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    Re: Late August swarm

    That is some queen(s)!
  2. Re: My removal videos in all their true hi-def glory

    Thanks for posting! You made do with less than a perfect situation. I was groaning as you kept breaking off pieces of the degrading particle board. Must have been frustrating.
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    Re: Yellow Jacket inside hive

    Could you describe a "yellow jacket plate"?
  4. Re: What is up with this? Really, upside down?

    Not too unusual. I have seen this on some of my frames from time to time.

    Phil
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    Re: checking for sufficient stores

    I can't respond to your first question, but as the defensiveness of bees this time of year, checking earlier is much better than later. I have been feeding my bees for the past month. I had much...
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    Re: ULTRABREEZE JACKET - PULLOVER?

    Thanks for all your responses. I will use the zippers after applying some beeswax to them.

    Phil
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    Re: ULTRABREEZE JACKET - PULLOVER?

    So do you remove the hood each time, and don the jacket like a normal zippered windbreaker when you put it on, then rezip the hood on?
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    Re: Correct Identification

    DITTO!
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    Re: Bees in the Garden

    Thanks for sharing, BOB. Our sedum is at about the same stage as yours, and in mid-day the bees are all over it.

    Phil
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    ULTRABREEZE JACKET - PULLOVER?

    I just opened my new Ultrabreeze jacket :thumbsup:. I started to play with the zippers, but decided it would be more convenient to leave the zippers alone and just pull it on.

    I am asking those...
  11. Re: Late season swarm caught..what next??

    You have a good plan. After providing some drawn comb frames I would feed them 2:1 (unless there is a nectar flow going on) until they have pretty much filled 4 or 5 frames. Depending on how soon...
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    Re: Sting virgin & first aid

    I can't go along with that advice. I usually bring an empty nuc when I do an inspection, usually if I want to place a frame or 2 in it to provide space in the hive I am inspecting. When I get stung...
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    Re: Late swarm in Wisconsin

    I agree. If you have the equipment feed with 1:1 syrup. It would be good if you could provide them with a drawn frame or 2. When cold weather comes check to see if they have stores. If it were...
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    Re: Can't find my (marked) queen!

    One time I had trouble finding my marked queen. Then I spotted a bee with an large abdomen. I turned the frame around some, and it turned out to be her.
  15. Re: Phrases I just wouldn't have expected to say till I started beekeeping

    AMEN! LOL
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    Re: bees only utilizing top deep

    I agree with psfred about feeding 2:1. Last year by late summer one of my colonies (medium over deep) had eaten all stores in the bottom box, leaving nice empty comb. For the next 4 weeks I fed...
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    Re: Bees Chase Away Swallows

    Wish they would chase wrens. Murderous wrens sit in front of my hives eating innocent bees.
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    Re: How SWEET is the Mix?

    If they have plenty of stores I wouldn't feed. If you believe they need to draw comb feed 1:1. If they are using up stores and they have drawn empty comb feed 2:1 so they will fill up the empty...
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    Re: Queen-less hive......what do i do?

    Sounds like a plan! I am in the waiting game AGAIN with a NUC I started 3 in May. I thought I had a queen cell 1-1/2 months ago, and then found the hive queenless late in July. I pulled a frame...
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    Re: First Year with removed Feral Hive

    I agree with Gary except for the Question 6. I have SBB's, but close most of mine, even during the summer. With the SBB closed your new queen may start laying in the lower deep due to less draft...
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    Re: Bee dancer

    Does not lack the creepiness factor.
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    Re: Barely any honey in hive

    If you have fully drawn empty combs, you may want to feed THAT hive 2:1. They will store that in the empty combs.

    Phil
  23. Thread: YES!!!!

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    Re: YES!!!!

    COOL! I am in my third year of bee-keeping. The first 2 years I never could spot an egg. This year with the light right (mid-morning on a clear day) I have been able to see eggs (oh and also...
  24. Re: Should I add anything to my bee water.

    +1. I would be very careful about adding anything to your water source. A separate salt pile like Hops described would be safer. My 2 cents.
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    Re: Customer concern

    Maybe you can make them someone ELSE's customer.

    Ten or so years ago I read a story about an up-and-coming airline. Seems like they had a customer who had a complaint that the normal channels...
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