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  1. Re: I am going to need so much advice. Please brace yourselves.

    Stop open feeding. That can promote robbing which makes angry bees. Learn to trust your suit. That's why you wear it. If it isn't working, get one that does. Bees on your veil are not a reason...
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    Re: Paper Combine Question

    Should be ok. I usually leave a top entrance in hot weather to prevent smothering and heat stress.
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    Re: Incredibly aggressive bees

    duplicate
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    Re: Incredibly aggressive bees

    I didn't have much luck with carni's here. When they shut down after the flow in June, the hive size falls off and they get robbed out.
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    Re: Best Way to Make More Bees?

    An alternative opinion (we all have opinions here) would be to slap on another 8 frame box and keep feeding until it is drawn out. You do not need to add pollen in Texas. We have a virtually...
  6. Re: Still making stupid mistakes. Counted my honey before I extracted it....

    Around here if you don't pull honey by the 4th of July, the bees turn it into more bees. If you do pull it, they will shut down brood rearing until the fall flow starts. A queen excluder does...
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    Re: How Long Can I store my Supers

    If you have SHB in the area, leaving them unattended is a bad idea. Better to leave them on the hive.
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    Re: Starting w/ foundationless frames & nuc

    They can draw two frames in a few hours if you have enough bees and a flow. You want a high density of bees without them being completely out of space.
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    Re: Africanized Honey Bee's? Coastal Virginia...

    It is much easier to take the whole box and move away from the hive location, set it down and wait awhile. The defending bees will mostly go back to the hive location leaving you to work on the...
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    Re: Epic fail and the nicest bees a guy could have

    I don't shade or cover mine. I use a small finishing nail or an old fashioned ice pick to punch my holes. They are under a 1/16th probably.
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    Re: Question on bee density

    If you have a queen, they will fight it out. Which one will win? I would do two things. One, take away a box on the weak hive. Two, steal some capped brood frames from the nuc and give them to...
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    Re: Starting w/ foundationless frames & nuc

    Don't separate the brood frames into singles. Always have at least two brood frames against each other if possible. Spreading then too thin will set the hive back. Once you get several brood...
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    Re: Central Ohio-Grove City Bee Ordinance

    I didn't think you could have a criminal charge without adjudication in the US. Something in the Constitution about innocent until proven guilty. I think they are in for a challenge pretty quickly...
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    Re: Free Observation Hive Plans anyone?

    http://www.myoldtools.com/OBhive/OB1.jpg
    http://www.myoldtools.com/OBhive/OB_Chapter1.htm
    http://www.myoldtools.com/OBhive/OB_Chapter2.htm
    http://www.myoldtools.com/OBhive/OB_Chapter3.htm
  15. Re: Walmart colander with bucket brackets for straining honey

    good tip, thanks
  16. Re: How can I make hive boxes that are perfectly stackable-a necessary requirement.

    And finally, the bees don't care one way or the other if it rocks.
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    Re: Epic fail and the nicest bees a guy could have

    New paint cans are lined inside. I've never had one rust inside. They will rust outside, but they aren't outside enough to make it an issue. Mine last for years. If your screen is on the outside...
  18. Re: Walmart colander with bucket brackets for straining honey

    http://www.dadant.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=420
    $5.95
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    Re: Epic fail and the nicest bees a guy could have

    Buy a gallon paint can at HD and punch 2-3 small holes in the top. Feeder done. Cost $2.
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    Re: The best beehive Cover

    In 20 years using flat plywood migratory tops, I haven't had a single one blow off unless the hive itself turned over. I don't weight mine down at all. I prop the corner for ventilation. We have a...
  21. Thread: Crackling noise

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    Re: Crackling noise

    Mice?
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    Re: hive purring like cat, i'm not crazy

    Anybody else hear the Beach boys...."she purrs like a kitten til the lake pipes roar" "Little Deuce Coupe"
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    Re: Honey Sucking Drones!

    Harvest. That will show them.
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    Re: Tough lesson for a couple of first year beeks

    Correct. I have had trouble getting large, highly defensive colonies to take a queen. One hive I split six ways and gave them each a queen with 100% acceptance. I also had one hive that calmed...
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    Re: Tough lesson for a couple of first year beeks

    Yes, but it will make them easier to requeen
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