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    Re: hive storage for winter...

    I use a pump sprayer,

    You don't have any problems with the fumes and irritations?
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    Re: hive storage for winter...

    99%, Wow, how do you apply it?

    ~Matt
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    Re: hive storage for winter...

    I use pure acetic acid

    What do you mean by this? What concentration are you using?

    ~Matt
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    Re: Triangle bee escapes in a wheelbarrow

    Not really. If there are a lot of bees trying to get in there must be an entrance somewhere. But yes, at night that will let up if it's a problem.

    When I pull the boxes I use one or more of the...
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    Re: Degrees in beekeeping

    Beekeeping as a business is what she would be looking at. A business degree probably would be more useful than entomology.

    Can't hurt. Most businesses don't fail because the person doesn't know...
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    Re: Triangle bee escapes in a wheelbarrow

    They sometimes leave a little slower than when they smell a brood nest below, but not that much slower. But you do have to make sure you don't accidentally leave any opening where robbers can get in...
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    Re: Bee inferno in Oklahoma

    I wonder if these accidents are happening because bees get loose in the cab and either sting or spook the driver.

    I recently talked to a lady who said she transported bees on their truck and she's...
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    Re: Bee inferno in Oklahoma

    Why not rent another vehicle or two and throw everything into it and put a net over it and drive away? Worst case scenario you lose all the bees but at least you get to keep the equipment.

    ~Matt
  9. Re: I need a solution to a "walking" honey extractor

    Now all I need, is a better/faster way to uncap!

    Roller punch capper. Faster then anything I've used and cheaper as well.

    ~Matt
  10. Re: Why are the bees sticking their butts in the air?

    Don't like to disagree with Mr Bush, but I believe that it is a defensive posture. Saw a picture somewhere that showed bees around an inner cover vent port and you could see that those butts in the...
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    Re: Cleansing flights: Necessity or Optional

    I've never heard the idea that "Bees won't know the temperature outside" statement and frankly it makes no sense to me.

    The cluster maintains a fairly constant temp all winter long. Bees rotate...
  12. Re: Why are the bees sticking their butts in the air?

    You can open a hive anytime it's warm enough for the bees to not get paralyzed by the cold and shake a frame of bees back into the box and they will come to the top, stick their butts in the air and...
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    Re: Older crystallize honey

    She said its a year old and been in her garage in the bucket sitting.

    Just sitting in a garage in an open bucket? If it's a non sealed open bucket I wouldn't even bother. At best I'd feed it back...
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    Re: Ever smelled the bees when they sting?

    I would think that smelling the bees would be a perfect way to get stung....

    ~Matt
  15. Re: Why are the bees sticking their butts in the air?

    Nasonov.

    Just curious do they ever do this as a means of protection? IF not does this activity change by time of year?

    Reason I ask is that it seems to me that when I pop the top later in the...
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    Re: Bees eating thru my bottles?

    If the process is not quite right, it can actually be too thin so it can't hold any pressure or even separate leaving a hole after molding.

    And that is what it appears to be. All the holes are...
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    Re: Bees eating thru my bottles?

    Having had containers that have had a small hole chewed in them by mice and or ground squirrels and seeing as these bears in question were left out doors unattended, in going with a rodent of some...
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    Re: The best treatment free queens available?

    I have several hives that I re-queened with Beeweaver and would like to continue mixing my genetics with other proven stock.

    I have done several Beeweaver hives and found that their mite counts...
  19. Re: Carniolans - suitable starter bee for a new beek?

    MJuric, I'm talking about generations of the queens getting lighter in color.

    I agree. The first queen there is a significant difference in color. Subsequent queens from the same hive the...
  20. Re: Carniolans - suitable starter bee for a new beek?

    I'm in N IL and I started with 2 Carnies and 2 Italians. I've also done Beeweaver Buckfast queens.

    For the most part I've noticed very little difference in swarming.

    In my experience, Carnies...
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    Re: Bees eating thru my bottles?

    I'm with defective. Send them back.

    I will do my experiment and see what happens. If it happens again I will contact the company I got them from and see about returning them.
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    Bees eating thru my bottles?

    So I have a road side stand that I sell honey from. One day I came home and ants had attacked a "Honey bear" bottle. Yesterday I came home and there was a swarm of bees on three bottles, again the...
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    Re: A visit from Yogi

    A man with a very strong Chicago accent was elated that he'd shot a black bear while deer hunting. (in Illinois?)

    Last year we had a black bear in N Illinois. Was on the news almost every night...
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    Re: How did you prepare to start keeping bees?

    Like everything else, you learn by doing.

    While you most certain can learn by being taught, reading etc etc I'm more of a "Learn by doing" kind of guy myself.

    May not be the most efficient way...
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    Re: Just want to vent for a second

    Fence your apiary to avoid problems, "good fences make good neighbors".

    Mine is fenced in. Not to keep the neighbors out or to protect people from my bees...because if you walk thru the field and...
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