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    Re: Are You In The Closet?

    Mark, you and I started posting here around the same time frame. After a few years, it seemed to me that battle lines between a few of the members were starting to dominate the conversations so I...
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    Re: Are You In The Closet?

    Neither. I just can't help myself. That crap just pops out of my brain without regard to consequences. It's how I roll.

    I've just been lucky, I suppose. There is only one Troutsqeezer in the...
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    Re: Are You In The Closet?

    Troutsqueezer IS my real name. Don't make fun of me...

    Potential employers have taken to Google in efforts to find out more about hiring candidates. If they read some of my posts, I'd be living in...
  4. Re: Why I decided not to put my hives out in the sun

    The only year I anticipated a star thistle flow I was taken aback when I harvested the honey. I had the labels that indicated it was from star thistle all printed up and everything but when I put the...
  5. Re: Why I decided not to put my hives out in the sun

    Other than the fact that it was scorching, was there another reason that you moved them? Just curious as to why you thought that location wasn't working.

    The one time I had four of my hives in...
  6. Re: Difference in hives , Should I be worried ?

    No two hives behave exactly the same.
    i wouldn't worry.
    There will be no mistaking it when robbing is occurring. There will be fierce battles to the death going on all over the outside of the hive....
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    Re: Removing Your Honey Soon? You Gotta Try This

    Save your money.
    Pulling frames of honey is too easy.
    Pull it out, shake the bees off, put it in the truck.
    You're done.
  8. Re: Let me know if I did it right please!

    I only use plastic foundation.
    Have for the last ten years.
    For some strange reason the bees seem to like it and give me tons of honey most every year.
    its a lot less work than using wax...
  9. Re: Feeling let down after hive inspection

    Not sure about "little rules" since it's no secret that opening hives and inspecting frames sets them back.
    That can be considered a "big" rule for those who don't want to curtail hive activity so...
  10. Re: Feeling let down after hive inspection

    An observation hive will satisfy these urges and provide so much more than that. It's almost like you're handicapped if you don't use one.

    1. No smoke, no prep required to observe.
    2. Take your...
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    Re: Why did they swarm?

    Sometimes they swarm just because 50 million years of instinct tells them to.
    A better question would be "Why wouldn't they swarm?"
    Helpful, huh?
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    Re: What's up with my bees?

    >Is it okay to put the abandoned comb into my remaining hive? Waste not want not?

    It is recommended.

    >Is it too late to put out swarm traps?

    For the hive that already swarmed? If the...
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    Re: Shake the Nurse Bees Off?

    Create some light between the frame that you want to steal and the adjacent frames. The queen will find her way back into the darkness.
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    Re: My first glove free inspection!

    I've never considered anyone who tends to their hives without gloves to possess any level of machoism.
    Funny, I feel the same way about people with tattoos.
    Maybe some of them think they are...
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    Re: What's up with my bees?

    Bees will sometimes abscond for no apparent reason other than just bad luck.
    Sounds like you had some nectar in the early hive, not honey.
    The nectar must be cured before it can be considered...
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    Re: New to beekeeping

    So, are you Shawn or Tiffany?
    Or both?
    You will always get into trouble beekeeping.
    The trick is to know how to get out of trouble once you're in it.
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    Re: should i add supers ?

    When you "made the nucs" earlier, I assume you split existing hives?

    If one gets honey from a first year hive or a hive that came from a split, that is a bonus. I would focus on getting the weaker...
  18. Re: How do you know if there is a 'flow' going on?

    Flowers are usually blooming.
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    Re: How often should you check the hive?

    Yes, both sides are behind glass. Since bees prefer the dark, I have two pieces of Masonite sheets that slide over the tempered glass when I am not observing.
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    Re: How often should you check the hive?

    For when you get industrious?
    The plans are right here on this website.

    http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s68/troutsqueezer/DSC04061.jpg
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    Re: How often should you check the hive?

    One way is to use an observation hive.
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    Re: How often should you check the hive?

    It should be noted that I beekeep according to the Lazy Beekeeper's Guide.
    I'm not offering this as advice to anyone.
    Just illustrating there is more than one way to do it.
    Someone here said...
  23. Re: What to do next cause I lack the experience.

    IMO, you'll learn more from actually keeping the hives than you will from a forum.
    Forums will provide you with lots of different opinions.
    What works for you will be whatever you put your mind to.
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    Re: How often should you check the hive?

    Unless I have good reason, I don't open the hives.
    My version of checking is two-fold.
    i watch the entrances for a few seconds as I walk by.
    You can tell most of what you need to know that way.
    i...
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    Re: Installed first package today

    Congratulations.
    May I say there is at least one basic rule you did not follow?
    Working without a veil.
    Your skin can take stings and it's no big deal (usually).
    Your eyes, not so much.
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