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    Re: Beekeeping FAQ?

    I'm fairly certain that Michael Bush has most of these basic beekeeping questions covered at his web site.

    But if they're not covered there, most likely they'll be at Dave Cushman's website.

    I...
  2. Re: Is it true that bees only bring in Pollen when they have a queen?

    A direct answer is: No, it is not true.

    More specifically: Queen, no queen, brood, no brood, usually makes little difference in how a hive forages. If forage is available, some hives are good at...
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    Re: Hive cover with top entrances

    This is supposed to be attached to my post #9 above --> It's the image and link to the SketchUp plans. The rim image to the right of the cover, is only shown separate, for clarity, for use they are...
  4. Re: Have you ever proselytized for beekeeping?

    Sugar prices in our neighborhood, vary from time to time. A few years ago Walmart was selling five pound bags of cane sugar for 99 cents/each, with no limit. I was buying as many shopping carts full,...
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    Re: sad day

    Quite often there are sources of pollen that aren't good sources of nectar. It's more common than good sources of nectar that aren't good sources of pollen - but I'm sure those exist, too. For me, it...
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    Re: sad day

    Uh, forty pounds of syrup, even at two parts sugar to one part water, is like giving a homeless person three square meals, for one day - and expecting them to get fit and thrive. If there is a lack...
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    Re: Cleaning queen excluders

    It must be fortunate, then, that propolis and beeswax melt at much lower temperatures than zinc and steel. Melting the debris from my excluders has yet to see one rust or exhibit other damage from...
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    Re: What plant is this

    Aster, is the common name for Symphyotrichum novae-angliae.

    However, your photo doesn't really give enough detail for much of an identification.
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    Re: Robbing and Yellow Jackets?

    Did you leave them any way to get fresh air? If not, you've probably got a dead hive, now.

    The robbers will still be interested in acquiring the goods, but there won't be anyone left to use it or...
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    Re: Cleaning queen excluders

    The only way I've ever cleaned welded wire queen excluders, so far, is to burn off the debris with a torch flame. It is a very quick way to clean them.
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    Re: Bees driving family nuts.

    Welcome to beekeeping, with the family.
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    Re: Treatment free and good sense.

    I've never brought any bees, other than outside queens and local swarms/cutouts, into my operation, here. I have traded bees with a few local beekeepers, who initially get most of their bees from me,...
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    Re: Dandelion like... what's this?

    Maybe yellow chicory.
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    Re: Why do you use leather Gloves

    Yep, bare handed for me too. It's how my first mentor did it - Mr. Knott, in Las Alamos, California. Other than the observation hive in the basket shop at Knott's Berry Farms, his were the first...
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    Re: Treatment free vs. good sense.

    jim lyon,
    It sounds like you know Dee. I've met Dee, and can see the humor in your suggestion to sqkcrk.
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    Re: Treatment free vs. good sense.

    That reminds me of Charles Mraz. I read many accounts of how he would intentionally infect colonies with AFB, and then breed queens from the survivors. I once purchased a few of his queens. Though,...
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    Re: Treatment free vs. good sense.

    What is AFH? Did you mean AFB?
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    Re: Found an exposed hive, what do I do?

    I agree with jaked007 and stan.vick, though turning this wild hive into a colony in a modern hive, is a simple matter for someone experienced in handling bees and combs. It would likely be...
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    Re: Wax Moths

    I would not recommend it - I can't find details of the Bt strains used in its manufacture. Unless it contains nothing but the Aizawai strain of Bacillus thuringiensis, it may cause harm to honey bee...
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    Re: Wax Moths

    If you simply wish to reduce their numbers and adverse effects, you might consider using Bacillus thuringiensis 'Aizawai', or the noxious fumigant, paradichlorobenzene. But the only way to ensure,...
  21. Re: Would Bee Source be open to a forum for states?

    I once kept bees in Key, Ohio; located in Belmont County.

    So I could start a thread in the "Everything Honey" forum, and title it: What flow sources can I expect in Key, Ohio. Even if responses...
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    Re: Laying worker

    TokerM,
    Thanks for the update. I was pretty sure you weren't mistaking drones for queens. But, if you can't view eggs, and can't spot a queen, even if one is present. It would certainly make...
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    Re: Laying worker

    Marshmasterpat,
    You left off the defining part of that sentence: "(.22 bullet caps)".

    I read the O.P.'s statement as the presence of scattered sealed drone brood, in worker cells, as defining a...
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    Re: Laying worker

    TokerM,
    My main question that still remains, concerning your reported case of, "laying worker" brood. All you have reported is that there is a scattered group of sealed drone brood, in worker...
  25. Re: Does anyone have a good frame design?

    Perhaps one of my previous posts may help.
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