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    Re: Mow grass/weeds around hives.

    I use a gas weed eater and do the trimming right after working the hives....so I'm still wearing my jacket and hood.
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    Re: Booming Hive, One Queen Cell

    Thanks Ruthie. Actually I was asking if anyone thought the bees would tear the cell down. I never do that. I usually do exactly what your said, and move the queen to a nuc. What I did in this...
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    Re: How long until hive realizes it is Queenless

    Well you've had responses from people with more experience than me.

    All I can do is tell you what I observed in my own hives. I have had it take up to 5 weeks from the time I saw capped queen...
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    Booming Hive, One Queen Cell

    Hi all. I have what I think is a bit of an unusual scenario in one of my hives, so I'm wondering what is going on. I have a strong hive that survived last winter and started expanding quickly this...
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    Re: Borrowing or Moving Brood

    I move brood all the time. Take a frame of capped brood, bees and all and move it into the queenless hive to give them a population boost. Just be VERY careful not to move the queen. Any foragers...
  6. Re: New Package Install Help! It's all going pear shaped!

    Believe your mentor. If you have a laying worker hive right now, the solution now and in two weeks will be the same.

    I'm in the same region as you. We have had some see-saw weather here this...
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    Re: Serious allergy scare during hive inspection

    Diphenhydramine is the generic name for Benadryl not epinephrine, which is what is in an EpiPen. Benadryl is over the counter. Epinephrine is not (in the USA). Benadryl is an antihistamine,...
  8. Re: Best way to move a capped queen cell into a queenless colony?

    Alternatively you could just capture the queen that is being superseded and put her in the queenless hive in an introduction cage. She may just get superseded again but at least she'll give the hive...
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    Re: Leftover Full Supers of Honey

    Just a question. Are the supers filled with what you fed the bees last fall or foraged nectar? If it wasn't foraged from flowers you might not want to sell it as honey. It still tastes good though.
  10. Thread: Queen Question

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    Re: Queen Question

    16588

    Here is one of my unmarked queens. Feel free to use her as a pinup girl as suggested earlier.
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    Re: Dead Out Numbers/Winter Losses

    Lost 2 out of my three. One was a split, one was a package that went queenless in August. I did a paper combine with a 10 frame nuc that I had and was hoping it would make it. Guess not. Both had...
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    Re: Non Bee Keeper Question

    I think the OPs question is "what the heck are these things?"; not "how do I kill them?".

    I believe they are drones.

    http://home.windstream.net/ronaldpatterson/yjacketadults2004.htm
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    Re: Move Advice Needed

    Enj, thanks. It will be several weeks between the moves. I suppose I can make it as long as I want. The "long" is maybe 5 miles as the crow flies. I think that's what I'll do. Move them the...
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    Move Advice Needed

    I have 3 hives located next to some old concrete silos. The landowner informed me that the silos are due to be demolished over the winter, so I'll need to move the hives temporarily while the work...
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    Re: New to Beekeeping and need some Guidance

    No! Don't get the deeps!....just kidding

    "what kind of frame?" is one of those questions that will create a thread that goes on forever. There are many opinions and many choices. Use the search...
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    Re: New to Beekeeping and need some Guidance

    Check in with the Beekeepers Assoc. of Susquehanna Valley. http://www.thebeeyard.org/
    Find out if the offer a class over the winter, it will be well worth it (and fun) and you will meet...
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    Re: Prince of Pint Jar of Honey

    The price depends on where you are. I am in northern VA near Washington DC. Wildflower honey at farmers markets near me goes for $9 or $10 a pound.

    Driving home through more rural Middlesex...
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    Re: Paper Combine Question

    An update to this situation...and a little back story. This hive went queenless in mid July. I immediately put in a frame of young larvae and eggs. The following week there were 5 queen cells on...
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    Re: Paper Combine Question

    Thanks for the input everyone.
  20. Thread: Medium hives

    by Irmo
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    Re: Medium hives

    I go all mediums because I am a small scale beek. It's easier for me to have spares for just one size box and frame.

    My local bee club produces nucs on medium frames every year, but they sell out...
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    Re: Paper Combine Question

    Thanks!
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    Paper Combine Question

    Hello, I have a queenless hive that is 3 - 10 frame mediums; and I have a nuc with a queen that is 2 - 5 frame mediums. I want to do a paper combine to give the larger hive a queen. Now, usually...
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    Re: Extraction question

    Wow. I didn't mean to start a bleach debate, I just didn't want the OP to inadvertently harm a club extractor.

    Nschomer nailed it. But if you want to sanitize, you do it just before using the...
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    Re: Extraction question

    You can get idophor from most any brewing supply store. They have them online and depending on where you live, you may have a local source nearby. Just Google "Homebrewing Supplies"

    That said,...
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    Re: Extraction question

    Not sure what the extractor is made from, but bleach is not good for stainless steel. It pits the metal. I know this from home brewing beer, not beekeeping. We use an iodine based solution...
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