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  1. Thread: green pollen

    by RD35
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    Re: green pollen

    Hey thanks Joe!
    Very helpful. I guess it really was pollen I saw on that bee!! :)
  2. Thread: green pollen

    by RD35
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    green pollen

    I checked our hives last Saturday. Both are approaching their first birthday (packages introduced May 01, 2014). While inspecting a frame, I saw a bee with what appeared to be bright green pollen...
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    Re: cedar hives 90% done

    My wife and I have been treating our home and outbuildings now for many years with CWF-UV Clear. It gives poplar siding a bit of an orange tint. The secret to success that we have learned over the...
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    Re: Still learning - question about bottom board

    Mr. Bush
    Thank-you for the information! Very much appreciated. We do not have honey running out the door...only small sprinkles directly beneath the bee ball. It's fascinating to look at the...
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    Re: Still learning - question about bottom board

    Thanks to all for the quick replies!!! I feel much better about what is happening now. We have entrance reducers that, effectively prevent mouse entry. The reducers have dead bees partially...
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    Still learning - question about bottom board

    I pulled my bottom boards the other day and found three bothersome issues.

    #1 After an OAV treatment 2 weeks ago, I still have mites falling...approx. 100 mites on the boards of both our hives in...
  7. Thread: mold in hive

    by RD35
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    Re: mold in hive

    Will added ventilation not cause problems with cold air? I thought the bees needed to keep the hive box warm. Or...do they just keep the queen warm at the middle of the swarm ball?
  8. Thread: mold in hive

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    Re: mold in hive

    I, too, have noticed mold growing in the top portion of both of our hives. We checked them on Sunday after having added some sugar to the top of the inner covers of both hives the previous day. The...
  9. Thread: Moths...Help!

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    Re: Moths...Help!

    So....the plot thickens! When we removed that bottom board from beneath the hive and found all those moths and larvae I carried the board back to my workshop where I sat it inside the building. I...
  10. Thread: Moths...Help!

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    Moths...Help!

    Okay, so we went out to remove our top feeders from our hives yesterday as it was 65F and sunny...our best opportunity from the standpoint of weather. While doing this we did a quick visual...
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    Re: Late season Queen Marking attempt

    Well, after reading all these great replies (thanks everyone) we have decided to wait until next spring!
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    Late season Queen Marking attempt

    Okay, this is our first year and our best hive has a self-raised queen. She has been doing a fantastic job as this is now our best hive. We just received our queen marking push-in cage and green...
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    Re: Checked hives - new question!

    Thanks for the replies burns375 and Rick Sprague. Much appreciated. Yes, I am also concerned about the extra space the bees will need to heat. We are going to feed heavy for the next couple of...
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    Checked hives - new question!

    We had a short period of nice sunshine with temps cracking into the 70's yesterday, so I decided to do a quick abbreviated inspection on our two hives. They began back on May 02 as package installs...
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    Speaking of Mowing...

    For reasons I won't go into right now, we found it necessary to mow (bush hog) the fields around our house yesterday. Now, in the process, we wiped out large quantites of headed red clover and...
  16. Thread: Smell of a hive

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    Re: Smell of a hive

    Hey, it's like my Dad always told me...."Look at the bright side - Halitosis is better than no breath at all!!"
  17. Thread: Smell of a hive

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    Re: Smell of a hive

    Goldenrod is just now beginning to bloom in my area....guess I'm gonna have to go take a whiff of the hives to see what everybody is talking about here!!! :)
  18. Re: They're flying all over my yard., what are they doing?

    I'm a first year newbie so keep that in mind. I had a similar experience with one of my two hives (the stronger hive). Turned out to be a very large orientation flight. We had had two days of...
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    Bees in the wall - When to trap them

    Was at a lodge meeting last night. One of the trustees told the members there is a bee hive in the parapet wall on the roof. I would like to trap them if possible, but others just want them killed...
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    Re: Is this a problem?

    Thanks Possum!!!
    I'll take that advise and stop worring about them!
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    Re: Is this a problem?

    Hey thanks everybody! That's a relief! Next question.....Should I make some attempt to increase ventilation on this hive. These bees are "propolis slobs"! We have a top feeder on this hive (the...
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    Is this a problem?

    Arrived home from a short trip to this situation on one of our hives. It was about 8:30 pm.

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  23. Re: Timing of when to start feeding for winter stores of honey

    Brad
    I am a newbie so I can only tell what little I know at this point. Our new package installs were building comb like crazy because we were feeding them beginning at installation May 1st. After...
  24. Thread: Hive tool PSA

    by RD35
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    Re: Hive tool PSA

    I'm one of those razor sharp fanatics! That said, however, I always carry my dull hive tool AND my razor knife. I like to have that hive tool ground down to where it is thin enough to get between...
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    Re: Powder Sugar Shake Mite Count

    Hey Mimzy
    I am just northeast of you by about 80 miles! After reading this post, I am going to stop by the hardware store for some #8 screen. I will use one of my wife's canning jars to make a...
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