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  1. Thread: City lights

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    Re: City lights

    I have hives about 50-75 feet from a light. I have never noticed bees by the lights after dark, or dead bees under the lights.
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    Re: Mowing around the hive

    I mow all the way around mine. I get stung once in a while, but most of the time they do not bother me. My hives are also on a stand, so they are 18" or so high. I don't know if they would be more...
  3. Re: Hive performance and is this drone comb or about to swarm?

    Those are done cells. I wouldn't worry about the difference too much. Different hives go at different rates.
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    Re: New, can't find queen

    If you have brood in all stages, you had a queen 3 days ago. You probably still do. Queens are hard to see.
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    Re: New Beekeeper in Ontario

    I love it when a plan comes together!
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    Re: New Beekeeper in Ontario

    Congrats on the survival of your hives. Hopefully you are doing something to prevent repeated attacks, as bears have good memories.
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    Re: Hot weather and entrance reducers

    The heat will hurt less than the robbers. The hive temp is in the 90's also, so it is not that far from the ambient temp. If you are worried about high temps, make sure that there is a vent on top...
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    Re: When are they capped?

    The mating flight will be hard to see as there is only one queen. Try to get a frame while the workers are coming out of their cells. It will hold the kids attention much longer as there is...
  9. Thread: Poplar lumber

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    Re: Poplar lumber

    With paint it will last for many years. With no paint it will deteriorate faster than most woods, and the life will be determined by your climate. As long as you plan to paint it, I would not...
  10. Thread: Poplar lumber

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    Re: Poplar lumber

    Isn't this true of any wood species?
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    Re: Hello from New Jersey

    Welcome, and congrats on your success so far.
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    Re: Beesting Deaths...Urban Myth??

    Bee stings are far from the leading cause of accidental death. It can happen, but is not common. Swarms are typically pretty gentle as they do not have a home to defend. Your neighbor just needs a...
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    Re: Extracting uncapped frames

    Do you have a refractometer to test the moisture content? If not, I would only extract frames that are mostly capped. (80%) Uncapped cells may not be dry enough yet and could cause your honey to...
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    Re: Oh Dear! We seem to be queenless...

    Do you have another hive to add a frame of eggs and larvae? By giving it to them you will know if they are queenless by whether they start some queen cells.

    Otherwise, they may have already...
  15. Thread: Outside frames.

    by JonD
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    Re: Outside frames.

    I would say do not move the frames without reason. In this case you have a clear reason. Go ahead and swap them. There will be other times, such as sharing resources that you will move frames...
  16. Thread: Bee Planting

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    Re: Bee Planting

    dandelions give a good spring flow. They are pretty easy to grow in most areas.
  17. Thread: Super paint?

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    Re: Super paint?

    I do not put much faith in the new wonder product that comes along every couple of months. R value from a "paint product" will be near nothing, no matter what the manufacturer claims. It can do...
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    Re: Feeding or not over winter??

    Everybody I know around here (150 miles north of you) winters in two deeps. The top box is mostly honey going into winter, and they use it as needed. I don't know if leaving an extra super on top...
  19. Thread: Storing honey.

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    Re: Storing honey.

    The recycle number has nothing to do with food grade. many buckets are sold as food grade, but that is no guarantee of the ones you have. The supplier should be able to easily tell you if the pails...
  20. Thread: howdy

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    Re: howdy

    Welcome aboard, old man!
  21. Thread: Weight of hives

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    Re: Weight of hives

    Do you restack the hive one box at a time, or use some sort of a lift to put it on the scale?

    Seems like a lot of lifting to have to move each box to a scale and then back in place!
  22. Thread: Weight of hives

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    Re: Weight of hives

    So what do you guys use to weigh the hive?
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    Re: Bees cleaning up my honey jar???

    I do not think there is anything wrong with it. The bees will take it back to the hive and use it how they see fit. They will eat some, store some, just like anything they collect.

    If you are...
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    Re: Putting bees on cotton and soybeans

    Either move them to a different location, or screen all of their entrances the night before, so they can't go out and get sprayed.
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    Re: my homemade stenciles : )

    Looks Great!! You gave me an idea for another project that I will most likely never get to. The only thing I would think about adding is a phone number.
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