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    Re: Need help moving bees

    While what you need to do may not be all that complex technically, since you have no beekeeping training, equipment, or experience, it sounds like a bit much for a total bee-ginner.

    I'd try to...
  2. Thread: bees and horses

    by ginkgo
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    Re: bees and horses

    While no issues may be the norm, every few years there is a new story about a horse being stung to death. Until recently, I had bees in my horse pasture, usually set off by a strand of electric tape...
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    Re: something white on top of worker bee

    Maybe way off "the mark," but could it have been a marked queen? I received a queen marked with the 2015 color, which is supposed to be blue, but the dot looked white.
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    Re: help!! Can someone tell me whats happening.

    I have never heard of using lemongrass oil on a new installation, and a few drops may have been a lot, even for a swarm trap. I wonder if the lemongrass oil is masking the queen scent or simply...
  5. Re: The billion little things that make a beekeeper's life easier

    Paint your hive tool a nice bright white, yellow, or shocking pink, so it's easy to find. While you're about it, paint the hammer, the fence stretchers, your favorite wrench . . . and whatever the...
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    Re: Did research, and now I'm really confuzzled

    My dad grew up working on his father's honey farm, running all 10-frame deeps. Had surgery for spinal stenosis, which was attributed by docs to his many summers of heavy lifting as a youth.
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    Re: New Package seems decimated

    Still a relative newbee here, but noticing lots of threads with package issues and wondering if the cool spring in many locales is making sugar syrup too cold for the bees to take or to move to. The...
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    Re: Installed package. Pain ensued! Help

    It sounds like your package was not as road-weary as the typical one, so that might explain their high energy and reactivity? Things can go wrong with bees really fast and unexpectedly, so wearing a...
  9. Re: Getting bees NEXT spring - how to become sustainable?

    SalsaMom, I wish I had started with three hives. Having resources to spare and share can be key to success, as well as having more opportunities to study and learn as a bee-ginner from more colonies....
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    Re: Screen Shrubs for Virginia

    A second suggestion of Viburnum - pollinator friendly, dense screen, many are fast growing, some evergreen. Look for varieties resistant to Viburnum beetle. The folks below have an astonishing...
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    Re: Distance of hives to horses

    I have kept hives just fine for years in my pasture with several horses, but they are sited out of traffic and roped off with electric tape. The horses graze very near routinely. That said, I would...
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    Re: Entice bees to fill bottom box?

    Are you using screened bottom boards? My bees did not use the bottom boxes until I switched to solids / kept boards inserted on SBBs after reading on Beesource about similar observations by others.
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    Re: Something went very wrong, very fast ...

    estreya, you recently posted a thread about your bees bearding very heavily in the extreme heat. Might the sugar dusting have disrupted their ability to fan and ventilate the hive? Just speculating…
  14. Re: Is this TBH too small for backyard? Realistic to have just 1-2 hives?

    Keeping a just one or two hives can be challenging depending upon your skills and luck. It's not like having a couple of cows or goats. Hives are very dynamic. You can go from dealing with swarming...
  15. Re: Upset neighbors. Must part with or move my hives.

    I see this as a great excuse to drop by and get to know all the neighbors on your street and create some goodwill. Be concerned and a good listener: get their comments first-hand rather than taking...
  16. Re: Phrases I just wouldn't have expected to say till I started beekeeping

    New verbs: Bearding, but not on a face; washboarding, but not with dirty laundry; festooning, but not with party decor.
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    Re: Are carpenter ants a nuisance or big trouble?

    I don't know if it is practical for the location or number of your hives, but a sprinkle of a good quality cinnamon spice on the inner cover (hole covered so bees can't access) and around the hive...
  18. Thread: Crackling noise

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    Re: Crackling noise

    I heard a cracking noise coming from a new nuc earlier this year. Not sure if it was the same as your noise, but curious. I though perhaps another type of insect was trapped and trying to escape. The...
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    Re: queen Anne's lace

    I see them working it heavily during drought in Indiana but not otherwise.
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    Re: Beehive extremely weak, please help!!!

    I don't understand about your having not a single frame drawn out. When was this ever a viable hive and what happened to your comb?

    Are you sure you saw two queens and not two drones?

    Ants are...
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    Re: Want to keep bees BUT for scheduling

    I'd be proactive about potential problems like ants and skunks and to my extreme dismay, vandalism. I followed the beginner's advice to start with two hives and found that two was not enough. Wish I...
  22. Re: great new Opportunity need advice on capitalization?

    Pollinator Partnership https://pollinator.org/index.html may be of interest to the OP.

    They have a farming and ranching section, with extensive references, best practices, specific farmers and...
  23. Thread: queenless hive

    by ginkgo
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    Re: queenless hive

    I put a lot of effort into trying to save a colony that came through winter queenless. Like yours, they went at least 4 months before going laying worker. It's hard to give up on what was a big...
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    Re: Okay to shake bees off frame with eggs?

    Thanks. I moved a frame today from one hive to another that I was 100% confident had a nice fist-sized patch of eggs on one side. I gently shook off / brushed off the bees to make sure I didn't...
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    Okay to shake bees off frame with eggs?

    Can eggs in cells withstand a few very gentle shakes of the frame? Are eggs anchored to the bottom of the cell in some way? Thanks.
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