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    Re: What to do about the queen?

    There are not enough bees to split. It is an over-wintered hive. I saw the queen at one point-in the Spring. I added some mixed brood from another hive. I think I actually added brood at two...
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    What to do about the queen?

    I went into one of my hives and granted it was after bee hours-around 5 p.m. I cut out all the queen cells hanging from the bottom of the frames and just left two QC in the middle of one or two...
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    Re: Swarm is at outside of entrance

    Is your hive made out of insulation? What about feeding them over the inner cover with sugar syrup? I think you do need to shake those bees in.
    P.S. Sometimes if you wait too long the bees will...
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    Re: does anybody sell unpainted hive tools?

    I will definitely buy stainless steel. I am pretty hard on my hive tools because I disinfect between apiaries and at the end of the day. Actually quite a bit of red paint came off into the syrup. I...
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    Re: does anybody sell unpainted hive tools?

    I thought about straining the syrup. Then I remembered about all the recalls in toy stores regarding cadmium. I do not remember where I purchased the hive tool. I think that if the hive tool is made...
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    does anybody sell unpainted hive tools?

    I scraped off the candy from my candy boards with a hive tool. I boiled the candy down on the stove. I ended up with flecks of red paint from my hive tool in the syrup pot. I threw the syrup away...
  7. Re: How to get the bees to use my water source instead of my neighbor's bird bath?

    Here are a few things that work for me. I have a glass bowl with rocks protruding above the bowl (quartz..). I have a white 5 gallon bucket with a large black stone protruding above the top of the...
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    swishing strips in hopguard solution

    I swish the hopguard strips in the solution before placing the strips on the frames. The end result is somewhat alarming because certain bees are rained on with hopguard. Is it necessary to swish the...
  9. Thread: Swarm bandit

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    Re: Swarm bandit

    Has anybody used these yet?
  10. Re: The billion little things that make a beekeeper's life easier

    Put your baseball cap on backwards. Then put your veil on. This will keep your long hair away from your face and eyes.
  11. Thread: the caged queen

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    Re: the caged queen

    I am usually so worried as to whether my queen arrived alive that I shake the clinging bees off the cage. This quick sudden motion cannot be good for the queen. The queen must hit the side of the...
  12. Thread: the caged queen

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    the caged queen

    Do you shake the workers off the queen cage? Do you brush the workers off the queen cage? I typically give the queen cage a quick shake. Maybe this quick motion is not healthy for the queen. On...
  13. Re: dadant smoker poor quality control! see pics attached

    I hold the smoker at an angle and burn off the creosote with a propane torch. When I first got a smoker I tried Brillo pads. Brillo pads do not work-at least for smokers.
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    Re: Why I have never lost an over-wintered hive

    I think you are right about the shim. I had a double 5 frame deep nuc alive two weeks ago and dead last week.The bottom entrance was an entrance reducer with hardware cloth stapled all around. It was...
  15. Thread: Please Stop...

    by linn
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    Re: Please Stop...

    Once when I was having beekeeping troubles a person said to me, "do you pray over your bees?" I said, "no." The person said, "maybe you should." So, I did. I prayed in the name of The Lord Jesus...
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    Re: Is It Necessary to Remove Robber Screens?

    I think you can keep the robber screen on longer if you use a ventilated inner cover. I took mine off in August due to hot weather- a big mistake. The hive was robbed out.
  17. Thread: cheap swarm lure

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    Re: cheap swarm lure

    Right now I do not have slum gum; I threw mine on the compost bin. I can get some slum gum locally. I understand that with new foundation, you do not have to worry about foul brood because the...
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    Re: how do you change password?

    Thank-you.
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    how do you change password?

    How do you change log-in password?
  20. Thread: cheap swarm lure

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    Re: cheap swarm lure

    Last year was not a good year for swarms-rainy and cold. The pear trees did not have pears. Next year might be better.
  21. Thread: cheap swarm lure

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    Re: cheap swarm lure

    Is this better than old comb and lemongrass oil? I mean I am not having much luck with lemongrass oil and old comb. So, maybe the local bee clubs should buy this product. The clubs could hand this...
  22. Re: Covering up the smell of the hive to battle pests

    This is a little off the subject. Sometimes a strong scent is helpful. I ran over a dead skunk before taking my driver's test for the third time. I passed.
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    Re: Wrapping hives in cold climates.........

    Last year I used Christmas trees as a wind breaks. I just drove to the brush dump and collected Christmas trees as people dumped them off. I always wrap the hives and use solid bottom boards....
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    Re: what would you do?

    I do not believe in the statement the "crummy package queen." Sometimes packages fail because feeding is stopped too soon. The practice of killing the package queen does not make sense. Why not see...
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    Re: Hive insulation... quick and easy.

    What about having a 1 inch air space between the rigid foam and the hive body (front, back, and sides)? There is a upper vent hole in the second deep, so there is a 5/8 inch cut out by the vent...
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