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    Re: Neighbor Issues

    I empathize with you Chris. It sounds like your neighbor is being irrational and driven by fear and hype more than fact and reality. Bees are everywhere, whether in your hives or a hollow tree. Did...
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    Drones Everywhere

    The last couple of weeks I have been seeing the girls wrestling with drones on the landing board. Today there were an incredible amount of drones returning to the hive, the most I have observed in my...
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    Poll: I only have a couple of hives and they are both...

    I only have a couple of hives and they are both solid. Some people swear by SBB and some have kept bees for years and never used anything but solid.
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    Thanks folks!

    Thanks folks!
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    Strings of Bees?

    What is it called when bees are hanging from one another in strings and what does it mean?

    I have read about this before can't remember the implications.

    Thanks.
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    He's right it could be anything. I'm a beginner...

    He's right it could be anything. I'm a beginner too but one thing I have learned is keeping bees poses more questions than answers. I only have one hive, I don't treat them for anything and they are...
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    Are you talking about drawn comb or foundation?...

    Are you talking about drawn comb or foundation? Sometimes the bees will chew a hole in undrawn foundation.
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    I have seen them usher drones out in that manner...

    I have seen them usher drones out in that manner but never another worker.
  9. Thread: Fallen fruit

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    My bees are right beside an apple tree with lots...

    My bees are right beside an apple tree with lots of rotten apples and they never touch them. The yellow jackets are another story, they are all over them.
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    If you get the bees flight path up quickly they...

    If you get the bees flight path up quickly they will never bee a problem. The comment about facing your house is excellent. They will go up and over. I have bees within 30ft of my house and they...
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    Maybe old bees and young bees?

    Maybe old bees and young bees?
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    ><I know why you want to save the comb, when bees make wax, their honey production goes down. The bees must eat 10 kg of honey to produce 1 kg of beeswax.>>

    That's what I thought but the Bushfarms...
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    Interesting. I thought having using drawn comb in...

    Interesting. I thought having using drawn comb in the honey supers was preferred. I also thought it was handy to have some frames with drawn comb available for general purposes(splits, swarms etc),...
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    Looks like poor man is going to have to buy an...

    Looks like poor man is going to have to buy an extractor. :eek: My local club doesn't have one and doesn't plan on getting one for disease spreading reasons I believe. It is wireless foundation by...
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    Poor Man's Extractor

    I have five frames of honey to extract. I do not want to crush or cut the comb. I do not have an extractor. Is there any hope? :D

    Can I lay the frames over with a heat lamp on them or something?
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    Just finished robbing the bees and it was no...

    Just finished robbing the bees and it was no problem. Just used smoke and a brush and moved the frames to an empty super with damp towel on top. Some of the frames were completely capped on one side...
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    Can I store the frames of honey and extract them...

    Can I store the frames of honey and extract them later? Freezer?

    I have no extractor yet and I don't want to remove the comb.
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    Thanks TS. It's gonna be ugly however I do it. I...

    Thanks TS. It's gonna be ugly however I do it. I don't think I want to crush and strain because I don't want to use the drawn comb next season.

    I have searched with no luck for an answer to...
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    It is my first time as well. Hope I can ask a...

    It is my first time as well. Hope I can ask a couple of questions without hijacking the thread.

    Is it possible to store the frames of honey to extract later?

    What is the best way to get the...
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    Thanks folks. I am a newbee and don't really...

    Thanks folks.

    I am a newbee and don't really trust myself to make a decision without doing some kind of count. Like I said before I really don't want to just treat although some have told they...
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    Sounds like their is no really good way to do it....

    Sounds like their is no really good way to do it. I was going do convert to SBB next season anyway.

    If I can't get a mite count should I go ahead and treat or wait it out? I would rather not...
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    Mite Count w/Solid Bottom Board

    How can I do a mite count with a solid bottom board?

    Thanks
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    My bees do the same thing occassionally. I think...

    My bees do the same thing occassionally. I think some beekeepers mistake these frenzies for robbing.
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    They may just be taking advantage of a nice day....

    They may just be taking advantage of a nice day. If mine are cooped up for a couple of days they go crazy the next sunny afternoon. There may be more dead bees than normal because they haven't been...
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    My bees don't seem to mind the dogs....but my...

    My bees don't seem to mind the dogs....but my hives are elevated.
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