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    Looking for Maryland / PA queens

    Hi, I am looking for Maryland or Pennsylvania adapted queens with hygienic or at least mite-resistant behavior. Does anyone know who might sell those around here? Thanks in advance.
  2. Re: Placement of JZsBZs cell cups - How many? What spacing? What position?

    Lauri, do you just move the bar with the started cells into the new frame, or do you hand remove each cup and put them into your new specialty frame?

    Also, do you put the cells into your finisher...
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    Re: Using 2X lumber for boxes?

    I made a couple 2x deeps, because I had some free lumber, and found that if I made them for 8 frames, they stack and sit nicely with the ten frame 1x deeps. They are a pain to lift, though, so I only...
  4. Thread: "Blind" trapping

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    Re: "Blind" trapping

    I have put up six swarm traps this year, two old nucs that have been lived in before. The other four with old comb and LGO. I have read all of odfranks suggestions, but haven't caught a bee yet. Any...
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    Re: Post your bloom dates 2013!

    Northern Maryland, 21111, April 27th, georgious ornamental crab-apple in our yard started blooming.

    The entire tree was buzzing with activity, mostly native bees.

    The dandelions in our yard...
  6. Thread: Left over honey

    by Ruthz
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    Re: Left over honey

    Put a few frames of honey and/or pollen in the freezer for the winter. It is a great way to emergency feed, should that become necessary. This is assuming you know the reason that your bees died. If...
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    Taxes, schedule F or C?

    I am a sideliner trying to figure out tax stuff. Is beekeeping considered farming by the IRS? If so, in what situations is it appropriate to file a Schedule F versus a Schedule C? Beekeeping isn't...
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    Re: New Forum Idea: Sideliners

    sqkcrk, I'm afraid I do my own taxes with Turbotax. I am both too cheap to pay someone else, and I feel that it teaches me what to keep track of for deductions. Without this yearly self-imposed...
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    Taxes, schedule F or C?

    I was just thinking that a sideliner header would be good. My current question is about taxes, I am considering whether or not it is worth calling my bee income a business (thus requiring a schedule...
  10. Re: Your opinion please - who is qualified to mentor?

    Please don't let jerks get in the way of you sharing your love of bees. When I joined a beekeeping club in the Midwest in 2001, I was the only female attending the meeting as a beekeeping member, not...
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    Re: Can bees chew through aluminum foil?

    Wow. Thanks JosipL! Now I know a good way to protect queen cells too. I will have to give that a try.
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    Can bees chew through aluminum foil?

    I just made some insulation-foam nucs (from a bunch of leftover scraps), and I have heard that bees will chew through the insulation unless it is covered with something. I was thinking of using...
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    Re: SC Beekeeping Blues

    Question for Jim: you are raising queens already in SD? Isn't it too cold? And do you have drones available for the queens to mate with? I live in MD, and I am dying to get going on queen rearing,...
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    Re: When is SPring flow and swarm season?

    I have been asking that question myself, and so I like to check the "swarm dates" and "bloom time" sticky note topics. Hope this helps.
  15. Thread: Poisoned Bees?

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    Re: Poisoned Bees?

    Hi,
    I had a similar starvation situation 2 years ago, and in a last ditch effort, I drizzled honey over the pile of dead and dying bees in the hive and on the ground. A remarkable number of them...
  16. Re: This year's Odfrank Swarm Trap Models - 2013 year model #1

    Gypsi, What size needle work canvas? Do the bees fly through it?
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    Re: Is today a good day to move a swarm

    Why not wait and just do one move? Less stress on the bees, and you not have to worry about them flying back to their intermediary spot.
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    Re: Feeding of Cake Icing???

    I got a used donut glaze bucket from a well known donut chain, and the bees had that bucket clean within hours.
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    Re: Post your bloom dates 2013!

    The first crocus bloomed today! I had one small snowdrop bloom last week on Monday, but then it froze. This is in Monkton, Md 21111. Finally spring may be thinking about coming.
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    Re: Hive Tracks is still churning

    Some queen-rearing options would be nice as well, but it is really cool already, and free, so I am embarrassed to ask for more.
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    Re: Thousands of dead bees without heads

    Yes. Thank you so much Micheal Palmer for the tip, and for all your educational efforts. You are a huge help to the beekeeping community.

    So after seeing the damage in my remaining two hives, I...
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    Re: Thousands of dead bees without heads

    So on further examination, I found that the body cavities were hollowed out, and a small portion of comb was chewed away. So I think it was a shrew. I don't know how it got past the mouse guard into...
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    Re: Thousands of dead bees without heads

    Oh, and I should explain. I found lots of both heads and bodies on the bottoms board, no heads in cells. There was a small cluster of dead bees spread across three frames that looks like it...
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    Re: Thousands of dead bees without heads

    I have three hives at this location, and all seemed fine on the last "warm enough to fly" day about two weeks ago. I watched pretty carefully , keeping an eye out for robbing, and all three hives...
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    Thousands of dead bees without heads

    I opened a hive today that was fine four weeks ago, but is now entirely dead. On the bottom board were 1-3 thousand dead bees with their heads removed from their bodies. Anybody know what that could...
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