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    Re: Standard Sized Hive Made with Plexiglass

    People do this with 1 side plexiglass. They make a panel on hinges to close it up when they are not looking at it. Brood is very sensitive to light.
  2. Re: First Hive split. Wondering what to do next...

    If they are taking pollen it is for the brood they are raising. You will have a broodless period after the last brood emerges and the queen starts laying. Great time for a shot of OAV. Watch those...
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    Re: Nature vs Nurture

    I think Michael really hits the mark here with his "well bred". The only way to insure that a queen is well bred is to have your own mating apiary or do artificial insemination. For most of us that...
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    Re: Candy vs sugar block

    If you make the plain sugar brick, add a little vinegar to change the PH of the brick. A little HBH will make it more attractive to the bees. Very little on both additives.
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    Re: Let's make a better vaporizer

    I think those units get things a lot more complicated than my little hot-tray vaporizer. The real limiting factor on that unit is the battery/power source. I am looking for a way to power it with...
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    Re: Microchipping Bees

    In this month's GA bee letter, they said that bees disappear because they are drug addicts. At least that is the way I interpret it.

    The search out neonics because they can get a buzz. (bad...
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    Re: Why aren't Drones clones?

    There would be no diversity if a drone mated with a virgin from the same hive. Supposedly this doesn't happen.

    The female bees are diploid, the male bees are haploid. All of their genes come...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid/Winter Bees

    An OA dribble in the winter will probably do a pretty good job of chilling the bees. Dribble is fine in the summer. Vaporization is better in winter. A vaporizer is a little over $100 and is a...
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    Re: SHB, tell me this isn't

    I have to use a Freeman style bottom board with a tray because I am too clumsy for beetle blasters.
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    Re: I am at a crossroad.....I think?

    I understand Brian. I am a beginner with 3 years experience. When I read the posts of people who go to 23 from 6, I am even more a beginner. I started with 2, lost them 1st winter. Next year...
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    Re: Mini Swarm with mated Queen

    I wish one of the Michaels (Bush or Palmer) would answer your question. They keep bees in cold climates. The answer would be very different in NC from what it would be up north.
  12. Re: freezing honey frames for extracting later

    It is said that it won't, but I would never treat my hive with anything while the supers are on. OAV takes less than 5 minutes. Mites don't live in honey. Pull the super off treat the hive, put it...
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    Re: SHB, tell me this isn't

    Pollen patties main purpose in the hive is to feed SHB. Pollen can be open fed without causing robbing. That way the SHB's don't have an engraved invitation to the hive.
  14. Re: Found capped queen cells, need advice on how to proceed

    You actually have several options.
    1) You can pull the old queen and make a nuc, keeping her for a backup.
    2) you can pull the queen cells and make a nuc (or 2), keeping them for backup
    3)...
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    Re: when do I harvest?

    I would take it now. Pull one frame that is not fully capped and shake it. If the honey falls out it is not "ripe". Leave those frames for the bees and take the capped ones. If the honey doesn't...
  16. Thread: Moving hives

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    Re: Moving hives

    After you have done whatever you can to verify ownership grab them...but first.

    Go through every frame, especially the brood frames, to make sure that your are not bringing anything into your home...
  17. Thread: drunk bees?

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    Re: drunk bees?

    What does the brood pattern look like. It sounds like either Nosema Cerrana or pesticide kill. Nosema Cerrana usually doesn't show symptoms until it is too late. The bees may recover from almost...
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    Re: packing in the pollen

    The rain is great for the plants, but it spoils things for the bees. They stay inside watching TV and the rain washes the nectar out of the flowers.
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    Re: Storing drawn out frames?

    put the frames in boxes, stack the boxes with sticks (I use 2"X2" ) between them and a cover on top. Wax moths hate light and air. If the frames have pollen, they should go in the freezer.
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    Re: The Sardinian honey bee...

    This will be great, when combined with the Georgia cracker bee.
  21. Thread: No Honey

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    Re: No Honey

    Bee club met last night. I got very little honey, so I was asking around. I did not talk to a single person who got anywhere near what they did last year even with more hives. One guy told me he...
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    Re: Winter prep time?

    I found brood in my 2nd box from the top on one of my hives week before last. Went all the way down. Pollen & uncapped nectar in bottom box. Moved bottom box to top. Put brood box on bottom. ...
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    Re: Brood comb as guide for honey comb

    The only real problem would be that it would darken the honey. There may be a couple of old cocoons that could come loose in extracting. Your screen or filter should deal with that.
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    Re: Arrangement of hives in an apiary...

    There are so many variables on lining up hives that it is ridiculous.

    The aim is to have the entrance facing se and the hive slanting very lightly to the front. There are so many other...
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    Do bees like Clematis

    thinking about planting some. Do bees like it?
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