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  1. Thread: double nuc

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    Re: double nuc

    Having nucs on hand is a valuable strategy. Having a double nuc allows you to take two nucs through the winter by sharing cluster warmth through a shared wall. It isn't failsafe, but does seem to...
  2. Thread: chalkbrood

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    Re: chalkbrood

    It is a fungus. Some say that overfrequent inspections may play a role, most agree that adding ventilation to minimize moisture is a sound approach. Others suggest requeening, based on the theory...
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    Re: Bees are ignoring dandelion

    Around here, dandelions can be the first to bloom. They signal the end of the winter and provide an opportunity for bees to gain natural forage. If they are the only thing blooming, they get a lot...
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    Re: How many bee hives do you have?

    5 until this past winter, now at one. I'm a hobbyist. Aiming for 10 hives + a few nucs at home, looking for an outyard.
  5. Thread: Why Beekeep?

    by Chemguy
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    Re: Why Beekeep?

    This is going to come off as harsh, but I don't intend it to be so: I am not interested in convincing others why I am interested in keeping bees. That doesn't mean that I keep them despite my...
  6. Re: Feeders are empty... and I still need drawn comb. Do I continue feeding 1:1 suga

    I installed some nucs at the start of our flow, and they have not yet finished a pint of syrup in two weeks. They've been building comb nonetheless. I expect that they'll go to the syrup once we...
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    Re: Very Bad First Experience

    I think that everyone here has given good advice, based on lots of experience. I'll add that one more thing you might consider is to get in touch with other beekeepers in your area. There's a lot...
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    Re: Signs of Nectar being brought in?

    I think that Harley Craig is correct. Another clue is that the bees coming in look larger in the abdomen than usual. That may be the source of the crash landing he spoke about; they're coming in...
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    Re: Minerai oil vapor treatment for mites.

    For a pretty good summary of first-hand experience with mineral oil fogging vs. oxalic acid vaporization, see this thread:
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    Re: Cocroaches in my hive

    I see the roaches (I call them wood roaches) wherever there is space in the hive that is not occupied regularly by bees. Usually, they wind up above the inner cover, so the bees must herd them out...
  11. Thread: Stung again

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    Re: Stung again

    Stings on my extremities always swell and all of my stings itch. As time has gone on, the itchiness doesn't seem to be as strong, nor does the swelling. But, the mind is an amazing thing and it's...
  12. Re: Bee photo wanted for business card, earn a hundred bucks

    This is my favorite, the pollen-coated hairs hairs show up very well in hi-res, not so much when scaled down as below:

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  13. Thread: Requeening

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    Re: Requeening

    It might be the word 'balling' that has me confused. That's usually a term used to describe what happens when a queen is not accepted. Take a finger and, somewhat slowly, run it along the surface...
  14. Re: So I made a deposit on 2 nucs back in November

    Sorry about your experience so far. I'd hang in there a while yet.

    A few folk in my local club are raising nucs this year, and they were started for delivery in early May, but in April we dropped...
  15. Re: Packages Installed on Drawn Foundation - Are They Backfilling/Honey Bound?

    Hello, and welcome!

    First off, it sounds like you have a healthy hive. More to the point, it sounds like they are quickly growing themselves out of a home.

    I'm neutral on whether you should...
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    Re: What is "Aggressive"?

    I agree with those who have already written. One thing to keep in mind is that most who have kept bees for a while use the term "aggressive" differently from what those of us who are newer would...
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    Re: excerpt from a local 'master' beekeeper

    It is very common for a reporter to inaccurately paraphrase responses given during an interview, and to then put quotation marks around the phrase as if that is what was actually said. Has anyone...
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    Re: Bees and Chickens

    Yes. So will 5-gallon buckets and cardboard boxes. Hens like to be in tucked away places when they lay.
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    Re: Nighttime bee yard work

    I'll second that. Had an unexpected gift of a package, brought to me after dusk, and which for a number of reasons needed to be installed ASAP. You only gain experience right after you need it.
  20. Re: How much propolis does your bees make?/ Green drone frames

    I have lots of propolis, too. I always figured that it had to do with being hear a wooded area, but that may just be fanciful thinking.
  21. Thread: All Gone!

    by Chemguy
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    Re: All Gone!

    This winter, my second, I went in with plenty of stores, low mite counts and a good population in each of my five hives. We had a warmer day at some time in December, so I figured to put a candy...
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    Re: what to plant for bees

    I've taken to overseeding my lawn with white dutch clover. This year, the clover did not quit in my area until July and the bees worked it nonstop. Catmint is a favorite here (for a short while in...
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    Re: All the talk about goldenrod....

    Related to blooms: I have more than once had good friends w/allergies look at me oddly when my response to their suffering is a mixture of empathy and happiness. They always know a bloom is...
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    Re: O.H. in winter?

    feed syrup, but only moderate protein.
  25. Re: Question: If bees are fanning at the entrance...

    In my experience, fanning at the entrance has nothing to do with queenright status. For example, I did splits this spring and removed the queen from a hive so that the colony would raise queen...
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