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  1. Re: Doh - my honey and brood boxes are all mixed up

    This is why I like to use slated racks between screened bottom board and first brood box. With the slatted racks the queen will lay right to the very bottom of the frames in the bottom box, both...
  2. Thread: Swarm lures?

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    Swarm lures?

    I have a couple of hives I think are getting ready to swarm (based on numerous queen cells in both). They are in my backyard. What are my chances of getting them to land on a low branch of some of...
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    Re: Is theft a large problem?

    In two of the 3 urban backyards I have kept bees, the hives were in plain sight from the street, including where I live now. That covers about 8 years and I have never had anything stolen. Had a...
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    Re: Question on M. Bush's method

    I am a follower of most of M. Bush's recommendations. I used 10-frame deeps and shallows in the 1980s but when I started over in 2010 I switched to all 8 frame mediums and am delighted I did so,...
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    Re: What is local raw honey?

    I have always functioned under the impression that it was best to eat honey that was produced within a 50 mile radius of where you live, but I have no idea where I got that idea years ago.

    That...
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    Re: Oklahoma - recommended stores for winter?

    I do all 8 frame mediums in OKC. I leave on 2 lower boxes for the cluster (with some honey and pollen) and a third box full of their own honey and collected pollen for winter feed. (I don't feed...
  7. Thread: Cracked corn??

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    Re: Cracked corn??

    I've heard of bees going for cracked corn in the winter for the protein and while they may consume it, I was told it was hard on their digestive track and should be avoided, if possible. A more...
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    Re: How long should i leave my supers on?

    I just put an empty drawn out supper on top of one of my strongest hives as they seemed to be really bearding and I thought it would just give them some more ventilation. I will be curious to see if...
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    Re: bee sting she really got me good this time...

    Yes, I had one like that. Couldn't even get my watch off. Just happened to have a doc's appointment the next day and he gave me a steroid shot for the swelling. That was 3 years ago. Now I go...
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    Re: Never thought of this before

    Yes, you need to maintain the orientation of the queen cell when moving the frame to a new split or patching it into another frame. I have done it both ways.
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    Re: 9 frames in the brood Box

    Back in the 1980s when I used 10 frame deep brood boxes I used to let them draw out 10 frames then cut back to 9. I thought it helped with ventilation and I didn't roll the bees as much when taking...
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    Re: Do supersedure cells need to be kept warm?

    You just learned a very valuable lesson in beekeeping. When in doubt, do nothing. The girls will figure it out on their own. They have been at this a lot longer than we have!

    Linda D.
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    Re: Sugar free honey

    I've seen this stuff on the shelf in Wal-Mart. Almost bought some the other day to take to the bee club meeting so everyone can get a laugh.

    I think the word "imitation" also appears on the label...
  14. Re: hive full - should I add super or wait until fall bloom?

    I am kind of in the same condition.

    One hive is 3 mediums full, one 4 mediums full and one 5 mediums fairly full. I am going to give them about another two weeks to finish capping, then will...
  15. Thread: Crepe Myrtle?

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    Re: Crepe Myrtle?

    I have two huge crepe myrtles in my yard and my bees don't go near them. But I overheard a gal at our bee club meeting last night say her bees were all over her crepe myrtles. Must depend on the...
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    Re: Oops. I spilled some Bee Go in my garage . . .

    And that is why I traded my Bee Go in for Fischer's Bee Quick.

    Sooooo much nicer to use.
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    Re: Taking all the honey from hives

    I find it very hard to believe bees overwinter on sugar syrup better than honey. No matter what you add to the syrup, it is not going to contain the same chemicales, acids, pollens, bacteria,...
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    Re: Honey Harvest Question

    As pointed out earlier, some of the honey/pollen stores will be in the bood chamber, especially the end frames and that will increase as brood rearing deminished in the fall.

    The problem with...
  19. Thread: Severe Reaction

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    Re: Severe Reaction

    After keeping bees for years (with a few sings here and there) and then not keeping bees for years, I started back up again 3 years ago. I took a couple of hits from the girls with minimal swelling...
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    Re: Crush and strain with wired foundation?

    Yes, you can do crush and strain with wired foundation. I've done it for years. You could pry off the top wedge bar and just plop the entire drawn out comb in a pan, then crush. I just pick the...
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    Re: Hive just swarmed, should I requeen?

    Queen seldom mate with drones from their own hive, but it is not an impossibility.

    You would probably be shocked at how many other colonies there are within a realistic mating distance from your...
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    Re: Arthritis and Bee Stings

    Back in the 1980s when I first started keeping bees I bought a book entitled, "Old Beekeepers Don't get Arthritis." I am not sure if it is still in print anywhere but it was full of antidotal...
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    Re: Nucs vs packages

    Got to put my two cents in with Toadman and adamant. Becaue of moving a lot, I have had to start beekeeping over 3 different times and used packages all 3. So much more fun. Seeing comb where...
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    Re: Why some beekeepers fail

    So how does one describe "failure" as a beekeeper?

    Losing a hive over winter. Having a hive robbed to death? Having a hive abscond or loss to CCD? Lots of things can cause the loss of a hive. It...
  25. Thread: Winter Solstice

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    Re: Winter Solstice

    So do the bees pay attention to the solstice? Of course if they are clustered up inside they can't tell the days are getting longer, can they? Does the queen use the length of day to determine when...
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