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    Re: 1st Year Russian Hives

    My current package is supposed to be carni/russian hybrids, but I swear my queen is a pure russian: these are the most defensive bees I've ever had, they propolize like crazy (I spend more time...
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    Re: Western oregon nectar flow

    All I've got at the moment is lavendar really; roses are getting a little attention although it's mostly the bumbles working them.
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    Re: Is the 2 feet/2 mile rule dead?

    I had to move mine from one end of the yard to the other, so I waiting until sunset and then plugged the entrance with pollen pattie; after we moved it I took a toothpick and poked a couple of small...
  4. Re: Will the next generation of a "hot" queen be less aggressive?

    only way to know would be to know the temperment of the drones she mated with; if she was open mated then you can only hope that the drones came from peaceble hives - if they didn't you'll be right...
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    Re: Regressed workers and queens

    Whatever size cell they are used to building is what size the bees will be.
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    Re: drone die-off puzzling

    No mites?
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    Re: type of queen is this

    Definately cordovan mutt (maybe a carni mix since she's darker than a pure cordovan italian?)
  8. Thread: My first KTBH

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    Re: My first KTBH

    I love fresh wax early in the morning.
  9. Re: What happens when you ask your 11 year old daughter to "paint" hive bodies

    Hahaha, that'll teach you not to be more specific!
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    Re: Bear Almost Got Em-Lesson Learned

    that bear WILL be back
  11. Thread: Skull Hive

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    Re: Skull Hive

    those are both awesome
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    Re: Putting a packed of bees in a quenelles hive

    paper combine would be the safer bet.
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    Re: What is the closest you have bees to your house?

    Holy crap - why didn't I think of that? I bet I would have zero solicitors bothering me if my bees were 'guarding' my front door.
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    Re: What is the closest you have bees to your house?

    Mine are in a corner of my backyard. I enjoy watching them and they've never bothered anyone.
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    Re: What did you learn this winter?

    I had my first completely atypical absconding, (we had a really abnormal below-freezing streek so I wasn't checking on the hive the first part of winter) so I had a hive with plenty and not a single...
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    Re: Sprinkling/spraying syrup on bees

    I mist mine with HBH and water in a spray bottle (rather than smoke) and it works. You could easily even add some more sugar to it and keep them too busy grooming to pay you much mind - and probably...
  17. Thread: bee venom

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    Re: bee venom

    There are harvesting plates that allow you to collect venom without harming the bees. They aren't cheap, mind you, but they are out there.
  18. Re: What kind of bee is this and should I worry about it.

    Yellowjacket.
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    Re: It runs in the family

    1. if you want to re-queen I'd say do it right now; it should reduce the swarming impuss next spring and lesson the chances of tempermental genetics getting out in your area (and possibly into your...
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    Re: Trip to emergency room

    So: loratidine (claritin) is a better long-acting antihistimine, and diphendydramine (benadryl) is a better short-acting. I already take claritin for my seasonal allergies, but I'm not above taking...
  21. Thread: tongue sting

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    Re: tongue sting

    Ouch
  22. Thread: young newbee

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    Re: young newbee

    and only today did I see my first non-bee critter, and I think it was a wasp (looked like a yellowjacket until I really got good look at the face) and it was just eating a dead bee under the hive, so...
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    Re: My girls in-flight

    so, my natural bias aside (and seriously, what beek could blame me?) hover flies are still kinda cool.
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    Poll: Re: POLL: How Deep Is Your TBH?

    I've got one of the Golden Mean TBH from backyardhive.
  25. Re: Record keeping: There's got to be a better way...

    You don't simply paint your hives different colors?
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