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  1. Re: How can I eradicate honey bees from the recesses of a banyan tree trunk?

    That is a great post over all Ed. The final comments provided great perspective.

    I hope that the bees live but agree that there are a few times when they should be removed.
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    Re: Not sure how to proceed

    I would do as Ray described except I would replace frames with foundationless, but then again I am a natural cell kind of guy.

    Good Luck!
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    Re: Top entrance question

    Thanks everyone for the posts. This has been a very helpful discussion.

    Mike Gillmore, I recently joined the Medina Beekeepers club. If you ever go to their meetings perhaps we can say hello in...
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    Re: Top entrance question

    By the way Lee, I believe in a natural bee tree, the entrance to the hive is much more often above the comb than below it.... I infer that as the bee's opinion on the subject of top entrances. :)
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    Re: Top entrance question

    Lee,

    Michael Bush advocates for the top entrance for reasons such as protection from mice and skunks, ventilation and heavy snow drift not covering the entrance. You can find his full write-up on...
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    Top entrance question

    I am going to use top entrances on my hives this year and am interested in knowing if others who use top entrances also use screen bottom boards or solid bottom boards. I live in northeast Ohio...
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    Re: Hard Sugar

    Rats...Darn you Michael Palmer, I thought that someone would get the source info. out of you.
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    Re: Shop accident!

    Coach Tuttle, my shop teacher, was a man of few words but when he talked it was usually about something very important, and he was always right. On this subject he often said: "You better respect...
  9. Thread: Dark Wax

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    Re: Dark Wax

    Got it, thanks
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    Re: Dark Wax

    When i have filtered wax through paper towels it didn't take long before the wax in the paper towel cooled and clogged up the filter. How do you keep the from happening?
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    Re: Large cell small cell how are they made?

    I am having trouble finding a source of small cell or natural cell bees in, or near, Ohio. When I restart my bee yard in the Spring (I recently moved here and did not bring the bees), If I can't...
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    Re: Have Your Questions Answered by a Treatment-Free Beekeeper

    Thanks Solomon, one of my goals is to be able to grow and maintain my bee yard without having to buy additional bees, doing it through splits and raising my own queens etc. Also trapping swarms. I...
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    Re: Have Your Questions Answered by a Treatment-Free Beekeeper

    Solomon,

    I am going to restart my bee yard in the Spring and am interested in your opinion of how many hives to start with given a TF approach. Given your pin ball analogy I am thinking it would...
  14. Re: Small Cell / Natural Cell Bees Available In Or Near Ohio?

    That is great Wade, thank you very much. I will contact him. My daughter will be going to school in Columbus and Frankfort is just past that, so it will make for a good little trip this Spring.
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  15. Re: Small Cell / Natural Cell Bees Available In Or Near Ohio?

    I will be in Cleveland and wanting to get about 6 or 8 nucs next spring. These can be hard so I figures that it is not too early to start looking.
  16. Small Cell / Natural Cell Bees Available In Or Near Ohio?

    I am moving to Ohio and will reestablish my bee yard in the Spring (have have been out of bee keeping for a couple of years). Is anyone aware of a source of small cell or natural cell nucs in Ohio,...
  17. Re: screen bottom board or not, that is the question, building a new TBH

    Thanks Michael - Bees are just awesome creatures aren't they.

    By the way, my general rule is that I do the things that you advise on your web sight whether I understand them or not, but it is very...
  18. Re: screen bottom board or not, that is the question, building a new TBH

    So Michael, what maintenance do you do with a solid bottom board in a TBH? How much junk falls down there and how often and how do you clean it out?
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    Re: hive with bees on the ground.

    Reef10, I am interested in an update on your situation if you care to give one.
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    Re: Bees, Chickens and Black Soldier Flys

    That is what I am thinking in terms of them not being attracted to the hive, and as Hawkster said, the bees guard the hive and will work to keep the BSF out if she shows up. I thought that I would...
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    Re: Bees, Chickens and Black Soldier Flys

    The Black Soldier Fly larva provides a great source of protein and calcium to the chickens which reduces the cost of feeding them quite a bit and is a supplement to what they get when free ranging. ...
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    Re: hive with bees on the ground.

    It is probably too late now, but I would not put the bees back into the hive. They left the hive and did not return for a reason. Forcing them back into the hive could put sick bees in with the...
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    Bees, Chickens and Black Soldier Flys

    I am considering keeping chickens in addition to bees and am learning about chickens now. One way to feed the chickens good protein is to raise Black Soldier Flies. Their larva grow in a compost...
  24. Re: Do I have a pretty good chemical free SHB trap or am I really messing up?

    I am not sure what that means.

    Regarding the comparison to the Freeman Trap. They are similar but I do not like the oil because it seems like it will end up being a mess. Perhaps the...
  25. Re: Do I have a pretty good chemical free SHB trap or am I really messing up?

    Thanks Michael,

    I am removing the SHB larva by scraping the bottom board clean, into a plastic bag that goes into the trash. Hopefully that will be sufficient to protect the bees.

    If I do not...
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