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    Re: First Bee Sting

    Bees are very opinionated about what the beekeeper is wearing! Any time I wear dark clothing around the bees, it's a sting magnet. Early in the season, when the nectars are flowing, I rarely suit...
  2. Re: 2nd year. losing hives. need experienced help

    Can I second what Andrew said, and also urge you to find an experienced beekeeper to come over and inspect those hives with you? There is a lot to beekeeping that just needs experienced "eyes on",...
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    Re: First Bee Sting

    John, we've had bees in our yard for six years and they are about 20' from our picnic table. Never a problem...except for the beekeeper. The guards are testy with anyone disturbing their hive, most...
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    Re: Reverse brood chambers?

    No, you are not wrong! You plan is fine, I just don't like broodnests in mediums as it makes it tricky if you have to move brood around...but as in all things beekeeping there are usually a few ways...
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    Re: Reverse brood chambers?

    I think you will find your queen starts laying up the honey super, because she has nowhere else to put eggs. And once she fills that, you are primed to swarm. She needs more space to move to and lay...
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    Need Queen Rearing Advice

    I could use some advice from queen rearers with a lot more experience than I have!

    For the last two years I have been using the method taught me in Journeyman, which is to take the old queen out...
  7. Searching for an old Bee World Article

    I am writing up a paper for my Master Beekeeper class and as part of my background research would like to get a copy of this very old article from Bee World without paying the outrageous sum asked by...
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    Re: USA vs. New Zealand Carniolans

    I do not know the diversity quotient that is out there in wild bees, although most Canadian bee scientists I have spoken to feel there are few to no feral colonies out there these days...they all die...
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    USA vs. New Zealand Carniolans

    I have a question to put out there!

    I have an apiary in Canada but on the border, close to Pt. Roberts WA. One of my goals for that apiary was to provide the wild mating queens there a good level...
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    Re: What is your bee water recipe??

    Mine do take water from a watering station, but as missybee observed, they like it best when full of rotting leaves and sticks! When there are a lot of other colonies around the apiary (ie. bloom...
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    Re: What is your bee water recipe??

    Yes, I am going to compare 6 concoctions (one of which will be distilled water as a control) in three locations. This first study has to fit within the short time frame of my MB course, but I plan to...
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    What is your bee water recipe??

    I am doing a research project for my Master Beekeeper designation, looking at bee preference across specific water "recipes", with a view to finding an irresistible recipe to offer bees such that:...
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    Re: Slovenian type Bee Houses

    I know that you can buy adaptors for lang frames...this may mean they fit in your conventional extractor??

    You can get the info from:
    http://www.slovenianbeekeeping.com/index-one.html
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    You know, I think all the fixes to the fondant recipe just create heartache. The bees can invert the sugar on their own, they do it all the time. Just make them fudgy blocks out of white sugar and...
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    Re: birdsfoot trefoil for bees?

    Catmint is also my favourite bee plant. I recommend it to everyone and donate it around. Easily started from purchased seed, easy to divide, is not invasive, flowers all season, bees love it.
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    Re: birdsfoot trefoil for bees?

    Dave, can you give us an update on your bee pasture species recommendations?

    Regards,
    Janet
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    Re: what is the best Hive top feeder

    Yes, that is true, they only hold about 1.5 Litres/quarts. Mine are nearby so not a problem, but they are a bit too small for a big apiary. The Ruhl feeder is much larger, over a gallon:...
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    Re: what is the best Hive top feeder

    I have used that Rapid Feeder (Ruhl Bee Supply in Oregon makes something similar) and love them. You can fill the feeder without cracking the inner cover, and you can peek down into the hive easily...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    I hear you Shinbone, and I know I fuss over my bees, which are really pets. But. I have found my overwintering stats have improved since I started leaving these emergency rations. IMHO the colonies...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Hey Kathy, this time of year the bees raise a crop of winter bees, bees who have a slightly different, winter appropriate physiology that makes them long lived and effective little heater units. From...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    KathyK, you still have time to feed the guns out of your top bar if it is light. They should also be raising winter bees, so giving them a pollen patty or few over the next month is also a good...
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    Re: Fall Protein and Brood Stimulation

    Can anyone comment on the practice of putting protein supplement (powdered) into the syrup feed?
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    Re: How do you make a swarm bob??

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?303234-The-Russian-Scion&highlight=russian+scion

    thankyou!
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    How do you make a swarm bob??

    I cannot remember where I read about making a swarm bob...a ball of wax etc. you tie into a convenient spot such that any swarms erupting from the apiary are likely to light on the bob...sending out...
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    Re: package concerns

    What size are the colonies now?

    When you go in and see no eggs, you do think...are they getting ready to swarm? Particularly if the brood nest is being backfilled with nectar. You could be seeing...
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