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  1. Thread: milkweed

    by spieker
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    Re: milkweed

    I find occasional honey bees trapped and dead on milkweed blossoms. However, I consider the value of milkweed to out weigh a few bees dying.
  2. Thread: Help!

    by spieker
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    Re: Help!

    I had the same problem a couple of years ago with a nearby family member. We solved the problem by buying a new hummingbird feeder equipped with plastic mesh bee guards.
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    Re: Not sure what bush this is

    Looks like Autumn Olive to me.
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    Re: Serviceberry as an early forage source?

    Service Berry trees grow wild in the woods and my bees love them.
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    Re: Fleabane Daisy, useful?

    We have those in VA, also, and I have never seen a honey bee on them.
  6. Re: What to do with "poopy" frames from deadout

    I scrape and then use a wet cloth and scrub the spots clean. Then, reuse.
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    Re: Dollar store cheap foams

    If they were mine and I was making outer covers, I would use them as insulation and put them between the plywood and and whatever I was using to keep the rain out, such as aluminum or vinyl. However,...
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    Re: Nuc robbing ongoing. Need advice

    Once when I had a nuc being robbed, I picked it up and took it to a new location on my property during the night away from my other hives. Robbing ended. Maybe I was just lucky, but I was very happy.
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    Re: escape board questions

    Since I have extra bottom boards and lids, I put my escape board on top of a bottom board that I place next to my hive. Then, the super(s) that I want the bees out of with a lid on top. Sometimes, I...
  10. Re: Commercial storage of numerous drawn comb frames (wax moth)

    I store frames of comb that do not have any pollen in them, in large, see-through bags. I keep these in my basement and check occasionally to make sure they are OK. I have found that frames with...
  11. Re: Help! Need to move two hives in Hampshire IL Area

    I had to do what you are doing one time. It was spring, so I waited until around noon when it was warm enough to not chill the brood. I drove my truck next to the hives and took them apart box by...
  12. Thread: Earwigs....

    by spieker
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    Re: Earwigs....

    This post suggests that earwigs may eat SHBs. After reading this, I leave the earwigs alone.

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-284776.html
  13. Re: Do honey bees like Snow drops and snow flakes

    My bees love snow drops. However, they bloom only about a week or two.
  14. Thread: Poppy Frenzy

    by spieker
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    Re: Poppy Frenzy

    Thank you Schnee for your reply.
  15. Thread: Poppy Frenzy

    by spieker
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    Re: Poppy Frenzy

    Very impressed. Do you know what type of poppies you have? I tried raising poppies one year and the bees barely touched them. I would like to raise what you have.
  16. Thread: Email Alerts

    by spieker
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    Re: Email Alerts

    I am not getting any email alerts, either. I even subscribed to this because I wanted to see what the solution would be. Nothing has come through even though another person posted.
  17. Re: Moved Hive 100ft, Did not force Reorientation, next step

    I like to leave one box with a a bottom board, frames, and a lid in the old location. Bees will go in. Then, when they are all home for the night, dump them into the hive at the new location. I do...
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    Re: swarm entering established hive.

    Is there any chance that the hive started to swarm, but the queen did not go out? Then, the bees returned to their hive? Or did the small swarms come from elsewhere?
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    Re: Capped brood problems! Something's not right!

    Is the observation hive warm enough? Does the glass feel cold? I made the sad mistake of not keeping the bees warm enough and that happened to me. Now, I keep a cover over my OB hive to keep warmth...
  20. Re: Please comment on this SBB with oil pan design

    Looks very nice. I have used vegetable oil and it was messy. Then, I read somewhere that powdered garden lime would work just as well. So, I tried using a thin layer of lime in my trays and it...
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    Re: Has anyone tried Sainfoin in the east?

    I tried it. My soil is acidic, so I spread lots of lime before planting. We had an extremely dry summer. It only grew 4" - 6" the whole summer. The following spring, none of it came up. I live in...
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    Re: New Beek Augusta County VA

    I have 16 hives. 15 are outside and one is an observation hive. I live next to the national forest, so I am surrounded with woodland, mainly oaks and pine. During July and August there is very little...
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    Re: New Beek Augusta County VA

    Welcome! I live in Augusta County, also, in Sherando. I am maxed out with the number of hives I can have with local nectar sources. I have a friend in Waynesboro with 2 hives, and she gets a nice...
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    Re: heartbreaking....

    The following link explains why Chinese pollinate by hand instead of bees in some places.

    http://www.beewatchers.com/2010/02/why-not-just-bring-in-more-bees.html

    Basically, the farmers sprayed...
  25. Thread: Woodenware

    by spieker
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    Re: Woodenware

    I was there recently buying something else and I saw the woodenware. Looked nice. Looked like everything fit together well.
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