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  1. Re: How long can regular sugar water be mixed and stored for?

    Since I'm a newbee my best contribution is to serve as an example of what not to do. I was making syrup several weeks back, and I poured all the sugar into my turkey fryer pot and put it on the fryer...
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    Re: Rolling bees

    Does anyone have any useful tips on reducing the amount of rolling deaths?
  3. Re: How long can regular sugar water be mixed and stored for?

    I made some 1:1 more than a month ago, and I kept in Mason jars, unrefrigerated. I put it into the Mason jars when it was still quite hot, so it's pretty much "canned," and should last for a long...
  4. Re: Queenless in Los Angeles, mini-swarm. ???

    I did a quick inspection today, and I have at least two frames full of brood. About 1/3 of the brood is capped, and the rest is at all different stages of larval development. The laying pattern looks...
  5. Re: What happens to the honey the bee's eat during a hive inspection

    That's the best idea yet! Now I just need an observation hive . . . .
  6. Re: What happens to the honey the bee's eat during a hive inspection

    Michael,

    I read this opinion on your website (and again, here) with great interest, because the "gorging to flee instinct" is one of those "basic facts" that gets taught to all new beekeepers.
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    Re: Prince of Pint Jar of Honey

    And if you did a labeled taste test (e.g. _not_ double-blind) the vast majority of your customers buying the $14.00 stuff would swear that they can taste the difference.

    If you're uncomfortable...
  8. Re: Queenless in Los Angeles, mini-swarm. ???

    So I inspected on Sunday the 31st, or exactly 2 weeks after hearing the piping, and I saw lots and lots of eggs!

    So it looks like the bees know what they're doing (and have done so for a few...
  9. Re: Queenless in Los Angeles, mini-swarm. ???

    I probably didn't word my original question correctly--if I requeen too late and don't have enough worker bees to sustain a colony, then what are my options?
  10. Re: Queenless in Los Angeles, mini-swarm. ???

    But where would one get new bees in September if one's only hive were to fail?
  11. Re: Queenless in Los Angeles, mini-swarm. ???

    In the event that the new queen fails and I'm too late with a new queen, what does one do with a failed hive while waiting for next year?

    Will all the capped brood eventually emerge? Will the hive...
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    Re: re-liquifying honey

    I put two jars on my (black) dashboard on a medium-hot day, with the windows rolled up, and by the time I got back in the car at 2:00 the jars were too hot to hold, and the honey was very clear and...
  13. Re: Phrases I just wouldn't have expected to say till I started beekeeping

    I have a nervous virgin piping in my bottom deep.
  14. Re: Queenless in Los Angeles, mini-swarm. ???

    According to Bush's Bee Math, queens take approximately 12 days from emergence to laying, +/- 5 days. So your 2 weeks sounds consistent with that.

    If my queen was piping yesterday*, can I assume...
  15. Re: Stupid question: how many beekeepers are scared of bees?

    I've started wearing just a cheapie jacket/veil combo (and shorts!) when feeding syrup, as I only open the hive for 60 seconds or so.

    But if I'm going to do any real work I wear my full suit with...
  16. Re: Queenless in Los Angeles, mini-swarm. ???

    Well, it sounded just like this, so I guess that's "piping," and that there's a Game of Combs going on right now.
  17. Re: Queenless in Los Angeles, mini-swarm. ???

    How does one tell, after the fact, whether the supersedure was normal or emergency?

    One more thing that I forgot to mention in my original post--while I was inspecting this morning I heard some...
  18. Queenless in Los Angeles, mini-swarm. ???

    I have a bottom deep with feral bees and comb from my May cutout, and I thought they'd been doing OK, except that they hadn't been drawing much comb on the foundation in the medium upper during our...
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    Re: Accidental beekeeper in Los Angeles!

    I have Tanglefoot on the legs of the hive stand, and it works pretty well.
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    Re: Accidental beekeeper in Los Angeles!

    Thanks! I started off with 4 quart mason jars of 1:1 syrup, and when I checked back in 2-3 days (I can't remember which) the jars were completely drained. I didn't know whether they'd drunk it all or...
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    Re: Close up a hive during backyard party?

    So the party was yesterday, and it was completely un-eventful, bee-wise.

    Thanks for all the recommendations and for calming my fears. I did have my Epi-pen on hand, just in case :D.

    We are in a...
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    Re: Customer concern

    That is the strangest definition of molasses I have ever read!
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    Re: Feeling "ripped off"

    I agree with pretty much everything you've said. Integrating UPS and Fedex with our order system was pretty simple, and it's free, including tech support when we need it. We had a UPS guy sit with us...
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    Re: Close up a hive during backyard party?

    Yes! I have had bees in my hair a few times, and both times I have had some styling product in my hair that smells somewhat sweet/fruity.

    I've made a point _not_ to open my hives if I think I...
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    Re: Close up a hive during backyard party?

    Express shipping that moving screen from Brushy Mountain would cost $55 just for the freight, and that's for 3-Day Saver. I don't know why it's that expensive.

    So it looks like I'm back to...
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