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    Re: What Kind of insects are these?

    Thanks guys. I'll sleep better tonight!
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    What Kind of insects are these?

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    I came to feed my bees and my cover had a bunch of these insects in various stages of development. I believe they can fly! Are these one of the dreaded hive insects?

    Thanks
  3. Thread: Eco Bee Box

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    Re: Eco Bee Box

    I know I'm making a mistake answering this, but what the heck, we're all friends, right?

    I keep my bee at my Lake house, and aesthetics mean something to me. When I first saw this product it had a...
  4. Thread: Eco Bee Box

    by mahobee
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    Eco Bee Box

    Word to the wise....Stay far away from Eco Bee Box. The man can't run a business, can't handle packing and shipping, Kept my returns without issuing credit. Claimed my order was special order even...
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    Re: Warre Harvest : Not as easy as it sounds?

    Thank you Bernhard. This was very helpful!
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    Warre Harvest : Not as easy as it sounds?

    I did my first ever Warre harvest yesterday. I followed instructions on the Warre Store website as well as suggestions on this post. I do not have removable frames.
    1) I smoked the top box, removed...
  7. Re: Best technique to harvest honey from a Warrè?

    Great album. What's that funky separator tool, second row, second picture?
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    Can't find my (marked) queen!

    I decided to requeen, as a way to increase the health of my stagnating hive. Found and ordered one of the few remaining VSH VP queens. It arrived today, but I spent an hrgoing thru my hive, but I...
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    Re: Making progress

    I'm in yr 2. Dead out after yr 1, so started again in the spring. Mine were drawing comb in box 3, and at around 60%, stalled for 2 weeks. I started feeding sugar syrup yesterday, and it was like...
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    Re: Getting over the hump

    We all have our red lines. I'm not exactly the kind of person that likes killing 300 bees at a time. I'm going to have to take a pass on the alcohol wash method.
    I am open to other suggestions...
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    Re: Getting over the hump

    So is the consensus out there a preemptive sugar shake? I personally lean towards requeening the weak Lang, Maybe switch to uniform size (mediums)
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    Re: Getting over the hump

    all 3 hives have screened bottom boards. I spray the grid with Pam, leave it under the screen for 2-3 days. The numbers were insignificant.
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    Re: Getting over the hump

    All good questions. Yr 1 I started in mid June, so I didn't expect success. Yr 2 I had a swarm (thanks to a shady local beekeeper, but that's a long story). Yr 3 I rolled the Queen in April,...
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    Getting over the hump

    This is my 4th year of beekeeping. I have 3 hives in 2 locations; 1 Lang deep and 1 Warre at my house, 1 medium 2 miles away (.75 miles as the crow flies).

    Last year I got a small amount of honey...
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    Re: Big Island Queens

    I'm sure it's too late, and you've already gotten your queens....
    I ordered from them last year. The queen was actually shipped from California. I paid for overnight shipping, which cost more than...
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    Bees congregating by hot tub

    Recently I have had about a dozen bees hanging out by the fold in my hot tub cover, trying to squeeze in. Do I just have cool bees? How can I discourage this behavior?
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    Re: Foundationless Frames

    I bought mine from Beethinking, and am generally satisfied
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    First Inspection: Queen or no Queen?

    60 degrees yesterday and plenty of activity. I finally opened the hive. Top box was reasonably full, though I didn't see any brood. Bottom box was reasonably empty. I cleaned up all the sugar and...
  19. Re: HELP. Installed package, I have a dead queen. What to do.

    I would also try Hudson Valley Bees. when I had a similar problem, and I exhausted all my local options, I called Olivarez in Calif. and they overnighted me a queen. The queen was $25, shipping was...
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    Fine mess I've made!

    About a month ago, I had a brilliant idea; Why feed sugar to my hive when I can just take a comb full of honey from my dead Warre hive and place it on top of the frames? Doesn't Michael Bush prefer...
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    Re: Where's the pollen coming from?

    Ha! I noticed the same thing in Mahopac (though I wouldn't go as far as saying they were all covered).Perhaps some early maples? Maybe desperate enough for crocus?
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    bumble bees crowding out honey bees?

    Last year, my honeybees seemed to stay away from my blueberry bushes, I think they were crowded out by Bumble bees. Is there anything I can do to prevent this?
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    Hudson Valley Bees

    I picked up a package from Hudson Valley Bees in Kingston NY on Fri. They drive down to Ga, and truck the bees back themselves. The bees were fresh, the service impeccable. Thought it might be useful...
  24. Re: Anyone use or know where I can get the wooden square frames used for comb Honey?

    Check this out:
    https://squareup.com/market/eco-hive-solutions-co/frame-shallow-cedar-bee-box-hive-body
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    Re: Wolf Creek Apiary

    I bought a package from them last year. Everything went smoothly, despite my nervousness. When I did catch John on the phone, he was a wealth of information, giving me useful tips and was extremely...
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