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    Re: Black Hairless Virus conibued

    Chronic bee paralysis?
    http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/FreePubs/PDFs/AGRS116.pdf
  2. Re: What do you think about this book?

    The honey bee democracy is an ok read. Good information with a unique writing style.

    Haven't read the others.
  3. Re: How can I make hive boxes that are perfectly stackable-a necessary requirement.

    Take a hand plane to the high corners, that is what I do. You can buy one for ~$20.

    Hank
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    Re: Nearly full in July?

    Build another hive 4-5 foot long and move them, and use the 3 footer as a big nuc. If you think you will get some more "flow" then take a couple bars, if not then leave it all(I would steal one just...
  5. Re: Wanting to build TBH for next year - Q's on construction material

    Use what you can get the cheapest. I use rough cut pine on my langs and top bars. I don't have a planer so some of mine look a little rough/warped but the bees don't mind.

    hank
  6. Re: Re-Use the package bee sugar syrup can

    I reuse them to feed nucs
  7. Re: Now I know why beekeepers wear white

    I have some black rimmed glasses they really don't like. :)

    I helped a guy with his first install the other day and they were not to fond of his cologne.
  8. Re: Three deeps as a winter plan in the North - Good or bad idea?

    Beekeeping publications from the Univ of Minn suggest using three deeps. I think they are plant zones 3 and 4.
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    Re: Bees Died

    The dead one abscond?
  10. Re: Does anyone have any of these laying around? Would make great top bar hives

    Iron lungs...
    A good reason for vaccination. Most adults today never had to live through a time when their childhood friends would not come back to school in the fall from polio outbreaks in the...
  11. Re: Minimum number of bees to start with queen

    One of mine that came out of this winter only had a handful of bees. So I would guess a frame of capped brood and a queen would keep them going.

    If you aren't having to buy the queen you don't...
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    Re: Bees congregating by hot tub

    Mine do the same. When you are small and an ectothermic in need of a big drink cold water can be a killer. Water in the bee yard is suppose to help.

    I don't worry about it. There was a similar...
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    Re: Saw Stop table saw

    Just got one. Got to put it together. Hopefully my fingers and my children's will be safe and never put it to the test.
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    Re: comb created perpendicular

    I am not sure it is right, but here are my thoughts. You could get some clam shell hair clips and cut the comb off in big strips. Drill two holes in your top bars and use a zip tie to thread through...
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    Re: first successful install

    good idea on the feeder
  16. Re: Picking up packages with public transit.........

    Drive


    You ride public transit and some gets stung by anything and you got problems. Someone dies from anaphylaxis you got big problems. Is it likely no, but why bother.
  17. Re: Mystery item - what can I make with this?

    Roof
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    Re: Drop bottom

    Well it is cold and windy and dry here. But I have an expression that extreme weather weeds out stupidity. The older I get I have come to think that maybe that actually means that similar fools...
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    Re: beekeeping is fun!

    I would strap your hive to the porch railing to avoid a tip over with the narrow legs you got. Minimal risk and maximal benefit.

    I have taken the same photos of comb, not the stinger though. :)
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    Drop bottom

    I am aware of a lot of the discussion of screened bottom boards which I have chose not to do.

    But having cleaned out my 2 survivors today I think a drop bottom without a screen would be the...
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    Re: What flowers make honey taste bad?

    You probably won't have to worry about bad tasting honey in Lander. I don't know but you will probably be relying on alfalfa mostly.
  22. Re: Never, Never, Never and Never again wear.....

    Is it swollen? No pics?

    You could be on to something. Could be the next male enhancement ad on TV.
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    Re: Jar feeder / hole size

    Use a small nail, as mentioned, and the round you likely cut out from making your feeder(as a support in the lid as you tap some holes in it).
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    Re: Best Bee Smells

    A little sad as I don't have a very good sense of smell and most of those don't have any aroma to me.
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    Re: Wintering statistics

    Plant zone: 3-4
    Average lbs of honey going into winter: 50-80
    Hive preparation: nothing
    Average hive losses in spring: 60%


    Thought I would update a post from the fall. Lost 4 of 7. No good...
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