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    Re: Rose Hive Method

    i tried it with 8-frame medium boxes this spring and feel like it failed. it might work better on a large, well-established hive instead of a small, developing one. the idea behind the rose hive...
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    propolizing the vent holes

    for the summer i had a few 3/4" vent holes drilled in the face of the boxes. (this summer never got as hot as promised.) i also was thinking they would use them for top or middle entrances. ...
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    i'm not familiar with this courtesy(TM) treatment. is that some sort of acaricide?
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    Re: Anyone else keepng a log book?

    I'd like to see photos of your books if anyone's willing to post. extra points for pretty sketches diagrams charts and graphs.
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    Re: bright orange pollen

    i was thinking you guys that said it had ended were crazy. but now the same thing happened here. goldenrod is a strong suspect. but i'm not convinced. the only goldenrod i've seen is just peeking...
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    Re: Wintering question for northern beekeepers

    true. but remember that the re-radiation is going in both directions. i.e. half that energy is going into the wood wall of the hive. then some smaller percentage of that would make its way into...
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    Re: Nature's Brutality

    13135 wasp dismantling and eating a sorry-looking drone alive. i was thinking of stepping on them to put him out of his misery, but... nature. next week something will be eating the wasp.
  8. Thread: Nuc advise

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    Re: Nuc advise

    what's a good fall goal for these nucs? a 5 over 5 nuc with 50% stores? (i'm asking for myself, not the OP.)
  9. Thread: robin hooding?

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    Re: robin hooding?

    the large hive is 5 medium boxes high. 8-frame boxes. top two boxes are mostly honey, (but with some empty frames waiting for a fall flow) middle two boxes are brood with pollen and honey on the...
  10. Thread: robin hooding?

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    robin hooding?

    can we talk about the pros and cons of robin hooding?

    i have one large hive and one small (she's trying to catch up). yet they are both about 50% full of honey. i feel like i need to do...
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    Re: To make it real

    sol... buddy...

    there's a certain tone to the finnish language that comes across poorly in an internet forum. i don't think he meant what you think he did.

    ...i've been enjoying the podcasts. ...
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    bright orange pollen

    after a month of not much going on, my bees are bringing in a ton of bright orange pollen. almost fluorescent orange. it's the biggest single-source pollen "flow" i've seen. but so far there...
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    Re: Bees Chase Away Swallows

    earlier this summer, i was out there waving my arms like an idiot trying to discourage the swallows who were dive bombing my hives. then i saw a big bee take off after one of them. might have been...
  14. Re: Stupid question: how many beekeepers are scared of bees?

    i'm always amazed at my own emotional roller coaster. i love sticking my (veiled) face into those hives. but still get the panicked heebie jeebies when they start taking particular notice.

    i've...
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    Re: Hives side by side East booms, west sags

    mine both face east. the southern one has always been stronger. in both hives the brood nest is against the south wall of the box, pollen to the north. i haven't been doing this long enough to...
  16. Re: Local absence and local extinction, a confounding factor in TF prescriptions

    agree. agree. agree. it would be nice if there was a treatment-free forum on beesource where we could focus on DOING treatment-free beekeeping. the rest of this is just noise.
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    Re: Cost of doing business

    i'm sure someone will prove me wrong. but i don't think small scale beekeeping (or honey production if that's what you're really talking about) can be broken down like you're asking. because, like...
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    Re: Most useful gadgets

    hey thanks for reminding me of this one. i need to modify mine to properly hang the hive tool, but i'm lazy and have never gotten around to it. i'm a big fan of tools being located on your person. ...
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    we were piping at each other

    i have a little digital scale that i use to weigh the hives. it beeps when it takes a reading. so i'm weighing late last night, the scale beeps, and then i hear a little echo, same note. i do it a...
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    Re: Molted skin cleaning

    there is a bit of silk cocoon in the capped cell, but they don't molt. there's no shed skin. it's a metamorphosis. like a butterfly
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    Re: quiet box not quiet

    there's more to it than nasinoving. they are agitated. running and flying. i may be unsure about their "emotional" state (anger vs. aggressiveness vs. desperation) but they definitely build up a...
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    Re: quiet box not quiet

    i've tried it covered and not covered. and there is a little nuc entrance hole on the side. when it's covered, all seems calm, but when i open the cover, they buzz out immediately angry-style. it...
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    quiet box not quiet

    i've been trying the billy davis "quiet box" in concept. really it's just a nuc that i put extra frames into while i'm inspecting. it seemed more multi-use than buying a metal frame rest. but the...
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    doh. how did i not get stung!

    forgot to zip up the veil. i was thinking, wow they're really buzzing me a lot today. she must have been in there with me for 15 minutes before i realized what was happening. i flipped that veil...
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    Re: Is the northeast in a dearth now?

    basswood seems over. but they're still bringing something in. gaining weight, but not as much as the past 3 weeks. it call it waning.
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