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    Re: All the talk about goldenrod....

    Related to blooms: I have more than once had good friends w/allergies look at me oddly when my response to their suffering is a mixture of empathy and happiness. They always know a bloom is...
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    Re: O.H. in winter?

    feed syrup, but only moderate protein.
  3. Re: Question: If bees are fanning at the entrance...

    In my experience, fanning at the entrance has nothing to do with queenright status. For example, I did splits this spring and removed the queen from a hive so that the colony would raise queen...
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    Re: WOW--Fast Blooming Buckwheat

    We decided to do a cover crop on our garden this Fall to help improve the soil, and settled on buckwheat. It will be tilled into the soil before it begins to die off. The seeds started germinating...
  5. Thread: Strange honey

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    Re: Strange honey

    I do not think that any person would recognize that as honey, and do not believe that they would purchase it. The friend that I mentioned did sell it to a person who was interested in using the...
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    Re: Strange honey

    I have a beek friend who lost hives in October (late autumn), then stored the frames in his garage until June. The smell of fermentation was very strong at that time. When extracted, and bottled,...
  7. Re: Why are peole selling beehives on Craigslist at the end of August?

    I think that in some operations it makes better business sense to buy packages, use the bees for pollination, take all of the honey and then sell the bees. This eliminates the costs associated with...
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    Re: Water: how far is too far?

    We used to have a bird bath, which is now really more of a bee water source. I played around with location and found that it gets the most use when placed about 200 feet away from the hives. When...
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    Re: D Coates 5 frame Nuc Design

    You might want to check out Cut LIst, which can be downloaded for free. You can use it to optimize your cutting layout.
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    Re: why wire frames?

    I started wiring frames this year because of the warping issues that I was seeing. When extracting, I noted that any combs that blew out were warped when they went into the extractor. Not all...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    If I recall correctly, fungicides have negative effects on colonies; they don't directly harm the bees, but instead affect the ripening of pollen into bee bread by affecting the yeast (fungi) that...
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    Re: What?! You Raise Green Bees?

    There is a color-coded system for marking queens according to the year they emerged. For example, queens from years ending in 3 or 8 (1993, 1998, 2013 or 2018) would be marked red.
  13. Thread: Earwigs....

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    Re: Earwigs....

    Well, I learned something today; thanks! I had no idea that they could actually inflict pain (I grew up calling them pincherbugs, too). I do see them in my hives, usually above the inner cover, but...
  14. Thread: Earwigs....

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    Re: Earwigs....

    I wonder if we are thinking about the same insect. The insect that I call an earwig looks pretty vicious but I have never had a string, pinch or otherwise.

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  15. Re: Do honey bees like Snow drops and snow flakes

    I have not seen honeybees on my snowdrops, though I have only been keeping for a year. I don't tend to see honeybees in my flower garden at all, but I do see them in my herb and vegetable gardens. ...
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    Re: Why does open feeding set off robbing?

    Thanks, all. I had been wondering if there was some sort of signal associated with a hive that had been bringing back syrup, but I had obviously been overthinking. The "hey...there's food to be had...
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    Re: queen Anne's lace

    We've a lot of lace all along the roadways and unmanaged fields. I've looked, but have yet to see honeybees on it. There is still some clover left, so they are focusing on that in my neighborhood.
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    Re: Getting ready to get ready in NW Ohio

    Find a bee club and attend meetings. The folk there will be able to guide you in preparing to keep bees in your area.
  19. Re: DO I need to treat first year package bees for mites?

    I had high mite levels in the Fall last year, my first year of beekeeping. I started from packages. Remember that the bees didn't pop out of nowhere, they likely came with mites on board.
  20. Re: Can I use Modern Pressure treated DADO splinters in my smoker?

    If you want a hands-on example of just how noxious the burning of treated wood can be, set some on fire and stand back. The smoke is greasy and noxious.
  21. Re: How can I make hive boxes that are perfectly stackable-a necessary requirement.

    Make sure that you are working on a level surface. When I first started making my own boxes, I figured that keeping the corners square would be enough. Nope! I was assembling on a garage floor,...
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    Why does open feeding set off robbing?

    Though I have not done open feeding, the fact that it can set off robbing in an apiary has always left me wondering just how the robbing gets started. I assume it starts out as a foray by foragers,...
  23. Thread: New Bees

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    Re: New Bees

    I've often wondered about this. I came into beekeeping last year with an animal husbandry point of view, though there was some aspect of 'doing good' to my decision also. I see a lot of folk at bee...
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    Re: To take honey or not first year package

    My location is different from yours; a talk with those closer to you will likely give you some good information.

    Last year was my first, and I took a conservative approach. Since I knew that I...
  25. Re: Lots of bees, brood of all ages, fresh eggs, but hardly any honey....in strong hi

    It might it be that the bees are using all of their forage to raise brood. I know that mine are bringing in a lot, and the colonies are growing, but not putting anything up for long term storage. ...
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