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  1. Thread: Honey too dry

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    Re: Honey too dry

    Can't you make some type of hot box to warm the frames before extracting? I have a chest freezer that I can use as a warmer using light bulbs and a ranco controller. Works great.
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    Re: Video of bees working soybeans

    I'd say that they are VERY stressed. It has been extremely dry for the past few weeks and crops are struggling. The cotton has totally shut down and the beans are looking very bad. Forecast for today...
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    Re: Video of bees working soybeans

    When you look over the field you can see a fair amount of activity, but it wasn't anything like a 100 bees per sq yard. I've heard the same report from another local beekeeper. There are probably 50...
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    Re: Building my own Honey Extractor

    Waiting for the video...:popcorn:
  5. Thread: hive bodies

    by AstroBee
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    Re: hive bodies

    Without ever using one of Shastina's boxes, it would appear that this design is better than the Dadant (and most others) design. That top pin is a weak point. I've got several boxes that have failed...
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    Re: Watched a queen orient yesterday.

    Wow! Very nice.
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    Video of bees working soybeans

    There has been much debate on whether bees work soybeans. Well, yesterday I was out looking and noticed that my bees were actively working late season beans. I mention in the video that I don't know...
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    Re: Typical pattern for young queen?

    30 yards is probably good. Make sure there are no other small or weak colonies near the location of the old colony. Also, depending on the size of this colony, you may want to reduce entrances on all...
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    Re: Typical pattern for young queen?

    No. This level of spotty brood is not typical of a new queen.



    Yes to both. I'd cut your losses on this. The likelihood of survival is just north of zero.

    BTW, I saw no emerging worker bees...
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    Re: Ormond Aebi's Supersedure technique

    Not quite sure about the "folding" you're referencing, but I suggest that you look into the miller method for something that involves starter strips.
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    Re: Nature vs Nurture

    What is it about your bees that makes them "mediocre"?
  12. Thread: Ag survey

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    Re: Ag survey

    Looks like its not going away anytime soon:

    "This request for renewal of the Bee and Honey Survey (0535- 0153) will expand the historic collection to collect additional data to respond to the...
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    Re: SHB, tell me this isn't

    Its hard to tell from the pictures, but they look too large to be SHB, so my vote goes with Ray Marler as wax moths. Did you see any adult beetles? You almost always see them together, so go back and...
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    Re: Washing Plastic Honey Filters

    Agreed. I have much better luck using cold water. All the particles become hard and wash off - no problems.
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    Re: Overwintering Nuc side by side

    I thought that was your version of the "Flow Hive". Just open the door and get a spoon full. :)
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    Re: Overwintering Nuc side by side

    Sounds like they should be fine. I do like pushing them together as you suggested. If they are as populous and well-provisioned as you say, then this should go well. I do differ from kilo's comment...
  17. Re: UPDATE: Hives Not Opened in 10 Years...Video Posted

    Thanks for posting. I do have a few comments.

    1. Why did you reverse the boxes? I definitely would not have suggested that at this time of year. Bees create a structure in their hive and you...
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    Re: Grafting with aging eyes

    I use this one: http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com/LED-Magnifying-Glass/productinfo/239/

    Probably cheaper ones available of equal or better quality, but I have no complaints with this one.
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    Re: How to keep bees away from snowcone stand?

    Almost missed this part. Certainly there is liability, as it takes many forms. Just like the homeowner wants to swim in his pool that mobbed by bees at noon, Bubba wants to spray his cotton at about...
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    Re: How to keep bees away from snowcone stand?

    At the risk of derailing this thread further...

    Here it is: http://blog.extension.uga.edu/gradyag/2014/05/new-neonicotinoid-pollinator-protection-labels/

    The text in question is:

    "The...
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    Re: How to keep bees away from snowcone stand?

    I actually (kind of) agree with this approach. My only concern is that if you follow this logic and then apply it to a slightly different scenario, for example, bees mobbing your neighbors swimming...
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    Re: Struggling with queen cells...

    I've had luck waiting 4 days, some do it earlier. Later seems to produce better results. To be 100%, 6 to 7 days would be fine. The math is: 3.5 days as an egg + 2 to 3 days.
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    Re: Galtee (Irish & UK) Bees in USA?

    From Canada it is possible, but still requires paperwork. Europe and elsewhere is going to be WAY WAY harder.

    Probably best to embrace what's readily available here. The New World Carniolan from...
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    Re: Struggling with queen cells...

    The primary sources of your problems were:

    1) cell building colony had too many options with existing larvae.
    2) building cells in or near a dearth is much harder than during a flow.

    The...
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    Re: Dragon Flies eat bees?

    Absolutely!! I believe that they are particularly hard on late season queens returning to hives, at least my percentages on successful mating drops once the dragonfly population peaks.
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