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    Re: Ordering from Betterbee

    Perhaps you misunderstand the meaning of a confirmation number. It means that they have received all pertinent information from me, and have agreed to provide something in return.

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    A rental...
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    Re: Ordering from Betterbee

    In a truly bizarre twist to this customer service nightmare, I had someone walk into my shop today and tell me that he had called Betterbee on Wednesday and they told him they could get him a package...
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    Re: Ordering from Betterbee

    They did nothing to make me happy. They offered me bees on pickup dates weeks or more into the future.

    They did remind me that the cancellation of my order was my fault in several different ways ....
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    Re: Ordering from Betterbee

    Well, Betterbee has called me twice today, offering packages on the 21st or later. For me, starting a package late in May means lots of feeding, and a fight to build up for winter.

    I am simply not...
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    Ordering from Betterbee

    On January 3, as I do every year, I ordered several packages of bees from Betterbee. I always order early, it's important to get on that first bee delivery in the spring.

    Placing the order...
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    Re: Ohio- need advice

    I would go with the earlier date.

    Three out of the last four years, package deliveries from the south east were delayed by weeks, usually two or three.

    So that March 30th date is actually going...
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    Re: How much honey from one frame?

    What size frame ?
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    Re: smoke makes my bees mad!

    You are not waiting long enough after smoking. Smoke entrance, wait two minutes, pop lid and smoke under it, wait two minutes, go in.

    If you are new to beekeeping, you might be better off smoking...
  9. Re: How much capped honey should i harvest from my OTBH??

    Take a bar. Crush, strain, enjoy.

    Keep an eye on their progress, where I am, my bees needed 10-12 bars to get through the winter. Your mileage may vary.

    Let them ensure their survival first,...
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    Re: Painting Bee Hives

    I don't paint anything anymore. I doubt the increased life span is worth the cost of the paint, and I know it isn't worth my time.
  11. Thread: Betterbee

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    Re: Betterbee

    I've got to say that over the years I have placed many orders with betterbee and I always get good fast service. I live less than two hours away, so my orders arrive quickly and seem to always ship...
  12. Re: Newbie needs help - packages arrived 6 days late

    I would combine the live bees from both packages, but only put in one queen. With two small populations, the newspaper combine Is probably unnecessary.

    Spray both packages well with sugar water,...
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    Re: Bees aren't drawing comb or taking syrup.

    Just wait a few more days and you will start seeing lots of orientation flights.

    We'll be awaiting that post.
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    Re: Bees aren't drawing comb or taking syrup.

    Correct me if I am wrong, but this is from a package you hived about a month ago. The population of a hive started from a package declines for the first three and a half weeks, it takes that long for...
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    Re: Ziegler's Experience

    I think some of your cross combing issues are being caused by your guides, or the lack thereof. That little bead of beeswax is too easy for them to ignore. Try a strip of foundation, a Popsicle...
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    Re: Brand new to this...book recommendations?

    Re: Brand new to this...book recommendations?
    I like this guy's you tube videos: Name: dragonhlm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUBxAxFTrXU

    I'd be a little cautious about following this guy's...
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    Re: How late can I make a new hive?

    Omie, I live a little bit south of you (Red Hook, NY). We are in the middle of a good flow, Dutch clover, bird's foot trefoil, Catalpa and more are all blooming, and this weekend's rain should help...
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    Re: Brand new to this...book recommendations?

    Some of the best tbh reading out there is on Mike Bush's website : http://bushfarms.com/bees.htm


    Read read read. One of the finest sources of tbh info.
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    Re: Supersedure Cells Galore

    "This hive has been really strong but seems to have slowed down". they may have already swarmed. Stop stop stop removing queen cells.

    It is easy to make them hopelessly queenless by removing their...
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    Re: entry holes ?

    None. Save yourself the trouble, just move the first bar back 1/2 inch. Works fine on my tbhs.
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    Re: supering a TBH vs pulling bars

    I have 2 tbh's and a lang. I have never supered my tbhs, I just pull a few bars at a time. It has been especially nice to have someone ask for a jar of honey, have them come over and pull a bar with...
  22. Thread: New Smoker

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    Re: New Smoker

    If it has a five year warrantee, why are they already selling replacement parts ?

    My guess is that the warrantee doesn't cover the burner, battery or charger.
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    Re: Looking for a hive stand idea..

    How about putting vinyl siding on the cinder blocks ?
  24. Re: Possible laying worker -- what to do now?

    How's your queen's pattern looking ? Is there capped worker brood ? Capped drone brood ? How much ? Where ?

    Laying workers only lay drones. The pattern will be spotty. There will be no worker...
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    Re: How's the hiving looking?

    I think you might be in trouble there. I see only shotgun scattered drone brood
    and lots of capped honey on those end frames. Is there worker brood that I can't see in the movie ?
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