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    Re: SBB and pollen loss

    AR, I said nothing about other's decisions or approach being wrong, I simply stated why I made the decisions that made regarding how I keep bees.

    I understand about the varoa and considered...
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    Re: Splits -Tips for Finding the Queen

    Tim, the cleavage can be very distracting!!!
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    Re: swarm prep

    Thanks Mike, great advice.
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    Re: Splits -Tips for Finding the Queen

    I usually remove an outside frame (rarely do I find a queen there but I do check it.) and then split the frames in the middle so the box is divided in half. The queen is less likely to cross the gap...
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    Re: SBB and pollen loss

    I am switching to solid bottom boards with upper entrances. Michael Bush' comments were compelling to me that that set up is much more like a natural bee tree which has a small upper entrance and...
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    Re: Pocket Microscope

    Why are you worried about microscopic pollen in your honey?
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    Re: swarm prep

    When do people in Ohio put their swarm traps out? I am east of Cleveland and was planning to put them out in mid April and hope for capturing swarms in May and June.
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    Re: Splitting vs just adding a new box

    Swarming is triggered by overcrowding in the hive, so I add additional boxes a little early and I pull some frames with brood as well as honey and pollen frames up into the new box and place empty...
  9. Re: Do NOT start another "Honey Flow" thread!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Barry, I looked but could not find the limitation that is clearly stated. Will you please restate it for me?

    Thanks
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    Re: which magazine?

    I have subscribed to ABJ and Bee Culture at different times in the past. They are both good. My preference is Bee Culture.
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    Re: My neighbour's bees have it in for me...

    I think that the most significant pieces of advice that you got are:
    - don't wear cologne/after shave/perfume when in your back yard - they will go after fairly aggressively
    - ask your neighbor to...
  12. Re: Ask This Old House now instructs beekeepers?

    It was like watching an episode of the Brady Bunch - very clean, very simple, everything was new and beautiful and of course it is just that easy.
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    Why do bees leave the hive in December?

    I am in Ohio and it is still early enough in the winter that our temperatures can swing from single digits to the low 50' in the course of a week. I am wondering why the bees come out of the hive ...
  14. Re: Cold nights and dead bees every morning

    Crawling on ground can be a symptom of varoa. Crawling in circles... Well my uncle does that when he is drunk and my dog does it when he has to poop,
  15. Re: Phrases I just wouldn't have expected to say till I started beekeeping

    Well I guess it's time for me to do another sugar role.
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    Solid Bottom Board

    I am using solid bottom boards with my hives this here. I generally let the bees keep anything that they have in their hive, I remove very little. I remove almost no propolis and very but comb for...
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    Re: Close up a hive during backyard party?

    I knew that hives could over heat but because I have not experienced it I under estimated how careful I would have to be if I did close my hives. I don't understand how the folks that move their...
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    Re: Customer concern

    It could have been worse BMAC, you could be married to her. Some poor guy probably is.
  19. Re: Warped/bowed inner covers, masonite or plywood?

    I now use a top hive entrances so no inner cover at all. The girls keep going in and out so I guess they like it too.
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    Re: Celebrity Beekeeper

    I guess Michael Bush's new challenge will be to teach us how to resonate. I think the Fat Beeman resonates, maybe you can Post videos about it.
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    Re: Some things I've learned about SHB

    I have restarted my bee yard this year after being out for about three years. I am using solid bottom boards for a couple of reasons, including giving the small hive beetle a much smaller area to...
  22. Re: super slow motion educational bee film 2 mins long please watch

    The video was great, I really enjoyed it. I had to mute it because the music was not so great. I agree with a comment earlier about keeping the words on the screen longer. Thanks for posting it.
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    Re: Queen cups in a new hive.

    When I saw her last weekend I assumed she was well mated because she was smoking a little cigarette and looked absolutely exhausted.
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    Re: Queen cups in a new hive.

    Thanks Vance for the comment. Just to clarify, when I brought the nuc home the queen was still in a queen cell so this is not a case of a mature queen being released. It seemed strange to see...
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    Queen cups in a new hive.

    When I inspected the hive tonight it was getting late so I did not get to do a full inspection. My intent was just to give them some syrup and a pollen Patty, but I couldn't help looking at a few...
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