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    Question of pulling honey frames

    I have a Lang hive that was doing pretty good last year, overwintered in a double deep. This spring there was not much activity. I checked the guts and found little to no activity in the top deep but...
  2. Thread: Swarmbox

    by Kelbor
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    Re: Swarmbox

    Im a rookie so Im sure it has something to do with it but my swarm captured bees never play by the rules. If they are allowed to hang for a while in the box they seem to build really crazy comb which...
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    Fire drill Swarm?

    I have some bees at a friends house and got a call that they were doing something strange.....like thousands in the air in the backyard. Im thinking they are swarming (hive is a new start off an...
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    Re: My Little hive mover works

    That is really cool - great job!
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    Re: Any idea what breed bee this is?

    I have a hive with about 25 percent black/dark. wild swarm from the P.N.W. They are a bit more aggressive then my other bees but never go out of their way to cause trouble. Just a bit more aggressive...
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    Re: How many keep epipen on hand

    Its a epi pen people. If you get stung relax and get in touch with you body.....if you think you feel tightness of the chest, shallow or trouble breathing, or any other strange feeling besides a bit...
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    Re: Newbie....Should I buy this hive?

    Just out of curiosity - sorry to thread jack - but does a beekeeper have to register boxes with the state in which they are bringing the pollinators or do they register in their home state before...
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    Re: Newbie....Should I buy this hive?

    "FL" "Number" or "FLO""Number"....either way, there is a registration # on the box which may be worth looking into. It may be worth finding who registered the box and then contact them to ask if they...
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    Re: Newbie....Should I buy this hive?

    I cant really see it that well but I think that is a Florida identification number on that box. I don't think somebody would be dumb enough to steal boxes, split, re-queen and then sell without...
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    Re: Assembling Warré hive boxes

    Very Cool!

    What are you using for the bar spacer? It looks like a galvanized piece of flashing???
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    Bees re-use wax?

    Just an interesting observation.....I had always just assumed bees make new wax when they need it but apparently they re-use old wax too.

    I did a cut out and fastened a bunch of the old comb with...
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    Re: How to feed honey in the winter?

    Thanks all,
    Yeah, I am aware of the fermented honey/sugar combo....but wont dry sugar, if it takes on moisture, also ferment? It would seem that the honey with its antimicrobial properties would not...
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    How to feed honey in the winter?

    Well, one of my hives is feeling a bit light and I was wondering what the best technique to feed them back some of their honey without a top feeder would be. Ideally, I would like to crystallize it...
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    Hungry Hungry Hip....I mean bees

    Hi All and Happy Winter from the Northwest!

    I was wondering about feeding during the winter - I have a hive that feels a bit light and would like to return some of the honey I took from them this...
  15. Thread: This poor hive

    by Kelbor
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    Re: This poor hive

    I think they call that Burlap. get them from the local coffee shop (that roasts their own beans) for $.50.
  16. Re: I don't think my bees are going to make it through winter

    You mean like Nevada City/Grass Valley? I grew up in the country out there....its good 'bee land' with the abundant forest fires and resulting blackberries and poison oak!

    Im also looking for a...
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    Re: Too Late for a new Queen?

    Well, still no eggs. No capped brood. Very little exterior activity. When I opened it up they acted kinda strange. They seemed sluggish almost and the 'buzz' was lower and less frantic when I smoked...
  18. Re: Medication for winter and honey after medication

    Not to sound negative but I think you just summed up the crux between treaters and non-treaters. If you are so scared about the medication and it contaminating your honey, Do you really want to use...
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    Re: Too Late for a new Queen?

    Still have not had a chance to open the hive up and inspect but there are VERY few bees coming and going....

    Interestingly though is that the remaing bees have nearly completely closed the front...
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    Re: Too Late for a new Queen?

    Good point Gypsi...I have a few nuc boxes that I will set up next swarm season (here in the PNW we pretty much have a few month window in the spring to catch swarms). I only put out two this last...
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    Re: Lid absorption enhancement

    This seems way to scientific for a creature that science struggles to understand. That is what I like about the quilt box. Supposedly, the bees will adjust how much propolis they apply to the burlap...
  22. Thread: Filtered honey?

    by Kelbor
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    Re: Filtered honey?

    Whats wrong with the Bees-Knees?

    Seriously though...Bee legs? Why would bees legs be in the honey. Is this a normal body part for bees to lose? I have never heard of this. I do, however eat...
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    Re: Lid absorption enhancement

    Like Gord says.....
    Quilt box....its full of pine shavings and separated from the hive by two layers of burlap so air can travel through. There is then a peaked roof over the quilt box to keep the...
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    Re: Too Late for a new Queen?

    Me too but swarms are not readily available for me..... work (long days and traveling in the spring and summer) mean that if I have a die out I will probably have to buy more bees to fill the hive. I...
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    Re: Too Late for a new Queen?

    The more reading Im doing the more Im seeing people jumping the gun on thinking the hive is queenless. Thinking about it, I think I noticed a big reduction in workers about 3 weeks ago. Making me...
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