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    Re: Question for sideliners and hobbyists

    Hi guys. I would never convey honey that didn't come from my hives. I do not mean to sound like I am judging anyone: I am not. EAch to his own. But just for me personally, I would not do it.
  2. Thread: Do bees grow?

    by FordGuy
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    Re: Do bees grow?

    I thought they DID grow since I see newly emerged bees as tiny compared with older workers. plus a newly emerged queen is tiny. Explain this please?
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    small cluster going into winter= freezing

    Question from a dumb country boy. I have my own stock which I believe is mainly NWC, but mixed with russian and some italian. Who knows, that's just my best guess.

    heavey winter losses. the...
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    Re: Empty Swarm Cells

    well they could be just random queen cups. Some just appear with no apparrent reason to me, I'm sure the bees have a reason.
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    Re: What equipment should the new beekeeper get

    Hey there buddy....sorry for neglecting ya! you and I are neighbors, so call me on my cell at our area code, three six oh, oh seven 5 six!
  6. Thread: Cypress hives

    by FordGuy
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    Re: Cypress hives

    Many months later, about half my cypress wood boxes have warped in places. I was quite put off by the way you portrayed my statement above. I clearly said it's not something I knew a lot about, but...
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    Re: Transitioning from syrup to dry sugar?

    because I don't have a pattie. But I do have some sugar and a local wal mart that has more when I run out.
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    Re: Help! Help! Was this a robbery?

    mouse
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    Re: Book/Reading recommendations?/

    so, any reading you'd recommend?
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    Book/Reading recommendations?/

    Hi folks. Looking for some information on how natural comb is drawn if the bees have unlimited space, and how this shape changes over winter, where bees begin storing nectar in the spring, etc.
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    Re: Using Thyme in Smoker?

    Ah, your comments made me chuckle. Once, there was this guy who sprayed lemon pledge in a cardboard box to use as a swarm trap. Silly man. What made him think that would work?






    (it did)
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    Re: candy board questions

    slow down, soupcan, slow down! I feel like I'm drinking through a fire hose with all the information you are imparting from your 30 years!
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    Re: Use of frame feeders for overwintering hives

    SQCRK

    Thanks for the tips! I'll plan to feed then through Nov and then again in Feb. I may try dry sugar on the weak ones Dec/Jan.

    I'm in the upstate. If you come through the Columbia area,...
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    Re: Help!!! Open air hive

    I sure wish you'd leave it and report back in spring that they all survived. What an experiment, and would be a data point showing the hardiness of bees in the most austere of conditions.
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    Re: cedar frames and boxes

    I built bottom boards (screened) from eastern red cedar, it dit not halp with waxworms.
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    Re: Use of frame feeders for overwintering hives

    I use screened bottom boards, so humidity should not be a problem.
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    Re: Use of frame feeders for overwintering hives

    just a bump - hopefully someone has in idea...
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    Use of frame feeders for overwintering hives

    What has been your experience? How have your clusters utilized the feed inside the feeder? How much of a problem is getting to the feed since it is inside a plastic container? I am using the...
  19. Thread: Crepe Myrtles

    by FordGuy
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    Re: Crepe Myrtles

    I have 15 hives. I have mature pink crape myrtle trees. The bees derive significant pollen from the crape myrtle. I do not believe they derive nectar, as I have not seen split loads, just full...
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    Re: Mountaincamp and Imrie Shim?

    I would assume baggies?
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    Re: Bee's turning black?

    when the color changes, do you also notice more wet cap then before?
  22. Thread: Salt

    by FordGuy
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    Re: Salt

    you joke about the red bull, but I believe some flowers have either caffiene or a caffiene effect in the nectar. I think buckwheat is a prime example.
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    Re: Over wintering on mesh floor

    I have an answer but hesitate to post since I don't want to contribute to hundreds of posts that would serve unproductive for you to have to read through.
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    Re: Managing the supply of drones

    Mr. Bush,

    so using the green plasticell would free resources up to draw regular comb, but won't encourage bees to raise more drones?

    In a "breeder colony" are there no measures to increase the...
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    Re: Mystery Egg or Intercaste Queen.

    I'm convinced bees steal eggs. On two occasions a hive that had no eggs had a queen cell.
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