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    Re: Checking hives without gloves?

    Try nitrile gloves. I get the odd sting through them, but not a deep sting. I have good feel and kill fewer bees. Also, my hands really swell with stings, so I do use traditional thick gloves when...
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    Re: Do I need a jig?

    What about nails??? :)
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    Re: Lets talk Burlap

    Southern States sells untreated burlap. I you don't have a SS nearby, you likely have a similar agricultural store. Also, worn out blue jean fabric is fabulous. As an aside, I have had great...
  4. Thread: Nucs

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    Re: Nucs

    An update on these nucs - I like closure in these threads. I made some robber screens for both nucs and put them in place before I left town on business. I got home too late last night to check on...
  5. Thread: Nucs

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    Re: Nucs

    Thanks for all of the input. Some sage advice. I do have a couple of other locations that I can use in the future for nucs. I've got both much shut down for the day and will take stock of where we...
  6. Thread: Nucs

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    Nucs

    I set up a couple of nucs the other day and have a couple of issues. I got a couple of NW carnolians and pulled frames of bees from two hives ( one italian and one carniolan), with brood of all...
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    Practice swarm?

    Was taking some stuff to the composter and as I walked by a hive, I noticed a lot of bees that seemed to be orienting. I was a bit curious, so I stopped and watched for a bit. Bees started flowing...
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    Re: cleaning supers after exraction

    I put the wet supers back on, above the inner cover, and the bees seem to clean them up well and pack the remnant honey down in the hive. After a couple of days, I seal the supers in thick black...
  9. Re: Person wants their swarm back - Would you give it to them?

    I think sending your group a link to this thread will resolve the issue . . . . .or create chaos.
  10. Re: 2 New Colonies; 1 weak, 1 strong (need advice)

    Sounds like a workable plan to me. As an aside, our club mentor emeritus (a guy who really keeps up with current issues and news as well as serving as advisor and teacher to our and another club)...
  11. Re: 2 New Colonies; 1 weak, 1 strong (need advice)

    Sounds like your queen may not have been mated. If that is the case, then the queen cells are hopeless.

    You could cut away the queen cells, pinch the queen and put in a frame of eggs and young...
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    Poll: Re: MAQS Winter Survival Poll

    I applied maqs in September in two hives and they both (fingers crossed) appear to be doing quite well.
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    Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2012

    22454. Dandelions been in bloom almost all of this warm winter. The girls are bringing orange and red pollen. Hives are light and feeding sugar patties ( warm weather has them eating a lot of...
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    Re: Bee Sting Question

    Jim, I don't get the blisters, but if I get stung on the face, forearms or hands, swelling ensures big time. When I get stung on the forearms, I call them my popeye arms. I think, generally, I have...
  15. Interesting turn of events - supercedure related

    I was putting sticky boards in my hives and met a little resistance on one, not much and I thought it might be just some weeds or something. Turns out it was several combs, with brood, that fell to...
  16. Thread: Bee die off

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    Re: Bee die off

    Puppy, There is a saying in beekeeping (as well as other things), that if you ask 10 beekeepers their opinion on a matter, you will get 11 different answers. Glad you are going to stick with it. ...
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    Odd inspection observations yesterday

    I went through all of my hives yesterday and pretty much found what I expected, except for one.

    This colony (Italian) was a split created last July. It was built up pretty well to make it through...
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    Re: Bees for sale in PA?

    Timbo, I feel for you. Except for dumb luck, I would be in the same boat. I had business out of town when my packages were due in. There was an earlier shipment that happened to have a few extra...
  19. Thread: Queenless??

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    Queenless??

    I installed a package for a friend nine days ago and included a couple of frames of good drawn comb. Today we went in to remove the queen cage and check how the things were progressing (i.e., look...
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    Re: Four hives blown over this afternoon--KY!!

    I had my two big hives blow over about 3 weeks ago. I had bricks on top, but because we were coming out of winter, the hives were top heavy (I think that was the key). I also had a wind break of...
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    Re: My testy bees, and the local drones

    Understood. If you are in a neighborhood, I understand the sensitivity. As you know, foragers are not terribly aggressive, so if you keep the fence high and limit others coming into your yard and...
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    Re: My testy bees, and the local drones

    Okay, I'm a fairly newbie as well, but if my queen is productive and the bees are a bit aggressive (not chasing me down the road), I'd view that as somewhat positive. From what you wrote, you have...
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