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  1. Thread: Bear Problems

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    Re: Bear Problems

    I don't doubt it, but then so would one of those bear steel traps that would crush a five gallon bucket like a drink can if they wandered into that.

    Was just an idea which wouldn't be even...
  2. Thread: screening ??

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    Re: screening ??

    I'm using a 3/4 piece of 1/4 copper tubing flared and soldered in the center of a jar lid. stuck through a 5/16 hole in the center of my migratory covers.

    I'm so satisfied with the simplicity of...
  3. Thread: Bear Problems

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    Re: Bear Problems

    my idea for a bear fence would be a line of 220v say three/four strands bottom being ground then 120v then ground then 120v then ground. spaced enough so the bear can think it's simple to slide...
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    Re: Best Advice for a New Beekeeper

    Depends on your motives. Nobody is going to teach you how to put them out of business or even be minimal competition for that matter.

    I picked up on that little tidbit right off the bat. That's...
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    Re: Best Advice for a New Beekeeper

    My advice for a desiring beekeeper is to do a cutout before ever owning a hive. Have an empty box and attempt to put the bees in it. With no help from anyone. Preferably alone the whole time.

    When...
  6. Thread: GLOCKS apiary

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    Re: GLOCKS apiary

    Perteh colors too. nice setup. all ya need now is a couple armed guards 24/7 and you'll be set. :)

    I picture a couple of england's pom pom heads with the red coats standing guard. :)

    Maybe you...
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    Re: pics of suspicious activity.

    Could be white clover pollen. Seems almost too dark for that though. Clover pollen is a dark chocolate color.
  8. Re: Fifty years in house - treatment-free (This isn't supposed to be possible)

    It's doubtful they are exactly descendant from the queen that was in there 50 years ago. That may be the point that some people take but I don't. The issue is the cavity has maintained bees...
  9. Re: Fifty years in house - treatment-free (This isn't supposed to be possible)

    Bees and mites have been around since creation. So has the beetle. Nothin new under the sun.

    I know of a black walnut tree that has had them in it for atleast 30. I know where 5 fully functional...
  10. Re: Is it too early in the season for the girls to be kicking the drones out?

    Mine have been showing anti drone behavior since nearly the first of July. While in a hive i've seen them tackle drones and attempt to sting them. Chase them out etc. One box had a pile of dead ones...
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    Re: poop in honey...maybe??

    mmm beetle turds and bee puke. quite the combo. you might should price it higher. :)

    Seriously whatever it is the filter will catch it and/or it will settle out. Find somethin better to worreh...
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    Re: Fall Goldenrod flow is in full swing

    I got a sneaky feeling we in for an early starting winter. Yea just a few minutes ago I was in a hive and got that distinct butterscotch smell. It was almost October last year before I noticed that...
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    Re: Getting comb drawn in August

    I know if I put an incompletely drawn frame in a larger hive. They are slower to complete it than in a single level hive. So I use singles to draw comb and stack them up to build a larger colony.
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    Re: suggestions on a planting around my bee yard!

    Turnip salad. It blooms just behind the red maples. Bees love it. They get loads of pollen off it.

    The best summer plant I've had my hands on yet is anise hyssop. It will probably need propagating...
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    Re: Honey Extraction Disasters!

    Fun stuff. Well I do know that I don't have that many bees in the yard, but under the shed back here I have a 'robbing station' kinda set up for them to clean combs for me. They can clean several...
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    Re: Bumblebees hanging out under my hives

    Be sure they are bumble bees and not robber flies. There is a lookalike for a bumble bee and also a lookalike for a dragonfly type thing. They eat bees. Every now and then you will see what appears...
  17. Thread: Bottom Supering

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    Re: Bottom Supering

    unless you want them to fill them with pollen. the bottom super if you use all mediums like i do for instance will be used for pollen stores. to put them over their heads will make them have to go...
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    Re: drawing out drone cells in nuc

    They like about a third drones anyway. If they are forced via foundation to make all workers. They are gonna draw drones in any free space they get their hands on.

    They keep an even balance of...
  19. Re: How do some guys go without any kind of protective gear what so ever?

    Well fat/beeman shouldn't be too far below wherever you are in SC either. Yet if you insist. If you come down 29 south through lynchburg/danville. when you go through danville you are only about 15...
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    Re: Uncapped worker pupae

    Yea that was the point. It may be that the bees can take a varroa mite out of the cell. Off the pupae while it is still alive and not affect it's development.

    Yet the wax moth tracks sound likely...
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    Re: Uncapped worker pupae

    A pupae doesn't have to be capped to mature either. :)

    There's a fantastic video on youtube showing artificial feeding of larvae in an uncapped cell to maturity.

    see if i can find it...
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  22. Re: How do some guys go without any kind of protective gear what so ever?

    It's easy to understand. They are made just like all livestock was. To be domesticated in order to be managed by man to work for him.

    If somebody refuses to manage something. He loses it. Genetic...
  23. Re: How do some guys go without any kind of protective gear what so ever?

    I have no clue. I got a half a glass baby bottle full of last years. Several of this years in it. I'm trying to put up with the ones I'd rather see dead until fall cause they are making workers for...
  24. Re: How do some guys go without any kind of protective gear what so ever?

    Based on what I've seen and experienced. It's 100% genetic/pheromone influenced trait. I keep mine in the front yard. I can't allow anything other than gentle.

    Size of the hive only makes a...
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    Re: Need help classifying this queen honey bee

    If they can be worked with no protection and little to no smoke. I'd graft like crazeh from her.

    As far as the marking. You're always gonna screwup some stuff it's life hehe. Next time take the...
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