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    Re: Type of exterior paint

    I used exterior latex on ours the first year, and most of it is peeling off. This year I'm trying Kilz as a basecoat, exterior latex over that. Only on the outside of the hives ... bees paint the...
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    Re: cant find the queen

    Doing a split is one time you really need to see her. We had that problem a couple of weeks back. Big fat golden-abdomen marked queen ... we spot her 2/3 of inspections. But once we started...
  3. Re: Locating a hive on a bridge over water to control SHB

    A friend has hives near a creek and they're infested with SHB. Our mutual mentor has suggested he move them away from the water. His other hives well away from the creek have much less problem.
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  4. Thread: Queen piping

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    Re: Queen piping

    Youtube has some trash on it, but amid all the cute cat videos are some some really useful how-to videos you can't find elsewhere. Beekeeping treats like queen piping, and how to find the oil change...
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    Re: Attacked For No Apparent Reason

    I've had one, on occasion two, bees decide I'm a villain and try to drive me away from the apiary. This is usually for a few hours to a day after an inspection that was somewhat invasive. Not sure...
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    Re: Lab Investigation on Bee Deaths

    The Beltsville Bee Lab, Beltsville MD. Free. Your tax dollars at work. And top notch.

    http://www.ars.usda.gov/Main/docs.htm?docid=7472
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    Re: Overwintering a nuc

    I'm poaching from MGolden, who put this link in another thread:

    http://capabees.org/content/uploads/2013/02/winteringpdf.pdf

    Saying cold bees consume less stores is an oversimplification. Bees...
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    Re: Overwintering indoors

    Great link! Thanks!

    Thorax temperature is hard to measure by conventional means. Your typical consumer temperature probe is as big as a bee. But I've got a thermal imager and there are new ones...
  9. Re: spraying bees with syrup cause robbing? what are your thoughts

    I occasionally have a bee get caught in my top feeders while I'm filling them, taking a syrup bath. I fish them out and let them clean themselves. Sometimes they can, but often if left alone on top...
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    Re: Do landing boards really help?

    As a fellow who kept a corn snake as a pet for 24 years, and knows them to be about the gentlest, most inoffensive, and beneficial snakes I can think of, the thought of killing one this way brings...
  11. Re: How concerned about inbreeding are you backyard nuc/queen producers?

    Gee, the head inspector of our state's bee program must qualify as a cult leader. He's so on-board with what Michael Bush is saying, they must be twins.

    I've bought a couple of queens, because...
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    Re: Overwintering indoors

    Bee lungs? I could nitpick on the accuracy, but point taken. Definitely, if the temperature in the hive is forced too warm, the bees will be too active and consume their stores too fast. I intend...
  13. Thread: Queen piping

    by Phoebee
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    Re: Queen piping

    Like you, I have heard piping on YouTube. I wasn't sure what everyone was talking about until I saw the video.

    A couple of weeks ago, I bought a queen in a cage with a couple of attendants. I...
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    Re: What power supply to get for OAV?

    Durn, how many watts and what-hours do you guys need to vaporize half a teaspoon of OA, anyway?

    Me, well, Graham knows I rented a trencher and ran conduit out to my apiary, so I've got 120 VAC at...
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    Re: Overwintering indoors

    Pete,

    I'd like to here from PyroBee just why he wants to do it, but I know the answer in my case. The goal is to have a nuc indoors in my observation hive next year for some photographic work. I...
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    Re: source for #8 hardware cloth

    MMC is a great outfit, maybe a tad overkill for common hardware cloth. But they'll have it, probably not at an outrageous price, and in my area they'll get it to me in one day, UPS Ground.
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    Re: What type of weed is this?

    One that makes you post the pictures sideways! ;)
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    Re: Overwintering indoors

    I just set up almost exactly this, but I have no idea if it will work or not. My bottom boards on the nucs are screened. One nuc is set up in the unheated garage workshop, with a "foyer" attached...
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    Re: source for #8 hardware cloth

    One Ace store half way across the county had it. I bought there to support any store that would have it.
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    Re: Do landing boards really help?

    A couple of friends have free range chickens, another mortal enemy of mice.

    Are mice a problem in summer in most places? They'd be fools to try against my bees, based on the fate of bumbles. In...
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    Re: Do landing boards really help?

    Without landing boards, watching the hives thru the telescope would only be half as much fun.

    They do give a little longer time to spot pollen coming in, and I like watching them drag out bumbles...
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    Re: What's your view on swarms?

    There's the Snelgrove board cropping up again. Our mentor is nuts for the things. They're simple enough to build, similar materials to an inside top cover but with some tricky little doors in them....
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    Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    The original poster, Charlie B., said he had a problem with Argentine ants destroying nucs (I gather this is an invasive ant in California). We have some big black ones in West Virginia that I've...
  24. Re: Notches and holes... Does it really matter?

    Honestly, in the winter I yank the inside top cover off and install a quilt box (1/3 of a deep, screened with #8 hardware cloth just above the bottom, with a pillowcase of wood shavings, and some...
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    Re: What's your view on swarms?

    Michael,

    In your very particular case, or Mike Palmer's or some other TF breeders, your bees are at least more likely to survive in the wild than the normal treatment-dependent population. While...
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