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    Tulsa OK - April 1-2, 2016 - Big Bee Buzz

    The Northeast Oklahoma Beekeepers Assocation (NEOBA) will hold the annual Big Bee Buzz on the evening of Friday, April 1, 2015 and during the day on Saturday, April 2, 2016.

    This is going to be a...
  2. Tulsa, OK Beginning Beekeeping Classes Offered by NEOBA beginning Jan. 16, 2016

    The Northeast Oklahoma Beekeepers Association will hold a beginner beekeeping course on four consecutive Saturday mornings beginning January 16, 2016. Classes will be held in Tulsa at the campus of...
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    Re: checkerboarding 2015

    I have been checkerboarding for 4 or 5 years now. I have very few swarms. This year, I had no swarms. Most of my bees are from swarms that I catch or their descendants. At least where I live, it...
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    Re: SOS No brood of any kind. Queen is there.

    Probably just bees adapted to living up north and being frugal by stopping brood rearing. Can't say whether there are enough to get through winter without more information or a picture. But...
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    Re: BT and Queen hatching

    I read about the full/half sister aspect later. At that point I realized what I'd seen at the seminar. I can't remember where I saw it. Somebody saw the behavior and studied the genes.

    The...
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    Re: BT and Queen hatching

    On the queen issue, the answer is amazing.

    Workers that are full sisters to the queen will help the queen emerge by helping to remove wax from the end of the cell.

    Workers that are half...
  7. Weird Behavior From Hives In Deep Shade -- Any Thoughts?

    I have two hives in a friends yard in a very shady spot (its the only place where they can be put on the property, so its either shade or not keep bees there.) I don't think the sun every actually...
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    Re: Any uses for old and black comb?

    If the hive this is from did not have a disease, you can put the frames out in the open. Your bees with rob out the nectar, but not the pollen. I would not do this if the hive died from a brood...
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    Re: Frame and foundation type; Pros and Cons?

    As far as a place to buy, I have purchased good equipment from Dadant, Kelly's, Mann Lake, and Drapers. If you have a local seller, consider supporting that person. Most local sellers will also...
  10. Re: How much money can a beekeeper make in a year owning 100 hives?

    I think if I got 100 hives before long I'd be looking for a new wife. And a new place to live. ;)
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    Re: Black Crowder Peas For Bees

    No idea on the honey. I plant my cowpeas for late summer and extract before they bloom. I suspect it would be good -- most legumes I know about make good honey.

    The pure buckwheat honey I've...
  12. Thread: Grave Robbers?

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    Re: Grave Robbers?

    Pollen.com shows a moderate level of pollen in your area, including some various weeds and sagebrush. There could be some weeds or sagebrush doing its thing that you don't know about. Pollen.com is...
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    Re: Wintergren oil quesion ?

    I cannot really tell why the original poster was planning to make grease patties. I have a hard time seeing a good reason to do this at all. If it is for tracheal mites, they generally have ceased...
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    Re: Black Crowder Peas For Bees

    This is the exact seed: http://www.rareseeds.com/black-crowder-cowpea/
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    Black Crowder Peas For Bees

    I like to grow Cowpeas in my garden. In the past, I've grown Brown Crowder peas, and I did not see bees on the flowers. This year, I got some Black Crowder Pea seeds from Bakers Creek seeds. The...
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    Re: How to transition from deeps to all mediums?

    Gotcha.
  17. Thread: Mountain Camp

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    Re: Mountain Camp

    I try to leave enough on my hives that I don't need to feed any syrup in the Fall. However, sometimes drought forces me to. Other times, I have hives from late swarms that need some help. I have...
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    Re: How to transition from deeps to all mediums?

    Just curious (and not arguing), but what makes you want to abandon the deeps for all mediums?
  19. Re: Foundation thickness what is thicker 75 -100 years ago?

    Does anybody know what "surplus" refers to or the origin of that term?
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    Re: Apimondia Montreal 2019

    The problem with Mike is that he's such a good speaker that he makes you want to quit your job and do something crazy like quit your day job to be a full-time beekeeper.
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    Re: Treating for varroa

    I don't have bees in a TBH, but I also thought Apivar when I saw this. I have had very good luck with it in regular hives.
  22. Re: The Effects of Syrup Concentration On Comb Building And Brood Rearing???

    Brian, you have hot summers like I have cold winters. The local bees swarm earlier than nucs become available and have smaller colonies than I want to have. Managing bees for honey production is...
  23. Re: The Effects of Syrup Concentration On Comb Building And Brood Rearing???

    Rader, who wrote The Wisdom of the Hive?
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    Brian,

    Here in Oklahoma, if a new beekeeper gets a nuc, it will usually be available in the first 2 weeks of may. The main nectar flow is over by the end of June. July and August are usually hot...
  25. The Effects of Syrup Concentration On Comb Building And Brood Rearing???

    I'm helping to teach a beekeeping class. On a few occasions I've caught myself saying things that, upon further reflection, could be beekeeper lore that may or may not be accurate. It's stuff I've...
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