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    Re: Converting to small cell

    Hi Guys

    I've gone both forwards and backwards through the regression process. :) Going forward using beeswax foundation, it's not quick, easy, low maintenance, or inexpensive.

    Noting that...
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    Re: Major Problem

    Hi Guys

    Getting beyond the smoke, town bees that follow more than a few 10s of feet and remain aggressive for hours are always a problem. Sometimes one is lucky with them. But eventually, even...
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    Re: Major Problem

    Hi Guys

    Yeow! In the neighborhood, with no smoker lit! Like people, there's not a single hive that can't or hasn't become aggressive.

    When working hives, a smoker is the only tool a beekeeper...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vapor Wiff

    If treating is a must. And oxalic acid is the treatment of choice. Dribbling is a much safer and easier method to get oxalic inside a hive when compared to fuming.

    The ability to fume when hives...
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    Re: Russians + Allogrooming = a clean hive

    Hi Guys

    I think bees are like people when it comes to house cleaning. Some are fixated. Some are oblivious. :)

    My Russian hives were among the best house keepers. Some of them not only cleaned...
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    Re: Flowering Sagebrush ID

    Yes, it's a Rabbitbrush. Can be a good, dependable food source for the bees.

    In Wyoming it blooms at locations and times when nothing else is available. The smell of the ripening honey is unique....
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    Re: bee parasites?

    Yeow! I'll bet it's A. borealis. I've written more about it here:

    http://bwrangler.litarium.com/parasitic-fly-threatens-bees/

    Although, there are widely scattered records of other similar...
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    Re: Cell cup re-use

    I've only reclaimed JZ BZ plastic cups using melted beeswax as the solvent. Other brands might use a different, less heat tolerant plastic. So, if you're using something else, do a small test first.
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    Re: Small cell bees?

    And you can read more about my decade plus experience with small cell here:

    http://bwrangler.litarium.com/beekeeping/small-cell/

    http://bwrangler.litarium.com/tag/small-cell/
  10. Thread: Skunk fence

    by BWrangler
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    Re: Skunk fence

    I've solved skunk problems by using an upper entrance. The hives were double deeps. The bottom entrance was completely blocked off. More about it at:

    http://bwrangler.litarium.com/tag/skunks/
    ...
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    Re: Big Sagebrush?

    Hi Guys

    John Lovell wrote:


    …compared to the great region of dry desert land which produces little besides sagebrush, saltbush and cactus. A colony of bees would starve on a million acres of...
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    Re: Big Sagebrush?

    Hi mO

    Artemisia tridentata? Not a drop or a grain in Wyoming. Never heard of it as a source of either from anywhere else.
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    Re: Cell cup re-use

    Hi jwcarlson

    I think anytime anything is moved between hives bad things can happen. Yet, I've never encountered any disease problems or virus trouble in my cells/queen rearing, even when...
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    Re: Cell cup re-use

    Hi Guys

    Here's any easy way to clean and reclaim them. Plastic cups cleaned this way are equal to new ones polished by the bees. And they are better than new ones straight out of the box.
    ...
  15. Thread: water source

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    Re: water source

    HI Wetsu151

    Not sure how this would work in humid Miami.

    But I've put a water source, inside hives, using division board feeders. I observed what happened through a Plexiglas inner cover. The...
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    Re: Hide those bees!

    Hi Guys

    Out of sight, out of mind has been a decades old requirement for my yards.

    But after a few trips to a remote, isolated beeyard, the old bee truck creates a trail which the landowner...
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    Re: Using a Triangle Board Bee Escape?

    Hi Guys

    They:
    - take time, think overnight.
    - require bee tight equipment above the board.
    - work great below a couple of shallow supers.
    - don't work so good below deeps or a tall stack of...
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    Re: Bee Feed - Beekeeping Info Aggregator

    Due to overwhelming public outcry, Bee Feed has been revived! LOL

    Actually, it was only one small voice, mine. And, after only one week, I just got tired of wasting my time browsing almost static...
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    Re: Bee Feed - Beekeeping Info Aggregator

    Bee Feed is gasping its last breaths.

    Existing is seclusion, without even a single nod, wink, or scowl, poor Bee Feed became dispirited, then comatose, and is now expiring.

    Rather than wasting...
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    Re: Correcting cross comb in TBH

    Hi Guys

    Correcting comb can be problematic as temperature and colony behavior/size affect any recommendations and the outcome.

    It's best to make frequent, small changes rather than major ones....
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    African Bees Make It To LiveLeak

    Hi Guys

    Check it out:

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=098_1462912693

    If you've worked AHBs, this should be familiar!
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    Re: What do you do when bee(s) in veil?

    Hi Guys

    I was just a kid. It was a long time ago. I was working my first commercial beeyard. Had untied the supers from the truck. And the beekeeper has me stretch out the rope, from the truck, as...
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    Re: Low mite counts and PMS-looking brood

    Hi Guys

    Hope it's something as simple as EFB. Even just requeening takes care of it most times.

    But things aren't so simple with Slow Mo CCD. Anitbiotics, if you can get bees to take or work...
  24. Re: What to do with bees that have swarmed in the middle of a snow storm

    Things are looking good, BJ. And thanks.
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    Re: Low mite counts and PMS-looking brood

    Hi PG

    Been there. Done that. Same kind of symptoms. No mites. In my case it was virus based. I call it slow motion CCD. The prognosis is not good if that's what they've got. You can read more...
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