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  1. Thread: Breeder queens

    by hilreal
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    Re: Breeder queens

    Are you planning to do artificial insemination using your drones in this scheme? If not, how do you insure that only the desired 20 drones mate with your queen?
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    Re: robbing screen...dead bees

    No there were no drones in the dead pile of bees, just workers and yellow jackets. One of the robbing screens was on a weak nuc that hadn't even raised any drones. Entrance completely plugged with...
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    Re: question for dr. latshaw aka jsl

    I agree, this spring I had 2 hives that I kept sugar on that got down to a couple of fists full of bees. I was absolutely amazed, by July there were 2 boxes full and I was putting on supers. One I...
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    robbing screen...dead bees

    Due to a crazy fall I left 2 robbing screens on until yesterday thinking they would be ok as entrance reducers / mouse protectors. When I took them off, the bottom entrance was completely blocked...
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    Re: Honey warming box air temperature

    Watch on Craigslist or similar, you can often find an old freezer for free or dirt cheap. Works great.
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    Re: Wrapping hives in cold climates.........

    Last time I looked most tree bark was tan to dark brown and after the leaves fall off exposed to sunlight and the resulting "large daily temperature swings".
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    Re: Monsanto (Bayer) and Bees

    Because it has a high value to commercial agriculture by reducing farmers costs and work load. And it is relatively safe compared to other herbicides on the market plus it reduces the number of...
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    Re: Monsanto (Bayer) and Bees

    Roundup (glyphosate) is a nonselective herbicide, meaning it kills all plants, unless they have been selected for "roundup resistance" or had the roundup resistance gene inserted through genetic...
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    Re: Monsanto (Bayer) and Bees

    A pesitcide is something that kills a "pest". To anyone other than a beekeeper, a "weed" is a pest. Herbicides, like Roundup, kill weeds, i.e. pests so it is a pesticide.
  10. Re: marked queen in hive, not a single capped brood, no sign of eggs...

    I'd put it in a 5 frame nuc and put it in a protected area (unheated garage, outbuilding?) and try to babysit it over the winter.
  11. Thread: Candy Board

    by hilreal
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    Re: Candy Board

    Most likely needs to cook it a little longer, read up on some candy recipes for tips. You do have an accurate candy thermometer? My grandma always took a small drop and let it fall into a container...
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    Re: How I winterize my nucs.

    Advantage of the "pillow" of insulation in a plastic bag is that it gives you some leeway into distance between hives.
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    Re: How I winterize my nucs.

    Do you place insulation between the nucs? A local beek showed me how he buys bat insulation, cuts it into sheets and stuffs it in black plastic garbage bags and then puts them in between nucs and...
  14. Re: Free Shipping Rant (Beekeeping Equipment Big Box Stores)

    You charge what the market will bare. The real issue is that there are a lot of new hobbyist beeks to which cost is no object. They drive their $60,000 car to Starbucks for their $5 cup of...
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    Re: Just think of all the bee forage.....

    Indiana drives me nuts. I'm located near the interstate and I know that as soon as I see the sweet clover blooming that within a few days I will see the big mowers coming up from the south.
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    Re: Just think of all the bee forage.....

    And parks and large industries with tens of acres of lawn in front...
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    Just think of all the bee forage.....

    http://www.denverpost.com/homegarden/ci_26794127/bee-lawns-make-room-clover-dandelions-other-pollinator

    Just think of all the bee forage if we could get 25% of the grass in this country planted to...
  18. Re: Not feeding, why??? Low on stores, and not feeding.

    A couple of other potential options for the weak nuc if you are willing to baby sit it. If you have a nice south facing brick / block building you can sit the nuc in front of it which will provide...
  19. Re: Not feeding, why??? Low on stores, and not feeding.

    I have 2 populous hives side by side that I thought were a little on the light side so put on identical top feeders. One took down 2 gallons in 48 hours, the other has hardly touched it. Both have...
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    Re: 1st OAV attempt

    Glad to hear too, but those of us considering a purchase would like to know if it was just operator error or something else. Thanks.
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    Re: building comb Indiana

    Good rule of thumb is to crowd them in the fall and give them lots of room in the spring (lifted from George Imrie). They are not going to draw wax this time of year. They are too busy keeping what...
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    Re: Time to make candles

    Nice, I just got that mold and am looking forward to giving it a try. Looks challenging. Any tips for getting it out without breaking the tips off?
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    It all depends on how MANY hives are in the building realtive to the size of the building. Same idea with a hive. If you had a huge cluster such that they were filling up 90% of the interior space...
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    Re: Brushy Mountain Shipping

    Nothing is FREE. Comparison shop. As mentioned if you can attend a regional meeting you can often get great deals besides saving on the shipping. At HAS this summer many items were .80 on the...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    I still think the factor that many are leaving out is the fact of ventilation.....making sure that warm, moist air is expelled from the hive through a hole near the top of the hive, thus leaving the...
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