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  1. Re: Book The Beekeeper's Apprentice: A Novel

    It is at least partially true according ot Langstroth's Hive and the Honey Bee, page 121 of my copy... when talking about a hive planning to send out multiple swarms:
    "A strong guard is kept over ...
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    Re: SHB Question

    I can answer one of those questions for you. No you don't have to overwinter with bottom boards in the south, seeing as you are furth south than me. I live in North Carolina and had one of my hives...
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    Re: 2 LBS or 3 LBS for Packaged Bees?

    I think I would go with the 2# package two weeks earlier as long as it is at a time that the queen will start laying. If that's the case, with the two week head start, say she laid 1,000 eggs a day...
  4. Free VSH queen in Durham, NC - Local Pickup

    I have an extra queen that I received from Harvey's Honey in Florida last Wednesday. Since I don't have room for another here she is! She is hygenic, evidently produces gentle bees and quite a bit of...
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    Re: How soon can I release the bees ???

    If you have a queen excluder, you could use it as a queen includer for a week, to prevent any initial absconding. I have done this on new packages, after having one abscond, with good results. Yes,...
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    Re: Why is the queen being balled?

    I'll just share with you my experience with a queen being balled about a month ago and perhaps it relates. I had a queen that had been released in a small hive. There weren't that many bees, so...
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    Re: galv. screen

    galvinized steel isn't recommended for acidic foods, see here:
    https://www.galvanizeit.org/about-hot-dip-galvanizing/how-long-does-hdg-last/in-contact-with-food/

    Since honey is acidic with a ph...
  8. Re: My hives are getting robbed , put on a robber screen, what's this ? Picture inclu

    I'd say come dusk, take the screens off and let them in, early in the next morning put them back on. I believe all of the robbing bees will head home for the evening especially since they are no...
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    Re: More noob questions, with pictures.

    I believe all of that capped brood is still workers except possibly for those couple of larger ones just to answer your question about the "bulbous cells". By the look of it you are using foundation...
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    Re: Queen Install. Did I do something wrong?

    I forgot two more techniques I used to help better my odds. I fed the bees when I put the cages in and since they had no brood left. I also bought a few frames from a local beekeeper and installed...
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    Re: Queen Install. Did I do something wrong?

    I just lost two queens from russell apiaries so I feel your pain. I believe it was essentially my error that contributed or atlest made failure more likely and I think you may have some of the same...
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    Re: Bees pay for protection?

    Gary that is a good thought, but I am almost positive they are from another hive based on there coloring. Gonzo and John that is interesting...I have lost at least one queen in that hive(I don't...
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    Bees pay for protection?

    I thought I'd throw this out there because I haven't seen or heard of it before... I have a hive that is small split and has been queenless(though it now has one in a queen cage now and hopefully...
  14. Re: How many use Linseed oil instead of paint?

    I used boiled lindseed oil and put three coats on using a rag and letting it dry between coats. After a year it doesn't look great, the wood, especially the cypress pieces, are going to the weather...
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    Re: introducing queen to aggressive hive

    I just attempted to do the same(replace a queen in a semi aggressive hive) and failed. Looking back I would do as MB says above and remove the attendants, give them more time maybe 5 days(I gave...
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    Re: First time bee survey

    I have installed two packages and not gotten stung with either of those. I use a veil, wear a long sleeve white cotton shirt and jeans, but no stings here. My understanding is that typically a...
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    Re: Foundationless mess - HELP!!

    Here are my two cents...I attempted to start completely foundationless last year. I had 8 frame mediums with popsicle stick guides. The bees hung around for quite a while(over a week) but each time...
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    Re: can i move them ???

    If you want a little extra assurance after moving them, place a branch in front of the hive entrance that is in the flight path but the bees can still fly thru/ around. The unknown obsticle helps...
  19. Re: Why bearding middle of nice day during flow?

    Mine did this when they were too hot or didn't have enough ventilation. During the nectar flow and hot days they'd be fanning like crazy to help ventilate the hive/cure honey.
  20. Re: Are Drones always present outside the hive?

    Hey Pete,
    I am a newer beek, but this is as I understand it. The number of drones vary based on how well the hive is doing. Often times they are kicked out come fall when brood rearing slows. ...
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    Re: Toothpaste to ease a sting?

    I figure the education would come soon enough on its own and so it did. I got stung on Sunday, walked inside and scraped off the stinger. I was stung on the joint of my index finger. After...
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    Re: Toothpaste to ease a sting?

    A life time supply... that is pretty funny.
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    Re: Queen excluder on bottom board or not?

    Perhaps this is repetative, but I too have used the excluder as an includer after my first package absconded. I left it on for about two weeks and these have indeed stayed(this may be due to many...
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    Re: Toothpaste to ease a sting?

    I tried it among other things and it worked alright for a brief period of time. It provides a nice cooling sensation, but like I said it doesn't last long. I think just ice was one of the best...
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    Re: Paint? Seal.. or natural?

    Since I am a relatively new beekeeper, I can't speak as to what is best. But you have multiple options. The most common are probably a latex paint or if you are going natural(like I did) boiled...
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