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  1. The Hanging Hives of Cape Breton

    I was wondering what you think of this idea for winter:

    I am migrating for work and want to leave my hives in a pretty good way, won't be around to wrap them or fuss over them, so I was trying to...
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    Re: Cut-out clean-up

    If the entrances are repaired, and the original hive is completely removed, do you really think a new swarm is going to move in because of the faint smell of wax or propolis inside the wall?...
  3. Re: How come all these bee master can work without a suit?

    I'm a first year beek and tried going gloveless, got stung in about 5 seconds flat. That experiment can wait :D I always wear a veil. I don't see any reason to take even the slimmest chance I get...
  4. Re: False claims/USDA organic/Adultered honey

    Organic certification usually means more than just the produce being free from pollutants. Certification also requires farmers to use farming practices that are organic, irrespective of whether or...
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    Re: Selective Breeding and IPM

    I was just curious about black leg and researched it on the net. Can't remember all the sites I visited, but one was Merckx (I think). Anyways, veterinary sites, and the common thread was that black...
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    Re: Handling a Farmer Spraying.

    Yeah, most of the time when someone is spraying it's probably not so much of an issue anyways. I'm just wondering with the original question, if there was someone going to spray something and it...
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    Re: Handling a Farmer Spraying.

    Interesting question, but it begs another question for me....so what can you do if a neighbour is spraying (something blooming)....you can't shut your bees in for a couple days, can you? Or rather,...
  8. Re: The best advice from a established beek to a nwbee

    My mentor taught me in the beginning go into your hives frequently, because that's how you'll learn. Sage advice that it was, I was in every few days and loved it and learned alot, but now I'm having...
  9. Re: How do drones know when a queen flies?

    Neato. Thanks!
  10. How do drones know when a queen flies?

    I was just wondering the other day, do drones routinely go out on patrols looking for a flying queen, or do they just laze about on the combs all day, and if so, how would they know when a queen from...
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    Re: Cinnamon and Honey

    Huh, all this time and I've never heard of the Weekly World News before. Sounds like I've been missing out.
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    Re: Robber Bees

    My first experience with the white bouncing ball would have been sing-a-long segments with the Schmoo, which was itself an interlude on the Scooby Doo show, if I remember correctly, which I probably...
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    Re: Selective Breeding and IPM

    Black leg resistance can be bred for. Black leg occurs in beef animals, typically in the fastest growing animals in the herd (and typically in herds that are being over-fed), first. By breeding up...
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    Re: Fire Ants!!!!!!

    Is this to do with the urine method? :D
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    Re: Bee Sting Allergy

    My friend's mother died the first time she was stung, hiking in a National Park with her husband, bird-watching. Point is, it is a good idea to find out ahead of time, because if someone is allergic,...
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    Re: Robber Bees

    I blame TV. I don't think TV provides any good role models for young bees to follow. Just be thankful your bees haven't discovered video gaming yet. I hear that makes them violent, too.
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    Re: Queen laying in super

    No Maxine, that previous answer just wasn't worded very well. The bees aren't actually moving any larvae around. Your queen is obviously not wasting a moment and is moving around (she got legs, and...
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    Re: Cinnamon and Honey

    Will they cure poverty, too? Now that's what I'm talking about....:applause::applause::applause::applause:
  19. Re: Overwintering All 8 Frame Medium Colonies

    Michael Bush is an advocate of 8-frame meds, and has a good website which might discuss his approach to wintering:

    bushfarms.com/bees.htm

    He's on these forums although I hear he's busy this...
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    Re: Indicators for reducing entrance?

    Thanks Bill. Lol, screening the top is so obvious, now that you mention it! :D
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    Re: Indicators for reducing entrance?

    I've recently propped up my top so that my innercover is just exposed making a top entrance, with the hope that I'm making it easier for the bees to ventilate (we've been getting a lot of rain). Is...
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    Re: spacing frames & dry hive

    You can bait some of them to go up, if I'm not mistaken, by placing a partly honey-filled frame, or a frame with brood, up top.

    As for the no foundation, you could try sticking a foundationless...
  23. Re: Has anyone read this new info about varroa mites?

    The key thing is the line "doesn't appear to significantly affect the bees...". If that's really the case, then fill yer boots. It's almost certainly healthier than Check-mite.
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    Re: signs of flow

    I take offense at your suggestion my cow's butt smells bad.
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    Re: Curiosity is killing me.....

    Wait 3 weeks? Bah, I waited 3 days, I think. I take a look somewhere between once and twice a week in each hive. If it's setting them back, it's hard to tell. They seem to be doing great, and that's...
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