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  1. Thread: Kelleys

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    Re: Kelleys

    I'm still waiting for an order made in June, but finally after several phone calls they are shipping.

    First excuse was that they had an unexpected large order. Next they said the commercial grade...
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    Re: bees shipping during long weekend!

    My package from Pigeon Mountain arrived today Tuesday after being mailed Friday. 90% of the bees dead. I have to file a claim and wait for the money (minus the almost $30 postage and insurance) and...
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    Re: bees gathering powder from animal grains

    I'm glad to know it won't hurt them or keep them from getting "better" food, as there isn't any "better" food here right now, lol.

    Actually, wild bees getting into my animal feed two years ago is...
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    bees gathering powder from animal grains

    I have 3 TTBH, and the bees have been out in force, as we are getting 50 to 70 degree days right now, although it still gets well below freezing at night. Last night 17F today is 61F.

    There is...
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    Re: Newbie and Dadant experience

    Just to be CLEAR, I bought through their website. I called their number when I had further contact, twice.

    So I WAS in contact with their "headquarters". They were MOST uninterested....they just...
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    Re: Newbie and Dadant experience

    Obviously their customer service is spotty at best.
    Plenty of other places to go, no sense in getting beat up by a business that doesn't care much.

    You tell me that a business that puts product...
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    Newbie and Dadant experience

    Last year I got my first bee packages. Needed some supplies: a smoker, a brush, a hood, Italian hive tool - simple necessities.

    Well, after a bit the smoker and a brush showed up. Waited and...
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    Re: Phasing out a TBH?

    Why not just make a follower board? I made mine very simply from nothing but plywood, cut to fit the box but slightly smaller, and about 3/4 inches higher and that higher part is also wider, so it...
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    Re: Pollen and nectar

    Mike, I missed this post before, and just want to say GOOD LUCK with your fight, I'll pray for you!
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    Re: Pollen and nectar

    Yes Mike, I could TOTALLY see the difference in the way they acted, and once was enough, lol.
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    Re: Pollen and nectar

    ok, I've seen comb with clear liquid, and with honey colored liquid, and some capped.

    I dumped the dry sugar in during install( It was less than 4 pounds for 3 hives), then lightly sprayed it...
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    Re: Pollen and nectar

    Mike, thanks for being so patient with me, neither of my two bee books are giving me this info. What exactly would I look for in regards to nectar? Capped honey? Is that an assurance of nectar?
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    Re: Pollen and nectar

    I have another question on this. I can see them bringing in pollen, but how will I know they are getting enough necter?
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    Re: Pollen and nectar

    Thanks Mike, and why do they washboard?
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    Pollen and nectar

    This may be a stupid question, but if the bees are coming in with pollen, does this mean nectar is also available to them?

    Also, what percentage of bees should be coming in with pollen? Is there...
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    Re: Why didn't I do this 30 years ago????

    Thanks Aram, I'm ordering the Italian hive tool since it's longer, and my hives are 11.5 inches deep.

    I never wear hoods of any kind, I don't like the restrictions from them, so I prefer the...
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    Re: Why didn't I do this 30 years ago????

    ok, I went to Dadant and have 2 "Alexander" veils with the built in cloth hat and long bottom tie downs in my shopping cart, (2 just in case DH or a friend decides to watch) a long Italian hive tool,...
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    Re: Why didn't I do this 30 years ago????

    I know you are right.
    I "had" a veil of sorts, really one of those mosquito net things, and it doesn't close well at the bottom, so I just threw it away since it's way too hot here to wear a coat...
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    Why didn't I do this 30 years ago????

    As I noted earlier, I had a LOT of trouble getting my first 2 packages of bees, thanks to UPS shipping/damaging/taking 8 days to deliver on 2 day air, etc.

    I had built two 4 foot long "tanzanian"...
  20. Re: Newbie needs help - packages arrived 6 days late

    Thanks for the suggestion, this is what I did, made another divider board, so I have two hives in one, and one hive in the other. Not enough survivors from the first packages to support two hives,...
  21. Re: Newbie needs help - packages arrived 6 days late

    Thanks to you both for your help!

    Sooo, you don't think they can go a week or so in a cardboard box for a temporary hive, (with openings of course)?

    We have company coming, won't have the time...
  22. Re: Newbie needs help - packages arrived 6 days late

    What happens to the queens? Won't the two packages fight if combined?
  23. Newbie needs help - packages arrived 6 days late

    Hi all, I'm new here and need advice!

    Two packages of bees from Spell Bee in GA. shipped by UPS Monday June 1, arrived damaged, bees loose in cardboard box, shipped back to Spell Bee.

    They...
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