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    Re: New beekeeper from Sweden

    Hello and welcome,
    What variety of bees do you and your countrymen/women prefer? Do you like Italian or Buckfast ?

    Thank you,
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    Re: Top Ten Questions about Bees

    My Top Ten might bee:

    1) Feeding bees. Why?
    2) Chemicals Why or why not? :eek:
    3) Equipment e.g. Foundation or not, screened bottom board or not
    4) Essential Oils What are they?...
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    Re: Essential oils for mite control?

    Shadetree et al,
    I tried to post this on another thread but for some reason, the software went kaput, so here's an abbreviated retry:

    First, essential oils are the substance itself....
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    Re: First intentional sting!

    On another thread somewhere on this site, I mention that we are devotees of apitherapy, stinging ourselves regularly when the bees are availble in the spring, summer and fall months till they close...
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    Re: A Strange Question...Is it possible?

    Move the house :thumbsup: and leave the bees alone :doh:


    :ot:
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    Re: Hive death - what happened??

    The sheets can be kept wet using a variety of methods. When we witnessed our first MAjOR robbing episode and I mean it was MAJOR with the Italian bees :cool: and some ferals swarming in clouds to...
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    Kentucky Bee School

    To all,

    There will be a Bee School in Frankfort, Kentucky March 13, 2010

    if interested, you can use this link to find out what's going on there and to pre register. Many classes at...
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    Re: Lost a hive to tracheal mites

    If tracheal mites are the problem, why not try Buckfast Bees or a hybrid Buckfast. They're supposedly resistant to many things especially tracheal mites.
    :eek:
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    Re: Dead bees = sad beekeeper

    Nan,
    Sorry to hear about your loss.

    As Calvin Coolidge once said, "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence."

    What would be your estimate of the number of bees per hive...
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    Re: Bee Stings and Arthritis

    Steven,

    It is difficult to know the scientific answer to your question about specific venom treatment to the site of pain(s) without doing a controlled study. In addition, your question is...
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    Re: Hive death - what happened??

    This question has been answered well. There is nothing worse than to see your hives under constant and unrelenting attacks. In many sections of the country (I don't know about the West), The Dearth...
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    Re: wintering in 2 deep only

    Just looking for information. Does the variety of bee make a difference in the Far North of U.S. for determining number of supers? For example, would Buckfast Bee do better in colder temp or do they...
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    Re: Hi...where would one buy bees?

    Hi Bill,
    Because I don't live in New Hampshire (but absolutely love Vermont and N.H.), I don't know all there is to know about which variety of bees might do best in that area. So, I admit my...
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    Re: Bee Stings and Arthritis

    No question about it. When the wife and I were hiving our first bees and did not know what we were doing...well, we kinda did but "things happen quickly when "it's your 'first time' :) " she...
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    Re: Help, beekeeping is illegal, kind of

    Here's the good old American way. Create a choice for the people wherever you may live. How? You go to the council :gh: and say, "This town, county or city needs someone to save the good people from...
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    Re: Winter Feeding

    I cannot disagree more with SwedeBee's idea about "don't open the hive for anything." Of course, you don't open the hive when the temp is +12F and the winds are howling out of the NW ~20 knots (I...
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    Re: Bee indecision and starvation

    No, nothing wrong in principle. BUT, and a very large BUT:lookout: for maintaining the strength of the strong/strongest hives. We tried to add brood frames to build up deteriorating hives with...
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    Re: Communal Feeding

    Ross,
    We live in an area where it seems that every beekeeper has Italian or half breeds of some sort, in addition to the feral bees. The 'other' beekeepers don't appear as fastidious as we are...
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    Re: Bee indecision and starvation

    Sorry, I forgot to address the issue of cluster size which is directly dependent upon how many bees you have going into the winter which is directly dependent upon how well your Queen is laying brood...
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    Re: Bee indecision and starvation

    There are many factors. However, from the Bluegrass Bee sponsored forum in Frankfort, Ky last March 2009, a noted expert gave a presentation addressing some of these issues. Assuming they have laid...
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    Re: I need all the advice I can find!

    Jessica,
    Depends on your finances as to what you will need and can make. You can use the Langstroth frames and TURN the strip that holds the purchased foundation vertically to form a top bar...
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    Re: Trees to plant for bees

    Sourwoods are highly desired but difficult to grow outside of a rich, ACIDIC soil. Here in Ky, the only places they do well in the wild are in the Appalachians and places like the Red River Gorge...
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    Re: First responder--sting care

    With all due respect, if you have people on the farm who are touring? or visiting, that sets up a known (to you) risk. I would seek legal advice about how to handle the situation. As you point out,...
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    Re: First responder--sting care

    I am an M.D. and a beekeeper. In the STRONGEST possible terms, I would recommend that you stay away from attempting to do what MAY become a medical emergency. I second above reply where you should...
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    Re: May be looking for bee mentor in KY

    We have been beekeeping for one year in Clark County with Italian bees. We have learned things the hard way e.g. did not put some of hives in enuf shade. This year, we have order Buckfast and Hybrid...
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