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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Three swarms off my own bees on Monday, April 16, here in Linden, VA -- one three-pounder and two one-pounders. I was telecommuting, so I was able to catch them. Phew! My bees have never swarmed this...
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    Re: Excellent interactive native plant map

    Nice -- tons of useful info. Thanks for posting.
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    Re: Swollen red pollen baskets?

    I was checking my hives today and noticed the same thing -- most bees were bringing in pale yellow-green pollen, but a very small minority had their bags packed with bright red pollen. I looked...
  4. Re: News Story: Indictments From Honey Laundering Sting

    Poke fun if you must -- but the industry is abuzz about this!
  5. News Story: Indictments From Honey Laundering Sting

    Just thought I'd share this in case anyone was interested:
    http://www.aolnews.com/world/article/11-execs-6-foreign-firms-caught-in-huge-honey-sting/19618562
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    Re: Foundationless Frames

    I've been using 1/2" to 1" starter strips for several years now and love them. And midway through the summer, I started using fishing line instead of wire to support the wax. Fishing line is so much...
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    Re: feeding dry sugar in summer?

    Thanks for posting the update! I need to feed some nucs, and I wasn't looking forward to messing with syrup. Good to know that this might work.
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    Re: Russians, Again

    I've had Russians since 2007. I think they're as gentle as Italians -- I couldn't tell the difference between their behavior if I didn't label my hives.

    About pollen: Colonies won't really kick up...
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    Re: Info about Russian Bees please

    I found the same study a few weeks ago and had the same question. I couldn't find any extra info, though, so I decided to assume that "fully developed" means capped. I've had Russians for a few years...
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    Re: Essential Oils & Russian Bees vs Mites

    I've had Russian bees in my small apiary since 2007 and have had great luck with them. I usually use powdered sugar to treat for mites, but I didn't treat at all last summer because the mite counts...
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    Re: How to Can Honey???

    The honey jelly recipe cracks me up. Water down your honey and then add pectin to thicken it? ... Crazy talk.
  12. Re: I did a hive inspection....questions and concerns

    The only way to make the next box all about the honey is to add a queen excluder. If you put on a 4th box without one, chances are she'll put brood up there.

    A few thoughts about the second hive:...
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    Re: Cotton rope and Mineral Oil

    A long-time commercial beekeeper gave a presentation to the local bee club on this topic a few years back and had a slightly different formula: food-grade mineral oil, thymol, honey and beeswax. He...
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    Re: iQueen - Queen rearing for iPhone Geeks

    Hmmm .... I have yet to pay more than $3.99 or so for an iPhone app. I can't imagine this is worth $10. But I'm curious...
  15. Thread: Bear got me!

    by BearHill
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    Re: Bear got me!

    It just hurts to see that, doesn't it? My sympathies -- I've been through it.

    I hope you were able to put the hive in a safe place tonight, because chances are he'll (she'll) return looking for...
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    Re: What Got You Into Bees?

    It was a 1997 article in The Atlantic on honey bees. One day in August that year, I took the magazine with me to a restaurant to read over lunch. By the time I finished reading, I was blown away and...
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    Re: Your thoughts (pic of brood pattern)

    Have you seen Michael Bush's list of options for dealing with this?

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beeslayingworkers.htm

    I've tried solution No. 7 before and had good luck with it. I've also combined...
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    Re: wiring with fishing line

    Well, shoot. I used fishing line on frames for the first time today. Just got done stringing some 12# through 30 frames. :doh: At least I won't be shocked when I see the bees tearing it out. Time to...
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    Re: feeding dry sugar in summer?

    I think feeding them dry sugar in the summer dearth is at least worth a try. Like you, I fed sugar in the winter and had good luck with it. To reduce the likelihood of the bees carrying the sugar out...
  20. Thread: Ants

    by BearHill
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    Re: Ants

    There was a discussion about this at the local beekeepers' meeting a week ago. One beek said Tanglefoot works well. You'd apply it around the base of a hive stand to keep the ants from crawling up....
  21. Re: Hello, looking for DC beekeepers to photograph

    What a cool project!

    Here's a good article that the Post ran last summer about urban beekeepers in the District:...
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    Re: how to build a fence around the hive

    Here's another vote for note moving the hive. I wouldn't even bother closing it up. I put up an electric fence around my hives four years ago. Used a post pounder to drive the posts and a hammer...
  23. Thread: New Guy

    by BearHill
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    Re: New Guy

    Yes, there is a Dadant plant in Lynchburg that usually has packages available for pickup in early April. I got a few from there in 2008. Be prepared to stand in line! But it's fun to chat with people...
  24. Re: Looking for natural resistant bees for Warre Hive project, Russians?

    I've had Russian bees in my apiary since 2007 (along with Italians and Carniolans), and I think they're great. They're survivors. This is just anecdotal based on my experience, but they seem to...
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