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    Re: Hive inspection and I found..........

    I have no idea what kind of winter they experience in Alabama, but three mediums going into winter is what I usually had in place when keeping bees in Maine. I've had hives in two mediums come...
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    Re: Beehive Plans on Beesource

    I agree w/ Rader, having built a couple hundred boxes to those plans, as well as screened bottom boards, inner covers and telescoping outer covers. About the only modification I found necessary to...
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    Re: Sugar Cubes

    I was not aware that using that method indicated that I am lazy. At least the bees that survived long winters because of it were too polite to criticize me for it. :)

    Wayne
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    Re: Hive in a cable TV tube

    I don't know about the tube hive concept but if you want to learn more about the fascinating world of honey bees, you might try starting with a traditional Langstroth style hive, purchasing bees from...
  5. Thread: Herbicide

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    Re: Herbicide

    I admit to not having an advanced degree or experience in scientific research so I may not be as qualified as Maudbid appears to be to comment on the state of peer-reviewed scientific research but I...
  6. Re: Queen cell from queenless egg free hive?!

    It was actually Caucasian bees that he said researchers had observed several times performing this feat.

    If the suggestion is to count on this happening in a hopelessly queenless hive, I'd suggest...
  7. Thread: Herbicide

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    Re: Herbicide

    Curious, Andrew. Bostonrob's second link was to a study made available on the National Institute of Health's website. Is that also an agenda-driven source?

    Of course Monsanto's researchers have no...
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    Re: Herbicide

    I have hives in my garden and simply lay down big sheets of cardboard around the hives and throw some spoiled hay on top for aesthetics.

    I do the same in the pumpkin and squash patches and never...
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    Re: Bad beekeeping, worse TV reporting

    "Blood-thirsty" bees?

    Wayne
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    Re: Neighbors destroying colonies

    That's because they can't be bothered to read the Act as adopted in their state to determine what qualifies as a farm or agricultural operation. People hear "Right to Farm" and think growing some...
  11. Re: How many boxes do you winter your bees in ?

    Let us know how that works for you. I kept bees over 8 New England winters and it required more than a "little effort."

    Wayne
  12. Re: Can you safely feed bees when using Apistan?

    OA has been approved by the EPA for use as a treatment for varroa mites.

    Wayne
  13. Re: Question? Found dead white bees outside hive

    Since the OP said white bees and not white larvae or pupae, I assuming white, fully emerged bees.

    In that case, I would look for deformed wing virus when inspecting next. I've read more than once...
  14. Re: how long do scouts look? before swarm comes

    My guess is they're not scouts but foragers cleaning up the syrup that you offered them.

    Not to say that scouts won't come but I've been tricked like this before when the comb I put in bait hives...
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    Re: No Honey (yet)

    It has been a stellar year here in my part of PA. One new package installed in April has filled two mediums with capped honey. (Over a deep and two mediums for brood.)

    That was using already drawn...
  16. Re: Better than we could have possibly hoped for

    I may have misunderstood your testing method. Do you mean you only sampled bees from the shallow honey supers? Your testing subjects should be nurse bees from the brood frames. This is where the...
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    Re: Silverfish in New Foundation

    Freezing does make the wax brittle while it is frozen. My experience is that when it warms up, it returns to its normal state.

    This is based on thousands of sheets of wax foundation sitting in an...
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    Re: treating a colony

    By some, not all. Certainly not by me.





    Yes. That's exactly what I believe.

    Wayne
  19. Re: over winter question about milar film

    In the hills of western Maine, I usually just wrapped tar paper around the hive very loosely, to protect from the wind. That's it.

    I plan to do the same here in PA.

    Wayne
  20. Re: Finding a rural location for 60 hives?

    I saved the time and gas of driving around all the Maine countryside when looking for beeyards there by puting an ad on Craigslist. Then after receiving a lot of replies, I visited the sites that...
  21. "Beekeeper ordered to pay bills for neighbor who was stung"

    Ruling in a small claims court in Hawaii.

    http://thegardenisland.com/news/local/beekeeper-to-pay-sting-bill/article_66717866-845f-5e21-9ac1-d8188c3da246.html

    Apologies if this was posted...
  22. Thread: SBB

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    Re: SBB

    i make my own SBBs from plans offered on Beesource. They feature grooves in the frame below the screen that allows me to insert a piece of luan to close off the bottom for the winter.

    Wayne
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    Re: Bad Reaction to Honey (Dizziness)

    Probably not a problem but I suppose it wouldn't hurt to rule out other causes that could be related to the honey itself, like possible fermentation? Did you check its moisture level?

    Wayne
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    Re: Amazing swarm hive

    Swarms in a flow are comb-building machines and incredible nectar gatherers. Why? Well, I noticed that before I had small children to raise, I could be quite productive. Same with your bees. Their...
  25. Re: How many boxes do you winter your bees in ?

    I think by now you've seen the answer to how many boxes to winter in is "it depends."

    Most focus on the geographical area but I would add that the sub-species of the bee may a factor. When keeping...
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