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    Learning to understand observations

    Can you assume that when everything looks ok ,it is? Ie- pollen coming in- feeding brood? Lots of activity foraging-they are growing or storing or what have you? Just trying to be non invasive (cause...
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    Re: NPR radio story

    Radio said it was Canadian health something or other? Sounded like a government thing ?
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    NPR radio story

    On the way to work I heard on the radio-class action law suite in Canada against chemical companies for killing bees. They said neonics where found in 70% of the cases. Just posting as info not...
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    Re: propolis solvent?

    Denatured alcohol is safe and works ok but lacquer thinner works on anything and cleans up with soap and water after it evaporates ( sorry I painted for 8000 years) it's cheaper at the auto paint...
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    Drone brood and season

    During my inspection today I saw some drone caps ( sorry don't have the vocabulary ). I was wondering if this is an indication that there is more season ahead? We are truly entering fall weather and...
  6. Re: What defines "aggressive behavior" on average

    So as the hives mature , expect them to be more defensive ? Do you just get used to it and it becomes normal? Just the way it is? I wish I knew how much smoke was enough, I bet I over smoked them. If...
  7. What defines "aggressive behavior" on average

    I have but one hive and it is gangbusters. I have only a few months experience and have never experienced bees before. I know from reading; big colony defends hive, dearth-cranky, inclement weather...
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    Re: How do you follow a "bee line" ?

    Just because iam dumb and bored, how do you anaesthetize a insect ? Ether? Chlororaform?
  9. Re: What Equipment/ wooden ware is needed for the winter season

    Iam in a northern climate and have been researching this as well. There are several posts of late about the subject and many more with the search function. Iam going to try a hybred quilt...
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    Hey Montana, flow over?

    Seems like the flowers are turnings is it about over? Thanks charlie
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    Re: How do you follow a "bee line" ?

    If one anaesthetizes foragers, numbered disks or Christmas-tree tinsel can be glued in place.

    This I would like to do! How would one anaesthetize a bee? In the crazy tech-world we live in (just...
  12. Wasps, what's the threat and what to do

    Noticed quite a few . What do you do to get rid if them or are the bees capable of taking care of it? The hives are tight and strong. Thanks charlie
  13. Re: Jeez...who knew honey could be so heavy!

    Well then I'll see ya at the airport when you arrive! The rivers are fishing great and the boat all ready to go!
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    Re: Is it too late for comb building?

    I wonder this also, iam in Montana. I think you answered your own question with the frost date. At least that's how iam considering the decision . I think we have time , if the hive is in the mood....
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    Re: 8 frame or 10

    Iam pretty fit and relatively young. I lifted a eight frame deep a few hours ago and it kinda sucked ! Iam going the medium route next year. I like what M .B. Writes about bee decision making also...
  16. Jeez...who knew honey could be so heavy!

    I have never had to lift a hive with honey before and iam thinking a fork lift would work better! Jeez who would have thought! How do you smoke the bees down while trying to put on a box that weighs...
  17. Re: Ideal configuration within wintering hives in a very cold climate

    Bump-good question
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    Re: Southern beekeepers

    :lpf:
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    Southern beekeepers

    It's 40 degrees and raining in Montana today!?! You are Lucky to be somewhere warm!!! Ah to be back in the islands!
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    Winter bees in Montana

    Curious as to how you can tell when your winter brood is bieng made and about when it happens in the northern Rocky Mountain regions. Thanks for your replies
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    Re: How SWEET is the Mix?

    Some believe /theorize or perhaps have proven- 1:1 by weight, that is a pound of water a pound of sugar, helps with build up . 2:1 is used as a storable food source in the fall. Many opinions and...
  22. Re: Stupid question: how many beekeepers are scared of bees?

    Kayaked class 5 white water, surfed 12 foot pipeline , ran off a 10000 foot peak with a hang glider , 32 and 10 boxing record and have to breath deep and focus to deal with the bees! My wife said...
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    Re: Questions for oxalic acid users

    Ahhh...!! Got ya to keep the heat isolated in the tip!! Hmm? Ok back to the shop
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    Re: Questions for oxalic acid users

    Thanks guys. I all ready cooked the 1107 so looks like 1104 next and after I spend 150 bucks screwing around I'll by one ! Thanks again
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    Re: Questions for oxalic acid users

    Ok thanks I'll time with temp and make an educated guess. I have an old welding blanket I'll sand which between aluminum and pan. When the acid is boiling do you shut off or when it's gone from...
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