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    Re: Initial Supplies

    Go ahead and buy a dozen of them. They walk off and hide.
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    Re: 5 gal sugar syrup recipe

    Thanks for the replies.
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    5 gal sugar syrup recipe

    For you guys that feed more than a gallon or two of syrup at a time, how do you mix your sugar water? I've got to start feeding about 10 nucs and I want to feed them enough to get them to draw comb...
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    Re: How long do most neew beekeepers keep at it?

    Sort of, but not really, but enough so that I think that's why I enjoy it so much. I really enjoy it in the spring when something is happening all the time. Much of the rest of the year it's...
  5. Re: Before/After Pics Virgin then Mated, Laying Queen

    You get pictures of virgin queens and if I catch a glimpse of them, they fly away into the wild blue yonder. :)

    Are you drugging them to keep them from flying away? LOL
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    Re: Mean bees? (Yes, ANOTHER question!)

    What are your experiences when dealing with an Africanized hive? We don't have them this far north in Alabama, I'm surprised that you have experience with them in Michigan. Oh, wait... nevermind
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    Re: These are yellow jackets right? Pictures.

    No need to light it. It kills them dead just fine without a fireball.
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    Re: Crazy or Cool beek?

    Does he have a bee asylum?
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    Re: Honey Dew From Oak Trees?

    I guess I'm going to have to buy some honeydew collecting queens :)

    Aphids on oak trees do produce some honeydew but they can't hold a candle to the amount produced by aphids on pecan trees. We...
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    Re: Pollen In a cell builder

    Thanks.
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    Re: These are yellow jackets right? Pictures.

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    Those things love me. I was planting food plots on our deer lease one year and got into 3 different nests in 3 food plots. They ATE ME UP! My first encounter with them was when...
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    Poll: Re: re-discovered SIMPLE 2 queen method

    You might want to get a tetanus shot before using that. :)
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    Re: When do yall check mating nucs?

    crocodilu, stupid me, I only used a cage on one virgin. Now the reason for that escapes me, but there was a reason. She is one of the ones that made it. I directly introduced the others after...
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    Re: Pollen In a cell builder

    MP, what sort of pollen trap do you use?
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    Re: When do yall check mating nucs?

    I have 20/15 uncorrected vision. At 44 some things are starting to wear out, but my eyesight isn't one of them.

    Just as a clarification. The days I posted are the number of days after installing...
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    Re: Breeder being superceded

    Put her in a nuc. Obviously they don't like her for some reason but no reason you can't get some good queens from her.
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    When do yall check mating nucs?

    I swear I may have the worst luck of any beekeeper ever in the history of the world.

    I suck at grafting. I've already covered that in an earlier post. I will get better, so no worries.

    I...
  18. Re: Best smoker fuel I have ever found, what do you use?

    I think you have a face for radio. :D j/k

    I use pine sawdust. I collect it out of the belly of my table saws when I build bee boxes. If I run out I use pine shavings that I buy in a bag. Pine...
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    Re: Beekeeping and autism

    Sorry for the uneducated question and I hope it's not offensive, as I don't know much about autism.

    What does "on the spectrum" mean?
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    Re: Is CO2 the best way to kill a hive?

    That is the case with this hive. The mother hive of this queen is what I would describe as defensive and somewhat aggressive. They were the hottest hive I have until this one came along. I "made"...
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    Re: Two colors of honey in one frame

    You said foundationless honey frame so here's my take. I don't think they've kept the nectar segregated. There would be no reason for bees to do that. I'd say they filled the frame as they drew it...
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    Re: Japanese Beetles

    Milky spore does a number on the grubs but doing an area the size of the yard is like spitting in the ocean, trying to fill it up. It does great at killing grubs if you want to rid your yard of...
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    Re: My strangest swarm

    I understood what you wrote in your original post. Apparently some didn't. How off is an air conditioner when it's off? :)
  24. Re: What do bees do with peach juice? Make peach jam?

    It's actually aphid poop. That sounds more refreshing, doesn't it?

    We have lots of large pecan trees here, and if you park under one for 15 minutes the windshield of your truck will be covered...
  25. Re: Heritability of traits for improvements in apiary?

    If I put a label on them, which I'm hesitant to do, it would be mite tolerant, not mite resistant.

    If you haven't read it, check out the thread in the Treatment Free forum by squarepeg where he...
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