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    Re: Veil only...no suit. Thoughts?

    I wear a veil and long sleeve white t-shirts. I also wear a pair of white, light weight cotton pants. In the middle of summer, during a flow, I'll often not use gloves--really depends on their...
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    Re: What did you learn this winter?

    I don't know--had two hives in the same location, large number of bees in each--one was dead by the end of January, with a fair amount of honey left on the sides, while the other survived fine (so...
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    Re: Why and How Did You Start Beekeeping?

    We started in 2008, at a suggestion of my wife, after we had each retired. "Bees?", I said. "You do know they sting, don't you?" "I thought they bite," she replied. Obviously, we had a lot to...
  4. Thread: Bee Blogs

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    Re: Bee Blogs

    We have had our Blog going for about 6 years: Bessie's Bees

    I also maintain the Blog for our local beekeeping club. This one uses various pages. East Central Iowa Beekeepers

    Good luck with...
  5. Thread: Apiary Names

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    Re: Apiary Names

    We have a hobby apiary (3 to 4 hives) and a small vineyard about 35 vines. We call it the Grumpy Bee Apiary and Vineyard.
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  6. Thread: Smoker rules

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    Re: Smoker rules

    The smoker always dies down just when you need it the most.
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    Re: My First Harvest

    Congrats. That first harvest really produces a good feeling. Enjoy it!
  8. Thread: Agressive Bee's

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    Re: Agressive Bee's

    I wonder as well if you used smoke. Also, were they aggressive the first time you entered the hive or only after you went back again to remove comb? I find my bees, Italians, which are typically...
  9. Re: Tips for not killing a bunch of bees when putting a hive back together anyone?

    I do the twist method after smoking. In also cover open boxes with squares of the firm, dense styrofoam insulation. Bees don't tend to cling to that when I remove it like they can with cloth and it...
  10. Thread: Snag Films

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    Re: Snag Films

    Thanks for the link--enjoyed watching it.
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    Re: How Long Do Bees Hold a Grudge?

    I was chatting with a clerk at Mann Lake a few years ago who had a couple prominent stings near her nose. She explained that a bear had torn her hive apart, and the bees were naturally very upset...
  12. Re: Queen loss 2 years in a row from same hive box

    I think, given you have so few bees, it probably isn't worth the risk of introducing disease into a good hive and it may be best to just let them go. I'm wondering if there is something about the...
  13. Re: Queen loss 2 years in a row from same hive box

    Tar, seems like there are a lot of variables involved, and several questions given the information you've provided. I'll throw a few out--forgive me if some of them seem obvious. First, what was the...
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    Re: First honey harvest

    Congrats to both. It's amazing what even 3 frames can provide, though, isn't it? When I'm straining the last bit of honey, with the cappings and anything I'm crushing, I place the straining bucket...
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    Re: Queen loss 2 years in a row from same hive

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    Re: is it too late to add a honey super?

    I'm a bit confused as well. When I refer to supers, I'm referring to those boxes that contain the excess honey the hive produces that I will extract, which sit above the brood boxes. I won't say I...
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    Re: What is going on here? Dead Bees Help!

    When I first began extracting honey, I put the extractor barrel and frame holders, still sticky with honey, out for the bees to clean up, hundreds of feet from the hives. In the morning it was...
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    Re: New Beek with a microscope- seeing too much?

    Almost certainly wax moth frass from your description. I did a post several years ago with photos on my blog with what I thought perhaps were droppings from roaches but the segmented ones are likely...
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    Re: removing full super?

    I agree with hilreal. I just pulled and extracted two supers and put them right back on. Bees are still all over the clover and buckwheat, so they may refill these in short turnaround. I used to...
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    Re: I think we may have troubles??

    Yes, even though a queen emerges in about 16 days, it can take 23 days or so for her to reach reproductive maturity and then she may start out slow in the laying department. Give her plenty of time.
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    Re: Foundationless supers

    Are you putting the supers above a queen excluder? Some think the bees will draw out new comb more quickly if the box is placed right about the top brood box, without a queen excluder. You can...
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    Re: I think we may have troubles??

    If the queen is present, is there room for her to lay? You aren't honey bound, possibly? I also wondered about the queen cells, that you said were opened, rather than open. If you have an...
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    Re: What are Good DVDs on bees?

    Check out this site: http://www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org/beekeeping_class/
    There are 34 good, short videos, powerpoint presentations and other information. It's a good resource. It isn't DVD's but...
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    Re: Eggs not centered--a concern?

    Thanks all. As long as her brood continues to be good I'll be happy. And since she no longer has to be concerned with attracting drones, so what if she has a crooked bottom?:D
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    Eggs not centered--a concern?

    I have a new MN hygenic queen who has been laying for about 3 weeks. From the start, her eggs have not always been very well centered. In 3 inspections since she was released into a hive that had...
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