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    Re: Does fondant make it to the honey supers?

    Has anyone ever put food coloring in fondant and watched to see where it gets stored? I was thinking about making up some colored patties this fall.
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    Re: 1st Year Russian Hives

    I bought 2 russian queens in 2009 and 2 russian/vsh in 2010. I have not bought any queens since.

    Before the Russians, my 3 Italian colonies all died despite mite treatments. I did have one...
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    Re: Bee-z Smoker ... Any reviews?

    They do have a 30 day return policy. Will see..
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    Re: Bee-z Smoker ... Any reviews?

    Well, I've used it three times. The first time I put a small amount of fuel in because that's the way I understood the instructions.

    The fluffy pine shavings burn up fast and I kept having to...
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    Bee-z Smoker ... Any reviews?

    Has anyone bought one?

    http://www.beezsmoker.com/

    I can see some use for it, the main one being the greatly diminished risk of setting something on fire besides your smoker fuel. The other is...
  6. any way to download "resource" articles as PDF?

    I clicked the "download now" button which was a junk PDF reader loaded with toolbars etc.
    Is it possible to print some of the articles for reading later?
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    Re: b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

    Kim Flottum has a brand new revision of "The Backyard Beekeeper" just out on Amazon for about $15. The photographs are excellent and all in color. His writing is excellent as usual. I think it...
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    Re: Is the 2 feet/2 mile rule dead?

    Great advice if you have a forklift, or lots of beefy helpers and good ratchet straps. For the rest of us, taking boxes apart in the dark is asking for trouble. Especially if you are moving them in...
  9. Before swarm, when does the old queen quit laying?

    I know they quit feeding her and she quits laying. Is there any information on how long? Just curious.
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    Re: This may be a dumb question

    Are they still counting?? Last update to that map was 2011; maybe it takes that long to run the data.

    And how are they determining AHB? Morphology not ideal, neither is mitochondrial DNA.
  11. Re: Treatment free success or failure: what makes the difference?

    Some speculation that I've heard is that the "beginner's luck" is a combination of things.. starting out on new equipment with little or no old comb, etc. That would favor the first year beginners. ...
  12. Re: Dry Ice/Ozone for killing beetles in frames waiting to be extracted.

    Let me know if it works. I still worry about the eggs.. not sure how tough they are; same for moth eggs. If it works, will be a great method for fall storage.
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    Re: Russian bees and the constant drought

    I don't do varroa mite treatments. My Russian-lineage bees do tend to shut down during a dearth. So there is a natural break in the brood cycle which helps control varroa. I left plenty of honey...
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    Re: Bee Escape as SHB trap?

    Here are the pictures. The hive itself is the "bait". The original model I saw had a little "door" built into the frame so you could open it and dump the beetles out. Obviously an 8 mesh screened...
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    Re: Bee Escape as SHB trap?

    Someone at our club made what looks like a good trap. I have not tried it. What it amounts to is a double screened inner cover, made of regular mesh wire window screen. The frame is maybe 1/2 inch...
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    Re: Blue Bellied lizards

    I always hoped that the lizards eat hive beetles and larvae!
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    Re: Treatment-Free, Winter 2012-2013, How's it going?

    13 of 13 alive so far. Last treatment was thymol in the fall of 2009, so I can't really consider them long-term treatment free yet. All the queens were raised here in NW OK, with the exception of...
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    Re: concealing a colony in a shed or garage

    >>Hive maintenance would be done indoors- bees that leave the hive during maintenance are now in an enclosed room, possibly in the dark- trouble.<<

    Dirtslinger, I was thinking about a bee escape. ...
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    concealing a colony in a shed or garage

    Has anyone ever put a hive in a shed, with a tube or something to the outside?
  20. Re: Spider and Ground Bee Killer Is it just me that is distrubed by this?

    [QUOTE=Kavius;815388]Fair enough, I couldn't figure out the domestic use for it. I don't know what the dosage is for humans, or what the concentration of this product is, but I imagine picking up a...
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    Re: General Updates Requested

    Doing very well. The queen I got from you is going great. I haven't been in them too much. I might take a look this weekend.

    My colonies are in their third no-treatment year having gone...
  22. Thread: Book Review

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    Re: Book Review

    Agree 100%! I am in my 4th year, now 10 hives. I have made a bunch of mistakes. What I would recommend to a beginner is to buy "Complete Idiot's Guide to Beekeeping" and "The Practical Beekeeper"...
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    Re: Old pollen question.

    Are you sure it isn't hive beetles? You won't always see the larvae until there are quite a few. All the videos are "worst case scenario". Put it in the freezer and see if larvae crawl out.
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    question about MB's Robbing Screen

    I made one of these. I like it.

    Here's a question: If I were to put one of these on each hive to anticipate robbing, and they are all built the same, would that defeat the purpose of confusing...
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    Re: Q's about Nucs, Queens, and Small Cell Foundation

    If they are acting queenright, they probably are. I have learned that lesson more than once. Here is the recent saga:

    I had a hive that was trying to make a queen since april. I should have...
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