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    Re: garden pollination?

    My bees pollinate cucumbers and squash in my garden, which is about 100 yards away. They pollinate fruit trees that are anywhere from 20 yards to 70 yards away. Honey bees don't pollinate peppers...
  2. Re: Big Bee Buzz -- Tulsa, OK -- March 27-28, 2015

    We now have a tentative schedule of speakers. This is mostly set in stone, but I still need to confirm that one of the speakers is okay with this plan. Also, you can now register online at...
  3. Re: Newbee at this whole bee thing with a question

    The "did a work" should have read "did work." Basically, you could do a little bee-lining to see what's out there. Tracing the bees back to a location takes some skill, but you could put out some...
  4. Re: Newbee at this whole bee thing with a question

    Another option would be to make up some swarm traps. If there are any bees around where you live, if you put up 5 or 6 traps, it's pretty likely you'll catch a swarm or two. The odds would go up...
  5. Re: Do NOT start another "Honey Flow" thread!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What is a Honey Flow Thread?" (Barry, this could be the very first "What is a Honey Flow Thread Thread," which would break new ground!!!) :banana:
  6. Thread: Is it worth it

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    Re: Is it worth it

    You'll never know what's going on 3 years out during your whole life.
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    Re: Bees and trees - would like advice

    A couple of hives should have far more resources than they would need.
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    Re: How many beekeepers come out even or better.

    If a person's only goal is making money, I would not recommend small scale beekeeping. There are much better ways. If a guy with 10 hives spent the same amount of time mowing lawns or something...
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    Re: How long do most newbies stay with beekeeping?

    I think 1-2 years is the limit for most people. The main reasons people quit are lack of perseverance, too much physical work, too hot, too much worrying, and not being comfortable with on-the-job...
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    Re: Total Newb question.

    Then you'll have "wildflower honey," and it will probably be delicious.
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    Re: New Hive plan to use crimpwire

    That's a good plan. I would crosswire it.

    If you see bees eating away at wax foundation, consider whether there is a nectar dearth. In my experience, they only really chew up wax foundation...
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    Re: Total Newb question.

    You can change the flavor, but if you are giving sugar syrup to bees, the resulting substance is not honey at all. Honey is made from nectar, not sugar syrup or corn syrup (or anything else that is...
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    Re: When to get bees this year

    You'll be better off getting local nucs if you can find them. I'd recommend getting bees as soon as local nucs become available.
  14. Re: Is there a consensus on Screened bottom boards ?

    Barberryfarm,

    Could you start a thread showing your set up with photos? Sounds interesting, but I don't have enough pictures or information to understand what you're doing exactly. Probably...
  15. Re: Is there a consensus on Screened bottom boards ?

    I don't think mites are going to make it back into a hive if they fall through a SBB. The problems appears to be that, for whatever reason, the decrease in mite population from SBBs, standing alone,...
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    Re: What would you do?

    If you are getting head butted from 10 feet away, you probably are going to have a lot more to deal with when you work the hive. My rule is that bees have to leave me alone if I leave them alone. ...
  17. Would it work to sell a full medium as a nuc/starter hive?

    There is far more demand for nucs in NE Oklahoma than supply. I have been thinking about building up some all medium hives this summer (3 mediums), feed them early in 2016 to grow them, break them...
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    Re: USDA applies for OA registation, Feb 4, 2015

    The government already exercises control. Right now, they say its not allowed. I'm pretty sure that nobody's going to buy the "I was bleaching my hive and it happened to have bees in it story."
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  19. Thread: Nervous

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    Re: Nervous

    No, you should not worry more.
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    Re: Ordering Dadant Frames and Wax Foundation

    If you do eyelets and you have a kid handy, installing them is a good job for kids.
  21. Re: Is there a consensus on Screened bottom boards ?

    Not all the females mature enough to mate before the bee emerges. We are talking about what happens to those mites.
  22. Re: Is there a consensus on Screened bottom boards ?

    Here's what I want I'm not clear on: what happens to the unmated female mites that are in the cell when the bee emerges? Do they emerge at all, and, if so, what happens to them?
  23. Re: Is there a consensus on Screened bottom boards ?

    I think that's ridiculous. :D
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    Re: Ordering Dadant Frames and Wax Foundation

    I would second the use of wedge topbars and hooked foundation, particularly in Austin. I would be worried about sagging when it gets hot. If you use wedges at the top and imbed cross-wires, it will...
  25. Re: Is there a consensus on Screened bottom boards ?

    Ace, you're assuming that the choices are a screened bottom or a no airflow at all. However, on all my hives (both with and without screens), there is some ventilation always, in the form of bottom...
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