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  1. Re: LOSS OF POLLEN HOST PLANTS AS KEY FACTOR DRIVING WILD BEE DECLINE

    One of the problems with urban beekeeping is the use of insecticides on flowering plants. Many acquaintances of mine that are urban beeks think that their bees should thrive but have issues with...
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    Re: Newbee - Feeding pollen sub NW Arkansas

    Hello jcolon, I'm in Adair County Oklahoma which is a few miles west of you and I put patties on my hive Feb 1. I have seen years where we have a late freeze that would possibly cause problems with a...
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    Best time to graft, morning or evening?

    I have a small operation and plan on expanding in the spring, so I am learning to graft. My question is, will the grafts be more successful if grafted in the morning or in the evening or does it...
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    Re: Hello from central Oklahoma.

    Welcome to the forum.
  5. Re: Brand new beekeeper in NE Oklahoma near Grand Lake

    Welcome Bonnie, I also live in eastern Oklahoma, I have had hives for 4 years and if you need any help just ask.
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    Re: Open feeding question

    I think open feeding has its place in beekeeping, I open feed using a gallon pickle jar I drilled about 40 very small holes in the lid and inverting the jar in a frame I built from scrap plywood. I...
  7. Re: Top Entrance Solution For Skunks Questions

    My hives with top entrances have had no skunk problems. By the way I'm putting top entrances on all my hives this year. As Michael Bush stated as soon as the skunks can no longer get bees from the...
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    Re: swarm trap success rate?

    Success rates are very subjective. It is influenced by the number of hives within five miles of your traps as well as the weather conditions in your area. But as stated, you can't catch swarms...
  9. Thread: the barber

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    Re: the barber

    That sounds about right.
  10. Thread: Feeding bees

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    Re: Feeding bees

    IMO you should be in great shape for the orange flow. It takes 20 days or so for workers to emerge, so by the time the oranges began to bloom your bee population should explode with workers to do the...
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    Re: Top entrance question

    I have converted to top entrances as well. I have both solid bottoms and a few screened. I am going to all solid bottoms as I think it works best.
  12. Thread: Self Taught

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    Re: Self Taught

    Me too. I have always been interested in beekeeping, so I read everything I could and then I made the greatest discovery, Michael Bush. I read his website and have had bees soon to be five years.
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    Re: What is your loss percentage so far?

    Lost 1 of 6, but the one was a late swarm that did not build up adequate stores. All treatment free and hoping for the best.
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    Re: Hello from Oklahoma

    Welcome from Eastern Oklahoma.
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    Re: Howdy from Oklahoma

    Welcome
    Rick Stanislaus
    Westville
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    Top Entrance Question

    Going to convert to top entrances this spring and have a question for all you experts. What do you do for the bottom or base of the hive. Do you use a regular bottom with the entrance blocked, or do...
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    Re: Hello from Juneau Alaska

    Keep us updated how your experiment is progressing. And ask questions, there is always someone who will give advise.
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    Re: Hello from Juneau Alaska

    Hello, and welcome. So what kind of flow can you expect in Juneau.
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    Re: Deep hive bodies out of 1by 10s ?

    I buy 1 X 12's and rip them. I use the 2 in piece to build other items such as bottom boards or lids.
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    Re: Newbie from Oklahoma

    Welcome, I live in eastern Oklahoma and have been beekeeping 4 years. If I can be of any assistance, just let me know.
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    Re: Hello from Edmond, OK

    Hello, Loyd. I live in eastern Oklahoma welcome.
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    Re: Purchase of nuc's

    Louie, Soloman Parker in Northwest Ark. has the type of bees you may be looking for.
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    Re: Urban beekeeping

    It is simply a matter of food supply. In rural farm areas pollinating plants tend to be available for a short time. While in urban areas, due to various flower gardens and ornamental plants, the food...
  24. Re: Bees trapped in greenhouse... suggestions?

    Might try using Bee Quick in greenhouse.
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    Re: Why Treatment Free.

    Having a BS in agriculture and working in agriculture my entire adult life, I can tell you the reason I keep bees treatment free is simply good animal husbandry. In any agriculture operation, the...
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