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  1. Re: Best option for getting a laying worker hive to accept a swarm queen?

    One thing I don't understand.
    I've heard all sorts of experienced folks advocate shaking off the frames in front of the hive under the impression that a laying worker can't find her way back.
    I...
  2. Re: Best option for getting a laying worker hive to accept a swarm queen?

    I was under the impression the best way to suppress the laying worker(s) was to add open worker brood, once a week for three weeks or so. Then when they start pulling out queen cells they are ready...
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    Re: Digusting Sight BeeHive

    Burning them right off seems rash, I'd open them up and see what's going on first.
    Probably all gooped up with shb's everywhere, wax moth webs and other bugs...definitely in need of a deep...
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    Re: Testing a Electric Bear Fence.

    I totally agree. I've never seen the stand as anything other than a way to hold it off the ground, I have a grounding rod placed in the middle of the bee yard.
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    Re: Testing a Electric Bear Fence.

    I went with a powerfields Nomad

    Maker’s Specifications:

    Power source: 12 volt battery, with or without solar panel
    Coverage: Up to 60 acres
    Peak stored energy: 1.7 joules
    Peak output energy:...
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    Re: The 150 rule (heat plus humidity)

    Where does the 150 rule come from?
    There is no doubt that my bees are a bit more punchy here in 90 degrees and 70 percent humidity...they're edgy, like how i'd feel if I had to live outside in this...
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    Re: Checking hives without gloves?

    I only have 14 hives and work them without gloves. I like being able to feel the bees under frames and feel the difference in resistance when moving frames.
  8. Re: Are stings supposed to feel good, almost addictive

    Hi, my name is Michael and it's been a week since my last sting.

    I definitely feel good after the sting, you are not alone.
  9. Thread: Sting to Shock

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    Re: Sting to Shock

    This is a great thread with lots of information. Personally I wouldn't use my epi pen unless I was having difficulties breathing, would go for benedryl first and of course would engage EMS.

    I...
  10. Re: What does evidence of a hive being sprayed by vandals look like?

    How many dead bees? Are there proboscis extended?
    I had a hive get into some poison last year, there were lots of dead bees in front and on the landing board of the hive...fortunately they...
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    Re: using mediums for brood chamber

    I love only having one size hive body and one size frame to deal with.

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    Haredeman Apiaries Late and Unresponsive

    I post this as a warning to other beeks, here is my experience with Hardeman Apiaries.

    I ordered 2 packages of bees in January and was given a 4/22 ship date on my receipt.

    As the date came and...
  13. Thread: Smoking or not?

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    Re: Smoking or not?

    I'll play it fast and loose with protective gear, but I always have smoke ready when opening up a hive.
  14. Thread: stung

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    Re: stung

    My wrist and shoulder feel much better after stings...however if my bees were as aggressive as you describe that queen would be getting the pinch.
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    Re: Bee packages arrived today !

    I purchased a couple BeeWeaver packages this year and a couple from another vendor and I was really impressed with BeeWeaver.

    They definitely charge a premium however they sent them in great...
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    Re: Fighting the Rise of Bee Rustlers

    I just put the mySpot under the hive bottom, as well as one nestled into my electric fence charger. At $100 for the unit and $100 for the service it's not a bad deal imo

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    It's pretty...
  17. Re: Brood Break with a queen cage vs. queen removal, any experience with this?

    Seems that a 3 week break followed by a treatment that effected phoretic mites would be a pretty good strategy...
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    Re: Collecting cool apiary photos - care to add?

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    Re: Took the plunge... Bee TV!

    That looks really nice, my wife said that once we get our kitchen updated I can get an observation hive...your 1k gift was a deal!
  20. Re: What price to charge for strong beehives I have to sell?

    As a country driving prius owner I can verify that due to gas prices I have more dollars in my pocket than my neighbors!
    However, even with all that money in my pocket I wouldn't pay $400 for a hive.
  21. Re: Why are beekeepers not all using vaporized oxalic acid to treat varroa mites?

    Thanks for the Gregorc reference, found the article here

    (http://www.apidologie.org/articles/apido/pdf/2001/04/gregorc.pdf)

    I'd love to read other studies related to vaporized oxalic acid...
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    Re: Where are you on the tree of knowledge

    What is worse in my opinion are beeks who have been at it for many years, who ignore science, believe their experience trumps all others and demean anyone else who may have input.

    I don't care...
  23. Thread: First tbh

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    Re: First tbh

    That's too bad, but in the end the bees will do what they want, we can only make suggestions.
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    Re: battery fencer & solar charger

    What are you protecting against?
    For bears in my area I purchased this 1.7 joule Nomad and set it up with a solar panel, tape and battery at my out yard.
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    Re: giving shade to a new TBH

    What type of roof do you have on your TBH?

    Could you put some larger potted plants to the South of the hive so it could catch some shade? Orient the plant with late afternoon sun...maybe a bit...
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