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    Re: Please Stop...

    Margo, you had to have been here. Some of the exchanges with Monsieur Bush were memorable and he is easy to get along with. Mr Fischer was just plain mean to me, for no good reason. Never forgot it....
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    Re: Please Stop...

    >Is there anyone around here with the chutzpah to label themselves an expert?

    I guess you don't remember Jim Fischer. ;)
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    Re: Please Stop...

    It's implied by the tone of the post. No one would come out and say they are a snob either but it's there for all to see.

    Having a lot of beehives does not an expert make. One gets pretty good at...
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    Re: Please Stop...

    Yes, but... on the Internet, everybody is an expert and there's nothing anyone can do to change that. As a reader, you must decide who's right and who's wrong. You cannot dictate to others how to...
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    Re: Please Stop...

    I'll take the OP up on the offer to rant:

    When I was working for a living I used computers extensively for design and modeling of electrical behavior WRT chip design. I learned early on that no...
  6. Re: It Was Like Alfred Hitchcock's "The Bees"

    A swarm it might well have been since no other explanation will fit but I have been involved with many swarms and those bees are usually preoccupied with finding a new home and not with humans nor...
  7. It Was Like Alfred Hitchcock's "The Bees"

    It was a normal day, weather-wise. Not much of a breeze except you could smell a little bit of the smoke wafting in from the King Fire in California which was a few miles away. I had harvested the...
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    Re: Stop the madness!!! Robbing is real

    I've been leaving extracted frames and equipment out for the bees for ten years. Maybe ten feet from the apiary. The thing about beekeeping, it can be unpredictable. One person's bad idea is...
  9. Thread: Odd Comb

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    Re: Odd Comb

    As the years go by, you'll see that there is almost an infinite amount of variation in certain comb sections.
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    Re: Share your Beekeeping Inventions!

    When I was just starting out, I wanted to learn to identify all the components and goings-on on a typical frame of bees so I came up with this stand that would allow me to suspend a frame over the...
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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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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.
  18. 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...
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    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...
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    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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