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    Re: can you melt wax in a slow cooker?

    Thank you for your suggestions and your concerns. It seems do-able, only do not know how much time it takes when the crockpot is in the low setting. Stavros
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    can you melt wax in a slow cooker?

    I was wondering if you can add some water and beeswax in the porcelain pot of the slow cooker and heat it (outside the house) will it melt the wax? Has anyone tried it? Thanks a lot,
    Stavros
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    Re: best time to move a hive

    This week's temperatures in Atlanta are ideal for moving beehives around. Screen the entrance, strap the entire hive once, and you can walk it through the house and into your car/truck. I moved a...
  4. Re: Beecosystems? I know it has been mentioned here right?

    I think honeybees are not furniture for ultra-modern and rich houses. I have seen people fill the shelves of their expensive houses with all kinds of stuff (including books that they do not read),...
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    Re: net to cover 3 hives?

    Thank you for your suggestions. I will close the entrance with screen, and they can use the screened bottom board to breath for half a day. Not the end of the world for them.

    Stavros
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    net to cover 3 hives?

    The storm brought a big tree down in our back yard missing 3 hives by inches (amazing!, they are alive and well and all flying happily after the storm). The tree is too big for me to deal with and I...
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    top covers with metal and feeding hole?

    For several years, I have been using hive top covers with a hole for feeding a mason jar or feeding bucket. The covers do not weather very well because they have no metal top. Do you know if anyone...
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    Re: Is this a hive or a swarm?

    Thank you for confirming my suspicion--this is the mother hive that threw the spring swarm. I have never seen bees bearding from a tree-hive, but I guess this is normal. Judging from the number of...
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    Is this a hive or a swarm?

    A friend took this photo, on a tree 20ft up:
    http://people.math.gatech.edu/~stavros/bees/photos/bees.jpg
    Last spring I caught a swarm from tree next to this one. Do you think this is a new swarm,...
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    combining hive question

    I would like to ask your opinion about a combining hive question.

    I have a queenless 10-frame hive. It came from a 5-frame split (with a capped queen cell) 3
    weeks ago, and have seen no...
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    strong hive--how to proceed?

    I have a very strong hive (10 frame) 1 deep, 2 supers full of bees. I saw lots of drones and drone brood and a thorough inspection today revealed no queen cells.

    I know they will swarm, and I will...
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    Re: Wax moth issue where to get bt aizawai?

    On a similar topic, I sprayed bt aizawai in my supers last fall and just checked them: no wax moth damage. Do I need to spray every year bt, or does one spray suffice for many years? What is your...
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    Re: Against all odds, nuc is alive

    Glad to know that your nuc is alive Millenia. I checked mine today, 48F, and added some fondant. They had completely finished off the previous one, but some are still alive near the top of a frame....
  14. Re: Tom Seeley's presentation at Marin Beekeepers Club

    That's a wonderful presentation, very informative and fun to watch. I did not know of the shake dance, or the tremble dance, of the very funny beep signal.
    Stavros
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    Re: Against all odds, nuc is alive

    On a positive note, the few bees in the nuc are flying today. We've had some cold weather (low 9F), and plenty of days with lows 30F, and rain and all that is typical of the winter. Yet, they...
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    Re: Against all odds, nuc is alive

    bemandan,
    Sad to say but the majority of my hives make it to two seasons, but very few make it to three seasons (even after they requeen themselves). I use OA vapor once a year, but still one thing...
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    Re: Against all odds, nuc is alive

    In my experience, if I catch a swarm and they stay with me during the summer (no robbing, no SHB), they typically survive the winter and they build a very strong hive the next spring. I do not...
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    Re: Against all odds, nuc is alive

    Happy New Year! The nuc is still alive.
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    Re: Against all odds, nuc is alive

    I do not have electricity nearby. It's a great feeling to see them fly, taking one day at a time, and expecting the worst. I'll keep updating in a month or so if they make it through January. I know...
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    Against all odds, nuc is alive

    Hello fellow beekeepers,
    This year was tough for me: I lost 7 out my 9 hives, 2 swarms I caught and one of the nucs that I made. All sorts of reasons, some SHB, maybe mites but also queen failure...
  21. Re: bee-friendly mosquito control for Atlanta?

    Thank you for your suggestions. To be clear, I am talking about neighbors of mine who have local lawn companies spray their properties for mosquito control, and not about areal spraying in the entire...
  22. bee-friendly mosquito control for Atlanta?

    Several neighbors have been asking me about bee-friendly mosquito control in Atlanta. It is humid, still relatively warm (70s) and the mosquitos are alive and well. Most of those neighbors are using...
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    How to best overwinter 2 nucs?

    I have two 5-frame nucs with spring queens (from spring queen cells), that against all odds survived the robbing and SHB, while other hives got slimed by SHB. I did not feed them in the spring and...
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    Re: Major SHB problem

    I agree with your observation that there are hunderds if not thousands of SHB eggs in the frames and boxes of a strong hive but somehow a strong hive takes care of that and the eggs never...
  25. Thread: Freezers?

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    Re: Freezers?

    What do you mean when you say that a chest freezer is the most efficient? In terms of energy consumption? In terms of fitting supers and deeps? As for the side bar, I have turnt off all ads from my...
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