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  1. Re: How fast do your bees drink 1:1 syrup?

    I put that same feeder jar and feeder top board on another deep, on the same slope, this weekend. I had a drip pan inside, and I had the whole thing on an inverted top board so no bees could get in....
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    Re: Beekeeping in 20 years?

    Heh. Not my domain :-)

    But I think this would be a fascinating interdisciplinary research project. And it would probably take 10-20 years. We already have amazing flying robots that can cooperate,...
  3. Re: Unofficial World Record Honey Bee Capture

    Whoa!!!!!

    That was fun to watch. Fast forward to 8:45 if you just want to see the Big Drop, but the whole procedure is worth watching.

    It says that the gigantic supercluster isn't a swarm, and...
  4. Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    What if the outside frames on my bottom deep have brood in them? Will the nurse bees make it all they way up past 3 medium supers to tend to the new deep? (they have 2 mediums of honey right now, and...
  5. Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    Ah, I hadn't thought of that. So I can put my new frames into a new deep on top of my existing deep, and my old bees will prep them for my new bees :-)

    Should I worry about creating a gigantic...
  6. Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    If I have only a single colony, in a deep-medium configuration, and the deep is getting crowded, could I just remove (and sacrifice?) a frame from the deep to give them space and a reason to build...
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    Beekeeping in 20 years?

    I'm just curious as to what people think the mid-term future will bring. Some things haven't changed at all since Langstroth lived, and others have changed completely. Here's my random thoughts, some...
  8. Re: Results of Opening the Sides of the Broodnest

    I suppose this is a good reason to go double-deep (instead of deep-medium) next season.
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    Re: Best Topical for Bee Sting

    I always work fully suited, so whenever I get stung it's through my gear (single layer). In these cases the stinger pokes through the fabric or leather, but then gets pulled out right away.

    As a...
  10. Transferring a box of (syrup) honey to a new package?

    I fed my first (and only) colony for too long, and my first honey super (medium) is now "contaminated" with some sugar syrup. It's also got real honey in there, as the box got filled and capped over...
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    Re: Whiten up the comb--how to?

    Two chemists walk into a bar. The first says, "I'll have some H20." The second ones says, "I'll have some H20, too."

    The second one dies.
  12. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow" - Flow Hive

    Yeah, but HoneyFlow won't get any of it. The video says "every penny of your donation" will go to cyclone relief. From that I'd assume they're donating the guts of one Flow hive, and this furniture...
  13. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow" - Flow Hive

    HoneyFlow has just partnered with a furniture maker to build a Premium Flow Hive to be given away as part of a raffle to support Vanuatu Cyclone Relief:
    ...
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    Re: Excessive propolis????

    Well, I've just proved that you can remove a screwed-in bottom board with a hive tool if you pry hard enough!

    Last season I bought all my gear, assembled but unpainted, from LA Honey Supply Co in...
  15. Re: How fast do your bees drink 1:1 syrup?

    Yeah, it always looked a bit strange to me. I'll have to see how that shim piece is attached and how difficult it would be to remove or reduce.

    To my eyeballs I think 1/4" would provide enough...
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    Re: Excessive propolis????

    Heh. I think you're the only one who actually read my entire post! Here's my bottom board:

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3552590/ScrewsInBeeBoard.jpg
  17. Re: How fast do your bees drink 1:1 syrup?

    True; my mentor beek built my hive stand, and he built it with a slight forward tilt so that any internal moisture would run out the front instead of getting stuck inside. The back of the hive is...
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    Re: Best Topical for Bee Sting

    Ah, thanks for the link! When I read "plantain" I think "banana," and that just wasn't making sense to me.
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    Re: Whiten up the comb--how to?

    I would be interested in seeing a comparison between a whitened frame and an unwhitened frame. The same frame in two pictures, days apart, can be misleading unless you have very carefully controlled...
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    Re: Best Topical for Bee Sting

    I would say swelling in the throat (or any difficulty breathing) warrants an immediate Epi-pen injection. I bought a 2-pack ($260 and no insurance coverage!!!!!) last year because I thought it was...
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    Re: Heard Queen Piping for first time

    The first time I heard it I had no idea what was going on. Later that day I googled "high pitched buzzing" and realized what I'd been hearing.

    I wish I'd known at the time so I could have looked...
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    Excessive propolis???? [Not really!]

    I put a medium super on my hive 2 weeks ago, and it took more prying than usual to get it off this morning for inspection.

    The next medium below it was also stuck on pretty well, and required me...
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    Re: Funniest bee question ever asked

    Crows can do this. Seriously!
  24. How fast do your bees drink 1:1 syrup?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSp286CKY1k&feature=youtu.be

    I've been feeding 1:1 sugar syrup from a quart mason jar with a bunch of small holes nailed through the lid.

    I used a hole saw to...
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    Re: How do you spot eggs?

    If you bring the magnifying glass close to your face, do you get stung on the tip of your nose and the tip of your chin when they touch the veil?
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