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    Re: Honeybee? or Not?

    Wow! I would not have expected colonial and solitary tendencies of the same species of insect, dependent on habitat.
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    Re: Honeybee? or Not?

    From what I understand, that is not a colony but a series of individual cells that the same individual bee lays an egg in. She then packs it with pollen/nutrients and finishes by sealing it up with...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    South Central Ohio first swarm call of the year 2May15.
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    Re: Too many stings/venom?

    I don't think there is a true answer to your question. I think bee venom varies in its potency. Another variable is the amount of venom injected, how deep the stinger is inserted, and the type of...
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    Re: Too many stings/venom?

    Always be aware of the risk. I have been stung by honey bees a multitude of times throughout my life. As a kid trying to catch them off of clover petals, as a high school bee keeper who knew...
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    Re: Why are dead bees missing their heads?

    Buy victor brand if you can find them. You can also smear peanut butter on the bait trigger then wrap in a small square of old panty hose to make them work a bit more.

    Good hunting!
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    Re: Why are dead bees missing their heads?

    I still recommend putting a mouse trap along with the duct tap. You're going to be heading to the hive to take the tape off anyways, might as well pick off a shrew while you're at it, and the victor...
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    Re: Why are dead bees missing their heads?

    You can catch and kill shrews with simple mouse traps (snap type). Baiting with peanut butter works well. They are relatively solitary, but a new one may move in to the territory quickly.
  9. Thread: ABJ Update

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    Re: ABJ Update

    [QUOTE=AHudd;1248462]"In fact, honeybees are not even a “natural” part of the ecosystem in the United States. They were imported from Europe during the 17th century for honey production and crop...
  10. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow" - Flow Hive

    I don't see why a dovetail joint would have any problems. It is essentially the same as a finger joint on most standard hives, just cut at a fitted angle to add strength.

    The only problem I would...
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    Re: Winter Losses or Success?

    2 hives and 4 nucs going into fall, 2 hives and 4 nucs survived. Many thanks to my mentor (Dennis Rahn) who gave me 20 deep frames of honey for my nucs!!!!!
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    Converting nuc to deep?

    Currently have two double deeps and 4, 5 frame, double deep nucs I got through the winter (100% winter survival). All the nucs are from a large trap out and using eggs from my first swarm of the...
  13. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow" - Flow Hive

    I know this has been their baby, that they have nursed along for ten long years. But unless they want Flow Hive to become their entire life, I would not be surprised if this invention, the patent,...
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    Re: Snake Repellent

    The Copperhead is a species of concern in NJ, so it is rare. The timber rattler is endangered which means even biologists may spend a lifetime without seeing one.

    Snake Away's active ingredient...
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    Re: Bees like to watch baseball

    That's why I do have insurance, workers comp, and have been vaccinated with a rabies pre-exposure shots.

    If I had been bitten it would have been "off with his head" to go to the State Lab for...
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    Re: Bees like to watch baseball

    I rarely remove swarms for free, but then again, I own a nuisance wildlife removal business.

    Most of you are correct in that any "large" business or governmental entity will require insurance. ...
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    Re: -40 f windchill in central NY

    Actual temp at 7:47 am today -24F wind chill -35F. I think the previous record low was -5F.

    Pretty darn cold for Central Ohio!!!!!

    And I forgot to plug in my F250:ws:
  18. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    This could no doubt be a game changer for smaller operators.

    If it becomes a standard practice in honey production, I am sure the wax market will be effected!!! Might have trouble getting...
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    Re: Location Saturation Question

    I understand carrying capacity as it applies to wildlife management but my relative "newbee" status led me to ask this question about saturation here on Beesource. I was hoping for some general...
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    Re: Location Saturation Question

    Cabin - It is a relatively rural area with row crops and mixed hardwood stands. A riparian corridor (river) runs north and south less than 1/4 mile west of my place. There are also quite a few 5-6...
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    Location Saturation Question

    I am in central Ohio so if you're in Texas or California, you may not be able to answer this question so here is the situation.

    I have two double deeps and four nucs coming through winter, from...
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    Re: Angies List question

    I service Angie's List original home town (Columbus OH). It was fantastic when Angie owned it. Since she sold the company it has become all about making $ for Angie's List. Not that that is an...
  23. Re: Ask This Old House now instructs beekeepers?

    Don't get too upset!!!!

    Even though this is PBS and supposed to be educational, rarely can a show, even one as good as This Old House, put together a truly educational segment in one hour. Keep...
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    Re: Empty Gallon Lined Paint Cans

    You caught my interest!!!

    What do you use them for, feeding? Do they have other uses too?
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    YS Organic Honey? Is it a scam?

    Yes, I am still new to beekeeping after a 30 year hiatus of keeping two hives while in high school in the late 70's. I currently have two double deeps and four 5 over 5 nucs (all swarm and cutout...
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