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    Re: Bears and Bears and Bears Oh My!

    If your dogs bark that will probably be enough. A bear has no respect for a dog, but a pack of them could make it take notice.

    I used to have a 6 acre field controlled by a rather cheap...
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    Re: How Long for Drones to Sexually Mature

    It would be good to be slow if you are a drone.
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    Re: Greetings from Fredericksburg VA!

    Welcome Jim.
  4. Thread: New Beek

    by dsegrest
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    Re: New Beek

    Welcome to Caleb and hello to Jason. I am pretty sure that Rowan county has a strong bee club. You can probably find the info on the NCSBA.org web site. The state webpage is not great but the...
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    Re: Why isn't she being attacked??

    The queen may not be the problem. Before you smash her check your mite load.
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    Re: new beek, handling wax in the hive

    I have never heard that and I am new enough it has not happened in my hives. Would you please elaborate?
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    Re: Why isn't she being attacked??

    The real question is why, unless you just want to make a rather dumb video.
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    Re: Best type of feeders..

    When I cleaned my Mann-lake frame feeders at the end of fall feeding, there were practically no dead bees. I use the top-feeders if the top box is a medium and the frame feeders if it i s a deep. I...
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    Re: Please Stop...

    What if I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
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    Re: Scent cues and hygienic behaviour

    If you put your dirty sweatsocks on your feet will smell the same as they did yesterday. Just my hypothesis, but please don't test it around me.
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    Re: Would "Bee Quick" help on clothing.

    These guys weren't too smart if the took all those bees with them to the super collection area.
    I can't imagine taking the supers with bees in them or exposed to bees in any way.
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    Re: Just don't know what to buy

    Talk about opinions and beekeepers...

    If Michael Bush with his experience uses 8 frame mediums they can't be all bad. I will acknowledge that he knows more than I do.

    I started w/ 10 frame...
  13. Re: switching to natural/ 4.9 cell size input?

    I have a lot of wax, that came when I bought hives or nucs, but I buy only wax-coated plasticell. The bees will draw it fine if there is no wax foundation that is undrawn. It's kind of like...
  14. Re: switching to natural/ 4.9 cell size input?

    Mann Lake sells the wood frames with plastic inserts. A lot of beekeepers and a lot of bees really like the wax foundation. Jennifer Berry, at the NC-SC winter meeting said that the national wax...
  15. Re: switching to natural/ 4.9 cell size input?

    If you haven't done so already get Michael Bush's "Practical Beekeeping" book. You sound like you are heading for his program anyway.
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    Re: How long do most newbies stay with beekeeping?

    So...How much honey did you have when you got back?
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    Re: Split vs Extra Super

    A lot of people with a lot more experience than me will probably say "go ahead". I never put my bees on the ground. I don't even set the frame on the ground. I don't bother to tie the cuffs of my...
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    Re: How would you have responded?

    Even moving queen cells (swarm cells) a few feet into a queen castle there is a danger of damaging the queen. Shipping one for any distance would increase this probability. Birds are going to get...
  19. Thread: Hi all

    by dsegrest
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    Re: Hi all

    Welcome. Try pouring some hot coffee into your keyboard.
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    Re: Anyone have a hive from BrushyMountain?

    I am only sure about the bodies. We had our barbecue for the NC Fall meeting at their shop. They have stacks and stacks of pretty pine. The shop has a lot of box-building equipment.
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    Re: Anyone have a hive from BrushyMountain?

    Everything I have bought from Brushy Mountain has been excellent. I have visited their factory and the people there are their most important asset. They take a lot of pride in their work. The one...
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    Re: Book recommendation for making hives

    I am a dumpster diver and a terrible carpenter, but making the boxes is fun and I am getting better at it. I have even been making Freeman style bottom boards and telescoping covers. I haven't...
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    Re: Book recommendation for making hives

    Put your dado blade on and try it out.

    I have a middle-priced table saw, but it only has a 1/2" arbor. I can only make a 3/8" wide cut. If I try to make the whole 3/8" cut with the blade all the...
  24. Thread: Hello all!

    by dsegrest
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    Re: Hello all!

    Welcome to bee source.
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    Re: Bees like sugar more than honey?

    Honey is not a bees first choice for food. Nectar and pollen are preferred. The nectar is already mostly water. The honey the bees have to mix with water. The dry sugar they eat as the moisture in...
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