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    carmelized fondant

    I made a batch of fondant today, but when it cooled it turned a golden yellow color. I think I read somewhere to not give bees carmelized sugar. Will this hurt them?
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    Re: Farmers market honey samples

    A drop of honey on a craft stick is what we do! If you have more than one kind of honey,they can turn the craft stick around for a drop on the other side.
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    Re: homemade fume board

    Jeff, good point. Maybe I'll just leave the outer cover off. Don't imagine any other bees will try to rob through the stench.
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    homemade fume board

    I planning to remove supers next week. I have some "Honey Robber" liquid that smells horrible, but I did not purchase a fume board. I'm wondering if I can make my own in the following way:

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  5. Re: What are some stupid things people say about bees, or questions they ask?

    "Do you have any homemade honey for sale? It's so much better than store-bought!" I replied that I will have honey for sale, but that I can't take the credit for making it..the bees do it all by...
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    Re: Starter fuel for bee smoker

    I use pine needles...have plenty for free on my property. To get things going, I use the paper that foundation is wrapped in!

    I had purchased these cotton cylinders from one of the beekeeping...
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    Re: First swarm of the year!

    Hahaha! I did the same thing on Tuesday....missed the box and dumped at least half of them on the ground. Fortunately, the queen must have made it into the box, as the bees on the ground began...
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    Re: thurnderstorms and mean bees?

    thanks...they swarmed either yesterday or today...found them up in a tree above the hive. My beekeeper friend with lots of swarm-catching gadgets came and got them down for me :)
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    lots of drone brood

    Have tons of drone brood (one and one half frames worth) in one hive. What does this mean?
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Swarmed 5/18 or 5/19 (partly sunny and in 70's) found them up in tree just above the hive...Beek friend came and got them down for me, so now I have 5 hives instead of 4!
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    overabundance of drones

    One of my hives has one and 1/2 frames of nothing but drone brood. What's up with that?
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    thurnderstorms and mean bees?

    We had severe thunderstorms here in central Virginia yesterday. Today is bright and sunny so around 9:30 am I attempted to work my bees. Hive #1 was very agitated and even though I was quite gentle...
  13. Re: Nematodes and diatom earth, for SHB, every little bit helps?

    One note of caution: It is my understanding that nematodes can really mess up underground vegetables: carrots, potatoes, etc. So be careful about using them near your vegetable garden!
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    Re: If you had to start over....

    I'm right there with Honeydreams. All 8 frame mediums for easier lifting and to keep everything interchangable.

    Or maybe all top bar hives....
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    Re: Hot Tasting Honey

    I wonder what kind of nectar...maybe some kind of hot pepper? I bet there are lots of people that would LOVE it!
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    Re: Wife didn't want bees

    My husband and I are a team...he puts together all of the equip. for me and I work the hives. He was all for it---he's a honey fanatic. He's interested in the hives, but doesn't like to get too...
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    Re: OUCH just learned a lesson the hard way

    I had a hive get nasty with me last summer...they went right for my ankles. I purchased a pair of rubber boots which I now wear under my bee suit.
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    Re: swollen lip

    Last summer, I had a bee get inside my veil. I heard it buzzing but figured it was on the outside close to my ear. Until....I felt it crawl INSIDE my ear. It went right up into my ear canal. ...
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    Re: carpenter bees harrassing my hives

    Okay, Barry...thanks for clearing up our misconceptions. I am no longer out to get the carpenter bees!
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    Re: carpenter bees harrassing my hives

    I was once told that carpenter bees eat honey bees. Maybe that was false information???? They are definitely chasing my honey bees...
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    Re: carpenter bees harrassing my hives

    Found directions for making a carpenter bee trap online:

    http://www.ehow.com/how_5611563_build-carpenter-bee-traps.html


    Hopefully, our "good" bees won't take the bait and be trapped...I'm...
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    Re: carpenter bees harrassing my hives

    I have them, too. They not only harass my honey bees, they harass ME---dive bomb me, but have not stung. My beekeeping club spoke about them last year. Some kind of trap involving a soda bottle,...
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    Re: Lawn mowing problems

    Josh, they are already facing away from the mower (towards their water source---a pond). Is that what you mean by turning them around?
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    Re: Lawn mowing problems

    Bill, I have noticed that they are more aggressive when I work them, particularly one hive that swarmed last spring and made a new queen---I believe it was this hive that attacked this morning. I'm...
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    Lawn mowing problems

    I have had two hives for about a year and a half now. My husband has been using his tractor to cut the grass with no issues, up until 2 weeks ago. The bees suddenly are irritated by the tractor and...
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