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    Re: hello from Raliegh NC

    Welcome! The first year is so much fun!
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    Re: new here from Sk Canada

    Welcome and good luck with your bees!
  3. Thread: Howdy

    by fruitveggirl
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    Re: Howdy

    Welcome! I have a veg garden, but like other people said, there are a lot of thing my bees don't pollinate. There are also a lot of things they won't pollinate -- maybe the garden is too close to the...
  4. Re: If you could only plant one type flower???

    Honestly, I can't pick just one plant. However, I've noticed that my bees are always bonkers for butterfly weed (asclepias tuberosa), Autumn joy sedum, and May night salvia. The May night salvia is...
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    Re: All the talk about goldenrod....

    LOL! I get excited about weeds, too. Actually, my husband laughs at me because we have a hill in our yard that we don't mow specifically so that it can provide a habitat for insects and birds....
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    Re: Combine or not to Combine?

    Thanks, everyone, for your advice. I decided to bite the bullet yesterday because in the span of one week, they didn't look better. They actually looked worse. So I combined them with another hive,...
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    Re: Combine or not to Combine?

    Thanks, everyone, for your answers. I really like that I can just use smoke/syrup for the combine. Good tip on waiting 20 minutes before adding new queen, too!
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    Re: Benefits of Requeening

    I don't know if this is true, but I've heard that hives with queens older than 2 years are more likely to swarm, so that's one reason to requeen. Also, I've heard some people say that younger queens...
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    Combine or not to Combine?

    I have a small hive that is the result of a split. She was doing great until the end of July, then last month, her numbers just started dwindling. I know the queen is in there, and I see eggs/brood....
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    Re: I'm really new. How new....

    Welcome!

    I like how you said the FatBeeMan looks like he's working with butterflies. LOL! For sure, the first time I actually opened a nuc, it was a little scary (fun scary, though, like a...
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    Re: New Canadian bee keeper

    Welcome! What a great story! Good luck with your bees.
  12. Thread: Sedum

    by fruitveggirl
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    Re: Sedum

    I have autumn joy sedum, and my bees are all over it. I also have some stonecrop with flowers that look a lot like sedum, but the bees completely ignore it.
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    Re: A smelly smell that smells smelly...

    I tossed my bee brush because I found it completely useless. Instead, I use a branch with leaves or grass. Frequently, I just blow on them to get them to move even though someone once told me that...
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    Re: September Hive Check

    Thanks for sharing your blog and photos -- I enjoyed them!

    BTW, I agree with the comment above. If your bees are dying off, I'd definitely treat for varroa, with a sugar shake at least. However,...
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    Re: Hello from Central Texas

    Welcome to BeeSource. You won't regret signing up -- lots of knowledgeable folks who are very generous with their experience. Highly recommend subscribing to individual forums of interest and reading...
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    Re: Hello from south africa

    Welcome! I'm truly enjoying this thread! Thelytoky -- Had to look that one up. Very interesting, indeed!
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    Re: Hello from Romania

    Welcome to BeeSource! 230 hives! Wow! Would love to see photos!
  18. Thread: Hello

    by fruitveggirl
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    Re: Hello

    Welcome to your new obsession! I've found that beekeeping is a black hole for my time, energy, and money, but I wouldn't have it any other way. :-)
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    Re: Minding my own beeswax:)

    Welcome to BeeSource!

    You asked about making your own boxes. I just started woodworking this spring in order to make my own hives, and I've successfully built KTBHs and Warres. Next year, I would...
  20. Re: Wax foundations = wax coated paint stirrer?

    I've heard that wax coating can actually fail, causing the comb to break off. Personally, I used wedge-shaped bars to give the comb a greater attachment area. My first year, I rubbed a bit of beeswax...
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    Re: Squashed my Queen :(

    Yes, TBH bars are supposed to touch because they form the roof of the hive (though that still needs to be covered with something else.)

    When I lower my bars, I make sure that one end of the bar is...
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    Re: Hallo from NEPennsylvania

    Welcome to BeeSource! Welcome to the crazy, addictive world of beekeeping!
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    Re: New from Mn

    Welcome to BeeSource! It's wonderful that you've been keeping notes. You'll find that they come in handy. Hope your bees come through to spring fat and happy. :)
  24. Re: Bees are so agreesive and stinging through suit why?

    I agree with others about dearth, weather, and lingering pheromones causing cranky bees. Also, last year, my normally placid bees got super cranky overnight. It took awhile, but I finally figured out...
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    Re: Full suit or jacket.

    If I were doing a lot of cutouts, or if I lived in an area where I might have to deal with Africanized bees, I might get a suit. However, most days, I don't even use a jacket. Usually, I wear a long...
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