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    Opinions on Kona Queens

    I bought two nucs with Kona queens this spring and have not been impressed. They seem pretty hygenic, and are no more or less aggressive than the Italians and Buckfasts I've had in the past. But...
  2. Combining Hives -- How to Arrange Brood and Food Chambers

    Right now, I have two colonies that I want to combine. Each colony has one brood chamber and one food chamber. My question is this: If I combine the two brood chambers using newspaper, can I stack...
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    Observation Hive Questions

    I started an observation hive this year. It seems to be doing well, but since it is a large unit (3 frames high x 3 frames thick), there are lots of places I can't see.

    Does anyone have any...
  4. Brewcat, you hit the nail on the head. There are...

    Brewcat, you hit the nail on the head. There are actually lots of kids with Carpel-Tunnells syndrome from too much time of the computer, but I'm afraid hot, sweaty work where you run a good chance...
  5. I'm 41. I'm not the youngest member of my club,...

    I'm 41. I'm not the youngest member of my club, but I am pretty close. I'm also one of the newest.

    I've heard from other beekeepers say that thier local clubs and assocations were a little on...
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    I wanted to thank everyone for thier responses. ...

    I wanted to thank everyone for thier responses. It seems that most of us derive some level of calmness and peace when we are with our girls. I really didn't know so many people felt that way.

    I...
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    Lately, I've been very depressed. The main...

    Lately, I've been very depressed. The main source of my depression has been work related. I'm getting some "help", and it certainly making things a little easier.

    However, the best therepy I...
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    Lot's of good information. I REALLY hope I'm not...

    Lot's of good information. I REALLY hope I'm not getting allergic to bee stings. The idea of giving up my hives is almost unthinkable.
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    I usually work my bees in whatever I happen to...

    I usually work my bees in whatever I happen to have on. I don't mind the occasional sting. I will put on a long sleeved shirt and my veil if the bees seem particularly irked. But for the most part...
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    I'm going to requeen this fall. I've never...

    I'm going to requeen this fall. I've never bought queens before. Assuming I requeen in September, when should I place my order?

    Thanks in advance!
  11. I certainly would expect to pay something. I'm...

    I certainly would expect to pay something. I'm not sure what the going rate would be, but I'm sure we could work something out.
  12. Hi all! My parents own a home on Marco Island....

    Hi all!

    My parents own a home on Marco Island. They are here in Maryland for a few more weeks, and then are moving down full-time.

    Anyway, the realtor who looks after their house seems to...
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    Good to see another poster from the Old Line...

    Good to see another poster from the Old Line State!

    I haven't seen anything yet either. I almost plowed my car into a truck yesterday, because I was looking up at the trees instead of watching...
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    Cinnimon did the trick for me. Just be sure to ...

    Cinnimon did the trick for me. Just be sure to use plenty.

    Alternatively, you could fashion a hive stand with legs, and put each leg in a can vegetable oil. I've never done it, but I imagine...
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    Chef, I know someone who tried that. She figured...

    Chef, I know someone who tried that. She figured that it would take 4 or 5 minutes for the laying queen to find the cage. To be on the safe side, she checked after a minute or so. In that short...
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    I read a post below by someone who got on this...

    I read a post below by someone who got on this board because a bee got in the apartment, and he/she was afraid of it. It was met with a lot of sarcasm and a little hostility, and it occured to me...
  17. Here in Maryland, we've had a very chilly spring....

    Here in Maryland, we've had a very chilly spring. I'm a second year beekeeper with two hives, and was hoping to harvest my first batch of honey this year. I put a queen excluder and a honey supper...
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    What is the best way of storing full frames of...

    What is the best way of storing full frames of honey until I'm ready to extract? I don't want to leave supers on because I'm afraid they'll move the honey down into the food chamber.

    Thoughts?
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    Just out of curosity, I thought it would...

    Just out of curosity, I thought it would interesting to dissect some bees, particulary those with varroa and tracheal mites. Does anyone have any experience with preserving bees for this purpose? I...
  20. I know this is a really lame question, but here...

    I know this is a really lame question, but here goes...

    Since so much of the swarming instinct has to do with space, if my nector flow happens to coincide with swarming time, will adding a queen...
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    Last fall I bought a plastic feeder from...

    Last fall I bought a plastic feeder from bee-commerce.com. You can put 3 gallons in it, and it doesn't leak. Bottom line...I hate it. Bees were able to make it through the mesh, and they would...
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    I'm going into my 2nd year of beekeeping, and I'm...

    I'm going into my 2nd year of beekeeping, and I'm going to buy an extractor. I've got two hives so far, and plan on maxing out at between five and seven. I'd like to keep the cost to $500 or less,...
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    A few years ago I saw a cicada killer take down a...

    A few years ago I saw a cicada killer take down a cicada. It chased it, grabbed it in mid air and pulled it to the ground. They landed not 2 feet from me, and man was it ever nature in the raw. ...
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    Bullseye, Is that a Cicada Killer wasp?

    Bullseye,

    Is that a Cicada Killer wasp?
  25. Mark, you post made a BIG impression on me. ...

    Mark, you post made a BIG impression on me.

    When I was in fourth grade, a beekeeper came to my school to discuss beekeeping. He was really old... at least in the eyes of a nine-year old. But he...
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