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  1. Re: Two general questions for seasoned beekeepers (for fun)

    DONT work the bees when Angry or sweaty.



    If you get stung, use a banana peel to rub the spot, it will take the sting away....

    If you try it, get away from the bees first.
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    Re: How cold is too cold to move a hive?

    Did I miss something? Did he say he was going to break down the hives? I thought he said he was going to gang the nucs together....

    I DO NOT break down the hives when its cold.. I DO Move...
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    Re: Flatbed Build Ideas

    Some idea of what you are planning might help. For instance, are you building your flatbed out of wood, steel, or aluminum? Minimal budget, or do you have 25K to put into it?
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    Re: Frames and pesticides

    A dream that I doubt either of us will live to see.. but a grand dream it is.. I have always said, there should be a third party,, called the AMERICAN party where Americans ould vote for the best...
  5. Thread: Sting weight gain

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    Re: Sting weight gain

    AHA!! I wondered why my belly looked like that!! Beause of the stings!!
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    Re: What happened to my bees?

    Despite EXCELLENT rainfall amounts and fantastic temps.. As well as Plethora of blooming plants, From Goldenrod to coneflowers, this fall has provided NOTHING for my bees.. I lost Two hives, a nuc...
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    Re: Small Cell Benefits

    Like you, I am neither for or against.. and that pertains to most things beekeeping.. I can only talk about the things I do, or have done...


    My question here is what if a large cell queen...
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    Re: Frames and pesticides

    That is a possibility, I will not deny that. The difference I see, is that my bees are still alive.. When dealing with my mentors bees we would see the entire outyard DEAD overnight..
    Neonics...
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    Re: Deciding where to purchase first bees

    Dobeedoo;
    I'm sorry - please don't take offense to my 'varied opinion' comment. I wasn't even really talking about this forum


    LOL!!! My friend, you will find the varied opinion...
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    Re: Frames and pesticides

    I live in SE Iowa, in the HEART of Neonic corn and beans.. I do NOT treat my bees, but I do bleach my frames with Oxalic Acid Vapor in the spring and in the fall..
    There is a LOT of hoopla about...
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    Re: my Bees swarmed pre-winter?!? what happened?

    Is the queen still in the hive? If she is, it sounds like CCD.. if she is not, I would guess they absconded..
    I realize that there is no obvious reason they may have absconded, but over the...
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    Re: I hope I didn't OD my bees on OA

    It would be hard to overdose your bees on OA if you used VAPOR. I consider ANY use in liquid form to be an overdose..

    I also use three treatments. As long as your dosage was correct you are...
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    Re: Small Cell Benefits

    More productive? that depends entirely on the bees.. But what it DOES do is give the queen..... ? twenty thousand ? More cells per hive to lay eggs in.. Given a large cell hive and a...
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    Re: Your Bee recommendations

    I have had uniformly bad results with package queens, but there is something you can do to improve the issue;

    Order the southern packages and install them.. Keep track of if, and when the...
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    Re: Management Strategy Impasse

    gas them? Really? Seems like he could just ignore their plight and reach the same results without "gassing" his bees....


    Depending on the year what you describe also happens here.. Many of...
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    Re: Small Cell Benefits

    Well said.
  17. Re: Bottom Board, to use or not to use, that is the question?

    Lot of folks around here have tried them, but the sustained winds in winter are usually too much. The fine snow is blown right up through the screen into the hive.. nasty cold windy winters like...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporizer Results - Users post here!

    Daniel Y

    I will once again state my basic argument. OA used to control mites is as likely to be illegal as the use of powdered sugar for the same purpose.


    Go ahead and claim you use OA...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporizer Results - Users post here!

    Water is not a chemical that could contaminate honey.. Honey HAS oxalic acid in it naturally. Tests in other countries have shown NO INCREASE in the OA content of honey after treating with OA.. ...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporizer Results - Users post here!

    Illegal... I doubt you would ever have an issue BECAUSE you use OAV.. However, if you are selling honey commercially it could be used against you.. Other than that, I really dont think there is...
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    Re: Small Cell Benefits

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    Bingo again..

    To me it does not matter if it helps. I am beyond any doubt CERTAIN that natural cell does NOT hurt.
    I am also going to step out on a limb here.. I needed THREE...
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    Re: Deciding where to purchase first bees

    ooh boy.. this always seems to stir up a mess..

    First.. It does not matter where you get your bees.. as long as you get them early and get them going... THEN... When queens are available...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporizer Results - Users post here!

    Thje first time I used OAV I counted mite fall.. I have never done so again.. I dont have Screened bottom boards and with 40 ish hives mit becomes pretty time consuming.. From that point forward I...
  24. Thread: Hive Growth

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    Re: Hive Growth

    In order to manage the hives and KEEP them at a constant level without doing splits or selling nucs etc.. You will have to destroy brood.
    Either pulling a brood frame and freezing it, or taking...
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    Re: Increasing small cell hives

    As far as I have seen, there is no difference betwene small cell, natural cell and large cell queens. Their cells are drawn OUT and down, and the size of the original cell makes no difference.
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