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    Re: How many boxes do you winter your bees in ?

    In this area we really don't have to worry about the cold but the unending winter rains cause all kinds of moisture problems. Two deeps or three mediums are plenty of stores but I add a sugar block...
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    Re: What Are You Using for Bait In Wasp Traps

    Per recommendations I have seen here, I have been using turkey lunch meat. It works great.
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    Re: Just Another LL Langstroth Post

    The best answer I can come up with expands on dsegrest's response. Yes you want diverse genetic material but you have to avoid mating with your own offspring. The queen flies farther from the hive...
  4. Re: Need help finding article on treating for varroa

    After several years of testing, always with the same results in the same months, I treat on a schedule without testing any more. I do have 2 hives with screened bottom boards (always closed) that I...
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    Re: Bumblebee vs. Honey Bee

    I would leave the bumblebees alone and not worry too much about how much honey you are losing. Your 1 honeybee hive has over 30,000 bees. The typical bumblebee colony has maybe 150. That is not much...
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    Re: Switch to "warm way"

    You will find the answer here http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?264518-warm-way-vs-cold-way
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    Re: 10K or more black flies--help!

    I like FlowerPlanter's idea. Get out the shop vac (or any other portable vacuum) and vacuum them up. It would be real quick and painless. You may get a few bees in the process but that many and more...
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    Re: queen acceptance problem

    Please read the following thread!
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?311486-Sucsessful-Queen-Introduction-tips
  9. Thread: Buildin Stuff

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    Re: Buildin Stuff

    Using power tools will definitely speed up the project but as already pointed out, greatly increases the ability to cut off appendages. I have seen the good folks at Lowes and Home Depot do lots of...
  10. Thread: 2 queens lost!

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    Re: 2 queens lost!

    I have a guess but cannot say I have any experience with this issue. I have seen over and over on this forum of similar problems with screened bottom boards (SBB). The most common problem with the...
  11. Re: can you get a partial sting? glove questions.

    The other day, I was actually stung by the same bee twice. The first sting was through my shirt which was thick enough to not let the stinger go in far enough to get stuck in my skin. The stinger and...
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    Re: Too late to do a split?

    BeeRanger, The best advice I have seen about releasing the queen is located here: http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?311486-Sucsessful-Queen-Introduction-tips.
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    Initial swarm inspection

    For the first time ever, I have had 2 swarms move into empty hives in my apiary. How long should I leave them be before doing an inspection? I am thinking 2 weeks to let them get settled in an let...
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    Re: Why do people have top bar hives?

    I run both Langs and top bars and have stated before that I much prefer top bar hives. But I can see why the folks who prefer Langs don't like top bar hives. The biggest problem as far a comb goes,...
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    Re: Varrox..... Now treatment free.

    Gnor, I use my lawn tractor for mine. It takes a little longer than using a car battery but works perfectly.
  16. Re: OrganicView's Open Letter to American Beekeepers

    I just love the phrase "It doesn't make sense. A first grader wouldn't do it" at the top of the web page. It sounds a lot like "It is so easy, even a caveman could do it". The whole thing reeks of...
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    Re: Absconded- My Bees Left with the Queen

    Rader, How did you know? You must be psychic!
  18. Re: What Kind of Bottom Board with Top Entrance?

    Wally, I currently have both types of bottom boards with top entrances. I always leave the screen close. My only reason for using the screen bottom board is to monitor mite drop on a few hives. The...
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    Re: Sucsessful Queen Introduction tips.

    Harry, thanks again for this post. After reading it on 5/26/15 I split 5 hives with purchased queens. I opened then today for the first time and all 5 are accepted and laying. Fixing a little wonky...
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    Re: Oxalic acid...Fatbeeman or Helyser

    +1. I have vaporized 10 hives now over 2 seasons with the Varrocleaner and find it very easy to use. It paid for itself in one year.
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    Re: Top bar hive feeder?

    I have also poured sugar into empty combs and lightly sprayed with water to solidify the outside. It worked really well for emergency feed. The bees will not take cold liquids in the winter.
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vapor in a TBH.. best method?

    It is called Savogran (the brand name) wood bleach
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vapor in a TBH.. best method?

    I used the vaporization last year with excellent results. In my hives I built an opening exactly the size of a boardman feeder at the bottom of the front of the hive. When not feeding, I put a 4 inch...
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    Re: Sucsessful Queen Introduction tips.

    I wish I had searched for this thread BEFORE asking my requeening question in the beekeeping 101 section earlier today. This thread answered all my questions! Going forward, I believe I should always...
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    Re: question on re-queening and splits

    Is there any reason to not put the caged queen in right away and not wait an hour or two?
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