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    Re: Hive Beetle Prevention/Traps

    I agree with bentonkb. The best control is to keep your bee-space loaded with bees. A few years ago I lost a box (Lanstroth) to hive beetles. In reaction I bought a bunch of the beetle blasters,...
  2. Re: Biennial sweet clover - Stand of sweet clover seems to self seed

    Thanks, clyde.

    Phil
  3. Re: Biennial sweet clover - Stand of sweet clover seems to self seed

    Thanks for the replies clyde & SS. *** - When is the best time to plant collected seeds?

    Phil
  4. Biennial sweet clover - Stand of sweet clover seems to self seed

    I have been reading about sweet clover on the web. My understanding is that it is a biennial, which to me means that the second year it blossoms, then goes away. About 3 blocks from my hives there...
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    harvesting sweet clover seed

    Nearby my hives there is a stand of white sweet clover. The honeybees are all over it, so I am wondering if anyone has had experience in harvesting the seed.
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    Re: Birds and bees.

    WRENS aka bee-eaters
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    Re: New queen hive now hot!

    I would imagine someone had done an experiment to test this:
    a. Remove the queen from a docile hive.
    b. After a few hours introduce a queen from a "hot" hive.
    c. Observe hive after a few days...
  8. Re: Help! Lost my hive last winter...now I have bees again!!?!?

    If there is strong in-and-out traffic and there is a lot of pollen going in it is not robbers... it is likely a queenright hive. The only way to tell for sure is to do an inspection and look for...
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    Re: Neighbors destroying colonies

    I agree with making this a civil (not criminal) action. A criminal case will get you nowhere.
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    Re: No locust bloom in mid-MD this year?

    Thanks for the 2015 blooming data. I have been wondering if I was just being impatient this year.
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    Re: No locust bloom in mid-MD this year?

    This year it is darn near impossible to spot a bloom. In a normal year the tree turns white with blooms. Normally the blooms are in sync with or in advance of the leafing out. The other...
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    No locust bloom in mid-MD this year?

    I have my bees north of Baltimore, and have been anticipating the black locust bloom for the past 3 weeks. The trees are now essentially fully leafed out, but the ones that DO have blooms have a...
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    Re: I hate ALL my feeders

    I gave up on the some store-bought feeders and some I have built after drowning thousands of bees, and last year bought a couple dozen 1 Qt Ball canning jars. I have put as many as 4 of the jars of...
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    Re: Please help ID problem

    Mold is not a cause for alarm. It is pretty common in a deadout.
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    Re: First Inspection Queen Cells

    If you have the equipment and several other strong colonies I would consider splitting this colony, taking the queen away from this frame, and steal some frames with open brood and nurse bees from...
  16. Re: my visit with and old timer - what a trip

    Great post!
  17. Re: Adding bees from one hive to a weaker one

    Depends on what you want to accomplish. If you have a queen that you want to "encourage" to lay more you can pull a frame or 2 with open brood and nurse bees from a strong hive and put these into...
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    Re: Laying Queen or Young one

    +1. I don't think you have foulbrood. You do have a laying queen.
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    Re: Bees still seem aggressive

    I think you may not be giving them enough time when you smoke them before entering. Also sometimes they are not mad, but are curious and will fly on your hands.

    I smoke underneath the hive from...
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    Re: Queenless Swarm

    I agree with putting a frame with young open brood into this group.
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    Re: Trying to decide about hives

    Is bigken462 big STRONG Ken? A 10-frame deep box with frames full of honey can weigh a little over 100 pounds. You might want to consider 8-frame, or 8-frame mediums. I am 68 years old, and if I...
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    Re: caught my first swarm today

    Sounds like you need more room than a single nuc. Can you come up with a second nuc and frames? If so I would stack it on top. I don't think the bees will go anywhere if you give them sufficient...
  23. Re: Over my head....what would you do? Queenless hives

    Assuming your drone-laying queen nuc is a Langtroth deep, I would prepare a shakeout as follows:
    1. Get an empty deep nuc box; from your good colony, pull 2 frames, one of stores, one with young...
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    Re: Add a Shake of Bees

    When I have a colony that is possibly queenless, or have a non-laying queen, I pull a frame of nurse bees on a frame that has some open brood, some very young (or eggs) out of a healthy queenright...
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    Re: Do you ever feed swarms?

    Agree!
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