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    Re: Foundation less Lang questions

    My experience tells me that going purely foundationless may work wonderfully in some areas but not so much in mine; in other words as with so much in beekeeping, location really matters!

    My best...
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    Re: Essential Oils

    Where did the concept of essential oils as "natural" come from?

    Derived from naturally occurring plants... yes

    Transforming a naturally occurring plant by distillation or otherwise...
  3. Re: Anyone know when queen will start laying in New England?

    While I don't care to go looking right now, I'd be extremely surprised if there wasn't at least some brood in the hives now. {And as an aside to Mr. Palmer, Tony hasn't made up observation hives for...
  4. Re: Any problem mixing Italian bees with Carniolan bees???

    None.

    It is doubtful in the US that either race would be pure any way. Much selection is done these days by color - dark=carni, light=Italian.
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    Re: How many hives can one person manage?

    Mark writes from experience. Just don't forget that this entire venture is Agriculture - you can do everything right and still fall on your face - or things can work out as you hope.

    The snow...
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    Re: How many hives can one person manage?

    I think a big question that hasn't been mentioned yet is how much moving do you anticipate doing? Moving a double or triple deep by yourself gets old very quickly. If your hives are stationary and...
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    Re: Beekeeping Books

    Books are great and there are many out there. What one gets out of them depends on how one reads and how well your experience matches what the author has written. If you are a beginner and read...
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    Re: Best books

    Bee-Sentials by Larry Connor, Wicwas Press. It is the book I use in my beekeeping 101 classes.
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    Re: Opinions on Protective Clothing

    What is important is that you feel confident to work your bees. The Ultra breeze has a good reputation. Some beekeepers make do with inexpensive mosquito nets - some want a full bee suit and then...
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    Re: Buying Bees

    What I was trying to say was know what you are trying to change. If the existing bees died from say Varroa infestation, and one were to conclude that any bees kept at location X would get plenty of...
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    Re: Buying Bees

    Figure out what the hive you lost died from. Then don't repeat the cause.
  12. Re: How to re-insert the last frame without crushing bees?

    A variation on Michael's suggestion, maybe you ought to go with 9 frames in the box? As long as you keep the frame ends relatively clean, they should go in relatively easily. Perhaps too, if...
  13. Re: Is there a consensus on Screened bottom boards ?

    Consensus? No way. I'm near the coast and worry about the moisture from fog. But I know people inland from me who swear by sbb.
  14. Re: 2 Full hives. Just got bought them, but I am new

    Welcome to Beekeeping and to BeeSource.

    I don't know climate details about So Cal so what I write will be more aimed at beekeeping basics. It sounds like you are off to a good start with your...
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    Re: Danish Buckfast Queens in the US?

    I have some on order for August post EAS delivery from Ferguson's. They are strong believers in late queens.
  16. Re: Great Randy Oliver Post from Bee-L on Honey Bees and Smoke

    Threads always take on a life of their own and often the OP has no idea the thread he started is going to go off on a tangent. I was pleased to see Randy's post that I thought summarized well what...
  17. Thread: bee club

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    Re: bee club

    Is there something on your mind that you'd like to know more about and that you think other people might find interesting? If so, do the research yourself and present. If club members are truly...
  18. Great Randy Oliver Post from Bee-L on Honey Bees and Smoke

    "As Stan points out, other species and races of honey bees readily abscond
    when faced with excessive smoke. But this would be difficult for European
    honey bees during the warm part of the year,...
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    Re: Russian Bees

    I tried Russians several years ago. I found them no better or worse tempered than other bees, but what I have been told is that if left to out-breed/make their own queens over several generations...
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    Re: bees and maple trees

    Check your dates Michael. The original post is from last August.
  21. Re: What is your favorite hive configuration?

    This is a locality based question and preferences need to be judged in terms of quantities of honey/pollen the bees need to put by for winter. My preference - 2 to 3 deeps for a brood chamber and...
  22. Thread: Hive

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    Re: Hive

    It is really hard to speculate from Maine about a colony in Texas, especially with the amount of information provided.

    I suspect a colony had recently taken up residence in comb built by a colony...
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    Re: A problem..

    I've seen similar problems where the bees were after the sugar in the saw dust or in my case wood chips. The only solution that I can imagine to your issue is to block bee access to the saw dust and...
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    Re: More"advanced beginner" Questions

    What Michael said...
  25. Re: Craigslist deal worth it? (New to beekeeping)

    The lack of frames could be a disease tip off. I would pass.
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