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    Re: Top Entrance Hive Question ...

    I also use upper entrances exclusively. To switch my old bottoms boards over I just tape it over with duct tape. As Mike mentioned you could screen it off to provide more ventilation. If you use...
  2. Thread: Bee Biology 101

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    Re: Bee Biology 101

    Bees can at times sting through clothing. The stings through clothing often are less severe because there is less of the stinger to go into yuor skin. It is easier to get stung through tight...
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    Re: flow is on today what plant is this

    Giant ragweed is often called horseweed because it grows as tall as a man on horseback.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambrosia_trifida

    Tom
  4. Thread: sweet clover

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    Re: sweet clover

    Hmmm...sweet clover did very good in Polk Co. FL. It was the best crop to plant to help dry out the clay ponds after phosphate mining.

    Tom
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    Re: sweet clover

    Markus,

    I have not been personally been involved with sweet clover seed harvest My grandfather use to raise and sell sweet clover seed. I remember the story of when he sold a railcar load. This...
  6. Re: I see pollen, does that mean nectar is flowing too?

    It can also be true that just because the bees are not bringing in pollen does not mean thay are not bringing in nectar.

    Tom
  7. Thread: sweet clover

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    Re: sweet clover

    Regular sweet clover is a biennial. You plant it one year, it overwinters, then flowers the next year and dies. Typically, not all the seed germinates the first year, some of it will germinate the...
  8. Thread: sweet clover

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    Re: sweet clover

    The white seems to start blooming a little later than the yellow. I think timely rains have the biggest impact on extending bloom times. I have noticed some white sweet clover blooming here in...
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    Re: Blue Sky Bee Supply

    I have had great experiences with Blue Sky too.

    Tom
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    Re: Fischers honey be gone or bee be gone or somesuch

    I have found it needs to be warm to hot weather and sunny to be effective. Warm and cloudy is much leff effective. Any brood in the super less effective yet.

    This winter I am going to build a...
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    Re: mosquito fogger killing honey bees

    My local health department sprays for mosquitos. I usually have one or two hives in my backyard maybe 100 feet from the road. They don't start spraying until after 8 pm and I have never had them...
  12. Thread: clover planting

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    Re: clover planting

    I'm not sure what Alaski clover is, do you mean alsike clover? Assuming alsike clover a spring planting will probably be more successful for you. With a late summer/fall planting you need at least...
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    Re: Large scale Nuc production

    Trevor,

    Your pictures are very timely for me. I'm building some 2-way pallets. I was going to run a board down the middle. That would let me use the pallet for a nuc, a divided deep/double nuc...
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    Re: Best Feeding Choice.

    It is up to you, either will work fine. If you use the frames of capped honey put one on the outside. The bees will empty individual cells as they need it for feed. I doubt they will either move...
  15. Thread: Ditch spraying

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    Re: Ditch spraying

    In Ohio ODOT is doing trial plantings of pollinator friendly plants along roadways. http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/08/11/state-establishing-bee-friendly-areas-toue-medians/

    I know that...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    There are several formulations with labels for aquatic use of the active ingredient in Roundup: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/plants/management/aqua028.html

    Tom
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    Re: How many Hives???

    I'm just guessing but, the sugar content of the nectar will be higher under drier conditions. Besides taking less nectar to make a pound of honey it could be that it is also much more attractive to...
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    Re: Planting for bees ????

    You can try some of the clovers. Sweet clover is one of the more productive, nectarwise, clovers. It comes in yellow, white and hubam. The hubam is an annual, it flowers the year you plant it. ...
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    Re: Shafted on Shipping

    I am blessed to live close to a bee supply company and buy most of my supplies from them. There are a few items/reasons I shop other compaines. The charges with most are more than I would like. ...
  20. Re: Local absence and local extinction, a confounding factor in TF prescriptions

    So, treatment free beekeeping uses voodoo to be successful? It can't be researched? Where is the Wizard of Oz when you need him??

    Of course treatment free beekeeping can be researched, just as...
  21. Re: Local absence and local extinction, a confounding factor in TF prescriptions

    Squarepeg,

    It would probably be an entire career of research and graduate students. The problem isn't to just find out what works. Michael Bush has a system that works for him. The problem is...
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    Re: List of honeybee friendly trees

    I have an outyard near a large planting of Silver Linden, http://www.arborday.org/treeguide/treeDetail.cfm?ID=135. When it is in bloom my bees make a lot of very light colored honey. It typically...
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    Re: Closed to the public?

    Jim,

    You have gotten a lot of good ideas. You and your son should take some time this winter and decide what changes you want to make and how involved you want get. A window and a wall of old...
  24. Thread: Useless gadgets

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    Re: Useless gadgets

    I'll have to add Boardman feeder.

    I'm sure there are other things, I have just put them out of my mind.

    Tom
  25. Thread: Small print

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    Re: Small print

    It has been a long time since I stayed in a motel. But, I am at the point I just go by bottle color in the shower. One morning all the bottles were the same color!! I guessed right, I think.

    Tom
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