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  1. Re: bees dying/dead in cells before emerging!!

    Send me an email (through the forum contact options) with the pic, and I'll host+post it for you. This forum only allows direct (i.e. hosted by the forum) posting of very small pics; but if you host...
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    Re: Keeping bees cool

    Give them a birdbath to collect water from...maybe 100' from the hives. They use evaporation to cool the hives, so adding excess ventilation actually heats things up; as long as they have at least...
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    Re: bee sting she really got me good this time...

    I get that bad, or worse, for my first 3-4 stings each year...first year they lasted almost 2 weeks before going down, 'couple months ago I got 2 stings on the right hand & swole to the elbow, but...
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    Re: DIYer, The intrepid.

    If you buy any bees to fight AHB genetics in your bee yard, my recommendation is to buy a Cordovan strain. I don't care what "breed" you get, as long as they're cordovan colored; that way, it's...
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    Re: DIYer, The intrepid.

    AHB have a pretty high presence around here, but nothing that can't be overcome with prudent breeding & marked queens ;)

    As for your jig; nice lookin' joint!
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    Re: Escape the Africanized assault??

    OK, first off, I'd have to comment that I've heard bad things about Weaver queens' daughters getting MEAN...all over the 'net. I haven't tried any myself, but from all the accounts I've ready, it...
  7. Thread: Texas bee laws

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    Re: Texas bee laws

    Yes, I asked about that & was told I needed the transport permit too, so that's what I got....but, like I said, it took a lot of reading, and a few phone calls, to get everything "straightened out"...
  8. Re: Building a tbh, first woodworking project, a little stuck.

    1. Cut 2 triangles of wood, each one as long as the width of your top bars (maybe plus an inch or two) and at least 2" tall (think, super-fat, super-short "A" shaped triangles).
    2. Drill a...
  9. Thread: Texas bee laws

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    Re: Texas bee laws

    Well, he had a point...but he used the wrong word, and likely was simply trying to be a pain & had no idea that his point was valid anywise....

    If you live in the same county you were removing...
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    Re: Dipping candles

    AMEN!!! lol...exploding vases full of molten wax, in pots of boiling water is something to be AVOIDED!
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    Re: New packages with laying workers

    I'd try the "wait and see" method. Even with multiple eggs per cell, there's a chance that you simply have "eager beaver" queens who just got mated & are laying faster than the workers can draw out...
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    Re: Gentlest Bee Strain(s)?

    OK, so....I guess now the only thing left to discuss is where I can buy some buckfast (NOT from an apiary reputed to produce HOT 2nd year queens...i.e. Weaver) queens to cross with carniolan...
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    Gentlest Bee Strain(s)?

    I was talking with a buddy a couple days ago who's *very* interested in getting one or more hives established on his property, BUT, his wife is fairly allergic to stings (in all honesty, I am...
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    Re: cut out question

    Get/build a Hercules Bee-Vac (my design), or Bushkill Bee-Vac (not my design, but works similarly well) before your next removal. It took me a while to design/build an effective bee-vac that worked...
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    Re: Worse than a bee sting.....

    Unfortunately, queens are generally worse affected by similar exposures...might be time to find better soap ;)



    Never, EVER, eat Ghost Chilis (about 300x hotter than jalapeno) then! :lookout:
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    Re: Converting Lang Nuc to KTBH Hive

    whiskers, In many conditions, the method you just described will extremely likely work without incident. Being that the nuc is, by nature & design, too small a space for the bees' permanent...
  17. Thread: Chat problems

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    Re: Chat problems

    I can't log in to the new chat applet. I'm running OpenSuse12.3 with most recent version of FireFox & all software up to date. Got a notification of new applet requesting permission, set my browser...
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    Re: What are they doing with the water?

    Probably all of them, and they're either thirsty or, in my opinion, using it to humidify the insides of the hives. Brood are soft bodied, like maggots, and I think very sensitive to humidity, as well...
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    Re: Converting Lang Nuc to KTBH Hive

    BTW, if I were going to transfer from a lang nuc to a KTBH, I'd probably make a vertical-walled TBH with 19" bars & simply install the frames from the nuc as the first 5 bars...let the bees "convert"...
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    Re: tbh blown over in storm

    OK, here's a pic of a (nearly finished) hive, showing the "litter poles" (6' long 2x4s):
    http://www.robherc.com/bees/Projects/MarkIII/BeeVac1.jpg

    And here's a (old) pic of a hive stand with some...
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    Re: Newb Question - Doomed Hive

    In your case, with a nuc, I'd just wait to see what happens with that cell. Especially since the nuc was made from a prior pkg install, supercedure is fairly common with pkg installs, that may simply...
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    Re: Taiwanese style hives in Thailand

    Can we see pictures of the hives while you have them open? I'd be quite interested in how they're constructed, too :)
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    Re: Newb Question - Doomed Hive

    Judging from those pics, I'd probably assume them to be queenless. The problem, on this one, is that we're talking about a hive from package bees, that's already 2 weeks old. If you don't have any...
  24. Re: Second cut-out dead. Can FLIES take over and kill the brood.

    I'm just talking about burning the SHB larvae (so yes, just the comb). The burning's not necessary to enable you to use the hive again, I'd just burn the combs with the SHB larvae and/or fly maggots...
  25. Re: just a few shots from yesterdays inspection

    Looks pretty good to me...plenty of bee bread & nectar, good, super-solid brood pattern, and a nice little chunk of drone brood off in the corner. ... Is that Poison Ivy in the bottom of pic2?
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