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  1. Re: Will bees beard heavily around an entrance to prevent robbing?

    Figured out something this year. The humidity seems to be a factor with increased bearding. we have had days in the mid 70's with high humidity and a lot of the girls have been out for a smoke break....
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    Re: How Long Can I store my Supers

    Contractor trash bags work great for storage of full supers. I put the supers in the bag (one per bag) and tape shut. I usually keep them in the basement until ready to extract. Last year I pulled...
  3. Thread: Bees by the Pool

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    Re: Bees by the Pool

    P.H. in the pool is off. If the P.H. is correct the bees will not like the water. This also means the cleanliness of the pool is in question. A heavy load of bathers taxes the chemicals in the pool...
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    Re: Adding bees to weak hive

    I have done it by adding a frame of brood with nurse bees (make sure the queen is not on the frame) the nurse bees are not seen as a threat and just go about their business.
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    Re: can I visit your beekeeping?

    Google beekeeping at the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris. Its well worth the visit. Happy travels !
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    Re: How to repel or eradicate nuisance Honeybees?

    bees like salt and various other minerals and they love water. You have set up the ideal bee watering system. as the neighbors had their bees before you got the pool i would suggest switching to a...
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    Re: new member from Ohio

    Welcome to the forum. I am a hobby beek with two hives. I learn something from the posts every day. (even if its what not to do)
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    Re: Packages Aren't Arriving Until Early June!

    I agree with Tenbears. The might check at the end of summer or early fall is a very good idea. I lost to haves this winter and suspect it was my fault for not checking and being proactive about the...
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    Re: Question about cut-down split

    If you have access to another hive that is doing well you might transplant a frame with eggs or young larva as well as capped brood. Do that for the next two weeks. That will give the queen a chance...
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    Re: NC Newb Gets Going...

    Welcome to beekeeping! Just a bit of past experience. I fed a couple of new packages and couldn't believe how much syrup they were taking. I figured they would take as much as they would need and...
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    Re: Treatment free question

    Agree with Rader sidetrack. That is an hold hive that has been found by swarms over the years.
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    Re: Two Hives dead but still a lot of Honey

    You could extract some of it. this would give you empty frames of drawn comb along with frames of honey. Then fill your hive with a mix of the empty and filled comb. With these two things any new...
  13. Re: Can I use a division feeder in an empty deep on top of a full deep?

    sounds like a good plan. you might dribble a little syrup on the inner cover and dawn the side of the feeder to get the girls interested. just keep an eye out for burr comb in that upper deep. ...
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    Re: Swarm season in Cleveland, OH area

    I am in Cleveland heights and I concur with Bluesky, it seems like mid May through June
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    Re: Feeding back honey

    How are you feeding it back to the bees?
  16. Re: starting 3lb packages with frames of capped syrup/honey

    Thanks Peter. Any need to scrape the cappings to get the bees interested?
  17. starting 3lb packages with frames of capped syrup/honey

    I will be starting 3lb packages in the next few weeks. I had a problem with backfilling while I was feeding the bees last year and as a result i have several deep frames with a capped mixture of...
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    Re: Don't think split is working.

    the idea is to do the split during the day when the foragers are out doing there thing (warm temps, pollen and nectar are around). this way it is mostly the nurse bees left in the hive. if you need...
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    Re: Don't think split is working.

    the nurse bees will stay with the brood. any of the foragers that you moved in the split may return to the original hive. from what i have seen posted here part of the trick is to get a lot of...
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    Re: Western Bee Supply - outrageous shipping costs!

    try amazon. an amazon prime membership is still only $80 and they carry mann lake products. thats a years worth of two day delivery plus all the other perks
  21. Re: Is it possible to temporarily house a swarm in 2 supers?

    you could move the medium frames into a deep body and let the bees draw comb from the bottoms of the frames. Its a little fragile but I did it in a pinch a couple of years ago. the following spring...
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    Re: Hello from Central Missouri please read.

    i have to say i think that a good hive does get use to people being around. my lawn mower is not a problem for the bees any more. we have people over and play croquet within a few feet of my hives...
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    Re: Bees clumping on outside of hive in rain storm

    they are on a smoke break..... but really just cooling off
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    Re: Best bee food supplement

    i have been using honey bee healthy. gets the girls interested.they are taking a quart a day.
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    Re: First honey harvest

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    just a note. if you have had no rain in the past couple of weeks that can put the girls in a bad mood
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