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    Re: Bees Go Figure!! Swarm??

    Nice picture!
  2. Thread: Jars

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    Re: Jars

    With the cost of plastic vs. glass I am using more glass.

    Ball canning jars are under 9 bucks for a dozen (at retail)
    Plastic is getting up there 50-60 cent each when purchased in bulk

    Mann...
  3. Re: spraying bees with syrup cause robbing? what are your thoughts

    >the next time I worked my bees, I sprayed them with sugar water. They were not amused. I won't do that again.

    lol
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    Re: essential oils ?

    EO's don't work on mites, so what is your purpose?

    They destroy bee probiotics that protect the bee from diseases.

    Wintergreen is poisonous it only takes a few grams to kill someone. It is also...
  5. Re: spraying bees with syrup cause robbing? what are your thoughts

    >I believe it will set off a robbing frenzy and it will also make the hive you are working on get real defensive because of attacking robbers. what do you think?
    This time of the year, yes.

    Also...
  6. Re: How to feed some uncapped extracted honey back into hive

    +1
  7. Re: How concerned about inbreeding are you backyard nuc/queen producers?

    >The hipster religion that bees must be purchased from purveyors of "treatment-free" survivors is bad biology, and is, at heart, just a marketing gimmick.

    http://www.nbb.cornell.edu/seeley.shtml
    ...
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    Re: help identifying this

    >This hive on the other hand is driving me crazy. They are packaged bees from this year. They were doing great, pumping out the brood, storing a little honey and then poof.

    That's why I asked;...
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    Re: help identifying this

    EFB, would be my first guess. From the cases I get positive or negative confirmation from the lab. 2/3 of spotty brood is EFB.

    Where did you get your bees? How many other hives do you have?
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    Re: 0 mite count???

    >How can it be possible

    Mites did not fall off with sugar roll.

    You had a brood break or two reduces your mites.

    Your queens are being bred with ferial survivors.

    Your bees are adapting...
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    Re: Moving a bearding hive questions

    First thing in the morning before light.

    There are few cooler days coming up.

    Misting the bees with water might work better than smoke.
  12. Re: Giving up on my hives. What do I need to do for next season?

    If you do nothing the beetles and moths will move in and foul up your equipment.

    Fix it or shake the bees out and freeze your frames then store them.
  13. Re: Are 3 gallons of sugar water a week too much for one hive?

    >Are 3 gallons of sugar water a week too much for one hive?
    Yes, if they are back filling the brood nest, may cause swarms.
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    Re: Warped plywood

    Like others said flip it over for the same about of time.

    Then cut it to size, paint both sides, put it on a hive, weight it with a brick.
  15. Re: Re-uniting or not re-uniting....that is the question?

    >I could go into the winter with 2 queenright hives giving me a back up in case I lose one over the winter
    Yes. It is always recommended for beek to have 2 hives.

    >Or I re-unite my 2 hives...
  16. Re: What Are You Using for Bait In Wasp Traps

    The recipe MB posted above will also catch horse flies, wasps, wax moths and possible SHB. Once the mixture ferments it starts working.

    Hardware stores have yellow jackets traps that I hear work...
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    Re: another creamed honey question

    Not sure if this helps or not.

    I made a batch with honey that was a bit thin. It did stay firm during the winter but during the summer it thinned out a bit. Still tasted fine.

    I would chill it...
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    Re: Slow build up of stores

    >I've read suggests swarming is natural and trying to stop it is either fruitless or at best 50/50.
    There are a few things that cause swarming, not enough room for the queen to lay, too many...
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    Re: SHB deterent, louvered entrances?

    Nice video 2cents

    While watching your video another one to the right showing a drier sheet.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sI44J0uZ_m4
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    Re: SHB deterent, louvered entrances?

    look up Swiffer pad they do work. Oil under SBB works the best.
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    Re: Slow build up of stores

    >they swarmed just over 45 days ago.
    Which set them back a bit.

    >My concern is, they are really light on stores,
    Yes feed them, your goal now is to get them to size for winter.
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    Re: Holy re-blooming clover batman

    No dearth this year, white clover has not stopped, golden rod just got stated. I've been putting box after box all year, I just made 30 deeps and I am almost out :D
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    Re: Possible swarm trap success

    If you have scouts there's a chance.

    I catch about 20-30 swarm in traps a year. So last year I put a trap right next to my window hoping to see all the action. Two different times I had scouts as...
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    Re: EFB vs. VSH

    http://beeinformed.org/2013/10/parasitic-mite-syndrome-pms/

    You need to test dead larva to be 100% sure (lab or EFB test kit), from the cases I see around here and the one that are confirmed, more...
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    Re: HUGE Hornets!!

    >Dragonflies get a few of mine everyday.

    I see lot of dragonflies chasing bees this time of the year. And pretty much anywhere there are flowers there will be dragonflies near by.

    One year...
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