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    Re: Beehive extremely weak, please help!!!

    I don't understand about your having not a single frame drawn out. When was this ever a viable hive and what happened to your comb?

    Are you sure you saw two queens and not two drones?

    Ants are...
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    Re: Want to keep bees BUT for scheduling

    I'd be proactive about potential problems like ants and skunks and to my extreme dismay, vandalism. I followed the beginner's advice to start with two hives and found that two was not enough. Wish I...
  3. Re: great new Opportunity need advice on capitalization?

    Pollinator Partnership https://pollinator.org/index.html may be of interest to the OP.

    They have a farming and ranching section, with extensive references, best practices, specific farmers and...
  4. Thread: queenless hive

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    Re: queenless hive

    I put a lot of effort into trying to save a colony that came through winter queenless. Like yours, they went at least 4 months before going laying worker. It's hard to give up on what was a big...
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    Re: Okay to shake bees off frame with eggs?

    Thanks. I moved a frame today from one hive to another that I was 100% confident had a nice fist-sized patch of eggs on one side. I gently shook off / brushed off the bees to make sure I didn't...
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    Okay to shake bees off frame with eggs?

    Can eggs in cells withstand a few very gentle shakes of the frame? Are eggs anchored to the bottom of the cell in some way? Thanks.
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    Re: Angry landowners

    Since your intentions were good, hopefully communication will fix. But I have been in the farmer's shoes, very upset with a relative who decided it would be better to make new tracks / ruts randomly...
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    Re: Checking hives without gloves?

    Don't use gloves but have a pair and used them once in anticipation of a hive being grumpy. Learned bare-handed from other local beekeepers. However, agree with waynesgarden that a sting on a finger...
  9. Re: What happens to the bees left behind after a cut out.

    Is this personal observation and/or researched with marked bees? I see two of my hives with aggressive defending at entrances, but perhaps the demeanor of a homeless beggar is different from a...
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    Re: How to repel or eradicate nuisance Honeybees?

    Just brainstorming: Might an inexpensive misting system or two http://www.walmart.com/ip/Cool-Patio-20-Professional-Grade-Misting-System/10794198 provide a refreshing cover of heavy mist, under which...
  11. Thread: Smoking or not?

    by ginkgo
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    Re: Smoking or not?

    It sounds like your cats may be smoking -- catnip. Do they seem to need to snack on little tidbits all day, too?
    Ooops, lest our smoke drift off topic: I am a fan of lighting the smoker each time,...
  12. Thread: Smoking or not?

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    Re: Smoking or not?

    One use of smokers I don't see mentioned a lot but that is valuable to me is to herd the bees around or move them out of the way. A bee brush makes them mad, but a strategic puff can clear a space...
  13. Re: Why use an inner cover instead of just raising lid by a beespace?

    I believe that the inner cover prevents bees from gluing the telescoping cover to the hive box. This is important because the overlap of the telescoping cover makes it hard to use a hive tool to...
  14. Minor thrills of the beeyard: seeing queen return

    I have a hive that came out of winter queenless, to whom I gave a frame of brood about 5 weeks ago in hopes they would make a queen. A few days ago, I did see small areas of egg laying and some...
  15. Thread: no queen

    by ginkgo
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    Re: no queen

    Sorry to hear that. It is heartbreaking to see bees killed in transit. I hope you took photographs and get compensation.
    You might find a fellow beekeeper and purchase a frame of capped brood w...
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    Re: You know your a new beekeeper when....

    You contemptuously describe your neighbor's lawn as "like a golf course."
  17. Thread: queenless help

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    Re: queenless help

    If you add a medium frame to a deep they will likely build out comb under the frame quite nicely for you. Have for me.
  18. Re: Any ideas for bee friendly hedge plantings in the midwest ?

    I have some China Girl and Blue Princess Holly cultivars (and male pollinators) that make nice evergreen hedges that the bees go crazy for. The deer do, too. But the deer seem to ignore American...
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    Re: To bee or not to bee

    I would jump in, get the nuc, have fun, learn to benefit your expansion next year, and try to find a local mentor or two for hands-on advice and extra resources, like brood, should you run into some...
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    Re: New member from Indiana

    Welcome. I am a bit southwest of you in Indiana. Sounds like you are in a good situation with a mentor and orchard. Yes, it was a tough winter and rumors are we may be in for another. I wrapped my...
  21. Thread: Birds and bees

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    Re: Birds and bees

    Use inexpensive materials like pvc pipe driven in ground and bird / deer netting to make a large safe area around the hive or even a tent, backing the bird well off of the bee concentration point on...
  22. Re: HOT HOT weather here.... Bees are feeling it!

    What about driving some T-posts and suspending a shade cloth above the hive?
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    Re: So why DO you keep bees?

    Love insects and find them fascinating. Love honey. Love the smell of honeycomb -- heavenly! And bees are a family tradition.
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    Re: Bees clumping in greenhouse

    Have you ever seen insects trapped in a skylight? Flying to a lightbulb or into a flame? Perhaps had fly bashing itself on your windshield when you have the car window rolled down for easy exit?...
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    Re: Bees clumping in greenhouse

    I have to wonder if any will find an exit without your assistance unless perhaps the sun shines directly into a doorway for a time. Screening your doors may be something to consider.
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