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  1. Re: Took out a bottom board and saw this... SHB???

    What type of mouse guard are you using and did you check the hive for a mouse inside before applying it? Could also be shrew excrement, a pygmy can get through a very small hole, but there aren't any...
  2. Re: Supplier that makes half - length top bars?

    It's been a couple years, but I think the price Jonathan charged me for deep half frames was about the same as for deep full size frames. I was ordering additional frames along with a number of...
  3. Re: Supplier that makes half - length top bars?

    Beeline will do them, and I think Betterbee will do them.
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    Re: Top Bar Hives still popular?

    Jim, I remember several long email exchanges with you last winter prior to you buying your nucs...hope your season went well with the nucs building up strongly and that you were pleased with them....
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    Re: Are SHB a Problem in Your Area?

    Southern Maryland
    7B. Sand and sandy loam
    SHB is and major nuisance for me. I run 75-100 hives, 60 4x4's, 40 5x5's, & 60 1/2 frame minis. Full hives carry huge loads of beetles and I've lost many...
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    Re: The myth of Retinue

    It is most easily observed in an observation hive as mentioned. I have on occasion witnessed the retinue in open inspection, in recent years. As your inspection techniques and frame handling improves...
  7. Re: Best way to salvage a comb-filled box with no frames?

    Very true and good, but it may not fly if in an area of regular apiary inspections without removeable frames for brood inspection.
  8. Re: Best way to salvage a comb-filled box with no frames?

    You might use a length of thin piano wire to slice through the comb at the junction of the boxes, then remove combs from the top and rubber band them into empty frames. Perhaps the bottom box will...
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    Re: embarrassing queen bee mistake

    I am picking up queens regularly and often will have a worker or two come with it. Just steel yourself to remain calm. As long as I don't pinch the worker somehow, they seldom if ever sting, and can...
  10. Re: Combined hives, now at least 12 queen cells

    Don't know how old those QC's are or what the camera angle may have been, but it is best not to turn queen cells upside down or jar them around from the time they are capped until about 5-6 days...
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    Re: Bees flattening wax foundation?

    It isn't small cell foundation with non-regressed bees is it?
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    Re: What am I seeing??

    Oh the workers may groom her of it. I don't know if they will store it, probably just become BB debris.
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    Re: What am I seeing??

    Probably pollen dots. Sometimes red, bluish, yellow, orange, or white. Bee may be collecting nectar but the body hairs will still pick up pollen from some flowers.
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    Re: Uh oh I have no clue now

    Sounds like you solved your issues. Maybe just leave them alone now to work it out.
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    Re: 7 Frame Med. Hive Bodies

    All my 7 frame boxes are 12" wide X 19-7/8" long.
  16. Re: Nectar source after locust and poplar in NE Maryland

    I'm in southern MD and poplar has about finished. Berries in bloom and sumac will be coming along with milk weed and hairy vetch.
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    Re: locust and poplar bloom

    Phillip the poplar blossoms on the larger older trees are open today down here.
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    Re: Does Size Matter

    Done
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    Re: Does Size Matter

    There you go
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    Re: locust and poplar bloom

    Never fails, get the makings of a magna-flow and end up with a tropical storm come up the East Coast and the wind and heavy rains ruin the poplar flow. Go out to sea Ana!!
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    Re: Does Size Matter

    Done
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    Re: Flow of the decade

    Seeing the same thing and polar, holly, and brambles haven't even hit yet.
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    Re: locust and poplar bloom

    Southern MD little south of Annapolis. Black locust began blooming 5/7 and they are all in full bloom today with the bees working them. Tulip poplar is about a week out. Paulonia and wild cherry is...
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    Re: Stupid Mistakes

    Mine came from Montgomery Wards. $8.00 postpaid. Mail lady brought them out to me and stayed to watch me install them. 1966
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    Re: Is Bearding a Sign of Swarming?

    I have always believed that swarming and bearding are not connected. Bearding is a function of thermo-regulation from there being too many bees inside or poor ventilation in the hive, and swarming is...
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