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    Re: how do you do it ?

    Serious question because I have no idea, but does it really take more than a minute for the venom to be pumped in? I've noticed at the end of an estimated minute I can't see any sack left, just a...
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    Re: how do you do it ?

    If you ever met me, being a proponent of bee venom therapy wouldn't be in the top 1000 things you would associate with me. I'm a big ol country boy. I wear overalls and shave my head. Some would...
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    Re: Apitherapy on ankle

    You people that believe in bee venom therapy are loopy....

    Did I mention that it works really well? I posted on the forum when I first tried it on my shoulder. I have occasional severe...
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    Re: New Beek need help

    At that rate, they're going to have every cell in the hive packed with sugar water in a very short amount of time, and there won't be anywhere for a queen to lay. You did say it was a community...
  5. Thread: Cleaning wax?

    by Brad Bee
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    Re: Cleaning wax?

    I used a $10,000 solar wax melter this year. It didn't do much to clean my wax, but it surely did melt it. I didn't have a whole lot of cappings to mess with after losing half of them when I let...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    I hope you share more details, this is very interesting.

    This time of year I am lucky to check my hives every 3 weeks and that's just a drive by. I surely haven't had any come up missing, but I...
  7. Re: Timing of when to start feeding for winter stores of honey

    Thanks for all the replies, this is great info not just for me but for many beeks.
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    Re: Spraying pesticides with bees close by

    The adults come from elsewhere. They are a small undescript whitish colored moth. They look about like many other moths so there's not a good way to predict an outbreak. We are checking fields so...
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    Re: Do your children get involved?

    Yes, my 12 year old son helps me all the time.
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    Re: Spraying pesticides with bees close by

    Interesting isn't exactly what came to my mind. :) The grass was over knee high the day before and the next day all that was left was stems about 4-6 inches tall. Every stem had an armyworm on it...
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    Re: Spraying pesticides with bees close by

    Unfortunately the insecticides that I know of that work best on armyworms are all highly toxic to bees. As hot as it's been this week, I would have likely killed any hive that I shut up, even with a...
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    Re: Please Help to Identify My Bees

    They look like Australian bees to me. :)
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    Re: I had no idea!!!

    You did better than I did. I got 4 gallons from 19 frames, but 5 of the frames I extracted were only about half filled.
  14. Re: Timing of when to start feeding for winter stores of honey

    A long way. Probably 250 miles due north of the coast. I live in the mountainous NE corner of the state. I quickly pulled a couple of frames from one hive yesterday. There were multiple frames...
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    Spraying pesticides with bees close by

    I'm sure this will get some of you all in a twitter but sometimes insecticides have to be used in close proximity to bee hives. I don't like it, but there's not really a suitable alternative. I...
  16. Re: Timing of when to start feeding for winter stores of honey

    Thanks for the reply Walt. That's exactly what I needed to know!
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    I figured I'd get a lot of responses to this thread. I'm sure there are many of you who feed in preparation for the winter. Does anyone with experience mind sharing with me how soon before your...
  18. Re: Bees are so agreesive and stinging through suit why?

    I suspect that's the culprit. You can work bees without smoke and without a suit when there's a flow on. Now they're out of a job, all laying around the house and ticked off.
  19. Re: What is it you love most about beekeeping?

    I enjoy making more bees probably more than anything. I also enjoy the scientific aspect of the hobby. I have a science and farming background and beekeeping fits in both those molds.

    I will...
  20. Re: first year bee keep should i bee treating them with anything for winter?

    If I remember correctly, you got your bees, or some of them from a local source. The best thing to do is to contact who you got them from and find out what he does, or doesn't do.
  21. Timing of when to start feeding for winter stores of honey

    After finding out that my bees ate most of their spring honey stores and pulling my dwindling honey crop this past Saturday I am now faced with the uncertainty that my bees may not have enough honey...
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    Re: How did you get into beekeeping?

    Nice try, but she would likely NOT have said that. I married a redhead. She's just plain mean on good days. She's got special mean for the other days. :lookout: :)
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    Re: How did you get into beekeeping?

    A gang of thugs held a gun to my head and made me buy beehives and start raising bees.





    There's no way I'd admit to starting something like this of my own accord and spending the amount of...
  24. Thread: Hive tool PSA

    by Brad Bee
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    Re: Hive tool PSA

    I think I have 5 hive tools. Do any of you know where the 4 that I can't find are?

    A sharp hive tool will slice open the mesh on your veil too. Been there done that.
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    Re: Getting honey and making nucs...

    I'm sure no expert so....

    Most of my "production" hives swarmed this past spring. Yours may likely do that next spring. This coming spring, I plan to remove my old queens in late March and place...
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