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    The Honey Launderers

    Very interesting article about a massive honey laundering operation:

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/the-honey-launderers--uncovering-the-largest-food-fraud-in-u-s--history-171454285.html

    I knew...
  2. Thread: Moving a swarm

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    Re: Moving a swarm

    If they choose the bait hive as their new home, you should be able to move it to the new location without too much trouble. I usually move my swarm boxes to their new spot after dark when they...
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    Honeycombs' Surprising Secret Revealed

    Interesting Yahoo News article. They still need to explain how the paper wasps build their nest cells in a hexagonal shape :)
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    Killer Bees Attack Texas Man

    I was saddened to read this article and learn about the death of a good neighbor in Moody, TX. While I do not live in an area with africanized bees, this does raise some interesting questions. ...
  5. Re: No queen in the box, no eggs, no brood, next day queen on ground with bees. what

    I had the same thing happen to one of my hives this weekend. I found the marked queen outside of the hive with a small cluster bees. That hive is not doing very well as the queen has not been laying...
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    Re: Father-in-Law at the ER

    Thank you for sharing your experience, Mark. You are correct, my stings were quite infrequent, 4-5 incidents every year. The first one, usually in the spring causes no reaction but by the end of the...
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    Re: Father-in-Law at the ER

    I hope your father-in-law is doing better. Please give us an update when you have a moment. A week ago I had a close call myself. I came home from work and went to check on the hives. I was just...
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    Re: Phacelia Tanacetifolia

    I am sorry to report that my Phacelia experiment was a total failure... :(

    Several factor came into play.
    1) I missed the planting window by a couple of days and then had to wait more than a...
  9. Thread: Need help

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    Re: Need help

    You may want to watch out for some robbing as well. The strong hive will most likely be attracted by the lemon grass oil from the HBH. All my hives are going wild when they smell the LGO...

    lcl
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    Re: Laying worker hive idea for new queen

    Hi Dan,

    There are several posts on this topic but here is one with details from my recent experience with a LW hive.
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    Re: Queen given to laying workers

    I thought I'd post an update to my LW hive experiment. After a failed attempt of introducing a new queen to the LW hive, I followed Michael's advice and used the open brood frame swap method. I put 3...
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    Re: Queen given to laying workers

    [QUOTE=Michael Bush;799242]>Does it make a difference if the laying workers just started laying or if they have been at it for a long time?

    Once they are laying I haven't seen any difference in...
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    Re: Queen given to laying workers

    [QUOTE=Michael Bush;798836]Most of us who have been keeping bees a long time have tried almost everything to deal with laying workers one time or another. When we say it probably won't work it's not...
  14. Re: Harvard university: Convincing evidence that neonicotinoids cause ccd

    Interesting article. Thank you for sharing.

    The questions for the beeks on this forum that have experienced CCD are:
    1) Did you feed your bees HFCS?
    2) Did your bees forage in areas where the...
  15. Thread: Can Mites Spread?

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    Re: Can Mites Spread?

    Yes, they will most likely be transmitted to your hives.

    lcl
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    Re: New Website with Photos

    Beautiful photos, Arvin. The details on some of the pictures are stunning. Thank you for sharing!

    lcl
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    Re: Phacelia Tanacetifolia

    Thank you for your posts. I ordered the seeds today and will give you an update in a few months to let you know how things went...
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    Phacelia Tanacetifolia

    I would like to know if anyone on this forum has planted an acre or more of Phacelia Tanacetifolia as a bee crop. I am interested in planting about 2 acres for my hives. I would appreciate it if you...
  19. Thread: New beek question

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    Re: New beek question

    I got a medium size swarm mid June and I fed it for a month or so until it had enough drawn comb in both deeps. I added a super and was able to harvest about 35 lbs of honey at the beginning of...
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    More bad PR for the Bees

    This was just published on Yahoo news:
    http://news.yahoo.com/angry-bees-sting-4-men-california-storage-yard-081048941.html

    Just yesterday there was another article on the 1000 lbs hog being...
  21. Thread: Will it work?

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    Re: Will it work?

    The answer is yes. Most likely the hive is queenless and the surving bees will die off. I am just curious - what were you trying to do with the bees once you got them in the hive? It does not seem...
  22. Re: WARNING: Honey extractor - Betterbee vs. Brushy Mountain

    Sorry to hear about your woes but there is a difference between a defective product and a shoddy one. If the product is defective, Betterbee should replace it free of charge. If it is a shoddy...
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    Re: The Africanized Blues (Whining alert!)

    WOW! That is quite a story! The question I have for you is how do the hives get "Africanized?" Do they take over and kill your old queen or does the queen mate with the wrong drones?
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    Re: Birdwatchers?

    We do not have Grackles in Northern California but this morning I noticed a pair of Scrub Jays patrolling the hives area. Because it was too early in the morning, the bees were not out yet so they...
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    Re: stilll not drawing out shallow frames

    Not sure if this would work in your case but when I add my supers I spray the foundation with syrup and then fed them some syrup for a couple days. The top feeder draws them to the new super and also...
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