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    Re: Some things I've learned about SHB

    I have restarted my bee yard this year after being out for about three years. I am using solid bottom boards for a couple of reasons, including giving the small hive beetle a much smaller area to...
  2. Re: super slow motion educational bee film 2 mins long please watch

    The video was great, I really enjoyed it. I had to mute it because the music was not so great. I agree with a comment earlier about keeping the words on the screen longer. Thanks for posting it.
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    Re: Queen cups in a new hive.

    When I saw her last weekend I assumed she was well mated because she was smoking a little cigarette and looked absolutely exhausted.
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    Re: Queen cups in a new hive.

    Thanks Vance for the comment. Just to clarify, when I brought the nuc home the queen was still in a queen cell so this is not a case of a mature queen being released. It seemed strange to see...
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    Queen cups in a new hive.

    When I inspected the hive tonight it was getting late so I did not get to do a full inspection. My intent was just to give them some syrup and a pollen Patty, but I couldn't help looking at a few...
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    Re: Foundationless question

    One of the advantages of natural cell is that the bees draw the size of comb that they need, and they know more about what they need than we do. below the starter strip they will draw the size that...
  7. Re: Is the last week of June too early to start nucs in NE Ohio?

    That is great help. Thanks for the comments and encouragement. I was considering over wintering in nucs already and given your comments I will plan to do that given the bees' ability to move up but...
  8. Is the last week of June too early to start nucs in NE Ohio?

    This is my first year in Ohio and it has been a few years since I last had my bees (so I have some experience but definitely not a veteran). I ordered nucs last winter, then got a call in April that...
  9. Re: How can I eradicate honey bees from the recesses of a banyan tree trunk?

    That is a great post over all Ed. The final comments provided great perspective.

    I hope that the bees live but agree that there are a few times when they should be removed.
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    Re: Not sure how to proceed

    I would do as Ray described except I would replace frames with foundationless, but then again I am a natural cell kind of guy.

    Good Luck!
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    Re: Top entrance question

    Thanks everyone for the posts. This has been a very helpful discussion.

    Mike Gillmore, I recently joined the Medina Beekeepers club. If you ever go to their meetings perhaps we can say hello in...
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    Re: Top entrance question

    By the way Lee, I believe in a natural bee tree, the entrance to the hive is much more often above the comb than below it.... I infer that as the bee's opinion on the subject of top entrances. :)
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    Re: Top entrance question

    Lee,

    Michael Bush advocates for the top entrance for reasons such as protection from mice and skunks, ventilation and heavy snow drift not covering the entrance. You can find his full write-up on...
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    Top entrance question

    I am going to use top entrances on my hives this year and am interested in knowing if others who use top entrances also use screen bottom boards or solid bottom boards. I live in northeast Ohio...
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    Re: Hard Sugar

    Rats...Darn you Michael Palmer, I thought that someone would get the source info. out of you.
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    Re: Shop accident!

    Coach Tuttle, my shop teacher, was a man of few words but when he talked it was usually about something very important, and he was always right. On this subject he often said: "You better respect...
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    Re: Dark Wax

    Got it, thanks
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    Re: Dark Wax

    When i have filtered wax through paper towels it didn't take long before the wax in the paper towel cooled and clogged up the filter. How do you keep the from happening?
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    Re: Large cell small cell how are they made?

    I am having trouble finding a source of small cell or natural cell bees in, or near, Ohio. When I restart my bee yard in the Spring (I recently moved here and did not bring the bees), If I can't...
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    Re: Have Your Questions Answered by a Treatment-Free Beekeeper

    Thanks Solomon, one of my goals is to be able to grow and maintain my bee yard without having to buy additional bees, doing it through splits and raising my own queens etc. Also trapping swarms. I...
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    Re: Have Your Questions Answered by a Treatment-Free Beekeeper

    Solomon,

    I am going to restart my bee yard in the Spring and am interested in your opinion of how many hives to start with given a TF approach. Given your pin ball analogy I am thinking it would...
  22. Re: Small Cell / Natural Cell Bees Available In Or Near Ohio?

    That is great Wade, thank you very much. I will contact him. My daughter will be going to school in Columbus and Frankfort is just past that, so it will make for a good little trip this Spring.
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  23. Re: Small Cell / Natural Cell Bees Available In Or Near Ohio?

    I will be in Cleveland and wanting to get about 6 or 8 nucs next spring. These can be hard so I figures that it is not too early to start looking.
  24. Small Cell / Natural Cell Bees Available In Or Near Ohio?

    I am moving to Ohio and will reestablish my bee yard in the Spring (have have been out of bee keeping for a couple of years). Is anyone aware of a source of small cell or natural cell nucs in Ohio,...
  25. Re: screen bottom board or not, that is the question, building a new TBH

    Thanks Michael - Bees are just awesome creatures aren't they.

    By the way, my general rule is that I do the things that you advise on your web sight whether I understand them or not, but it is very...
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