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  1. Kieck, I've been reading a bit here. Where are...

    Kieck, I've been reading a bit here. Where are your sources? Where is the proof that "use of neonicotinoids was generally the same as it was in 2006"?

    Forgive me if you already posted your...
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    I live in Maryland, and believe I would be better...

    I live in Maryland, and believe I would be better off getting queens from north of me. So to those of you who have bought northern queens, who do you think is the best northern queen breeder? Whose...
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    What tips do you all have for drawing plastic...

    What tips do you all have for drawing plastic foundations? I've had a lot of trouble with the bees either not drawing the comb at all or drawing brace comb. Has anyone tried more wax coating,...
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    So... eight months later -- what are you all...

    So... eight months later -- what are you all finding? Are the B. Weaver queens keeping down the mites?
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    How do you get bees to draw plastic foundation...

    How do you get bees to draw plastic foundation properly? I have had a lot of trouble in the brood chamber with the bees brace-combing both Dadant Plasticell and Pierco snap-in foundation. That was...
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    We used a small Emglo air compressor for years....

    We used a small Emglo air compressor for years. We used it to run:
    An impact wrench.
    A framing nailer.
    A paint sprayer. (It kept the compressor running all the time, but it worked.)
    An air...
  7. Thread: Canola oil

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    I was talking to a beekeeper who's doing about...

    I was talking to a beekeeper who's doing about 2500 hives. He says that he uses canola, wintergreen, spearmint, etc oils for mite control. He puts them on a paper towel in the hive. And he says it...
  8. Thread: Poplar Lumber

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    I was wondering, because we have plenty of...

    I was wondering, because we have plenty of rough-cut poplar lumber available. Thanks for the input. Anyone else have any suggestions?
    New Guy
    BOTH my colonies alive and well -- with no Fumagillin-B!
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    By the way, Scot, Miller wrote "Forty Years"....

    By the way, Scot, Miller wrote "Forty Years". About ten years later, he updated it as "Fifty Years among the Bees."

    Also, has anyone tried the method of splitting that he describes?
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    You may be interested in in this download of...

    You may be interested in in this download of "Fifty Years Among the Bees" by C. C. Miller. http://www.soilandhealth.org/03sov/0302hsted/0302homested.html

    Much better than paying $100-$400 for a...
  11. Thread: Poplar Lumber

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    Has anyone used poplar lumber to build hives, and...

    Has anyone used poplar lumber to build hives, and if so, were there any adverse affects? I've heard that insects don't like poplar, and I wanted to make sure that it was okay before I built fifty...
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    I wasn't asking for speculation, I was asking for...

    I wasn't asking for speculation, I was asking for actual user reports. Does it really help, from your experience?
    New Guy
  13. Thread: killing bees

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    Maybe this is dumb, but how do you keep from...

    Maybe this is dumb, but how do you keep from smashing bees? I hate setting down a box and hearing "crunch, crunch."
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    Foxes killed forty-one of our hens in one night....

    Foxes killed forty-one of our hens in one night. In fact, we've lost close to 200 hens to the foxes. We've been trapping (leg hold traps -- use the coil spring type and make a dirt set [I can tell...
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    Has anyone here used the BeeMax hives? What are...

    Has anyone here used the BeeMax hives? What are the pros and cons? And which do you like best now: foam or wood?
    Thanks in advance.
    New Guy, wanting to do it right about the first or second time.
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    Well, I'm a teenager, and I'm already having fun...

    Well, I'm a teenager, and I'm already having fun keeping bees, though I've only had them a week.
    Part of the trouble with many teens today is that they would rather play on the GameBoy or the...
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    Clay, how do you embed foundation with a battery...

    Clay, how do you embed foundation with a battery charger?
  18. Thread: Support pins

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    When installing crimp-wire foundation in mediums...

    When installing crimp-wire foundation in mediums for extraction, do you need to pin it, wire it, or just leave it the way it is?
    Also, has anyone come up with a cheaper alternative to support pins?...
  19. Thread: Permacomb

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    Something I haven't noticed mentioned here was...

    Something I haven't noticed mentioned here was told me by John's brother, Mike, at my beekeeping class (Howard County). He said he just uses his hive tool to uncap his frames. No hot knife or...
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    In my beekeeping class recently, The instructors...

    In my beekeeping class recently, The instructors said that if the bees didn't draw an outside comb, take it and turn it around. Now, does Housel Positioning work to make the bees draw things out...
  21. According to our beekeeping class teacher, you...

    According to our beekeeping class teacher, you either move a hive no more than two feet at a time, or at least three miles. In other words, you really should have either taken 25 days and moved the...
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    What exactly is "honey bound"?

    What exactly is "honey bound"?
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    Sorry, but in a lawsuit, disclaimers and waivers...

    Sorry, but in a lawsuit, disclaimers and waivers don't really matter. The chances of getting sued, though, are probably slim.
    If you are concerned about a lawsuit, tell them to go somewhere else....
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    In "The How-to-do-it Book of Beekeeping," it says...

    In "The How-to-do-it Book of Beekeeping," it says that buckwheat only secretes nectar in the morning. Sorry, I couldn't find the page.
  25. Thread: SMR bees

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    I'm getting a nuc that's queened with an SMR...

    I'm getting a nuc that's queened with an SMR queen. What is your opinion on SMRs?
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