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  1. Thread: Tree Removal

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    I was about to open a new topic about what to do...

    I was about to open a new topic about what to do with a colony living in a hollow maple in my woodlot, and then I saw this !

    I noticed this colony last week, high up in a big hollow maple. I...
  2. Thread: seagulls wanted

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    You need a family of wild turkeys to gobble up...

    You need a family of wild turkeys to gobble up some of those hoppers ......... I have a hen with 9 chicks that eat all day out in my newly planted alfalfa field - they eat every bug in sight -...
  3. Thread: Dragonflies

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    Any of you have dragonflies gobbling up foragers...

    Any of you have dragonflies gobbling up foragers as they leave or approach the hive ??

    Lately a few have been conveniently hovering in front of the hive gobbling up some of my precious workers...
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    Thanks for the info everyone. I do believe there...

    Thanks for the info everyone. I do believe there was back and forth motion that you mentioned - I'll have a look tonight. Do you think I can convince them to wash the floors in my kitchen ? Ha !
    ...
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    My bees are exhibiting strange behaviour on the...

    My bees are exhibiting strange behaviour on the landing board in front of the entrance ...... as many as 50 workers are crawling around and doing what appears to be licking or chewing at the wooden...
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    Thank you, Michael. I was afraid I'd have to...

    Thank you, Michael.

    I was afraid I'd have to burn several frames !

    Your information on this website is amazing !

    Tom
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    Do mites and/or mite eggs remain in combs long...

    Do mites and/or mite eggs remain in combs long after a colony has been wiped out ?
    When is it safe, if at all, to use combs from a mite-killed colony in another hive ?

    Any comments would be...
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    My drones are very loud and clumsy when...

    My drones are very loud and clumsy when approaching the hive ... also much larger ....... but I was under the assumption that the black bees were young bees and that as they got older they would turn...
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    Hope all is well with everyone's bees ...... ...

    Hope all is well with everyone's bees ......

    We had a hot humid day yesterday, my one and only hive is quite strong now, and with the heat a LOT of bees were on the outside face of the hive into...
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    I've heard from my father-in-law that spraying...

    I've heard from my father-in-law that spraying water at them brings them down to the ground ........ ?????
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    I had a swarm high in a maple tree in my woodlot...

    I had a swarm high in a maple tree in my woodlot years ago and couldn't reach it ..... later I watched them take off in a large cloud ......

    Someone told me I should have tried to spray them with...
  12. Thread: Split or Not ?

    by maple
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    Thanks for your advice Scot, If beekeeping was...

    Thanks for your advice Scot,

    If beekeeping was my only hobby/pastime then I would have a lot more free time to try all these things ...... but fishing and gardening take up some of my time as well...
  13. Thread: Split or Not ?

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    Michael, thanks for your prompt and informative...

    Michael, thanks for your prompt and informative response ........
    Based on all your info, I just may give it a try .........

    Thks
  14. Thread: Split or Not ?

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    I have just one good strong hive that provides...

    I have just one good strong hive that provides all the honey I need for myself and family ....... however, I've always wanted to try a split but am worried about screwing up ..........
    I guess I'm...
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    Hi Michael, I have used straw inside an empty...

    Hi Michael,

    I have used straw inside an empty hive box atop 2 deep boxes ....... the top deep has a screen allowing moisture and air to flow up, the straw does a good job at sucking up moisture as...
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    Don't you find that those pickle pails still...

    Don't you find that those pickle pails still carry the odour of the dill or vinegar from the pickles ????
    I try to get pails from the donut shop that used to have icing or muffin mix or something...
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    Is corn syrup a good feed for the bees ? Any...

    Is corn syrup a good feed for the bees ? Any better than syrup made from white sugar ?
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    I was hoping some of you with more experience...

    I was hoping some of you with more experience know what flower yields a metallic green , almost black pollen . My bees have carried this back to their hive the past couple years, but I can't figure...
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    My father-in-law has kept bees for...

    My father-in-law has kept bees for thirty-something years on his farm, not far from the cattle and horses ....... a good fence separates the bee "house" from the pasture, but I've seen the animals...
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    Here in Ontario Canada we had one of the coldest...

    Here in Ontario Canada we had one of the coldest January's on record, but this past week has seen milder conditions ...... not a lot of snow yet but 6 to 8 inches is coming tomorrow ...... I wish we...
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    Good news , they are alive ! My afternoon visit...

    Good news , they are alive ! My afternoon visit saw some dead bees that had flown out in the afternoon and fell on the snow ...... also I heard the fabulous sound of living bees this trip !
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    Kookaburra, The shrews didn't destroy my hive,...

    Kookaburra,

    The shrews didn't destroy my hive, but on 2 occasions I saw a shrew leaving the hive from the smallest little crack you could imagine ..... I managed to catch one in a mouse trap (the...
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    Thanks for the good words, I hope that it's just...

    Thanks for the good words, I hope that it's just me being paranoid .........

    It was a strong colony going into the winter and I was generous with their stores , I did have trouble with shrews in...
  24. Thread: dead bees

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    I too had a similar experience this morning at my...

    I too had a similar experience this morning at my one and only hive ..... although there weren't a LOT of dead bees.......... the thing that worries me is I didn't HEAR any noise as in a hum from the...
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    I visited my one and only hive this morning to...

    I visited my one and only hive this morning to clear snow away from the entrance and to clear dead bees ....... there were several dead bees at the entrance which I expected, but what bothered me was...
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