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  1. Thread: They're Alive

    by throrope
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    Re: They're Alive

    I'm happy for your good fortune. I've found the less I fuss, the better they do and conclude bees are better keepers than beekeepers.
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    Re: Queen Cells on Plastic foundation

    Ditto
  3. Thread: swarm cells

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    Re: swarm cells

    My first colony I scraped the queen cells out of ignorance. Now I grab them with frames into nucs or spare gear from losses. Great way to propagate your own successful stock. Two nucs build faster...
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    Re: hot hive requeening

    My hottest hive stung our inspector 50 times or more. I warned him, had an extra jacket, but nooooo. He preferred his vinyl gloves and button down shirt with simple veil. Later my buddy helped me...
  5. Re: Hope you have answers for a newbie, Larva in Honey super....

    Had larvae above the excluder twice. Thought the queen got up there, but found too much brood and eggs in the deeps for that. The cells were larger than worker, but drone, not queen. Cells for...
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    Re: TRUCKS post a picture of your rig!

    Cool thread - Thanks:thumbsup:
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    Re: I was attacked! In winter!

    You have very friendly bees. Fussing with bees when cold may satisfy curiosity and may cost you the colony. I ask them to nail you next time.
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    Re: Winter hive loss what to do.

    I suggest leaving well enough alone. Chill the cluster or brood once and you could lose the colony. Much more fun to satisfy curiosity on a warm sunny day.
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    Re: Winter hive loss what to do.

    Good guidance. I used a cooler and a couple pounds of dry ice in batches. I found a time-temp chart for wax moths. The colder the freeze, the less time needed.
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    Re: Winter hive loss what to do.

    I'd clear out the dead bees and either seal it up or leave the deep open on it's side and cover for rain. An empty hive is wonderful winter protection for mice.

    I came through a winter with one...
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    Re: Hello from Central Missouri please read.

    Yea, I used to think the same.
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?268817-My-boy-got-stung-went-to-ER
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    Re: Size of the bee yard.

    15 x 15 and six foot high - Good to go.
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    Re: Favorite Ways to Make Increase: Why & How?

    I had a nuc rigged with shallow to raise queens per Mike Bush's info. I've become adverse to spending more on bees than honey and prefer locally acclimated stock over those from far far away. ...
  14. Re: Contemplating hobby beekeeping in Augusta Ga.

    Thumbs down on foam. Had one. Gave the entire healthy colony away. I recall a bear finally put an end to it, but the bees were transferred to wood.
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    Re: Hello from Central Missouri please read.

    We learned my son is allergic to bee stings the summer before last when one of my gals got in his hair and sent him to the emergency room. He made me keep 'em even after that.

    Since a hot hive...
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    Re: Results back from Beltsville

    Seems the problems they test for can be discovered without postage.
  17. Re: If you were to start all over again, knowing what you know now.....

    Instead of a kit, I'd start with a commercial suit, stainless hive tool, and two wood hives with one super each (short honey flow here and the hives are close). Pay more attention to bees than...
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    Re: There is a layer on my honey

    The fines had not floated to the top. Let it settle for a month or two more. Then bottle from the bottom of the bucket.
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    Re: Honey crystalizing before I can give it away

    You know you left the good stuff in the honey when it crystalizes.
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    Re: Wood hive VS polystyrene hive

    First hive was polystyrene. I was happy to give it away - bottom, deeps, supers, feeder, top and healthy bees.
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    Re: Miller feeder question

    I can't imagine that would be a problem. I routinely leave honey laden burr comb, frames from cut comb and left over honey soaked wax from crush and strain next to my hives. The girls make off with...
  22. Re: I don't understand this complaint about treatment free beekeepers

    The difficulty with science and bees is numbers and money. You have sixty thousand individuals bringing back to one house near anything from the surrounding 28 square miles. Add a few more hives...
  23. Re: Weak hive update...and what are your thoughts

    Considering where we find feral bees, I suggest placing your hives as you please. I've never seen bees wrap their own hives either. Biggest winter mistake I've made is giving them too much...
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    Re: moisture too high?

    On what basis did "was told" determine your honey had too much moisture?

    Honey will run faster when warm which made me suspect my harvest, but I just bottled it. Over time it all crystallized,...
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    Re: Wife's out of town, and I really messed up.

    I like this idea. Suggest calling her ASAP and before she gets home. You'll endure less steam.

    Boy did I arrive late to this party!
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