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  1. Re: how much to ask for placing 1-2 hives in a garden?

    "You will reap what you sow."
  2. Thread: How long?

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    Re: How long?

    thanks and apologies-- I missed seeing that it was a nuc in message 4 and jumped to a false conclusion that it was a package with caged queen.
    they ought to be bringing in pollen. It is good that...
  3. Thread: How long?

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    Re: How long?

    I like 3 days to check on queen release and removing the cage, then 10 days to inspect again for eggs/larva and often some capped brood.
    Since it has been more than 3 days, I'd go ahead and check...
  4. Thread: What to plant?

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    Re: What to plant?

    I really like Michael Bush's list (thank you). I bought (and recommend) a pollinator-mix such as from Johnny's Seeds for pollinators and for beauty. I have noticed a lot of pollinators on the...
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    Re: How to put the queen in the hive.

    this may be too late... you said it will be dark, so I am wondering if you mean you are going to do this at night... bees don't like being bothered at dark. if you must, wear some protection and...
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    Re: well, this is a bit heart rending

    if by direct release you mean letting the queen out as soon as you got the packages, you'll be really needing to see whether you have a laying queen or a dead one. The "roar" could be a queenless...
  7. Thread: Freeman SHB trap

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    Re: Freeman SHB trap

    (although I have still not learned to do links) you can google and find plans for freeman beetle traps, and also a greenbee bottom trap.
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    Re: First association meeting

    Another way to understand people is that some folks are active, independent learners, eager to consider and try new practices. Other folks like to keep doing things the same way. Other folks like...
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    Re: Hive Beetles/Oil Traps/Beetle Larva

    I'd inspect to see what frames the larva are coming from and freeze them. Are the strong hives able to keep all the frames covered?
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    Re: Very high number of Bumbles Bees this year

    I agree (but we are close neighbors). Will be interesting to hear if this is widespread and explanation.
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    Re: Suggestions on Fighting Hive Beetles?

    I second bottom traps like Freeman. You can google and find several articles by Jerry Freeman, and plans if you want to make your own. If you want to buy them they are sold by Heartwood. There are...
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    Re: Short Course or Not?

    You may be pleasantly surprised. I advised first year beekeepers to be prepared to treat for mites in August. But I had a speaker who has moved toward foundationless and uses no "chemicals" in the...
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    Re: Fluvalinate in wax

    although testing wax for contaminants is expensive (heard that from a PSU bee expert), maybe someone could design a "single-purpose" test that isn't so expensive. Kind of like the self-tests for...
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    Re: How to find an unmarked Queen?

    A point of encouragement -- relax -- if you practice well you will get better.
    A point I read probably on Beesource somewhere that helps -- when you take a frame out scan from the bottom up in...
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    Re: Mites, MAQS and a nuc

    It may be all right but please check the directions -- a hive needs to be strong enough to deal with the formic acid vapors--I think I am remembering a discussion that a nuc would not be a good...
  16. Thread: Painting boxes

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    Re: Painting boxes

    Don't paint the inside of brood boxes/suppers. don't paint the screen. I paint all the wood on the bottom board that I can get a brush to, although many folks just paint the exposed parts. I've...
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    Re: Veil only...no suit. Thoughts?

    one other word of advice (which I hope was mentioned during your class) -- during the flow in spring with small growing hives is different than a hot August day with no flow and a large hive, and...
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    Re: Veil only...no suit. Thoughts?

    I agree with Saltybee. Have a jacket (or suit) and gloves available for the time you need them or don't know the bees mood.
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    Re: Small Cell Claims Debunked

    To repeat some points and amplify them (although sitting this one out might have been smarter):
    (1) good studies describe what they do in enough detail that other scientists can repeat the study the...
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    Re: Pet or workhorse?

    I think a dose of reverence for life is in order.
    Stewardship is our proper human role.
    That does not however imply coddling or denying natural realities.
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    Re: Diatomaceous Earth in SHB trap

    what I have read is that if the DE "crusts" you'll need to "de-crust" it back into a powder. On the internet so must be right. I think oil or soapy water probably better.
    I would think that RV...
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    Re: First sting of the new year...

    good to know you didn't get allergic over the winter!
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    Re: Got them installed

    youtube and search Michael palmer -- he demonstrates how to see if a colony is queenright.
    You would put your new queen (in cage) on top of the frames and observe the worker bees' behavior.
    Because...
  24. Thread: deeps vs mediums

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    Re: deeps vs mediums

    I have no regrets about using 8 frame medium equipment. When the day comes that I can only lift this amount, I am prepared. A little extra equipment expense is less expensive than back troubles. I...
  25. Thread: Epi-pen?

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    Re: Epi-pen?

    I got my prescription on paper and am "shopping" for expiration date as well as price (and of course insurance and the coupon will help). So far I have Sept 2015 so will be for 2 seasons.
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