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    Sting Pain Index -- Seriously!

    So how did I miss this?

    Some inquisitive mind has gone to the trouble of providing to us all the data that we need to quantify the pain of a bee sting.

    From now on, no more sting stories...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Cool idea. Are they your design and/or commercially available? -Mark
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Shinbone: Do you mind my asking about that device that's sitting on top of the frame of your Hive #2? Temperature/humidity sensor? Perhaps that lost remote control?
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    Re: Lots of dead bees AGAIN this winter

    NewBee, I'm just up the road from you. I'd be happy to show you the alcohol wash method for assessing mite loads in the spring if you're interested. PM me after ice-out and we'll set it up.
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    Re: New England Bee Breeders Association

    We really need something like this. I, too, would be interested in participating. I'm planning on some serious queen rearing this spring after a few years of watching/reading/learning. I've got more...
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    "One of the issues with having the mating nucs wintering on so many combs, is...what to do with all the bees and queens come mating season. I know. Tough problem to have, but swarming from the...
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    Re: Queen mating video

    WOW! Remarkable footage, and thanks for sharing that link.

    This raises a question that I've always wondered about. I've always wondered how the drones "find" the local drone congregation area...
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    Re: Smokers in cars?

    I also use one of those metal ash cans, and I've been surprised by how well it works at keeping the smoke stink out of the car. For extra protection, I purchased some of that window/door foam...
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    Double Screened Bottom Boards

    I bought a few screened bottom boards from Brushy Mountain, and notice now that they are double screened, with a gap equal to the thickness of the bottom board. The underside of the board (under the...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Very cool. Adds new meaning to "free" bees!
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    03226 - (Center Harbor, NH) First swarm of the season mid-day today, regrettably outbound. They laughed at my lemon-scented swarm traps as they headed for the hills.
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    Age of Queens - When is a year a year?

    I'm confused. Perhaps you can set me straight.

    I have read in many places that (all things being equal) hives with first-year queens are less likely to swarm than hives with second year queens,...
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    Re: Hive body assembly??

    Harry: Other than an improved handle, what other modifications will you make to your "prototype" when/if you get around to building version 1.2? Thanks for the post. Very helpful. -Mark
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    Re: US Customs Restrictions on Ethiopian Honey

    bbrowncods: Very good suggestion. Thank you. I will do that.

    I'm no Sherlock Holmes, but judging from your addresses, it is probably also appropriate to thank you for your service. Godspeed.
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    Honeybee Anesthesia??

    A veterinarian friend of mine sent me an article about "bee bites" that appeared on phys.org, a web-based science, research and technology news service.

    I hadn't heard of this before and thought...
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    Re: US Customs Restrictions on Ethiopian Honey

    HunnyMunny: Thanks for your notes. I had previously found the CBP provision that you kindly cited, but I was a bit unsettled due to the "as a general rule" language.

    I was hoping to avoid a...
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    US Customs Restrictions on Ethiopian Honey

    My son picked up several bottles of different kinds of Ethiopian honey (including white Tigray honey) at a recent food fair in Turin, Italy. He'd like to send them back to me, and I suggested that he...
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    Re: Winter Wrapping Bee Hive

    Blows off less if its under the cover, no?:scratch:
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    Re: Acidulating Sugar Syrup

    Thanks Ben. I don't recall reading that before. Live and learn.
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    Re: Acidulating Sugar Syrup

    Can I get a quick primer on the benefit of lowering the pH of sugar syrup?
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    Re: Looking for book on swarm traps

    I believe that the book you are referring to was Swarm Traps and Bait Hives, The Easy Way to Get Bees for Free, by McCartney Taylor. I got my copy from Amazon.
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    Re: 5 gal bucket bee vac plans

    Try this one:

    https://plus.google.com/photos/111863660513010434468/albums/5617092227698654225?banner=pwa
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    Re: 5 gal bucket bee vac plans

    Not certain why the link isn't working, but I will try again. If you scroll up to the #2 message in this thread posted by NasalSponge, the link is there and it works for me.
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    Re: 5 gal bucket bee vac plans

    Anybody have step-by-step plans for building the bee vac out of 5-gallon buckets? The pictures at https://plus.google.com/photos/11186...92227698654225 are helpful, but instructions would enhance my...
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    Re: Advice Needed (swarm in progress)

    Epilogue:

    Thank you all for the advice. Here is the ending of the beginning of the story.

    Peter, you were correct. I got to the hive by 6AM, and added another ten-frame deep with foundation. I...
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