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  1. Re: Laws restricting killing/exterminating bees

    For as much as I am for saving every bee possible, there are some situations where extermination is the only real option. Some unscrupulous exterminators take advantage, but outlawing killing the...
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    Re: Hated to do it....

    Sometimes, even when you tell them they don't want to hear it - you only can do what you can do. I wouldn't have touched it after they rejected a more expensive option - unless you have good...
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    Re: Changing entrance location

    "A tin can lid makes a good cover for a hole in a box. A couple of tacks to hold it on and it's fairly permanent." I like it! Thanks Michael!

    JC
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    Re: spring hive management

    They won't draw frames unless there is a flow on or you are heavily feeding them. Even then, it sounds like they haven't come close to filling the boxes they have and it may be a bit early to put...
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    Re: Go Girls, Go!

    No, the mouse! :D But seriously, I will be making queens from this one and two other hives that came through their 2nd winter.

    JC
  6. Re: Transporting Queen Cells and Making Splits - Advanced Advice Needed

    I have a similar question - I have a friend that has a hive I would like the genetics from, but she is a good 8 hours away. I was thinking of making up a couple of nucs really heavy on nurse bees,...
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    Go Girls, Go!

    After a long and frigid winter, I finally got a day warm enough to open my surviving hives. On one, I opened it to find a mouse nest the size of a basketball in the lower deep and the biggest,...
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    Sticky: Re: Post your bloom dates 2014!

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa (in city) zip 52402 Maples just starting.
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    Re: Man I got eaten up today

    They ok to work otherwise?

    JC
  10. Thread: Total loss

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    Re: Total loss

    Wow, just wow. Feel terrible for you. I agree that it looks like you will be able to set back up. Let us know if you have a bunch of frames missing, which might be some scum just stealing from...
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    Re: Fruit Trees

    This may belong in the gardening section, but I am glad it is on the forum, where ever it belongs. Really looking forward to trying the snake thing this year on the sour cherries. The birds don't...
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    Re: Winter losses

    Last winter, my third year, 4 survived out of 21 - drought, followed by nasty winter, with not enough winter prep. I had a job at the time that was sucking me dry, one of those where management is...
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    Re: Engineers and Bees

    My electrical engineer husband has no desire to get near the stinging insects. Or too involved in the horse breeding business. I think SOME engineering types have a little trouble with biological...
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    Re: Engineers and Bees

    Majored in Horticulture - but married an Electrical Engineer - does that count?

    JC
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    Re: Biggest mistake ?

    Making a bunch of bee candy blocks and putting them on my hives with not enough ventilation. They dissolved in the center and glopped syrup down on my bees. Not a good year.

    JC
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    Re: you have got to be kidding

    Lots of good ideas here, I will say that I have had less losses since I have moved my bees from the more exposed upper hill location to a lower side of the hill in a wood cut. I too have had big...
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    Re: Russian hives, slow build up.

    All the packages are from the same source. The combs are all from my operation and I have had not had problems giving it to the other hives. The late August swarm was put on a mix of the same comb...
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    Re: whiteish drone

    Was he otherwise vigorous looking, or did he appear weak? Any other abnormalities?
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    Russian hives, slow build up.

    I started 10 packages this Spring with Russian queens. Started them all with drawn comb. Two didn't take, o.k., expecting that, and one superceded soon after. Fed them syrup until they stopped...
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    Re: Flow is still going.... How much longer?

    Goldenrod pretty much done here, asters ongoing. Goldenrod flow pretty low this year due to lack of rain. Asters not enough to keep everyone happy, lots of robbing. Put out a couple of syrup...
  21. Re: Hive removal call. Are these bees or yellow jackets ?

    Head on insect - yellow legs, yellow mouth parts = yellow jackets. I tell people over the phone to get a close look (find a dead one or hang a sticky strip to catch one) and if there is any bright...
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    Re: Split challenge.

    As an established keeper I can see where this could work well for you, you have the resources to boost those hives (with brood or honey from existing hives) if necessary. Would just caution new...
  23. Thread: angry hive

    by green2btree
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    Re: angry hive

    Rob, thanks for passing on your grandfather's wisdom. That's why I am a member of the forum, always new tricks to learn.

    JC
  24. Thread: angry hive

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    Re: angry hive

    I am in my 4th year of beekeeping and STILL have a devil of a time finding the queen. Plus, I have pretty much given up on seeing eggs (but I am 55, so no surprise there) so don't feel bad. When I...
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    Re: Cleaning up comb in a hive

    Thanks on the info. The comb built on top of comb isn't bridge comb, it's two layers of comb over the whole face of the frame. Maybe this double comb is from one flow ending and then starting back...
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