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  1. Thread: Hive turned mean

    by RudyT
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    Re: Hive turned mean

    it doesn't sound like it could be the queen. dearth seems more likely -- some flow but not as much as they want?
  2. Thread: Hello

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    Re: Hello

    Welcome -- I can't imagine any hobby more fun.
    Queen of the Sun had a few quotes and scenes that didn't make good sense to experienced beekeepers, but was fun to watch.

    If you like movies....go...
  3. Thread: Too many bees??

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    Re: Too many bees??

    At the point how big it the hive and how much drawn comb, how many frames of brood, how many frames of bees?
    (Probably will not change the advise above one bit but may be helpful in thinking about...
  4. Thread: Rotating supers

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    Re: Rotating supers

    your second post makes it sound like you are talking about rotating brood nest boxes. Some people do that especially during spring build up--some say it is good, some unnecessary
    For example, if...
  5. Re: Trying to decide if I should buy and extractor.

    and do some comb -- the taste is heavenly, even compared to your own liquid gold.
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    Re: A smelly smell that smells smelly...

    do some searching for Small Hive beetle here on Beesource.com. There are numerous approaches. I use Freeman Beetle traps, which are a bottom board with a screen for beetles to move through and...
  7. Re: When and where: locally raised bee packages Raleigh, NC area

    In my experience January is early enough and ahead of the crowd for local nucs. If you have chosen a good local provider, you can ask when s/he starts making the order list for the year. Some...
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    Re: Stacked Wet Frames

    to repeat something said above (but perhaps more bluntly), don't put the wet supers near your hives for robbing. After the robbers run out of honey in these supers, they may start on one or more of...
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    Re: A smelly smell that smells smelly...

    If you have hive beetle larvae causing a smell you'll see at least some larvae on some frames (a full out sliming is so disgusting as to be unmistakable). If foulbrood you should see the sunken...
  10. Thread: Freezers?

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    Re: Freezers?

    in terms of energy use, the newer ones are supposed to be far superior to older electronics/compressors. And as said above, chests "hold" the cold air better than uprights. there are trade offs:...
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    Re: A bear stole my no spill gas can

    Breathing the gasoline fumes is said to produce a high, but it is a very dangerous type of drug abuse. Your local mental health agency probably has some training materials, maybe a counselor can...
  12. Thread: Mowing?

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    Re: Mowing?

    If you are the cautious sort...
    Bee polite and don't throw clippings at the hive or blow exhaust towards them.
    Bee aware of not blocking their flight path any more than the minimum necessary....
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    Re: Screen board/beetle trap issue

    I use the freeman bottom beetle traps. If the tray is not completely in, the bees find a way to wiggle in.
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    Re: bees and maple trees

    Maples are good bee trees, especially for early spring brood building. As the tips begin to be red (now that you know to look), the bees get precious pollen.
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    Re: In praise of experienced beekeepers

    Terry, You are so right. The best advice I got was to find a local mentor. And this is another opportunity to thank all the beekeepers who share their experience here on Beesource, especially...
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    Re: Powhatan County in Central Virginia here.

    Welcome -- I am near Roanoke but hope to see you at State beekeepers meetings. There are several local clubs your way and around Richmond--I hope you find one or more that you like.

    For each...
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    Re: The Price of Honey

    there are numerous threads here you can search for about prices -- and you'll immediately see that prices vary a great deal by locality.
    Also, the bee journals have monthly regional price summaries....
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    Re: Perforated Lids not draining anymore

    use something very small to poke through the holes. maybe a small toothpick or small wire.
    or soak them in hot water with a little bleach.
  19. Re: found an inexpensive source for custom designed labels

    thanks.
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    Re: Recognizing Rader Sidetrack............

    don't know about the brain wave thing, or even the keys, but yes, thank you for all your helpful links and remembering.
  21. Thread: hayforkquilter

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    Re: hayforkquilter

    I assume you don't want to save it -- if you do want to save it for consumption, the alcohol needs to be fit for consumption.

    I would try freezing which will make it brittle instead of...
  22. Thread: Kroger Bees

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    Re: Kroger Bees

    Great work! Thanks for saving these bees.
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    Re: Supercedure Split to save Queen?

    If your hive is strong enough to split that is a good plan.
  24. Thread: Canola picture

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    Re: Canola picture

    thanks -- that is good to know.
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    Re: quiet box not quiet

    If you cover (as winevines says) and have an exit (maybe you already do) so if bees want to fly out they can, that may solve the defensiveness.
    You didn't say how long your inspections take but seem...
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