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  1. Re: How many bars of honey do you get from an established TBH?

    I just pulled 5 combs of honey from one of my second year hives. Got 5 lbs per comb.
    I could have pulled more, but that was all I needed! Figured the colony needs it more than me this year.
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    Re: Laying worker or poor queen

    Did you find any supercedure cells? I have seen new queens sometimes stick some eggs to the side of cells when they first start laying.
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    Re: Honey extractor questions

    The best way to clean an extractor is to let the bees do all the work! Set out the empty extractor and the bees will find it and clean every bit of honey out of every nook and cranny.

    Just keep it...
  4. Thread: Memorial Day

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    Re: Memorial Day

    From "Close the taps and send the troops back to camp". It used to signal inn keepers that it was time to close up shop so the troops can get some sleep.
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    Re: Whole sale pricing. So cheap?

    China
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    Re: Comb Question from NewBee

    Here's pictures of my 3 year hive.20052006
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    Re: Comb Question from NewBee

    My hives are 40"x 16". 25 bars. My 3 yr old hive is drawn out 22 bars.
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    Re: Comb Question from NewBee

    If there is nectar available, the bees will ignore the syrup. Feed them until they don't take anymore, especially if they are still building out comb. They won't become dependant on syrup.
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    Re: Comb Question from NewBee

    On my TBs I use all 1.5" bars. The point of TBs is to keep things simple and cheap!

    3 years on one hive and haven't had any comb problems.

    I do prefer the Langs overall for ease of maintenance...
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    Kevin Schuller Queens

    Ordered and received an Italian/Carniolan queen hybrid from Kevin Schuller. The queen was shipped immediately, and arrived in great shape.

    I found eggs 4 days after introduction, and have a nice...
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    Re: To syrup or not to syrup???

    If nectar is available, the bees won't take the syrup. They won't become adicts!
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    Re: Ant problem. How to get rid of them.

    Agree with StevenG, sprinkle ground cinammon everywhere. Ants hate, bees don't care.

    Cinnamon sticks will do nothing to deter ants.
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    Re: New, New and Confused........

    2nd the cinnamon suggestion. Works great.
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    Re: Swarm Trap Plans

    I've had good luck with cardboard Nuc boxes (cheap too!)
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    Re: More crap from China

    Shocked when I went to buy a pair of Justin Boots and saw "Made in China" stamped inside! Not for me
  16. Thread: Spring feeding

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    Re: Spring feeding

    Pollen flow (natural or fed) is what stimulates brood rearing in the spring.
  17. Thread: Help my uncle

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    Re: Help my uncle

    Maybe India can move it for him. They did good things for China ;-)
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    Re: I thought bees mated in the air?

    Those are bumble-bees, not honey bees.
  19. Re: Bee Culture Magazine Published My Vacuum Design

    Excellent design! Especially using two buckets for air flow control. I'm gathering the parts now to build one for the swarm season. Thanks for letting this go for free to the rest us. Very much...
  20. Re: Images and Photos of Honey bee mites and pest.

    Dang, now I need a Scanning Electron Microscope for IPM.
  21. Re: midwinter gadget to know if your bees are alive

    I just press my ear to the hive. If I hear a comforting hum, I'm happy!
  22. Re: Bee class last night. Long post. Questions on small and large cells

    The general idea of the small cell is that the varroa do not have as much space to occupy with the larvae, so they choose larger cells to breed in, such as drone cells.
  23. Re: Africanized Honeybee Infographic - Stats & Facts

    I went back and re-read, and the 53 Fatal Attacks bothered me a bit. It 'implies' fatal attacks by africanized bees. After doing some quick research I found that there are 53 deaths by bee stings due...
  24. Re: Africanized Honeybee Infographic - Stats & Facts

    I would think this would do more public fear mongering about bees than any good it would do. I think more of a positive educational approach to AHB works better. The general public seems to think all...
  25. Thread: Mentors

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    Re: Mentors

    You'll find there is a huge difference in attitude towards bees between hobbyist and commercial beekeepers. To the hobbiest, they are almost like pets. To the commercial guys, they are like cattle....
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