queen left!

    Dang, you sure are getting a run for your money this year. Keep it up!
  14. Re: Is feeding pollen patties still organic beekeeping?

    Organic is in the eye of the beholder. There are lots of definitions out there, and it is my understanding that there has been some recent work on creating one for hive products. On the pollen...
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    Re: Help moving Swarm Trap

    I would improvise a pulley by ratcheting a PVC elbow (like a sink p-trap), upside-down, above the colony. Feed some rope through the elbow, tie around the colony, get some tension on the rope from...
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    Re: Heavy Honey Flow Resuming

    There's been a big increase here in the last week. We had gone into dearth for a little while while the rain went north or south of us, then the chickory and yellow clover came in. Lots of heavy...
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    Re: Cook frames in oven to kill mites??

    A domeestic microwave is set up to heat anything that has water content. I'd suspect that the brood would be even more susceptible to heating than the mites, given the, er, jucier nature of brood.
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    Re: Starting nucs for overwintering tonight

    Good luck! I'm making up my own nucs this weekend, and have the queens banked during a days-long bout of rain. My own plan is to pull resources from some booming colonies, place a feeder on top and...
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    Re: When walk away splits fail

    I made 5 walkaway splits late last June, at the very tail end of the flow. During the month of July, I added queen cells. At the beginning of August I added a virgin queen to one of the nucs, the...
  20. Re: Bee swarmed, two clusters, one settled in box, and one on the ground. Advice need

    You need to determine just how many queens there are, and where they are. Yes, it is possible for there to be more than one queen in a swarm.
  21. Re: can you get a partial sting? glove questions.

    I've so far always worn goatskin gloves, and got a sting the other day that came in through a seam. There was no stinger left behind. There was no immediate swelling or redness, but a day or so...
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    Re: How small might newly hatched queens be?

    We're a backup for resources. The museum doesn't have a safe area in which to keep additional bees on site. If the OBH dwindles, needs stores, etc., we can provide them. To do this, they bought...
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    Re: How small might newly hatched queens be?

    Ha! Luckily, we're a backup apiary for her place of work, a natural history museum with an observation hive. So, although we have ten colonies, the number that are 'ours' is less than that. I'm...
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    Re: How small might newly hatched queens be?

    That's good to hear! The queens are new to me this year, came in nucs. I'm planning on growing them up this year, then doing some serious buildup, likely next year. (don't tell my wife) In the...
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    Re: How small might newly hatched queens be?

    That would be good. But, it took someone a few years of careful testing and selection to produce that queen.
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