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    Re: Is it necessary to feed a swarm?

    Feed if they look like they need it. As for keeping them, bees like used equipment, the propolis and wax smells like "home". Old frames, even if they have had wax moths in them, are more attractive...
  2. Thread: Dave

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    Re: Dave

    The Beltsville USDA lab will be able to diagnose the common problems, including AFB and EFB. Viral testing may or may not be free, the regular testing is, at least for US residents.

    There are a...
  3. Thread: Wired Frames

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    Re: Wired Frames

    If you use standard wire, yes, without problems. Sometimes they don't like nylon fishing line and will leave holes around it, but regular frame wire is OK.

    make sure the wires are centered and...
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    Re: Another one bites the dust

    I don't think that's pollen, I think it's crystallized "honey" from feeding syrup.

    A hive loss at this point in the season with a vanishing cluster isn't likely to be mites so much as protein...
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    Re: Dead hive, mites?

    Depends on when the hive dies out. Late fall/early winter with lots of stores, suddenly no bees, no treatments, likely it's mites because otherwise the hive would be OK as a rule (although not...
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    Re: Theory behind Lemon Grass oil.

    People don't smell things the same way bees do. Lemongrass oil (and geranium oil) don't have much scent to us. They do to bees.

    Peter
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    Re: Making equitment

    You need enough dust suspended to ignite and burn in the air before you will have an explosion, I don't have that much ever, but I do end up with quite a bit of sawdust on the floor. A buddy of mine...
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    Re: Anyone seal boxes with polyurethane?

    You can use poly, but ask anyone with a boat how long the varnish lasts on the "brightwork". Oddly enough everyone I know leaves the teak unfinished for some reason....

    The only version I would...
  9. Re: Help! hundreds dead bees after flurry of activity Jan 31 2016 Long Island NY

    Dead bees always appear on the first warm day after a long cold period, usually the bees start stuffing them out the entrance as soon as it warms up enough for them to break cluster and before it's...
  10. Re: Reversing on February 1, 2016; add foundation?

    The queen lays where the bees clear cells for her, and don't believe that she won't come back down!

    I had a hive a couple years ago with the front facing south, from a very active swarm. When it...
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    Re: Theory behind Lemon Grass oil.

    Citral, geraniol, and something from lemon essential oil (not citral) are components of the Nasanov pheromone, which is why LGO is attractive to bees. I have a recipe for swarm lure that is a...
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    Re: Lots of questions!

    Welcome to Beesource! Do some reading, all your questions are the ones that beginners usually ask, and they've been answered in one way or another lots of times. There is a real treasure trove of...
  13. Re: 50F and my gangsta hive was threatening me today

    Defensive and high productivity go together enough that it's a joke in our bee club -- lots of commercial guys will be quite happy to come and get your "aggressive" hive because they usually produce...
  14. Thread: Top Hive Feeder

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    Re: Top Hive Feeder

    You have to make sure the wire fits tight, it's easy to get a gap the bees can get through. Very annoying. Also make sure you cover fits tightly all around, and do NOT leave it sitting uneven and...
  15. Re: 50F and my gangsta hive was threatening me today

    Bees always land on me this time of year, I'm warm, they are not, and they want to rest up a bit to get back home. Not a problem. They were crashing into me to day while I was checking hive...
  16. Thread: Bottling honey

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    Re: Bottling honey

    Nice new never used bottle with a seal greatly reduces the risk of complaints, founded or not, of "dirty bottles" or "contamination". I'm not worried about sterility, but looking to eliminate...
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    Re: So far one of my 2 swarms is still alive

    Bees won't move around much until the interior of the hive is above 45F, and even then some won't move much until it's either warmer or got that warm several days in a row. A swarm I caught last...
  18. Thread: Robbing musing

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    Re: Robbing musing

    I have started keeping the entrance reducers on all the time except when a major flow is on. The bees seem quite happy with a 1 1/2 inch by three eighths opening. In fact, I had a hive that got...
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    Re: Checking on winter bees.

    At 50 degrees outside, it will be warm enough inside for them to break cluster and move around. Might get a few flying, might not, but they WILL be dumping dead bees out the entrance. Dead bees...
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    Re: Making equitment

    I have a propane furnace retired from home use. Big blower, heats the place up in half an hour, perfectly warm by the saws, including the floor. Next year I will put in a set of ductwork, should...
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    Re: Would this kill my bees?

    You should measure your mite load and let that determine your treatment plan rather than treating blindly.

    You should also assume you have mites at levels that will cause you trouble, it's very...
  22. Thread: Bottling honey

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    Re: Bottling honey

    PET doesn't have plasticizers, it's one of the advantages.

    The bottles were sterile when packed, the heat required to blow mold them will kill anything on them, and unless you have chlorine...
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    Re: Making equitment

    I don't make one at a time, I collect wood (or saw into the pile of 1x12 pine a friend found for cheap) and cut a dozen or so boxes. Cut all the boards to length using a jig (tried measuring each...
  24. Re: What's the most useful ..table saw or router table

    A router and table will work fine to make box joints and cut frame rests. Don't think I'd use one for anything else, but if a dado blade is very expensive and you have the room, I'd get the router. ...
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    Re: Painting Inner Cover

    Wax/rosin dipping is the way to go if you can, it's not really possible if you only have a few hives unless you can find someone doing a large number that will allow you to run a couple through.
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