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    Re: Storing drawn comb

    A deep and a few mediums 8-frames, over winter, inside an unheated workshop.

    For larger quantities I would guess you could wrap a pallet of them with some of that stretchy wrap.

    I picked the...
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    Re: Storing drawn comb

    I've been stacking supers with frames in a 50-gallon plastic bag, and fumigating with CO2. This will kill eggs, larvae, and adults. Then keep it closed up.
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    Re: Re-queening in Fall: how late is too late?

    Queen supply tends to get a little thin this time of the year. They are out there, but local suppliers may not have them because they expect demand to drop.
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    Re: Winter quilt AND candy, or bad idea?

    Which way makes little difference to me ... my inside top cover sits on a quilt box in winter. But you make an excellent point. The center cutout in an inside top cover is right over your best...
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    Re: Winter quilt AND candy, or bad idea?

    My understanding is that it is a bee space issue. The side with more relief (the notched side) allows a bit too much beespace and they'll build burr comb there. But if you are feeding in winter,...
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    Re: Winter quilt AND candy, or bad idea?

    Usually in addition to. Most people just notch the inner cover on the deep side (the side that is normally up). Then make sure the telescoping top cover is pushed in the direction that keeps this...
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    Re: Standard Sized Hive Made with Plexiglass

    I've seen all clear plastic museum hives. They're quite the crowd pleasers. The bees would prefer dark but your average worker adapts to it and goes about their business. Overall, being on display...
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    Re: Which beekeeping starter kit is the best?

    Our local bee supplier has a starter kit, but lets you substitute to your needs and preferences liberally, with the same discount.

    In our case, we upgraded the plain closed bottom board to a fancy...
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    Re: Wintering nucs in a garage or shed

    The idea of keeping bees indoors in an observation hive is the whole reason I'm even considering garage overwintering. My little Ulster obs hive has vents in the top of the observation tower that...
  10. Thread: injured queen

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    Re: injured queen

    Bee society has no "bees with disabilities act." Another harsh difference between their way and ours.
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    Re: russian bees

    On the re-queening, all I can offer is that our group tried collecting queen cells and rearing them this spring. The strongest hive available to provide nurses for the queen larvae feeding operation...
  12. Re: Yes you can buy a gallon bucket of Goldenrod at Home Depo, $5, get planting!

    It is very unusual. It grows east of the first ridge east of our WV apiary, but cuts off hard at the pass. Instead we get wingstem. Its hard to get clover of any sort to grow here, too, but crown...
  13. Re: Yes you can buy a gallon bucket of Goldenrod at Home Depo, $5, get planting!

    My master gardener wife has picked up the "Plant for Pollinators" bug. We started this big-time when we first considered getting honeybees. We did worry, though, about our bees displacing native...
  14. Re: Warning: Some of these images may be disturbing to younger, more sensitive viewer

    My bees cheerfully use green drone frame for honey when they're not raising drones. Then I've seen them move all the honey out and lay a big, beautiful patch of drone larvae. Which I promptly...
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    Re: When to start feeding?

    Weigh! Weigh! Weigh! I'll bet a lot of people who don't track hive weight start feeding pretty quickly after they start weighing.

    We finally saw honeybees on Queen Anne's Lace (presumed ... have...
  16. Thread: injured queen

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    Re: injured queen

    Queens use their hind legs to judge the size of the cell they are about to lay in. They don't fertilize eggs going into drone-sized cells. Loosing a hind leg probably messes up this mechanism. ...
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    Re: Queen in my shirt!

    I'm recalling the time I felt a bee crawling up my leg as I helped my mentor with a swarm capture.

    "Kill it, or it will probably sting you", he recommended. I didn't. It did. But that's his...
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    Re: Will bees released into the wild survive?

    Possibly. It might be into a hive they think they will lose anyway.

    Beeware10 is right, as a colony, they are dead already. Individually the bees have lived together queenless for a while and...
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    Re: Will bees released into the wild survive?

    I'm totally impressed that you are going to this effort. You've taught yourself a lot, and you are obviously interested.

    Yes, that little colony looks hopeless by itself, and the usual procedure...
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    Re: Alternatives to pollen patties?

    But if that 1940-something paper is right, peanut products result in no brood. Hard to imagine why, but it just put an end to my casual experiment.

    A shame. If I can't get rid of the PB2, my...
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    Re: Winter quilt AND candy, or bad idea?

    I learned about quilt boxes from Enjambres, but E always uses them with a feeding shim, so I just built my quilt boxes with the screen positioned so the feeding shim is built in. I also use them for...
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    Re: Microchipping Bees

    The pictures with the little vertical antennae on the bees let researchers track them with radar. Last I heard they could only do one bee at a time, but were working on ways to track several. The...
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    Re: Microchipping Bees

    I just went to the CSIRO website. They don't have much technical information on the chip. From their video I think this device does not actually have sensors, it just tracks the bee traffic. They...
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    Re: Microchipping Bees

    Another example of bizarre research devices attached to bees: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-23448846
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    Re: Alternatives to pollen patties?

    I just used PB2 peanut butter powder straight from the jar. GNC and some other outfits sell it. I don't recommend this as bee feed as it is untested and almost certainly more expensive than soy...
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