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    Re: Big Island Queens

    I'm sure it's too late, and you've already gotten your queens....
    I ordered from them last year. The queen was actually shipped from California. I paid for overnight shipping, which cost more than...
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    Bees congregating by hot tub

    Recently I have had about a dozen bees hanging out by the fold in my hot tub cover, trying to squeeze in. Do I just have cool bees? How can I discourage this behavior?
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    Re: Foundationless Frames

    I bought mine from Beethinking, and am generally satisfied
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    First Inspection: Queen or no Queen?

    60 degrees yesterday and plenty of activity. I finally opened the hive. Top box was reasonably full, though I didn't see any brood. Bottom box was reasonably empty. I cleaned up all the sugar and...
  5. Re: HELP. Installed package, I have a dead queen. What to do.

    I would also try Hudson Valley Bees. when I had a similar problem, and I exhausted all my local options, I called Olivarez in Calif. and they overnighted me a queen. The queen was $25, shipping was...
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    Fine mess I've made!

    About a month ago, I had a brilliant idea; Why feed sugar to my hive when I can just take a comb full of honey from my dead Warre hive and place it on top of the frames? Doesn't Michael Bush prefer...
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    Re: Where's the pollen coming from?

    Ha! I noticed the same thing in Mahopac (though I wouldn't go as far as saying they were all covered).Perhaps some early maples? Maybe desperate enough for crocus?
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    bumble bees crowding out honey bees?

    Last year, my honeybees seemed to stay away from my blueberry bushes, I think they were crowded out by Bumble bees. Is there anything I can do to prevent this?
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    Hudson Valley Bees

    I picked up a package from Hudson Valley Bees in Kingston NY on Fri. They drive down to Ga, and truck the bees back themselves. The bees were fresh, the service impeccable. Thought it might be useful...
  10. Re: Anyone use or know where I can get the wooden square frames used for comb Honey?

    Check this out:
    https://squareup.com/market/eco-hive-solutions-co/frame-shallow-cedar-bee-box-hive-body
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    Re: Wolf Creek Apiary

    I bought a package from them last year. Everything went smoothly, despite my nervousness. When I did catch John on the phone, he was a wealth of information, giving me useful tips and was extremely...
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    Re: White Oak Apiary

    I live 20 mins from him and I would only buy honey from him. He has told me 'I am a commercial beekeeper, not a retail one. I can't be bothered with questions'.
    Let the buyer beware
  13. Thread: Warre Dead out

    by mahobee
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    Warre Dead out

    My 1st year Warre appears to have not made it. I now realize another drawback of the Warre system; cleaning out dead outs. If I try again this spring with a package (and why wouldn't I, I have so...
  14. Thread: Dumb question?

    by mahobee
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    Re: Dumb question?

    No, I mean windows like what are offered on Warre and Top bar hives. I also find that it gets guests to feel more comfortable with bees. My bees are at my lake house, so I get very popular in the...
  15. Thread: Dumb question?

    by mahobee
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    Dumb question?

    Why aren't observation windows more common in Langstroth hives? I understand why commercial beekeepers don't need/want them, but for hobbyists/backyard beekeepers, it is a great tool for...
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    Anyone tried Eco Bee box?

    Looks good, and I like the small trays and observation windows. Just not sure if I'd be their first customer?
  17. Thread: Stagnant Hives

    by mahobee
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    Stagnant Hives

    I am in my 3rd yr of beekeeping. I added a warre hive to my existing Lang at the beginning of June.
    Every year it's the same story. My bees are going like gangbusters in June and July, then they...
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    Re: Opinions Welcomed! Best choice for TBH?

    Thanks for validating my desire to buy! Someday I hope to have the time to build and experiment, it's just not now!
  19. Re: strong opinions Beethinking vs the Warre Store?

    Thanks. I went with the Warre store just on gut. thought he might be more helpful during the process post purchase.
    It looks like you treated the hives. Did you use tung oil? Did you get his top...
  20. strong opinions Beethinking vs the Warre Store?

    for buying a cedar Warre hive?
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    Opinions Welcomed! Best choice for TBH?

    I am adding a second hive, and wouldn't mind something different. I'd like to buy the nicest, easiest, closest to foolproof TBH with excellent accessories (easy feeders, easy wintering). Better to...
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    Re: White Oak Apairies NUCS Brewster NY--no Quality control (unless you inspect each

    I also had a bad experience with Mike. Rather than bore you with all the gory details, suffice to say he is not set up in a professional manner, has no record keeping, sells shoddy equipment as new,...
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