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    Thanks for the observations. I do see some...

    Thanks for the observations.
    I do see some evidence of robbing in the a few areas where there is torn-up cell cappings.
    There are only a very few dead bees on the bottom board. Impossible...
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    My bees seemed healthy last Fall with a very...

    My bees seemed healthy last Fall with a very small mite count. Put shop towels with wintergreen for the trachaels and fed 2 gallons 1 to 1 sugar water to supplement the full super of stores on each...
  3. Having lived in a development with neighbors who...

    Having lived in a development with neighbors who were very out of touch with nature, and some who were anti-bee, we took the following precautions:
    1. Painted hives a flat dirt bown color (not...
  4. I have several very strong multiple super hives...

    I have several very strong multiple super hives and a few weak one super hives here on the NC/SC border near Charlotte. I'm thinking of taking an occupied super from each strong hive and adding it to...
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    Using rabbit joints for your hive supers and...

    Using rabbit joints for your hive supers and bodies is a bigger waste of time than butt joints. You get no glue hold, so why bother? Since all you are doing is nailing together end wood, why take the...
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    Since the days of Langstroth bee hives corners...

    Since the days of Langstroth bee hives corners have been either finger or dovetail jointed. This was for good reasons, and they hold true even more so today. Finger type joints produce structurally...
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    I was lucky(?) enough to stumble onto a hive that...

    I was lucky(?) enough to stumble onto a hive that has some wax moth larva and cocoons in it, but only on a few frames. The bees are stressed, and many have moved up to the super. Can I remove, or cut...
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    Well Idee, thanks for the complement on keep...

    Well Idee, thanks for the complement on keep these hives alive through this season! I've tried to do the best I could for these bees.
    As far as comparing T-ballers to the Yankees; we need some...
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    I did not intend to start a discussion on queen...

    I did not intend to start a discussion on queen quality and what queens to use, but it certainly makes interesting reading your posts!
    Here is what motivated me to take on this task. Many of...
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    If this is a swarm that moved in within the last...

    If this is a swarm that moved in within the last 30 days, then it may not be very large, and it should not have built much comb (be advised there may be comb in there from a previous colony, and the...
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    AFTER A SEASON OF BRINGING IN SWARMS, TRAP-OUTS...

    AFTER A SEASON OF BRINGING IN SWARMS, TRAP-OUTS AND CUT-OUTS, IT'S TIME TO RE-QUEEN THEM ALL USING ITALIAN STOCK. DOING ABOUT 20 OF THESE IS A BIG TASK FOR ME, AND I'D APPRECIATE ANY ADVICE ON THIS...
  12. There have been numerous posts about nectar &...

    There have been numerous posts about nectar & pollen available from crepe myrtles. Mostly we talk about this color or that color being a good producer, and then someone else says the opposite. There...
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    I did one of these removals recently. What was...

    I did one of these removals recently. What was most helpful to me was keeping the job light. I did not take anything heavy up there with me. And I took only what was necessary for each step of the...
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    One would like to use a bee-vac to pull out the...

    One would like to use a bee-vac to pull out the bees. But even at a killing suction rate, in a deformed hive, you can't reach a critical mass of bees, And one runs the risk of gumming up the machine...
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    So how does one make "sulphur smoke", add garden...

    So how does one make "sulphur smoke", add garden sulphur to one's smoker mix? Or is there something else?

    Yes, Kurt, if you are on a steep roof with very nasty bees, or the comb has been distorted...
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    Many of the people that I do bee removal for...

    Many of the people that I do bee removal for prefer that their walls not be opened, but they also want all the honey removed from the wall interiors. I set up trap outs for them. This year I've...
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    Mike, Saw some varooa mites with enough effect...

    Mike,

    Saw some varooa mites with enough effect to produce k-wing on some bees. So I put FGMO strings on top of frames & let them chew on those to rub off the little critters.
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    Thanks for all of your comments. Here's how it...

    Thanks for all of your comments. Here's how it played out for me last evening. I set a drop sheet on the ground under the hive. I then set my ladder extending about 2' higher than the hive. Hive...
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    I've been hired to remove a hive from a small...

    I've been hired to remove a hive from a small Willow Oak tree. The bees have drawn @ 5 combs spanning 2 small branches. It is about 12' off the ground. Bees were quite calm when I visited to "remove...
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    Have any of you considered that this might be the...

    Have any of you considered that this might be the first step in driving independent beekeepers out of the market and the growers starting their own bee products/services corporation?
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    Fellow keeps, thanks for your comments. I have...

    Fellow keeps, thanks for your comments. I have had a foulbrood experience & this is a differnet smell. The are no sunken cappings, or open cells, & no stringy dead larva. I'm going with the outside...
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    Michael, in addition to the 6 frames I cut out, I...

    Michael, in addition to the 6 frames I cut out, I gave them 3 frames of drawn comb, and a super of half drawn & fresh wax frames. Ain't that enough?
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    I did a cut out from a home this weekend. I got...

    I did a cut out from a home this weekend. I got six frames of brood, honey and pollen. I'm pretty sure the queen vacated the comb & climbed up into the space between the chimney & the house beyond...
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    I've been fortunate to do quite a few swarm...

    I've been fortunate to do quite a few swarm captures, cut-outs and trap outs this Spring. I just did a cut out from the 2nd floor of a home & picked up a smell different from the other jobs I've...
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    A homeowner called me to get a swarm from his...

    A homeowner called me to get a swarm from his tree. It was @ 50' up, so I declined & told him it would move away soon. Well, 5 days later, the gentleman calls back telling me the swarm is still there...
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