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    Re: Cleaning Bee Suits & Veils....

    I wash the jacket in the washer and the veil part in the tub. The veil (and the tub) both come out sparkly clean. lol
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    Re: Storing Supers

    I store my frames in the supers (in my pole barn) and stack on the sides so the frames are open to the air and light. Haven't had a problem yet.
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    Re: Bees in the belfry

    Typically they will cut a check that small from the general fund. Ususally a day or two. I had one of my concrete subs work for a small city here and waited for a check for three months. I found out...
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    Re: Mowing around the hives

    Nitrous AND wheelie bars. lol
  5. Re: Did I just encourage the great Hive Robbery?

    Entrance feeders... the worst feeder system there is. It actually invites robbing.
    Shut the entrance to the smallest opening.
    The only decent way to feed with the Boardman feeder is over the inner...
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    Re: Mowing around the hives

    Astrobee,
    Honeybees can fly up to 15mph..... better get a faster mower! lol

    Late in the evening is a good time as the bees are getting tired and are less likely to attack. I tried mowing at mid...
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    Re: Open Feeding What Happened?

    My guess is that the bees that were harrasing you were yours. The robber bees would bee line it back to their hive and not dilly dally.
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    Re: need help choosing an extractor

    I bought a manual used one and got a treadmill motor and electronics for free. An hour later, a motorized extractor for cheap.
  9. Thread: mean bee

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    Re: mean bee

    A laying worker hive will also have larvae.... drone larvae.
    Let us know how it turns out with the requeening process.
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    Re: Trapout Base of Oak Tree

    I'm guessing tree removal is out of the question as well?
  11. Thread: Bees in tree

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    Re: Bees in tree

    Sounds like you have to set up a couple of swarm traps there next spring. Like Paul said you have the genes already if you have a queen in the swarm.
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    Re: What are drone escapes?

    I wish I could shed some light on the subject, but I don't bother with any of that.
    My guess is that the forager bees will use the drone escape, but not enough to make a significant impact.
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    Re: Fire adjacent to bees

    Moonflower,
    I have a neighbor that has a woodburner to heat his home and he burns the brush when it gets too tall.
    The first few months, I could not keep bees in the hives and could not figure out...
  14. Thread: mean bee

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    Re: mean bee

    Did you smoke them first? I will smoke an aggressive hive and leave the smoker upwind of the hive during the inspection. They may be queenless which will account for their aggressive behavior.
    A...
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    Re: Should I stop feeding?

    We could call it "Honey Sauce" like KFC does.

    Stop feeding and pull the QE off.
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    Ok.. point taken sqkcrk. But you get the jist.
    HE..... is about 55 or so. lol
    He said he will let me know when he retires from his current job. He is sending me a round trip ticket to see his...
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    Re: Fire adjacent to bees

    Huh..... one neighbor doesn't like the bees and it started while everyone was gone. Unknown origin huh?
    I'm guessing that the neighbor in question didn't come out to see what all the comotion was...
  18. Thread: Just Smokin'

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    Re: Just Smokin'

    I've been using the denim and white cotton shirts and socks for a few years now. Lights easy with one sheet of newspaper, doesn't creosote up the smoker and lasts for hours if packed correctly.
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    Re: Pinch combine or other suggestions?

    Combine unless you can add to the population without depleting too much from your other hive.

    I had a very small swarm (an old queen and 300 or so bees) move into one of my swarm traps. I had the...
  20. Re: spacer between honey super and brood box?

    Better off using the spacer idea just below the inner cover. Or opening the notch of the inner cover and installing it notch down.
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    Out of the 10 hives I have in the bee yard, 9 are feral and 1 is a package. By feral I mean they came from structure removals. Most of which have been in the structure for years without any human...
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    Widow's watchtower removal slide show.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_oAp3N8cXk
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    Re: Swarms cells? this late?

    Swarm or superceedure cells? How's the brood patterns?
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    Can't really add to what has already been mentioned, but my hives 99% of them are feral and 1% "kept" from a package. I guess they are all "kept" now. lol But I can tell you this, my feral hives have...
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    Re: My first cut-out

    I wouldn't worry about not moving the hive. I had cutouts that were banded in the frames that went quite a distance before I got them home and were fine. If you did a good band job they will be fine.
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