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  1. Thread: EFB?

    by pgayle
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    Re: EFB?

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    The EFB test kit was out of date, so the lines took longer to develop and not as clear. The AFB test kit was in date. I used a pooled specimen of two suspect larvae. Sorry, no pics of the...
  2. Thread: Cleaning hands

    by pgayle
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    Re: Cleaning hands

    Yeah, that's the problem with the Mann Lake plastic frames. I keep waiting for someone to make small cell plastic in sheets, so you can use it in wood frames.

    As far as hand cleaning and note...
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    Re: Trying the "snake oil"

    There are probably some of us old enough to remember the downtown switchboard operator saying "Number, please!". If I wanted to call Dad at work I would say "eight nine" The rotary dials took some...
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    Re: Is CO2 the best way to kill a hive?

    I did that, 10 lbs dry ice on a 3-deep hive. I taped between boxes and taped the front entrance. Fortunately it was already on a solid bottom board. Next day I dumped the dead bees. It was not...
  5. Re: "Hi, I want to learn beekeeping and I'm looking for a mentor"

    AMEN!! If someone wants it to be one-sided, without reciprocating by doing the dirty work for the mentor, that person is unlikely to stick with it in the long haul anyway. Take the class, read the...
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    Re: Mason Jar Feeder Problem

    You said it's a nuc. Is the feeder at the front of the hive? These feeders are notorious for causing robbing when they are placed at the entrance. If there's robbing, bees will get killed. If you...
  7. Thread: Sick bees

    by pgayle
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    Re: Sick bees

    I had something similar back in 2009. It almost looked like seizures, on the ones inside the colony. Outside, bees were crawling away from the hive. I sent some off to Beltsville and tracheal...
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    Re: Plastic frame rant

    I keep waiting for someone to sell small-cell plastic in sheets to put into wood frames. I don't care for the plastic frames much, but I like plastic foundation.
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    Re: What made you decide to keep bees?

    It was in the dead of winter, no sunshine, and I saw a piece in the local paper about a beekeeping class, once a week. I signed up with no intention of actually getting bees. I met the nicest...
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    Re: The Slovenian Beehive Arrives in the US

    I don't see any propolis! :)
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    Re: hive entrance size

    I use a piece of 8 mesh hardware cloth, folded lengthwise into a "v" and wedged into the entrance. If I want to adjust the entrance, I just fold down more or less at one end. This still gives me...
  12. Re: Getting bees NEXT spring - how to become sustainable?

    Getting local "survivor" bees is the best advice of all. I think three is a good number to start with.

    I recommend you volunteer with a local beekeeper. Do the lifting, offer to clean and...
  13. Re: Small cell plastic in sheets? Does anyone sell it?

    Might have to try that.. I wish they would sell them though.
  14. Small cell plastic in sheets? Does anyone sell it?

    I have some of the Mann Lake Small Cell plastic frames. The main annoyance with the Mann Lake plastic small cell frames is that the bees will put burr comb on the tops of the plastic frames making...
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    Re: Best Topical for Bee Sting

    Just keep a banana in your pocket every time you work bees!:)
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    Re: Best Topical for Bee Sting

    Don't get me started on the snake oil. Folks love it. Does tobacco spit work for earaches and colds?
  17. Thread: Russian Bees

    by pgayle
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    Re: Russian Bees

    They aren't all fine. Some die. I should have said "discussion" and not "argument".

    I just realized you're in Georgia. You have a point about the ferals and Africanization. The...
  18. Thread: Russian Bees

    by pgayle
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    Re: Russian Bees

    I don't understand the argument. What does "Pure" have to do with it? I don't hear that about any of the other races, just the Russians.

    If I have "Russian Mutts" the genes, good and bad, will...
  19. Thread: Russian Bees

    by pgayle
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    Re: Russian Bees

    I bought 2 queens from Velbert Williams in Heavener OK in 2009 and again in 2010. I have not treated for mites, and I still have colonies descended from both those lines. One of those has stayed in...
  20. Re: Beginners luck but confused on what, when, where...

    "Exploding out the entrances with bees" could be robbing. Are your entrances reduced to about half an inch? Sounds like you split that package pretty hard.
  21. Thread: Russian Bees

    by pgayle
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    Re: Russian Bees

    What Frank said about the push in cage is right.

    I am really happy with my Russians. I have bought four Russian queens and still have three of those lines, the fourth being lost due to...
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    Re: Frame feeder VS top feeder

    I like the baggies too. I don't like to get into them too much in winter. I put a gallon baggie with 2:1 on the top bars, make a couple of half inch slits about 2/3 of the way up from the bottom. ...
  23. Re: Bees and Skunks: what is fact and what is folklore?

    So I guess nobody really knows the answer? So far all we have is a "They do SO!" "They do NOT!" discussion. I imagine it would be hard to document unless somebody wants to set up an infrared...
  24. Bees and Skunks: what is fact and what is folklore?

    I have been told since I first started beekeeping that the skunks chew the bees, suck out the sweetness, and spit them out, leaving the little "dip wads" in front of the colony.

    One of my...
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    Re: Gotta bee the sugar bricks.

    Last year I put sugar bricks on all; the cooked bricks not just the moist sugar+water formed into bricks. Some of the colonies didn't touch them all winter, and they were given to other colonies in...
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