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    Re: Plastic frame rant

    I keep waiting for someone to sell small-cell plastic in sheets to put into wood frames. I don't care for the plastic frames much, but I like plastic foundation.
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    Re: What made you decide to keep bees?

    It was in the dead of winter, no sunshine, and I saw a piece in the local paper about a beekeeping class, once a week. I signed up with no intention of actually getting bees. I met the nicest...
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    Re: The Slovenian Beehive Arrives in the US

    I don't see any propolis! :)
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    Re: hive entrance size

    I use a piece of 8 mesh hardware cloth, folded lengthwise into a "v" and wedged into the entrance. If I want to adjust the entrance, I just fold down more or less at one end. This still gives me...
  5. Re: Getting bees NEXT spring - how to become sustainable?

    Getting local "survivor" bees is the best advice of all. I think three is a good number to start with.

    I recommend you volunteer with a local beekeeper. Do the lifting, offer to clean and...
  6. Re: Small cell plastic in sheets? Does anyone sell it?

    Might have to try that.. I wish they would sell them though.
  7. Small cell plastic in sheets? Does anyone sell it?

    I have some of the Mann Lake Small Cell plastic frames. The main annoyance with the Mann Lake plastic small cell frames is that the bees will put burr comb on the tops of the plastic frames making...
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    Re: Best Topical for Bee Sting

    Just keep a banana in your pocket every time you work bees!:)
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    Re: Best Topical for Bee Sting

    Don't get me started on the snake oil. Folks love it. Does tobacco spit work for earaches and colds?
  10. Thread: Russian Bees

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    Re: Russian Bees

    They aren't all fine. Some die. I should have said "discussion" and not "argument".

    I just realized you're in Georgia. You have a point about the ferals and Africanization. The...
  11. Thread: Russian Bees

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    Re: Russian Bees

    I don't understand the argument. What does "Pure" have to do with it? I don't hear that about any of the other races, just the Russians.

    If I have "Russian Mutts" the genes, good and bad, will...
  12. Thread: Russian Bees

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    Re: Russian Bees

    I bought 2 queens from Velbert Williams in Heavener OK in 2009 and again in 2010. I have not treated for mites, and I still have colonies descended from both those lines. One of those has stayed in...
  13. Re: Beginners luck but confused on what, when, where...

    "Exploding out the entrances with bees" could be robbing. Are your entrances reduced to about half an inch? Sounds like you split that package pretty hard.
  14. Thread: Russian Bees

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    Re: Russian Bees

    What Frank said about the push in cage is right.

    I am really happy with my Russians. I have bought four Russian queens and still have three of those lines, the fourth being lost due to...
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    Re: Frame feeder VS top feeder

    I like the baggies too. I don't like to get into them too much in winter. I put a gallon baggie with 2:1 on the top bars, make a couple of half inch slits about 2/3 of the way up from the bottom. ...
  16. Re: Bees and Skunks: what is fact and what is folklore?

    So I guess nobody really knows the answer? So far all we have is a "They do SO!" "They do NOT!" discussion. I imagine it would be hard to document unless somebody wants to set up an infrared...
  17. Bees and Skunks: what is fact and what is folklore?

    I have been told since I first started beekeeping that the skunks chew the bees, suck out the sweetness, and spit them out, leaving the little "dip wads" in front of the colony.

    One of my...
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    Re: Gotta bee the sugar bricks.

    Last year I put sugar bricks on all; the cooked bricks not just the moist sugar+water formed into bricks. Some of the colonies didn't touch them all winter, and they were given to other colonies in...
  19. Re: To be treatment free, get treatment free bees to begin with

    I bought 2 Russians in 2009 and 2 Russian/VSH in 2010. I bought them from Velbert Williams: http://www.vlwbeequeens.com/home.htm
    I'm not sure where he gets his breeder queens from. He is located...
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    Re: TF For 5 Seasons of More - Please Stand Up

    I am finishing sixth summer treatment free. As my second (and last) Italian colony was starting to look poorly in 2009 or 2010 I bought two Russian queens and that turned the corner. I also bought...
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    It is available
    http://www.beekeeping.com/new/books/afb_nz.htm

    but I haven't actually tried ordering it
  22. Re: don't know whether to leave alone or try to help ( please help)

    Not sure of the hive beetle situation in North Carolina. Around here, pollen patties are a great way to grow a bumper crop of hive beetle larvae.
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    Re: Does fondant make it to the honey supers?

    Has anyone ever put food coloring in fondant and watched to see where it gets stored? I was thinking about making up some colored patties this fall.
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    Re: 1st Year Russian Hives

    I bought 2 russian queens in 2009 and 2 russian/vsh in 2010. I have not bought any queens since.

    Before the Russians, my 3 Italian colonies all died despite mite treatments. I did have one...
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    Re: Bee-z Smoker ... Any reviews?

    They do have a 30 day return policy. Will see..
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