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    Re: Double four frame nuc

    I would put the notches down.
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    Re: What weed is this?

    Doesn't look anything like the plantain we have.
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    Re: Moved some brood

    I wouldn't treat a hive that is raising a queen. You can treat a hive and then introduce a queen.
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    Re: Bad luck or what?

    They have to accept the super as part of their hive before they will use it. Drawn comb makes it easier. Drawn brood comb even easier. One bait comb pulled up from a box below will get them...
  5. Thread: Got a ?

    by Acebird
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    Re: Got a ?

    It should go well.
  6. Re: How to feed some uncapped extracted honey back into hive

    If there is a flow they won't take it. How much are we talking? Di-humidifier set on 40% in a closet and spread out the honey to get the most exposed area.
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    Re: How many boxes do you winter your bees in ?

    I have never tried one medium but I have had success with 2 through 5 nearly effortlessly.

    I harvest in the fall so the effort required is harvesting the honey. As a result it down sizes the hive.
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    Re: Help! Need idea to save these bees.

    Apparently not a good beekeeper either. A closer water source might help but I don't see that as the obligation of the one getting harassed. Tell your friend not to poison the bees. It could get...
  9. Thread: Got a ?

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    Re: Got a ?

    Which one has greater population?
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    Re: Unusual observation

    I think the same thing happens when you move an entrance. It will be three weeks before the old bees stop going to the old entrance first.
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    Re: Bad luck or what?

    The swarms are what killed your honey crop. Had they not swarmed they could also be used to support new hives that are in trouble or just need a little help.

    At this point if you know you have...
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    Re: External inspection

    Most hives get to be 4 or 5 ft tall so they are supported much closer to the ground. Maudbid is correct you can only see the bottom of the bottom box for that I can look through a two inch space...
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    Re: External inspection

    It didn't take long.:D

    Papers? What papers? It requires papers to have bees?
  14. Re: Do corn fields offer much good pollen for our bees?

    No, because you aren't growing the corn. The odds are you don't have a clue what your neighbor is doing.
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    Re: External inspection

    And I thought people were ridiculing me for being non intervention. I guess if Michael Palmer does it people won't flame me. I will hold my breath.
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    Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    Well a hole saw is meant for thin material because there is no way to clear the chips once the tooth fills up.
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    Re: Bee's favorite flower

    I was thinking it is not that desirable in the spring because of other plants that are available. When pickings get slim in the fall they go after it. But that is just guessing.
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    Re: External inspection

    I think the last thing I would do is put my head under a beehive.
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    Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    It should work. By now you must know that drilling a deep hole with a hole saw is a PITA.
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    Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    You drilled a 1.5 in hole for a 1 in pipe? Was the od of the pipe 1.5?
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    Re: Bee's favorite flower

    They didn't touch mine either but I have two plantings. We will see on the second one.
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    Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    I would have liked you to go 3 inches deep on a 1 1/2 in pipe. Rule of thumb double the diameter.

    In my location I would not drill into end grain because of rain. But I don't have ant problems...
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    Re: External inspection

    I went to U tube and found two videos installing these cages. neither one put the cage in the comb and the frames were separated away from their rest. The verbiage on the link you provided makes...
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    Re: Bee's favorite flower

    Based on how well it propagates cat nip is the mint winner around my hives. I don't plant anything for the bees except buck wheat but that is more for the garden to control the weeds. What we do is...
  25. Thread: Smoker

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    Re: Smoker

    One of the reasons I like SBB is that you can puff under the hive and it will surely rise up through the major stack. Lately I have been placing my smoker up wind as it fills the area around the...
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