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    Re: Extractor-less honey by Flow Hive

    Yeah, good luck on the liability. People are only now slowly warming up to observation hives. I tried all the nature parks here in Richmond about 10 years ago. I designed and built a very...
  2. Opposite of feeding. Killing bees for honey production

    Yeah, weird title. Last year someone gave me a hygenic Italian queen in a package to compare against my small mongrel bees. It grew about 20% faster than my hives, and went into winter with 2 full...
  3. Thread: Pest control

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    Re: Pest control

    they usually use pyrethrins. Their stuff usually doesn't bother pollinators when it's dry, but they also don't spray at night, so it still kills. You could probalby use it in your yard if you...
  4. Re: Necesity of Bottom bar in Foundationless frames

    yep. gluing the boxes together is the issue. You don't have to worry about it in a top bar, as that is only one box deep.

    rob
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    Re: Problem with comb looking chewed up...

    Robbing would leave jagged edges where the bees chewed the caps off. this looks like wax moth damage.

    rob
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    Re: Overwhelmed by the strength of my flow

    wow. what a problem to have.

    You can put the uncapped honyey on the other boxes. you can also leave it on, and if they swarm, they really can't take that much with them at this point. (it's...
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    Re: Feral bees and beekeepers bees?

    All of my hives were feral cutouts - some were swarms. I always take the opportunity to raise a queen from cutouts of rotten trees when I can get them. So, when I take this feral hive, and put it...
  8. Re: New. Here is my experience so far. And what is this cell?

    bees tend to make false queen cups all the time. Some breeds make more than others. Usually, you can look down inside and see whether or not there is larva in there. You don't really need to cut it...
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    Re: keeping and storeing queens

    you'll need to keep them in queen cages to keep them from killing one another. You can bank them - keep them in cages, but allow workers to feed them, until you get the resources for the other...
  10. Re: Requeen + 12 days. Some older, open brood, but that's it.

    Ditto on the frame with eggs. They could have killed her after 2 or 3 days. Took that long to get her out and kill her. So, Day1, you kill the old queen. Day 2-4 the new queen is in there,...
  11. Thread: Aggressive bees

    by RobWok
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    Re: Aggressive bees

    It will be much more manageable with a smaller box. No guarantee your neighbors won't get stung until they settle down, but it will help dramatically. (unless of course the new queen's offspring is...
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    Re: Who is NOT small cell but successful?

    15 years. I treated the first year because everything I read said I had to. After that first year, lost track of when I was supposed to drop in those strips and feed the fumigal, and never did...
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    Re: Who Re-Queens After the Summer Solstice?

    I had 8 hives coming out of the winter. Lost 3 - I don't treat anything, and only use feral bees. Half in shade, half in sun. The ones in sun tend to do better as a rule. One of my winter losses...
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    Re: How to egress after working a hot hive

    Like the spray bottle. I have walked under a carport and lost half. Usually I do a figure 8 around my trees, and lose about 50% each time. Then I go through my garage and take the suit off int...
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    Re: my first cutout pics

    oh, and you need to fill that old cavity with insulation and screen it/seal it as much as you can to keep them from coming back.
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    Re: my first cutout pics

    great job. That looked like a real bear. Not an easy task. You did well. Preparation is the key.

    I usually just spread the comb out on a tarp, about 40 feet from the hive. They'll clean it...
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    Re: BEE THEFTS STILL OCCURING IN CALI

    No offense, but I hope that changes. Here in VA, we're trying really hard to get more club members to get into queen rearing and making their own nucs. I'll be doing about 15 this year, and several...
  18. Re: Need resource ideas to prepare talk to culinary students Re: HONEY

    I know that there can be some funny things with consistency. My son loves to freeze it, then chew it while frozen. Crystalized honey can be manufactured by taking the temp down - basically put it...
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    Re: BEE THEFTS STILL OCCURING IN CALI

    Well I feel stupid now Jim. Thanks for the link on the analysis. I hadn't found that before. It looks like they focussed on the big 2, and BT shouldn't really apply as it goes after the corn...
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    Re: BEE THEFTS STILL OCCURING IN CALI

    Sorry, didn't notice it was the comercial forum and I was making general statement of potentially a small group. That's unfair. I know this is your livelihood.
    I was just was a little incensed...
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    Re: BEE THEFTS STILL OCCURING IN CALI

    from the link: Some commercial beekeepers actually blame hobbyists for the loss of bees and say that colony collapse disorder is really a case of “piss-poor beekeeping.” Joe Romance, for example,...
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    Re: What could possibly go wrong?

    that one made me laugh. I always wondered about this. Can you imagine being in a wreck, and the paramedics beeing too afraid, or unable to tend to you?
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    Re: No Appologies for Being New: My Perspective

    wow, admin had to delete a lot of threads here. I'm usually only active on beesource during the season, or I search if I have a unique problem. After years of bees, cutouts, trapouts, queen...
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    Re: ANOTHER INVENTION FOR BEEKEEPERS

    Funny: "sounds like someone is just speculating out loud".

    Since the mite is in with the larva, what happens there?
    I've daydreamed all kinds of things myself driving to and from work, in the...
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    Re: bee vac tube clog

    It happens. When cutting the comb, even up near the connection point, you invariably have honey dripping, or bees cross through it and get all covered, then they make the hose sticky. I had a guy...
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