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    Re: Bee sting death

    Yes, but know what you can do. Sometimes what works on TV, has no real life implications. Pulling a person from a burning car makes you a hero, but dying during the rescue leaves your family without...
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    Re: Bee sting death

    The problem with "good Sam" laws they aren't a blank check to help someone. You have to do within what you know. If you have no training, but think something is ok, but really don't know can have...
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    Re: Unhappy Neighbors

    Best thing I can think is not to do anything to provoke legal issues. My bees doing their thing is not an issue, but if my bees are depriving them of the enjoyment of their property can lead to legal...
  4. Thread: SHB takeover

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    Re: SHB takeover

    I had only seen a couple of hive beetles, till today. One hive had 40-50 that I saw. Didn't have lots of bees, and I didn't see the queen. I reduced it to one deep box. I would have reduced it to a...
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    Re: Kentucky Bloom season, when to feed?

    Your in Russellville, I'm west of KY Lake. Look in your hive, if there is no open nectar, or capped honey - FEED. I hAve a 1000 lbs of sugar in bags ready to feed. I hAve chicken waterer s(5 gal)....
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    Re: oxalic acid treatment

    I have MAQS. That adequate
  7. Thread: Bee stings

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    Re: Bee stings

    I understand the need for periodic stings, but occasionally when I open a hive they go berserk. Usually it's when I have no smoke available, but if alarm pheromone is in the air in a hive of 40000...
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    oxalic acid treatment

    I saw bees on the ground today. Made me think in terms of mites. I pulled drone larvae out looking for mites, found 1 in about fifty I pulled out of various hives. If I put mite strips or buy a...
  9. Re: Does a queen make mating flights on one day only?

    He was quoting his experience. I was told DCA was based on magnetic field lines, but have never seen one. Today I saw about 20 drones fly into a hive that has a queen that should be taking mating...
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    Re: Nuc is slimed....Can I save the queen?!

    Oops I made some mating nucs, I put 2 frames of bees and a frame of drawn comb. I have them in full sun, and have only seen about 3 SHB all year. I guess ill pull that Friday when I work my bees
  11. Re: "Hi, I want to learn beekeeping and I'm looking for a mentor"

    Sometimes I have had people want to watch to see if it's something they want to do. If they are willing to buy a suit, then they can watch. Have had no one buy the suit.
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    Re: Grafting without buying anything?

    Know down the edge of the cell where you can see. You are less likely to flip the larvae over, and if you do you know it
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    Re: How late is to late?

    I'm planning on splitting my hives up in July, and feeding the nuc. My intent is to get most into a 5/5 configuration. Hopefully that way they can't move away from food. All will have a patty on top.
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    Re: am I a strange breed?

    I am in the same boat. I went into winter with 30, came out with 8. Had no honey in hive in April, fed solid sugar on top. Wanted to get honey, but if you have 1 yard, I don't want possibility of...
  15. Re: Talk about Gentle Bees- What's going on here?

    Getting stung is like driving a car. The more you drive the more statistically you are likely to have a accident. Getting stung is like that, the more you do beekeeping the more likely you are going...
  16. Re: Nucs are going to be late. How big an issue is it?

    My bees have struggled with numbers all season. I grafted last week and am making mating nucs tomorrow. Hoping I can get enough bees to make the nucs without substantially weakening my other hives
  17. Thread: Swarm Story

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    Re: Swarm Story

    I always put a frame of brood. Has to have open brood, not just capped. It's more important to keep the swarm, because queens coming or not that is a significant amount of bees to lose if they leave....
  18. Thread: Buckwheat

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    Re: Buckwheat

    This is my second year with buckwheat. I'm told buckwheat is a dark honey. My honey is dark. Deer eat a tremendous amount of stems and Turkey devour the seeds. I got to disk it under once last year,...
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    Re: Need help moving bees

    Sad part about the guy wanting to help you by helping himself to the bees. Since you told him you wanted the bees
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    Re: Why a cell starter and finisher?

    That explains much. I've tried grafting repeatedly. I'm always light on bees can't get my numbers up because of winter losses. The cell builder I made was 3 frames of bees that were not flying on...
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    Re: Confessions of a first time grafter

    I grafted for the first time last year. Here's what I learned. I went to hobby lobby and bought a table top magnifying glass. Table top so I don't have to hold it. Then look for age appropriate...
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    Re: Bee / Hive Cameras

    Issues are gloves with propelis holding a $1200 camera. Then you have to focus. I use a cheap camera from Nokia, and also my iphone
  23. Re: Got my nuc installed...messy, stuck together frames?

    Walk the old frames to the edge gradually. As you inspect(assume the frames are 4-5 position) pull the frame in position 1( you pick left or right in position 1). Then as you inspect and pull frames...
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    Re: What is "Aggressive"?

    If i don't use smoke all aggression is on me if I use smoke and they are that way twice with smoke I'm breaking that hive up and either letting them make a new queen or purchasing one. I won't let a...
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    Re: Hive Placement with lots of shade

    Shade is for the benefit of the beekeeper. That said it mAkes it tough to work in the middle of the day in a full suit. I had to take a break working bees and it was only 80. I did my grafting in the...
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