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    Re: Lost half of hives and it's not even winter

    Harley I got 2 packages this spring and on day 4 I used OAV just to be sure they weren't loaded with mites and thankfully they weren't. Of course they did get mites here and I've used OAV to get rid...
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    Re: Winter confusion :)

    Maddy I lost my first year hive at the tail end of winter and because of that am trying a few different things this winter. Got to keep learning. :) Put my tar paper on yesterday but used tac pins...
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    Re: Winter confusion :)

    I really appreciate all the advice. I am sorting it out and plan to go to Lowes tomorrow. I have 2 hives and they have a shed behind them, trees to the left of them and across the yard tall pines...
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    Re: Winter confusion :)

    Checked out the website on the winter wrap and they are all sold out on the wraps unless you are buying in bulk. Will be saving that website to get a jump on it for next winter. :)
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    Winter confusion :)

    What do those of you who have several below zero winter days and nights do in the way of getting ready for winter? I have 2 hives in a 7 x 7 x 4 foot enclosed fence and have wrapped it to help block...
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    Re: Crush and strain & a heat lamp

    Thank you all you are very resourceful! Will get busy soon with a few new ideas from you all :)
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    Crush and strain & a heat lamp

    Pulling my honey off tomorrow and will use the crush and stain method. Can I use a heat lamp from a distance to warm up the honey so it drains easier?
  8. Thread: Bee stings

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    Re: Bee stings

    Steadfast that really scared the daylights out of me reading your story! I'm glad benadryl saved the day. Because of all the bee stings I get my brother sent me an epi pen just in case I get an...
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    Re: Bees bearding in rain?

    Interesting read Rader :) It was both cold and pouring out when I took the bees inside. They looked like they were in the same position for hours! Once inside it took a few minutes till the top...
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    Re: Bees bearding in rain?

    Our Wisconsin weather we've had a lot of rain and lower than normal temperatures. I have Canolian honeybees that love being outside no matter the weather. I checked on them once when it was pouring...
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    Re: Bee stings

    I've gotten stung in my scalp a few times so I wear a veil if I'm going into the hive so I can relate there! Both bee stings on the same side!?! Ouch!
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    Re: Bee stings

    I got stung in the ankle and the lower arm. Both very painful stings right at impact where other stings no big deal. One swelled up the other didn't. from 1 to 10 in pain an 8. Most stings a 3. ...
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    Bee stings

    why are some bee stings more painful than others? Have had several stings this summer but 2 were humdingers. They were really painful.
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    virgin queen question

    When the virgin queen takes off to mate does she go alone or do some of the honeybees follow her?
  15. Thread: Ant invasion!

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    Re: Ant invasion!

    I use cinnamon and it works really well for me for black ants. After a good rain I always make sure I put more cinnamon around the hive. At Walmart you can get a decent size container pretty cheap.
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    Chicken on more :)

    Last spring was my first year with bees. Lost my first of two hives early on. Noticed decline in my bees but was told to leave them alone if there was a problem the bees would correct it. By the...
  17. Re: They never do What I think they will do. Questions.

    You took some amazing pictures! I agree with Gary. I have a good feeling when you get back your bees will be thriving with new beautiful queens :)
  18. Thread: Freak of nature?

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    Re: Freak of nature?

    I tried killing 2 yellow jackets at once with my painted bee rock, only got one. The other yellow jacket on the other hand didn't think twice stinging me in the hand and with all the commotion going...
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    Re: Freak of nature?

    Wow, thanks, that's exactly how my bee looked. Time to start putting up my yellow jacket traps.
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    Freak of nature?

    Found a honeybee in the yard crawling around in the grass. Her abdomen (butt area) was non existent. She had her head, thorax, wings and 6 legs but the back half of her body was gone. partially...
  21. Thread: Hive box swap

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    Re: Hive box swap

    Thank you both for your responses. Thinking I will add to the top this time around. My hive didn't make it through winter so I will be starting over fresh and am thinking it will be a lot easier...
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    Hive box swap

    Is it possible instead of adding hive boxes to the bottom to add them to the top like a Langstroth then at the end of the summer get the honey off the bottom? Not getting any younger and the one...
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    Re: Question on feeding neighboring bees.

    Vance G I watched a you tube video on American Foulbrood signs and I can happily say my bees did not have it. The brood that was in the hive was not dark nor sunken in and the inside of it not...
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    Re: Question on feeding neighboring bees.

    Enj,
    I have heard more and more people are adding quilt boxes to langs. I think that's awesome how people learn to adapt for the best of their bees. My guess is your make all your own hives...
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    Re: Question on feeding neighboring bees.

    Riskybizz if you read my comments right above yours it says I have already taken the sugar water into my house. Lesson learned. You guys need to keep in mind as a newbie I am learning from books,...
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