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    Re: suprise for my fiancee

    I would think a couple bee suits, a club to join and a beek that relate to Brian's situation would (in my mind) a heck of a suprise.
    I'm always open to poeple participating in hive inspections....
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    Re: storing honey in slow hives

    Not only robbing. If you don't have the bees to cover the frames, SHB and wax moths.
  3. Thread: Trapout help

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    Re: Trapout help

    Just walk away from it. He has sprayed them and if you don't get the comb cleaned out and that siding sealed up there'll be another swarm in there next year. It's a noble gesture, to try and save...
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    Re: Bees are ignoring dandelion

    Last year the bee boxes were stained yellow around the entrances, this year I hardly see a bee on dandelions, I was really surprised to see that. But hey, they know what they're doing.
  5. Thread: no queen cells

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    Re: no queen cells

    Ya, you might be mistaking drone brood for the Q cells. From the sounds of it they might be getting big enough to start rearing drones.
  6. Re: Cleaning propolis off of your extracting equipment?

    I use a 25/75 dish soap/alcohol solution to clean hive tools and my hands. Seems to dissolve it pretty good.
  7. Re: will laying worker hive make queen cell if given worker eggs?

    Probably the workers that are aligned with the laying workers (they would allow the laying worker to tear apart a Q cell) have "reformed" also LOL.
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    Re: What to do with all these swarms??

    If you can't afford to buy more equipment, and it's your expertise that is bringing you this bounty, it's time to charge for the equipment plus shipping. If somebody is wanting a colony why not be...
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    Re: Why would a hive swarm multiple times

    Sometimes they'll keep swarming till the hive is crippled beyond recovery. And yes, after the initial swarm, any after swarms would be virgins.
  10. Thread: Dead bee sting?

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    Re: Dead bee sting?

    I've gotten stingers in my fingers from dead bees. Had just enough venom to make the experience unpleasant. So I suspect feet would no different.
  11. Re: Need clues to find bees in poured concrete building

    Speaking of A/C, could they be going in there for water from the collection tray.
  12. Thread: laying worker

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    Re: laying worker

    You've done what you can do, if the workers that are not aligned with the laying workers have kept them (laying workers) away from the queen cell and she hatches, she might be laying in a couple...
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    Re: Latest from Brushy Mountain on Oxalic Acid

    Hopefully Michigan won't drag their feet on this one. Supposedly their stance on hopguard was " there is enough mite control products registered".
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    Re: Overwintering and candy boards

    The vinegar lowers the PH of the sugar, some folks use lemon juice, like mgolden's recipe.
  15. Re: Help! Neighbours bees attracted to our Ipe decking

    See if the hive entrance is pointed in your direction, if your deck is in they're flight path then it might something as simple as turning the hive.
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    Re: fat queen crisis diverted I think

    Might as well let them do their thing till the Qs arrive. Why put up with screwing the hot bees two more times, unless the timing is resulting in laying workers from possible failed matings.
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    Re: Swarm After Split?

    Ya, if a hive is in a swarm mode, it can cast after swarms. Sometimes it'll cripple itself doing so.
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    Re: Should I reverse boxes?

    Ya, let em be for a while and let the hive get firing on all cylinders, then reverse or switch frames around. I usually wait for a couple weeks after combining or doing heavy manipulation.
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    Re: re-queening every year !

    Why waste the money, let the bees do the work. Anytime I've tried a commercial queen the fourth or fifth generation's traits are so diluted from the first that it's really not important.
    What's...
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    Re: Cutting Plastic Foundation

    Tin snips, but it would be also be a pain if there was a lot of cuts.
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    Re: Solid Eggs, Spotty brood pattern

    I have not seen it myself but, supposedly, if the queen has mated with one of her drones, it produces a inferior egg (genetically speaking). The workers sense that and remove the egg, hence the...
  22. Re: Will eliminating bottom entrances end shrew problems?

    Only IF you can keep em out of the hives, I know of a live hive taken out and they took out a lot of comb in one my deadouts.
    Sorry, they're on my hit list, just below wasps and hornets.
  23. Re: Will eliminating bottom entrances end shrew problems?

    From what I'm reading their suckers for bacon, so pit traps (I'm going to use paint cans) baited with bacon grease smeared around the rims are the best for em.
  24. Re: Will eliminating bottom entrances end shrew problems?

    Supposedly 1/4" mesh is good for pygmy shrews (see your other post). And no, a top entrance is not enough to keep the vermin at bay, heard of a top entrance hive getting wiped out this winter. I'm...
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    Re: Why are dead bees missing their heads?

    If you had a problem with 3/8 openings, you had pygmy shrews after the hives. I had shrew evidence this year but my reducers wouldn't let them by. So I'm sure my problem is the northern short tail...
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