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    I harvested some of the best tasting honey this...

    I harvested some of the best tasting honey this year that I think the girls have ever brought in. It is mostly sweetclover but there is something else in it. I love it and so do my customers! I'm...
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    I think we could have done much better, but to...

    I think we could have done much better, but to lay all of this in the president's lap is not fair.

    First it seems that all we want to do is want the feds to bail us out. We can't do anything for...
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    Tim, Great photos! Ron

    Tim,

    Great photos!

    Ron
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    Hey Aspera, Great idea. Now wouldnlt that be...

    Hey Aspera,

    Great idea. Now wouldnlt that be fun. I could take bets and buy more bee equipment!

    Ron
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    Today I saw three varroa mites waiting on some...

    Today I saw three varroa mites waiting on some drone comb to hitch a ride on a passing bee. I touched one and it ran. I had no idea that those little buggers could move so fast! From looking at...
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    We have a local be supply company that rents...

    We have a local be supply company that rents their extractor to hobbiests who don't have one. Since I don't have one, I'm considering renting it.

    Is it safe to do so, since I do not have any...
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    I used borax and baking soda to get rid of the...

    I used borax and baking soda to get rid of the carpenter ants that were attacking my hives. It worked! I also stopped feeding which helped, too.

    I put combat ant traps around my hives. All of...
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    I used the newspaper method today. Thanks for the...

    I used the newspaper method today. Thanks for the suggestion.

    I divided the two italian boxes and put one on each carni hive over newspaper. The field bees from the italian hive seem to be going...
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    Poll: I'm 53, didn't feel like it until I started...

    I'm 53, didn't feel like it until I started babysitting a todler, know I know I'm 53!

    Ron
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    I have a queenless hive that I need to merge with...

    I have a queenless hive that I need to merge with my two other very strong hives. The queenless hive is italian and the strong ones (queen right) are carniolans. The italians are in two deeps and...
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    I have a similar situation with a neighbor. I...

    I have a similar situation with a neighbor. I keep my bees at my 10 year-old protege's house. Her neighbor across the street is the complain about everything, threaten to call the police type.
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    Joel, I'm sorry if I misunderstood. I have no...

    Joel,

    I'm sorry if I misunderstood. I have no experience with the queens from Purvis Brothers, but I plan on purchasing some queens to test. I thought you might like the info from their web...
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    The Purvis brothers have a website that explains...

    The Purvis brothers have a website that explains the difference between the two lines. They are both supposedly v. mite tolerant.

    The blue line is more true to Russian genetics and survives...
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    Checked my bees today and things look pretty...

    Checked my bees today and things look pretty good. I was concerned the last time I checked them because the queens weren't laying and the bees seemed to be disapearing. Well the queens are laying...
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    ChellesBees, I stopped feeding them about 2...

    ChellesBees,

    I stopped feeding them about 2 weeks ago. My feeding brought an onslaught of carpenter ants, so I stopped the sugar syrup. Bees are bringing in plenty of nectar, now anyhow.

    I...
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    The carnis I have do a decent job of building...

    The carnis I have do a decent job of building comb. My italians are the ones that are making some parallel fins in one small area. Everytime I tear it out they put it back. Its getting smaller,...
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    What are your recommendations for hive...

    What are your recommendations for hive inspections. How often should you inspect and how extensive of an inspection should be made?

    Thanks.

    Ron
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    I went out to inspect the bees yesterday and...

    I went out to inspect the bees yesterday and something was strange.

    In all three of my hives the bees are normally calm. Yesterday, they seemed different, edgey or nervous. They were likely to...
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    I have a package hive started this year on...

    I have a package hive started this year on mediums with foundation that is really booming.

    I had two mediums on it and they have filled up the frames and have brood/honey in them limiting the...
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    Thought I'd give an update of my carpenter ant...

    Thought I'd give an update of my carpenter ant situation.

    I put baking soda on the wood tray inserts to my SBBs and one weeklater carpenter ants practically gone from hives. A few are roaming...
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    I have RiteCell and it is working fine for me. Bees drawing it out fine. I sprayed it with 1:1 syrup first. Now that a flow is on I just put it in and they are working it.

    Ron
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    I have a hive with an Italian queen that I...

    I have a hive with an Italian queen that I started as a package. She is laying eggs all over, laying well, but quite a few of the cells are drones.

    I would say that probably 85% to 90% are...
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    Thanks, everyone for your thoughts and prayers. I...

    Thanks, everyone for your thoughts and prayers. I sent a copy of your comments to Tim. I asked him to share your comments with his buddies.

    Ron
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    One time I was holding a deep frame of brood and...

    One time I was holding a deep frame of brood and bees over the brood nest. I slipped and dropped the frame right on top of the brood nest.

    I received about 20 love kisses.

    Ron
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    I want to start by apologizing for being off...

    I want to start by apologizing for being off topic for this forum.

    My son serving in Iraq just sent me a disturbing email. I'm worried about his safety. I'm hoping those of you who have the...
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