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    Re: Why isn't she being attacked??

    A mean hive can be the result of a queen (and you need to re-queen to fix it) or other factors including pests like skunks. You kind of have to give it some though before you take action. For me, my...
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    Re: Why isn't she being attacked??

    As many have mentioned here, when they are busy and you're polite, you can do a lot. I still enjoy slowly putting my bare hand directly under the entrance to feel the breeze each bee makes as it...
  3. Re: Keeping Nuc's and full sized hives in the same spot

    I'd drop them right into the 10 frame. No problem on the tag along!
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    Re: African-American beeks to network with

    See above please.
  5. Re: Keeping Nuc's and full sized hives in the same spot

    I always keep them in the same yard. Even splits are sometimes stacked right on donor colonies. I make sure they're strong and they stay like that but that advice applies to any hive.
  6. Re: FYI: Had a Neighbor Visit the Bee Yard Last Night

    Beautiful photo. Thanks for sharing. It shows what getting outside will do. I teach hunter education here in MA and that's one of the things we tell everyone. Get outside and you'll see things that...
  7. Thread: 5 Frame Nucs

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    Re: 5 Frame Nucs

    Looks great. Can't wait to see them with bees flying!!
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    Re: French frame buidling jig

    Pretty awesome. I do it in a way similar to that on a smaller scale. Good stuff by that guy!
  9. Re: I won't be in town when my bee package arrives

    I wouldn't wait that long. I've picked them up and then waited 24 hours or so before hiving but I think that time frame is excessive. I know that my local supplier wouldn't consider letting me leave...
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    Re: March Packages vs. Later

    My personal experience in the last few years is that no matter when you hive a package, the odds of the shipped queen making it for an entire year is quite slim. Nowadays, I plan on requeening each...
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    Re: "Fringe Genetics"

    Amusingly off topic regarding the replied to post.
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    Re: "Fringe Genetics"

    Yes. I think all agree. My point was that a good laying queen is not always based on size.
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    Re: "Fringe Genetics"

    Yes indeed. But size is not always the prime indicator. Don't be fooled by size.
  14. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    Me too. Doesn't mean that all bee parts end up in my honey but there's plenty of spare parts that I strain out.
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    Re: "Fringe Genetics"

    I wouldn't necessarily judge her based on size. You may be right regarding how she was bred but I've had some dynamite queens that were on the small size and of course some that were large. And while...
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    Re: "Fringe Genetics"

    I'm not particularly anxious to see a lot of "I don't know" posts that I have to scroll through in hopes of finding some direction. I'd prefer to see "I don't know but could it be............?"...
  17. Re: Any problem mixing Italian bees with Carniolan bees???

    I think the introduction issue is sometimes just colony dependant and not based on the race of the bees. I've re-queened Italian colonies with Carni queens with no problem and other times, with a...
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    Re: Aves "Fix-It" compound

    I've filled holes in boxes that were drilled for ventilation. I've used bondo and various types of filler all with pretty good success. They build up well, sand down smooth and take primer and paint....
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    Re: Pseudo Name on Bee Source

    Dreamed it up years ago when my kid was looking to put together a website. Actually, it has a hunting story behind it involving a raven but the story is too long for here. Real name is Jeff.
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    Re: Moving short distance

    Nope. I've caught a handful and they get plunked down right beside (or close to) my existing colonies. They're a swarm and they're looking for a home. I've hived my own swarms only feet from where...
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    Re: Water source: how close?

    My neighbor has an awesome pool and it's about 800 feet from my hives. I put a chicken waterer with wine corks around the rim right near the hives. BUT, the bees prefer my bird bath which is a few...
  22. Thread: Hot hive

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    Re: Hot hive

    You'll have a hot hive until you re-queen or until it dies off.
  23. Re: Storing frames and boxes when you have no freezer/shed

    Bacillus thuringiensis. It's a bacteria that is naturally occurring and, when ingested by larvae, affect their digestive process causing death. Search for Xentari here for more info.
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    Re: 3/8" vs. 1/4" Staples for Frame Assembly

    I'd be careful on the electric ones for frame assembly. I do use and electric t-50 type to tack the wedge strip back after I insert the foundation. That thin piece of wood only holds the foundation...
  25. Re: Storing frames and boxes when you have no freezer/shed

    The more light the better as far as wax moths go. I strongly suggest spraying with BT. If you get all the comb wet, the wax moth larvae never live long enough to do damage. If you store in plastic...
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