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  1. Re: Smoker for a swarm, what are your thoughts?

    Agreed with Growing Boy. I've had a swarm refuel and then leave. (Luckily I caught the little beasts and put them in detention.) Brood, on the other hand, has an immediate effect in my experience.
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    Re: Is taking bee pollen beneficial to humans??

    Interesting question with an interesting answer. If the result is truly an allergic reaction, then it is the response of the immune system (which is everywhere in your body that you have blood flow)...
  3. Re: How much experience does it take to be an expert?

    The only thing I am certain I know more about each year is how much I don't know. I've learned the hows and whys of so many, many things that I thought were mysteries or that "somehow the bees just...
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    Re: Is taking bee pollen beneficial to humans??

    Actually, if you break out the scope you will discover that the majority of a bee's feces are pollen exine. Very, very few things can truly break down exine. Bees use a different method generally -...
  5. Re: Swarm returns, then queen on outside, front of hive

    When a queen first leaves on a mating flight, a large portion of the colony sometimes leaves with her and then returns (mentioned in a few of the swarm research articles I've been reading). The ones...
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    Re: saw 4 virgin queens hatch from one hive

    The answer is "It depends." Research favors after swarms in hives where the primary elimination method is queen duels. In hives where a clear winner emerges first a primary swarm is likely to be...
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    Re: Raising chicks

    The thing I like about having chickens is that drone brood is not ever wasted. It's like trading something that won't ever make honey for eggs.
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    Re: Question on the painting approach

    I collect election signs (by permission!) and use them as the top of the hive. Corrugated plastic is pretty nice stuff for lids. The signs where the cells run top to bottom (usually with H frame...
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    Re: Raising chicks

    I always say "You can feed me breakfast or you can feed me dinner." Thus far, our chickens have gone the breakfast route. I agree with other posts here, leghorns are not the most cuddly chickens...
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    Re: Making your own wooden ware and extractors!

    As for making your own extractor, http://www.voiceofthehive.com/VotH/15_1_Voice_of_the_Hive-Roll_Your_own_Extractor.htm is what I built (and I still have it). It isn't "production" quality, it isn't...
  11. Thread: Pollen traps

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    Re: Pollen traps

    Agree with Mr Bush. If you MUST go with a front mount, the cheap plasic front ones do collect pollen, as well as almost everything else that passes through the front of the hive.
  12. Re: Need Some Advice About A Hive. My Head is Spinning!

    Cross comb or separate comb is not uncommon. My advice to you comes in two stages:
    #0. Make sure the queen is on a normal frame.
    #1. The thick comb: Take a guitar string or piano wire and draw...
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    Re: Aluminum in Homemade Honey Extractor?

    Stainless steel bike wheels work pretty well for frame supports. :)
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    Re: Dysfunctional Swarm

    I had one that left three times. I finally stuck a queen includer on and left them like that for three day. They played nice after that.
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    Re: Time Sensitive!!(by 3:45 today!)

    A nice hive where the others sat, a fresh queen and some brood (make sure the queen is caged) and those "lost" bees will eventually give up and go inside.
  16. Re: please explain multiple swarms from one hive

    Think of it as a roll of the dice by nature - the investment in raising the extra queens has already been done, the number of bees to leave with most secondary swarms is small, and if the afterswarm...
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    Re: Pollen extractor

    I have exactly this trap, and a couple of sundance traps. The plastic one you are looking at was consistently within a few ounces of pollen weight wise versus the sundance trap. It also collected...
  18. Re: What are some stupid things people say about bees, or questions they ask?

    I love those questions, as the truth is is most often more interesting than anything they could come up with. For instance "How do you heat the hive in the winter so the bees won't freeze?" "The...
  19. Thread: first swarm

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    Re: first swarm

    If the nuc they are in takes the same size frames (just fewer of them) they'll start off much better with smaller space. I'd leave them be where they are in that case.
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    Re: How Big is a Big Brood Nest?

    To me a big brood nest is when every frame in two deeps has brood, or when the bottom two are "mostly" (I know, a real accurate count, huh?) full and they are expanding into a third deep. Colonies...
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    Re: Ambulance ride

    That's rough. I can't even begin to advise you as to giving up the bees, but I would consider the fact that give them up or not, you will likely encounter a bee again. Desensitization might not be...
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    Re: Locating Hives close to Dining Area

    Well, you won't be eating honey and pancakes on the back deck without inviting a few visitors for breakfast. Myself, I'd move them on top of the house before I put them on the deck. I do love...
  23. Thread: All Gone

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    Re: All Gone

    I feel for you. Thought I was in the same boat (and we aren't done yet). I look at new packages as an opportunity to make new and different mistakes.
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    Down to one...

    One is better than none. I went into the winter with three hives. I knew two were dead. Thought that all three were dead. Today was near 60 degrees and I decided to clean the bee area of my yard....
  25. Re: Huffington Post Green posted my beekeeping blog post.....

    I thought it was well written and enjoyable.
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