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  1. Sticky: Re: CCD/Neonicotinoid Data (Studies, Articles, Links)

    I don't think I've seen this one posted here:
    http://phys.org/news/2015-02-neonicotinoid-insecticides-impair-bee-brains.html
  2. Re: Other uses for poor tasting honey?

    Mead making? Or you can always feed it back to them in a dearth. Don't know if you get those down there, but we sure do. Maybe it'll taste better if you let it sit for a while, kind of like aging? I...
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    Re: Is Miracle Grow bad?

    Using it in your garden shoudn't hurt the bees. But you can read about Miracle Grow and salt-based fertilizers on gardening sites if you wanted more "gardencentric" advice.
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    Re: Look who wants to feed our bees!

    I'm sorry, I don't understand what you mean by domesticated? Are you asking if there are organic sources of native wildflowers?
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    Re: Look who wants to feed our bees!

    deknow:
    Not a seed mix but a variety of organic flower seeds:
    https://www.botanicalinterests.com/products/index/category:flowers/filter:14/page:1

    They have a Save the Bees packet that is...
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    Re: Look who wants to feed our bees!

    Nabber86, generally, if an item is organic the provider of the item clearly indicates it. As the "feed a bee" program does not show the organic seal anywhere on the site, I can presume that the seeds...
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    Re: Look who wants to feed our bees!

    If they were organic seeds I would be tempted. Otherwise I wouldn't trust them; the "feed a bee" campaign insinuates the issue is lack of forage. Not pesticides, not pollen and nectar that is...
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    Re: Feeding to build comb?

    The general consensus is to feed a package regardless of whether there is a flow on or not. The goal is not just to have them draw out frames but also to get enough food stored for the winter. A...
  9. Re: Bee Math - all emerging workers nurse bees?

    You might find this article on "heater bees" interesting: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/wildlife/7435950/Honey-bees-secret-world-of-heat-revealed.html
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    Re: I may have split too early.

    To time my splits, I wait until I see walking drones in my hives and then wait a week or two after that. If you have a lot of other beekeepers around you, that's a good way to know when you can make...
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    Re: Chicken Coop recommendations???

    Ravenseye, I love the idea of an outlet by the coop. I wish I could that. It would come in handy for the deicer I use during the winter and the heat lamp when I brood the chicks.
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    Re: Chicken Coop recommendations???

    I have a chicken coop that my husband built for me, with my specifications, and an enclosed run (scroll down):
    https://suburbanrancher.wordpress.com/2011/11/05/winter-garden-and-dirty-chickens/
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  13. Re: I can't believe the cost of nucs this year!

    I like the idea of club members making nucs and offering them for sale. As long as the club member is someone I would want to buy bees from.
    I was gifted my first hive of bees and as a "pay it...
  14. Re: I can't believe the cost of nucs this year!

    A local beekeeper who sells honey, packages and nucs was planning to sell overwintered nucs for $200. I believe they were 5 frame but I may be wrong.
    I make splits to prevent swarming and have sold...
  15. Re: Viable method to keep spare queens

    So you plan to pick up queens before you have any bees?
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    Re: filtering wax

    I used paper towels in my solar wax melter, but butter muslin…oh my, that makes the wax so BEAUTIFULLY clean and smooth. I now use it for all FINAL filtering prior to using the wax in products.
  17. Re: Is it true that bees only bring in Pollen when they have a queen?

    Not true, at all. Bees will bring in nectar and pollen (it's what they do if nectar and pollen is available) regardless if there's a queen or not.
    When someone was making my first nuc for me, she...
  18. Re: Anyone own a Dadant M00505 Deluxe Solar Wax Melter

    I made a solar wax melter for about 6 or 8 dollars. Works well, easily disassembled and stored: http://suburbanrancher.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/solar-wax-melter/
    There are several ideas online, I...
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    Re: Beetle problem

    Freeman beetle traps. I no longer use oil, just fill the tray with diatomaceous earth and when it's time to change that, I just dump it out on the ground for some extra ant and earwig deterrent.
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    Re: Api Life Var - application

    One wafer, broken (or cut--it cuts very easily with scissors), into 4 pieces. Each piece placed on each of the 4 corners of the TOP brood box (do not place directly over the brood frames). To avoid...
  21. Re: Best way to feed honey back to the bees?

    LeonardS, as promised, I checked on my hives and found they took down most of the quart jar of honey I had in there. When I was extracting my honey harvest this year, I also extracted the uncapped...
  22. Re: will bees move capped honey to brood boxes

    So one hive consists of 5 deep hive bodies? What about the other one?
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    Re: Bees held for ransom

    That's unbelievable. If they were going to kill it, clearly because they couldn't get money for it, then why not give it to an animal shelter? What is wrong with people?
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    Re: Bees held for ransom

    I can't even begin to tell you how loudly I laughed on the train this morning when I read this. Thank you for the early morning hilarity.
  25. Re: Best way to feed honey back to the bees?

    I just did this on Sunday using a mason jar in one hive and the capped frames in the others. I'm going home after work to check on how well they took the honey down to the deeps and I'll be able to...
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