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  1. Re: Psudo queen, worker, or something else?

    Looks to me like an extremely darkly colored worker bee (Western European bee maybe?) that somehow ended up in your hive. VERY weird, but it doesn't look like an inter caste queen to me. Are those...
  2. Re: 1st time house removal...left over bees?

    dont forget also, foragers that had oriented to their old hive will keep going back to it whether you got the queen or not. moving the hive 3 miles or more and vacuuming up the leftover bees at dusk...
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    Re: Mixing flow honey?

    agreed. the only reason that you would want to avoid mixing flows is because in some areas the fall flow is much darker than the spring flow,and lighter honey is often worth more commercially. for a...
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    Re: Organic honey?

    These guidelines under which the NOP currently operates where apiaries are concerned.
  5. Thread: Need help

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    Re: Need help

    Its good stuff! There are other options that work well, but i use hbh for the most part.
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    Re: Newspaper combine problem. Please help.

    Wait, i am confused. Do you disagree that laying workers will cause a new queen to be rejected?
    It sounds like you are disagreeing with the laying worker diagnosis that i didnt make. I think you...
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    Re: Newspaper combine problem. Please help.

    laying workers canand will kill any new queen you try to introduce. Ill bet dollars for donuts thats why she got balled. you might want to try shaking them out and then reintroduce the queen in a...
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    Re: Newspaper combine problem. Please help.

    doing a honey-b-healthy drench and spraying the hive and queen works well.i havealso heard of shooting Glade air freshener into both hives before doing the combine works good too, though i havent...
  9. Thread: Need help

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    Re: Need help

    http://www.tc.umn.edu/~reute001/htm-files/Fum-B.html
    Courtesy: Bob B

    mix 2 teaspoons in with some syrup in a water bottle and then add to 2 gallons of syrup. If they wont take it add...
  10. Re: Newbee question- worrying about larvae

    I assume that since you are a brand new beek that your equipment is brand new. As such, your supers will be foundation. In that case there is absolutely no reason not to! They wont fill them unless...
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    Re: Organic honey?

    The USDA relies on outside companies to inspect apiaries for organic compliance. Some of those companies may be more scrupulous than others, and if you consider that the Chinese government fakes...
  12. Re: Newbee question- worrying about larvae

    Those big fat milky larvae were bee larvae. They built burr comb on some of the frames, and were probably making drones in them. As long as your hive has a nice round brood pattern of worker larvae...
  13. Re: Yellow Spots on Thorax,,what the fujayla?

    I can't say that I've EVER smelled that! But I have been thinking about planting trumpet vines along an annoying neighbor's property line (along with a nice high fence!) so maybe in a few years I'll...
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    Re: Organic honey?

    In order to sell honey as organic in the US, it has to be certified by a USDA registered certifying company. Not only can you not use anything nonorganic in the hive, but there cannot be any...
  15. Re: Yellow Spots on Thorax,,what the fujayla?

    MMmmm... Gym Socks... No gym socks smell in Southeastern MA yet!
  16. Re: Queen on the front porch . An odd occurance ?

    Within a matter of MINUTES! Like, 15 or so start to finish. And the only way to tell is to look for empty swarm cells (you can check several hives quickly by "tipping" each box up a little and...
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    Re: Required time for beekeeping

    The best estimate I have heard is to allow for 40 hours total work per hive, per year. First year will be more, because you will be new and will want to spend as much time as you can in there...
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    Re: Is my hive under attack?

    Or you can try to find their ground nest and pour a dixie cup of gasoline down the hole! Don't even need to light it. Problem solved.:eek:
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    Re: Bees and gunfire.

    they definitely wont drop dead! i shoot near my bees all the time with no ill effects. i would not recomend opening them later that day though! treat them as if there was a thunderstorm that day.
  20. Re: Queen on the front porch . An odd occurance ?

    definitely a new queen heading out for some bee-nookie! you're lucky to have seen it!
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    Re: drawing out mediums

    I want your bees!
  22. Re: Prerequisite for posting in the Beekeeping 101 Forum

    Pamela, i do apologize if you misunderstood what i was getting at, i guess i should have been clearer. I was certainly not talking down to you or insinuating that you cant go it alone or that your...
  23. Re: Requeened - please advise on steps taken, and hives response

    Ignore the hollering. If you have 2 medium supers full, your bees are far from starving. If there is a bad dearth they wont give you any more new honey, but they wont starve with that much honey...
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    Re: drawing out mediums

    I was very surprised to see one of my hives draw out and fill a medium in the first week of august this year on the summersweet flow. The knotweed flow is big near me, and it starts this week! I cant...
  25. Re: Requeened - please advise on steps taken, and hives response

    Yea I agree. They could also just have been hanging out in front of the hive. When it is really hot, you can sometimes see thousands of bees hanging out at the hive entrance or bearding on the hive...
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