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    Re: Tapping noises in hive

    I flipped a bottom board over last summer on one hive and noticed a nice smooth bore hole like a big drill bit. Carpenter bee had hit it trying to drill a hole. I had watched several bugging the...
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    Re: beekeeping is fun!

    The honeymoon is over when you start getting too brave and drop your defenses.

    Wear protective gear and enjoy the hobby. There is no need to get stung with the nice suits and gloves available...
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    Re: Tapping noises in hive

    Was it Morse code?
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    Re: Stinking Hives!

    I never really liked them either, but there is a row of them lining the road of the subdivision. And the bees are working them hard as they are the only main thing in bloom. Redbuds and dandelions...
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    Stinking Hives!

    I was working around my hives today and noticed a bad smell. I guess it is the Bradford Pears they have been working lately. The trees smell the same way.

    Is the honey any good out of a Bradford...
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    Re: Duck Dynasty honeybee question

    I thought the most amazing thing about the episode was they enjoyed alot of honey at the end of the show. That was what I called B.S. on.
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    Re: Bees on Maple

    Nice pics.

    My maples are already dropping whirly's all over the yard. We had several warm days when they were blooming and they stored quite a bit of nectar from them. One have I checked had 2...
  8. Re: how much to ask for placing 1-2 hives in a garden?

    I had 6 hives 20 ft from my garden last summer and watched my garden be pollinated by bumblebees. I did catch a few honeybees on the cucumbers, but they were probably from a feral hive that was...
  9. Re: Can i use half burned frames? - ( Photos Attached )

    Looks like wax worms did a number on some of them. That is the gouges you see on the side bars.
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    Re: Between Queen Emerging and Laying

    I inspected my hives on March 20 and found one queenless. Good population of bees, no brood, some uncapped nectar. I added a frame of honey and a frame of brood, eggs, pollen from another hive.
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  11. Re: Bees and Turkey Hunting (slightly graphic)

    That old tom was thinking with the wrong head and did not see the guy in the white suit with a gun.

    But if I was buried in a tree with a blind all around, full camo, and moved my shotgun slightly,...
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    Re: Cleaning out the bottom board

    I cleaned mine off a few weeks ago. There were piles of chewed cappings, no pollen. Swept it off and scraped some bur comb. They had already carried out the corpses and were putting the pollen in...
  13. Re: Bees and Turkey Hunting (slightly graphic)

    I know I am changing my camo when season opener comes in 2 weeks. Good eatin.
  14. Thread: Rough boards

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    Re: Rough boards

    Definitely predrill the holes before you nail. Just drill them smaller than the nail and not as deep.

    I use screws.
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    Re: Did you get honey your first year

    Funny thing, I am in my third year and have not made any honey.

    First year, I picked up an established hive in July. There was a bad dearth, and the hive was struggling when I bought it. Barely...
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    Re: Newly assembled hive body not square.

    Make sure you put them together on a nice flat, level table. I use corner clamps and a framing square when I put them together.

    I tried making a jig, but ended up getting them cockeyed using it. ...
  17. Thread: Rough boards

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    Re: Rough boards

    For looks only, rough side in.

    They may tend to over propolize the rough side in. If you seal the exterior side with a protectant, it really does not matter which side with the moisture.

    I use...
  18. Thread: Frame Design

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    Re: Frame Design

    I use bamboo skewers from the dollar store for dowel rods. Cross wired with mono for support on deeps. Tongue depressors for starter guide in Kelly grooved top bar, side bar, and bottom bar. It...
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    Re: Pet or workhorse?

    I quit being friends with mine last year after I took a shot in the earhole while changing out a feeder.

    I now have a zone that I will tolerate them following me bumping. There is a cane thicket...
  20. Re: aggressive racoon, or fox?, climbs 12 feet, flips heavy lids, eats comb, trap set

    That would also kill just about any thing else that took a drink. Doubt if it would be good on bees either as they drink the sweet water.
  21. Thread: Windows XP?

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    Re: Windows XP?

    Windows XP will continue to run and your computer will continue to perform as it does at the present time. The world will not come to an end for those that have XP computers on April 8, despite all...
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    Re: First Day of Spring, Six in, Six out!

    Pollen coming in is yellow. They have been bringing it in and there were frames of it in several hives. I have an abundance of silver maples around, and they are all blooming in the past few weeks....
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    First Day of Spring, Six in, Six out!

    But some are a little worse for the wear. I have wintered 6 hives of bees with minimal intervention. This time last year, I had one hive and 2 on the way. I was able to build and split and make...
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    Re: Hello from st. Louis mo.

    Yep. A guy in Fredericktown cuts mine.

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  25. Re: Southern Illinois my hives are bringing in pollen by the truck load!!

    They have been rolling in my bird feeders and collecting dust.
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