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    Re: Why is shipping not common anymore?

    I'm sorry so many people have had trouble with USPS. All the delivery services are ok here - like beekeeping, your service experience is local.
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    Re: Why is shipping not common anymore?

    Fedex does not accept live animals. (though you could ship your Zoo animals)
    UPS is expensive and will ship queens by air.
    USPS is expensive and ships packages/nucs by ground, queens by air.

    It...
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    swarm question

    Anyone know the percentages for reproductive and congestive swarms? Do the percentages shift with changes in climate?

    Which do you see more after swarms with?

    And how is the "we're in swarm...
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    Re: Bottling honey

    Food regulations are different in each state and you'll need to comply with the regulations prior to selling your honey. In Maine, we are required to sanitize containers (even new jars intended to...
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    Robbing musing

    I've been thinking for a long time that beekeepers that have had issues with their hives being robbed are keeping the hive entrances too open for the bees to defend. If you look at a wild colony in...
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    Re: Here we go again

    The article doesn't ESTABLISH anything new. It reports that Hackenberg and Adee lost a tragic amount of their bees, for which they place the blame on Neonics. And the article goes on to say that...
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    Re: What killed my bees

    We have a bunch of experienced beekeepers up this way who have lost hives much as you describe. With the warm temperatures, my bet is on late mite buildup. Tests were not done - no mites were...
  8. Re: When do the bee supply companies have their sales?

    They tend to be around Thanksgiving - Christmas. In the past many of them were free freight. Now that the vendors are offering free freight on orders over a specific dollar amount, the deals have...
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    Re: new smoker ?

    I have one and wish I didn't.
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    Re: hive feeders

    I don't think you'll find many people on BeeSource who like entrance feeders. They tend to be included in beginner kits because they are very inexpensive. I use them primarily for water during...
  11. Re: To use or not to use small cell foundation?

    Let me guess - small cell is something you read about on the Internet... I think DirtyLittleSecret has it about right. Scientific Studies lasting one season have concluded that there is no benefit....
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    Re: Apiary near blueberry farm?

    Bees and Blueberries... Somehow I think the berries in Texas are somehow different from the berries in Maine... where I'm at. Different fields are treated differently. If the fields you look at are...
  13. Re: Curious, how many carry "Epi-Pen" for serious sting incidents?

    The danger, Karla, is that knowing when and when not to administer Epi is not a brainless activity. Epinephrine is a heavy duty medicine. If you want to carry a Pen by all means get training in...
  14. Re: Curious, how many carry "Epi-Pen" for serious sting incidents?

    The idea of carrying an Epi pen for use on oneself or visitors to your apiary seems to come up every six months or so. I encourage you to read what has been written in the past - some of it is quite...
  15. Re: Its going to be a good year or its going to be a bad year!

    It was snowing here this morning. What worries me more than the snowfall (which has been next to none so far) is the the plants are ready to bud out - way too early. Plenty of moisture here. I'd...
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    Re: Buckfast

    I ordered from Ferguson's in Ontario. You'll need to get a quantity to make the vet certification affordable. I'll know next spring how I like 'em. So far, so good.
  17. Re: Ethical obligation of someone teaching an intro class?

    I for one appreciate Mark's tongue in cheek suggestion - It is good to remind ourselves that the students have ultimate responsibility for their actions. I always consider it a victory of sorts when...
  18. Re: Ethical obligation of someone teaching an intro class?

    Granted the people taking the class signed up for a three hour class. I have a problem with the suggestion that a 3 hour class is reasonable preparation for keeping bees. If the instructor is not...
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    It can be hard to practice what you preach, especially when various folks preach if you're treating to treat every hive in a yard.

    In my beginner classes, we talk about IPM. We talk alcohol...
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    Re: Bees all gone

    It sounds like your bees absconded, which in the fall is almost always a death sentence.

    I don't know if the clipped queen wings would slow down an abscond. Essentially the colony has decided...
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    Re: Master Beekeeping Certification.

    The Scene: You meet someone at a cocktail party and are asked "What's with all the bees dying?" You have 30 seconds for your answer. Keep in mind that your "friend" has probably had a few. Go.
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    Re: Spring Hive Split

    Splits in the same yard - you are likely to see older bees returning to the location of their original hive.

    There is an ongoing debate on the value of purchased versus home grown queens. My take...
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    Re: Master Beekeeping Certification.

    Answering questions on BeeSource is good practice for the exams, but it would be a mistake to think of BS as any kind of certifier. Post counts don't automatically translate into knowledge. And...
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    Re: Master Beekeeping Certification.

    :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup: :applause:
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    Re: Opening hive to add sugar cake?

    If you're quick and don't pull frames, popping the top to add sugar cakes is not something to worry about. I put a feeder rim on all hives for wintering (with notched inner cover reversed and the...
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