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    Wind break a must?

    First year keeper here. I have fed my hives up to weights I'm comfortable with (75-100 pounds or so) and will be making sugar bricks/sheets in case they need emergency feed at some point. I'm...
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    Re: Bees making an entrance

    Now they'll have to go through all that work closing it back up with propolis. :)

    I caught a swarm this year that almost completely closed off their entrance with propolis, down to about two bee...
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    Re: Cold nights and dead bees every morning

    I've noticed some of ours have more dead bees outside of them too. Not an alarming number by any means, but I just assume it's normal because they are ramping down.



    Do bees start exiling...
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    Re: Why or why not Carniolans?

    I'm a first year guy, so take this for what it's worth. We have two Carnie hives and an Italian (queen provided even though I asked for a Carniolan). I feel like I could basically break combs off,...
  5. Re: All available honeybees report to hyw 41 for cleanup

    I don't think I've met someone yet in my first year that isn't! :)
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    Re: Lauri is famous

    My wife sent me that link quite awhile back and I knew it was Lauri's stuff from the "signature" scorched finish on the hive. So I went digging on BS and found the thread with the pictures and kind...
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    Re: Non Bee Keeper Question

    :)

    I spent a lot of money on a "nice" metal eagle can because of this reason. It has an attached funnel and a "dead man" type handle, but pouring with it is a breeze compared to the horrible...
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    Re: Non Bee Keeper Question

    Banana peels aren't going to keep honey bees out. A good nectar flow might, but my brother left some bananas in his truck bed a few weeks ago and there was a mob of our bees coming and going from...
  9. Thread: New Queen

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    Re: New Queen

    Awesome!
    I noticed that a couple of our hives still have some drones around. They've thinned the numbers significantly, but there are still a few buzzing around.
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    Re: Bees in a chimney

    If it's wasps tell him to light the thing up. That always seemed to clean them right up back when we had a fireplace.
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    Re: Non Bee Keeper Question

    I agree that it doesn't make much since to gas them. But gas lines tend to be feet into the ground, not 6" like your cable/telephone.



    Regarding that glass bowl. Buy yourself a can of brake...
  12. Re: Electrical help: Using car battery charger as power supply for OAV.

    Go buy an old one.
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    Re: Bees in a chimney

    E V E R Y O N E is allergic to bee stings. I haven't met a single, solitary person who isn't in my first year of doing swarm capture and looking at several "bees living in my house" calls. "Oh, I'm...
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    Re: Neighbor complaint

    This.

    My brother had a few rotten bananas in the back of his truck (who knows why?). Bees were hauling something back off of them and coming and going from his truck bed with pretty heavy...
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    Re: Do bag feeders work.....

    Have inverted paint cans (Michael Palmer suggestion) on my Langs. Can easily fit two gallons, might even be able to get four in there if needed inside of an empty deep. In our TBHs I have been...
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    Re: Acebirds one hive

    I'm still a bit confused as to why it is so difficult to pry a frame out of a box when you're going through the time and effort to take pictures, upload them to your computer, then upload them to the...
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    First year hive weights

    Weighed my hives tonight, been feeding 2:1 for a bit and laid off for a few days to assess the situation.

    Weights are as follows:

    #1 Top bar hive, weighed from the front with a hanging deer...
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    Re: Move Advice Needed

    Can you move them now vs. waiting until it is the middle of winter? Then move them back in the spring? Seems much less stressful all around.
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    Re: What’s best for my bees?

    Get weights too. That is a much more actionable number than number of frames.
  20. Thread: Honey comb?

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    Re: Honey comb?

    Middle comb looks like it has had brood through it. Probably drone then they stored in it.
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    Re: Another typical foundationless disaster

    I measured a few other combs yesterday from one of the swarms we caught that ended up swarming and not successfully getting a queen mated. Right at 10 in 2". 5.08mm.
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    Re: Is it necessary to get stung?

    It's sad that the country has fallen to this point. You're absolutely right though.
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    Re: Is it necessary to get stung?

    The issue with that thinking is that an anaphylactic reaction can happen at any time be in our 21st or 201st beesting. There was a great paper that someone linked on here that went in depth in...
  24. Thread: 1:1 vs 2:1

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    Re: 1:1 vs 2:1

    Been feeding 2:1 for a couple of weeks to first year hives and first year captured swarms. They have been building new comb. It isn't as rigorous as it was in the spring... but I would not expect...
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    Re: Bees closing entrance with propolis

    Had a swarm I caught do the same thing this year. Unfortunately they were queenless or became so very quickly.
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