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  1. Thread: Dying swarm.

    by beemilk
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    Re: Dying swarm.

    My observation hive swarmed last year. I looked all around to see if I could find them but no success. The next day my friend and I were on the front porch sipping gin&tonic when I looked up high...
  2. Re: Is there any use whatsoever for brown comb that doesn't melt?

    Are you sure it's wax in the first place? There is a strong possibility that the brown, "unmelted" stuff is the remains of the pupal cases
    of the brood. Does it feel like wax or paper?
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    Re: Opening the hive in 25 degree weather???

    I took the opportunity to open and feed mine this past weekend when we had that "warm spell". Had to do it real fast because they became very aggressive almost as soon as I opened the cover. ...
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    Re: encouraging propolis

    I do not "rough up" the interior of my supers. However, I build them from rough-cut 1X stock that is smooth on just one side. I can get them only in 12" widths. They are MUCH cheaper than regular...
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    Re: Born to lead or born to follow?

    A leader while I am asleep...which is most of the time. But as soon as I awaken I say, "Take me to the refridgerator."
  6. Re: What's best way to take honey off this late?

    If you find brood in them next spring, here's what to do. Check the frames in the super to make absolutely sure the queen isn't there (move if necessary). Put a queen excluder under the super...
  7. Thread: Grooming?

    by beemilk
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    Re: Grooming?

    I agree with "burns"...... Just a log-jam because of the reduced entrance AND the hardware cloth. Same thing happens at the entrance to my observation hive which consists of a 2" clear plastic...
  8. Re: is it ok to leave hive top feeder on for winter?

    Is your set-up such that they can enter and exit the hive through the top ..... in case the bottom entrance gets covered with snow or a build up of dead bees on the inside?
  9. Thread: 2.1 syrup

    by beemilk
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    Re: 2.1 syrup

    boiling .... adding sugar .... back to boil .... adding more sugar ..... boil again. Every time you add sugar means the boiling point increases. IMO you are overheating the sugar and you...
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    No "Playbee Magazines" needed.

    An interesting article in the Wall Street Journal.

    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887323808204579083073847405920
  11. Re: To Exclude or Not To Exclude - that is a question?

    IMO .... there is nothing worse than spinning/extracting honey frames with brood in them. Next season I am thinking about doing things differently.
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    Re: Yellow Jacket inside the Mouth

    I am sure motorcycle riders can chime in on this one. Everything from bees to birds.
  13. Thread: sick hive

    by beemilk
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    Re: sick hive

    Yolanda
    Are there any uncharacteristic odors associated with the hive?
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    Re: Please identify this plant? Bee-friendly?

    Looks like a square stem, characteristic of mints, but I cannot see it clearly. The leaf arrangement looks like a false nettle, but the specimen in the photo looks like it has purple flowers .......
  15. Re: So I was wondering what pollen my girls were bringing home......

    Nice photo. How did you prepare the slide? Was the pollen dry? Did you mount in water, alcohol, KOH, any kind of stain? Did you have to wait after preparation of the slide to let the pollen...
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    Re: Is this hygenic behavior?

    I have seen the same behavior in my OH here is upstate NY. It seems like they take the bodies on a grand tour of the hive before discarding them. More so, I set the hive up from a cutout using...
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    Re: Backfilling the broodnest in fall

    good question zhiv9 I would like to hear about this one too.
  18. Re: What is the best beesuit on the market for preventing bee stings?

    My wife has NEVER been stung through her suit while I am working the bees ........ she stays in the house. HaHa .... sorry.
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    Re: Flower identification

    I honestly don't think it's boneset ... at least not the one I know which is the Common Boneset. My reasoning is because the leaves of boneset are sessile, clasping the stem of the plant. The...
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    Re: your forum is feeling unfriendly

    It seems futile to respond to this person, .........he's probably ignoring us
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    Re: OSB for telescoping covers?

    Good idea Mr. Hogan. I am familiar with Advantec since I built my own house using it. It's great stuff especially when trying to build between rainy days before you complete the water-tight shell....
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    Re: OSB for telescoping covers?

    Hello Mr.Hogan
    My OSB top covers all have metal sheeting covering the top ... However, I also paint the inside of the top cover..facing the hive itself. The only reason I do this is because when...
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    Re: OSB for telescoping covers?

    I have OSB top covers and they work fine .... as long as you paint the underside. The reason becomes evident when feeding with a hive-top feeder (like Mann Lake's plastic one with two side trays). ...
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    Re: Check this Out. Antique Bee Hive on Ebay.

    I believe sqkcrk has it right. It has several slides to open/close compartments, a glass observation window (which looks cracked).
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    Re: diy oxalic acid vaporizer

    I just went out and bought a digital scale from WalMart (less than 20bucks). One carefully measured teaspoon of OA checks out to be 3 grams. Measured it several time to ensure consistency.
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