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  1. Re: Won a blue ribbon at the fair for our honey!

    How deeply satisfying, and what a great surprise! Congratulations!
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    Re: Celebrity Beekeeper

    "They have the outfits for people who can't resonate!" I love it.

    Great link,Tallonredding. Thank you for posting it!
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    Re: Drone Expulsion

    I enjoyed this thoroughly! Thank you for posting it.

    What brutality! Beautiful, it its way, but almost hard to watch.
  4. Thread: Drone issues

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    Re: Drone issues

    ~ ROFL ~

    THE CRUSHER!

    At the risk of dating myself, remember that Bugs Bunny?
  5. Re: Measuring varroa based on number found in brood

    Fantastic photographs, Phoebee! Gorgeous and sad.

    Hubby and i just ordered a sticky board with a screen over it for our solid bottomed hives. While our attempts at getting a count won't be...
  6. Re: A couple pics of this year's first extraction

    Oh, look at all those gorgeous jars! You must be over the moon ... Congratulations!
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    Re: Did you stick with top bar?

    Thank you, Dudelt! That sounds like a very advanced technique to me. :) It would probably be best if i continued to move bar-by-bar for a while ...
  8. Thread: Sugar dusting

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    Re: Sugar dusting

    Very very interesting, and informative thread.

    Thank you, Intheswamp (such ingenuity!), Phoebee and Ruthiesbees ...
  9. Thread: Sugar dusting

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    Re: Sugar dusting

    Thank you for your response, Phoebee. The issue of whether or not to get screened bottom boards was one of the first beekeeping decisions hubby and i made, and there are strong opinions on both...
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    Re: Would like to feedback

    Ha! Michael Bush, thank you again!

    Nhoyt, my apologies for hijacking your thread. Carry on!
  11. Re: Varroa sugar dusting - What if you don't have a screened bottom board?

    Well, i was under the impression (or possibly, the misimpression) that powdered sugar dusting was a benign first step towards quantifying the problem and possibly preventing a more serious...
  12. Re: Varroa sugar dusting - What if you don't have a screened bottom board?

    Good morning, Michael!

    I admit to being in a modified panic at the moment. Yesterday, someone who was generous enough to review my inspection photographs with a highly critical eye spotted a...
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    Re: Would like to feedback

    From the perspective of "testing" for varroa, is there some kind of sticky paper that one can put on the bottom of the hive that's strong enough to catch the mites but not so strong that the bees...
  14. Thread: Sugar dusting

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    Re: Sugar dusting

    Is a sugar dust useful even if there's a solid bottom board in the hive? I'm worried that all of that powdered sugar will have no where to go if there's no screen for it to sift out of.
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    Re: Did you stick with top bar?

    Thank you, Shannonswyatt!

    Sorry for taking the thread on a tangent, everyone! :) Carry on!
  16. Varroa sugar dusting - What if you don't have a screened bottom board?

    I'd like to try a powdered sugar dusting as a means of controlling the varroa mite count in my top bar hives. From what i've seen, it looks like having a screened bottom board is a necessary...
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    Re: Did you stick with top bar?

    "... and slide the bars back as one unit."

    Dudelt, i've tried this technique, but i must be doing something wrong! For me, they quickly hitch up on the propolis, so i end up having to put them...
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    Re: Cost of Feeding Sugar Syrup

    TerriB, it's kind of hard for me to give a definitive answer on that since it's been two weeks since the last full inspection (i'll know more tomorrow). The bees aren't starving, so that's good. ...
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    Re: Cost of Feeding Sugar Syrup

    This issue of "to feed or not to feed" is a constant struggle for beginners. I experience that tug of war nearly every day! Am i feeding to much? To little? And there are plenty of seemingly...
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    Re: Sugar rush! ! !

    Absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations to you and your obviously happy bees!

    I'm curious - What did you use the apple cider vinegar on the counter for?

    What a gorgeous comb. I hope to see...
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    Re: Dual purpose feeder

    I would have thought that ratio would be too weak for them ...
  22. Re: I think my bees are getting ready to swarm--I need advice!

    I'm new as well, so i don't have anything useful to contribute to your specific situation. But i'm crossing my fingers that this all turns out ok for you.

    ~ waves from the other side of the river...
  23. Re: I was stung by some kind of ground bee - will it help with honeybee sting toleran

    That's interesting, Harley Craig! How do you get them to sting you once a week?
  24. Re: I was stung by some kind of ground bee - will it help with honeybee sting toleran

    Thanks for the reply, Tenbears. So far, i've been stung by our bees three times, and each sting has been less severe than the one before it. BUT ... i realize there are a lot of variables governing...
  25. Thread: nuisance bees

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    Re: nuisance bees

    I didn't realize bees would go after salt! Is it useful to add a pinch to the beebath?
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