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  1. Re: Pennsylvania Lost a great beekeeper this week.

    Thank you ASTRO, for posting; I sense you will miss the fellowship you shared with Dennis; thank you Ray, for the poem and the tradition of speaking to the bees after the passing of their keeper.
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    Re: Sugar as bee feed and organic methods

    It is fitting that a thread started by ADAM SMITH would contain these statements.
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    Re: swarm call

    A few each year would work for me! CONGRATS!
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    Re: Back ground noise....

    I agree! I don't think Beesource should be a repository for this stuff.

    Phil
  5. Re: Can bees beg their way in to strong hives?

    I agree with Mr. Beeman when you have a queenless laying worker hive. I'm skeptical if you have a queen-right swarm.
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    Re: A Bee Friendlier Flower Bombing

    The big almond growers hire folks that bring pollenators to the orchards. The hives are placed for the pollenation during the bloom, and after some time the hives are loaded up and removed (I...
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    Re: Acebirds one hive

    Except for the time the hive was slimed by SHB larva (2012 I think), I have never had the kind of infestation you describe.

    However, I have from time to time pulled out frames that had several...
  8. Re: Honey/brood top med., not much in bottom med.

    I had a similar situation late September last year. Top box had some stores and brood, queen had moved up. The bottom box, which earlier in the summer had a lot of brood, had fully drawn comb, all...
  9. Re: Does losts of Pollen being hauled in mean Brood and Queenright?

    Not necessarily; you have to take a look inside to see signs of a queen.
  10. Re: Hive removal from garden. No experience!

    What you have done could work. This past year I have caught 2 swarms in the same location, using a box with one drawn frame and the remainder frames foundationless, with a piece of cloth with 2...
  11. Re: Swarm removal from Ford Bronco and short tour of hives (video)

    Thank you Pat for this BRONCO video, plus all your other videos. You make a good effort to explain what you are doing during the videos.

    Phil
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    Re: Help! Big problem!

    Welcome to BEESOURCE! This is the place to get practical advice!

    There are several ways to get these bees ready for winter. First of all, you need to leave the honey for the bees. I would...
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    asters, yes; goldenrod, no

    This fall I have looked for honey bees on several stands of goldenrod. I have not seen a single bee on goldenrod. However, there is a lot of volunteer aster around this fall, where I have not seen...
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    Re: bee kill in one of six hives

    Thanks for the replies.

    The bowl is equipped with a nylon mesh to allow them to walk in and climb out.

    There is some robbing going on, but I am puzzled that only this hive is having this kind...
  15. Re: Goldenrod in NC.......Lots of Bloom But No Nectar?

    Ditto what you folks have reported. I have seen a lot of bumblebees and wasps on goldenrod around here, and not a single honey bee.
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    bee kill in one of six hives

    I have been feeding my bees for about the last month. Last week ONE of the six hives had a lot of dead bees in the feeding bowl (that I place on top of the frames in the top box). Only one of the...
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    Re: Very cool slow motion video of bees

    Jaw-dropping video! Thanks for posting.
  18. Re: 5 nuc boxes from 4'x8' plywood - cut layout

    Nice JOB! The numbers don't quite jive with the Bushkill site, but it's not rocket science to match up and figure it out.

    Phil
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    Re: Late August swarm

    That is some queen(s)!
  20. Re: My removal videos in all their true hi-def glory

    Thanks for posting! You made do with less than a perfect situation. I was groaning as you kept breaking off pieces of the degrading particle board. Must have been frustrating.
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    Re: Yellow Jacket inside hive

    Could you describe a "yellow jacket plate"?
  22. Re: What is up with this? Really, upside down?

    Not too unusual. I have seen this on some of my frames from time to time.

    Phil
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    Re: checking for sufficient stores

    I can't respond to your first question, but as the defensiveness of bees this time of year, checking earlier is much better than later. I have been feeding my bees for the past month. I had much...
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    Re: ULTRABREEZE JACKET - PULLOVER?

    Thanks for all your responses. I will use the zippers after applying some beeswax to them.

    Phil
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    Re: ULTRABREEZE JACKET - PULLOVER?

    So do you remove the hood each time, and don the jacket like a normal zippered windbreaker when you put it on, then rezip the hood on?
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