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    Re: hive corner reinforcement?

    Never put your hive tool between boxes on the ends, only on the sided a couple inches from the end, and you will largely avoid any damage to the boxes. If you want a slot to put the tool in the bees...
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    Re: 8 frame or 10 frame deep hive body?

    You don't need to drill a hole in the box, the bees will be quite happy to look for a round or oval black spot just above a reduced entrance. They aren't very smart, after all. Use a marker to draw...
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    Re: What do you think happened to this hive?

    I'm with Vance on this one. Look carefully in the cells of the brood frames. I suspect you will find quite a few tiny white specks in there, which are mite frass. The bees were weak, and too many...
  4. Re: Hive dead. Performed deadout. Any suggestions as to the cause?

    Very likely to be mites. Check for white specks in the brood nest -- mite feces that the bees could not clean out. Sudden loss of the hive when cold weather appears is typical when there are too...
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    Re: Watermelon pollination

    Watermelon bloom period is fairly short. The bees will get quite a bit of pollen but not much nectar, but around here there is plenty of other stuff for them.

    One of the beekeepers in our...
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    Re: Do You Harvest More than Once Per Year?

    In good years we get two harvests around here, but that often depends on what is growing withing flying distance. My location is pretty much spring flow only, consisting of several tree species that...
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    Re: Flat Wax Foundation

    Very likely they will ignore it. This is one of the problems with using Duragilt plastic foundation, it's flat plastic with wax on the surface embossed to the cell shape. If the wax is every...
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    Re: Cell cappings when harvesting honey

    We outfitted an old cooler with a sheet of 1/16" stainless steel screen and uncap onto the screen. Most of the free honey runs off pretty quickly, but when we are sharing the tools (as we often do)...
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    Re: Eco Wood Treatment: Who Has Experience?

    Eco-wood should do a good job of keeping fungus under control, but it does absolutely nothing to control water entry/exit from the wood. The bees coat the inside of the hive with propolis, and that...
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    Re: Easier way to feed...suggestions?

    One of our local beeks has fitted his hives with a frame feeder against one wall and drilled a hole to fit a 1/2" ID plastic pipe (hot water grade) with a cap on the outside and a 90 degree elbow on...
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    Re: Paint the inside ?

    I have always felt that painting the inside of the boxes was a waste of time -- the bees ALWAYS coat the entire inside of the hive with propolis, and the older the equipment is, the thicker the...
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    Re: Package Bee Installation Question

    I pull the queen cage a few days after installation -- you should check to see that she has been released, and you want that cage out pronto. They will always build comb on the cage, and if you...
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    Re: Foundationless frame question....

    I would suggest you do yourself and the bees a favor and put a sheet of foundation as near the center of the hive as you can. If you have some drawn or partially drawn comb, that would be even...
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    Re: is it ok not to paint hives?

    Even if it was free I'd not bother to use interior paint, it won't hold up against the UV in sunlight. Exterior paint is also usually quite a bit harder for water to move through.

    But suit...
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    Re: Doolittle's paddle for that "scolding" bee

    I've had a few that will just not leave me alone after an inspection, and when I get one I take a flyswatter with me and dispatch her pronto. I don't know for sure, but I suspect that bee will also...
  16. Re: maple pollen is being collected in Hampton, Virginia

    Forecast is for fairly mild weather the rest of January and February here, and tonight, since the sun was still up on the way home from work, I took a look at the maples. Red twigs that look...
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    Re: Bees committing suicide.

    Depends on the weight of the hive -- if it's still quite heavy, they have plenty of stores but want to live upstairs. If the hive is light, get the feed on, they are going into brood generation in...
  18. Thread: I See Bees!

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    Re: I See Bees!

    And pooping. Don't hang any laundry outside today close to the hive!

    I was delighted to see mine active. Seems like a small cluster from the amount of wax bits, but who knows. I'm not digging...
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    Re: ah! What did I do?

    Warm enough for them to forage trash cans for soda remnants? If they are bringing in pollen they are also collecting "nectar" wherever they can find it, and a neighbor's trash can with soda cans or...
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    Re: Winter feeding question

    I had a hive go light on me last winter, so I put on an empty super, a sheet of newspaper over the top of the frames, half a protein patty, and 4 lbs of sugar. I didn't mist it, it was colder than I...
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    Re: Second deep backfilling

    Bees will adjust the size of the hive to fit the available space, and you sometimes need to trick them into using more. You will likely have a bee explosion in a few weeks when spring buildup...
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    Re: House Construction and my Bees

    Don't inspect the hive between when construction starts and when work is finished -- I always seem to have one or two guard bees who take very serious offense at having the hive opened and bash me in...
  23. Thread: Off-season Prep

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    Re: Off-season Prep

    Wavy comb is only a problem if the waves extend under the next frame top bar -- very difficult to get that frame out without rolling a ton of bees and damaging the comb. Incompletely drawn comb will...
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    Re: cross wire or support pins

    Radial extractors are very much faster, at least the one I've used because it holds more frames at a time and you don't have to turn them.

    I use wires to keep the foundation flat more than keep it...
  25. Re: A dearth of knowledge on the knowledge of dearth

    It's easy here -- if it's after June 15th we are in the summer dearth. Usually enough nectar to keep numbers up, but feeding is risky. By late July, feeding will set off a robbing frenzy unless the...
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