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    Re: Shallow Super vs. Deep Super

    The bees won't care at all. The beekeeper often finds that different sizes are a pain and that deep boxes full of honey are "ponderous beyond practical limit" (Richard Taylor's words).
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    Re: Swarm lures

    It means don't open the tube. Yes, open the envelope. No, don't open the tube.
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    Re: How do I limit my hives?

    Feed the brood to the chickens? Seriously it's like trying to make your dog stay a puppy. Hives grow up.
  4. Re: Starting a new hive with both new and used frames

    I always use all the comb I have that has anything in it first. Next I try to use all the drawn comb. Next I try to use everything that already has foundation in it (so it won't sag or buckle) then...
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    Re: Can bees recognize Green?

    >Michael - If they see red as black, wouldn't they be able to use it as well as a marker? I've got some mating nuc entrance disks painted red and they seem to do fine with them is why i ask.

    They...
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    Re: Has any one tried round bars?

    Yes. The comb wanders less with the bevel than the round. The comb wanders less with a steeper bevel rather than a shallower bevel.
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    Re: UPS Not Delivering BWeaver Packages

    >Anyone had experience shipping with packages through USPS, good or bad?

    Yes. Good and bad. You might talk to the local post office first and see how they react. If they seem freaked out it by...
  8. Re: installing 1st pkgs in used top bar hives

    If you are going to put the cage in, you pop the cork on the candy side (assuming a Benton three hole cage with candy). If you have a california cage, you'll need either one of the candy tubes they...
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    Re: Best Topical for Bee Sting

    >I only found one small chicken poop covered specimen. In this case have your wife chew it up and spit it on your sting.

    You might keep looking...
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    Re: Can bees recognize Green?

    They can distinguish what they can see. Colors like red they can't distinguish because it looks just like black (no color). As far as getting their attention, they seem to have a preference for the...
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    Re: Swarm trap size study?

    Specs:
    https://ecommons.library.cornell.edu/bitstream/1813/2653/2/Bait%20Hives%20for%20Honey%20Bees.pdf
    http://learningbeekeeping.com/beekeeping-videos/swarm-traps-bait-hives/
  12. Re: Question: Small cell wax foundation vs. foundationless for bees raised on small c

    It sounds like a reasonable plan.
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    Re: Diseases of the honey bee

    HMF can cause dysentery.
    http://iatp.typepad.com/thinkforward/2009/08/new-science-published-on-july-31st-isthe-first-to-look-closely-at-levels-of-hmf-or-hydroxymethylfurfural-in-high-fructo.html...
  14. Thread: Nosema ?

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    Re: Nosema ?

    Yes. It's pretty normal in the spring when they first get a chance to fly. If in doubt, get a microscope and learn to examine for Nosema.
  15. Re: Things I learned from my first cut-out

    >1. I will never do another cut-out.

    You just did your most difficult one... your first.

    >2. If they can, a large amount of bees and presumably the queen will move to an adjacent wall around...
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    Re: Can bees recognize Green?

    Yes. They can see from Ultra-Violet down to Orange. So their visible spectrum is:

    Orange
    Yellow
    Green
    Blue
    Indigo
    Violet
    Ultra Violet
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    Re: My smoker smoke may be too hot

    >Part of what a smoker does is make the bees gorge themselves...

    I realize it is a commonly held belief, but I've never seen any evidence to support that view and I've opened hives thousands of...
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    Re: Installing Packages

    >I am not getting my package until late April and I have a little honey to give them and all the drawn comb they would ever want. In late April there should be nectar (I say should). If they have a...
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    Re: Enough forage to support # of hives?

    Back before round-up ready crops and extensive use of 2-4-D on road right of ways and back when sweet clover was a popular crop for hay, there seemed to be no limit to the number of bees someone...
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    Re: Difference between two hives question

    Anytime the entrance activity makes you suspicious, it's worth checking things out on a warm day. Sometimes colonies just make different decisions under identical circumstances. But there is also...
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    Re: Clipping Wings

    >OK, so how many of you guys clip the wings of your Queens?

    Very seldom. Usually a queen I really don't want to lose or I really want to be able to positively identify.

    > I've been debating...
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    Re: Moving with Hives

    >I may be moving to a different part of the country within the next few years. How difficult is this to do with hives? Especially if moving from New England to a southern state?

    As mentioned laws...
  23. Re: Eight frame mediums and foundation less frames for bait hives?

    I have used eight frame mediums with foundationless frames as successful swarm traps. Although bigger might work better, it seemed like too much work. I've also used five frame deep nucs with...
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    Re: Two New Queen Questions

    If you have another hive I would give them a frame of brood. There is a chance that they have a virgin queen loose in the hive (that came in the package when they shook it) and that's why they...
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    Re: My smoker smoke may be too hot

    Part of the issue of keeping it cool smoke is that while you pump vigorously to get it going, you only lightly puff it when smoking bees and only after waiting a little after the vigorous pumping,...
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