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    Re: Pledge to be a BSA Beekeeping Mentor

    I pledge to be a mentor for scouts if they reinstate the beekeeping merit badge - I pledge to be a mentor for any young person that wants to learn more about beekeeping.
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    Bob Bee It looks like the bees are out of room...

    Bob Bee
    It looks like the bees are out of room :-) You may need to add another brood chamber (or super if this one is not full). The brood chamber may be honey bound, or the queen just likes fresh...
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    John This post reminds me of a removal I did...

    John
    This post reminds me of a removal I did yesterday. The woman said the bees had just arrived (and the small ball DID look like a new swarm) Long story short - the bees were bearded out in the...
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    bleta 12 I occasionally have capped honey that...

    bleta 12
    I occasionally have capped honey that is wet - you gotta love Florida humidity :-) I made a bracket for a variable speed drill and chucked up a paint stirring/sheetrock mud paddle - with...
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    Moving bees is better by night, REmoving bees is...

    Moving bees is better by night, REmoving bees is better during the daytime. If you put the queen in the box and leave the box there, you will collect the stragglers (and move them home at night) :-)...
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    Sticky: First swarm of the season 1/8/2007 weather in...

    First swarm of the season 1/8/2007
    weather in the 70's
    Mostly black queen from the wild blue yonder (into a Gumbo Limbo tree)
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    I didn't read anything about SMOKE :-) Choose...

    I didn't read anything about SMOKE :-) Choose your time to work them - wind calm, up in the day, SUNNY, no fronts coming, etc. Wait 5 minutes after you smoke the entrance before you CRACK the top and...
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    GaSteve - It always amazes me the number of...

    GaSteve -
    It always amazes me the number of people who say " I just want the honey and you can have the bees you remove" people believe you will travel to the site, use a ladder or lift of some...
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    Clint I'm sorry to hear about the loss - The SHB...

    Clint
    I'm sorry to hear about the loss - The SHB came after whatever got the bees. You can scrub the boxes and frames (no foundation) with soapy water - the bees will readily accept them. I have an...
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    VERY nice new look! - It seems to work so much...

    VERY nice new look! - It seems to work so much faster for me
    Thank you, Barry
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    JaiPea - I use mostly plastic foundation. Very...

    JaiPea -
    I use mostly plastic foundation. Very often, this allows me to lose only one side of a frame before I can catch it/them? (SHB):) The real benefit comes with stopping wax moths. On wax...
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    Chef I hope you did ok with the rains. When the...

    Chef
    I hope you did ok with the rains. When the hurricanes came through last year, I had several hives that "took on water" :) I opened the tops like JF suggested and weighted them down with...
  13. Thread: slimey comb

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    Cody Put the slimy frames in the freezer for 24...

    Cody
    Put the slimy frames in the freezer for 24 hrs.
    Take the frames out in the yard and use the garden hose to wash them off. Use a sponge, steel wool, etc. (no soap) to clean off the slime....
  14. I had an interesting experience a while back in...

    I had an interesting experience a while back in the obs. hive - They had three queen cells capped and were running the old queen up and down the hive so she couldn't lay (trimming her down for...
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    Bjorn - It might help to take a closer look at...

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    It might help to take a closer look at the beetles - I find that adults do sometimes travel in a large group, but the "clouds" are also sometimes produced when there is a large hatch out -...
  16. Sundance - No AHB's yet - but a man COULD pick...

    Sundance -
    No AHB's yet - but a man COULD pick up a SHB (if a man needed one real bad) and I wish I could make a living down here too ;)
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    When a hive beetle holds still, they are almost...

    When a hive beetle holds still, they are almost invisible on the black frame. All my frames are white - the beetles got no place to go :)
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    Gary C Few things in this world make me more hot...

    Gary C
    Few things in this world make me more hot than a thief. Get busy with the queen rearing plan - your next hive will be better than that one was - We sympathize with you. What goes around comes...
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    Dave It would be helpful to know what kind of...

    Dave
    It would be helpful to know what kind of ants and what are they doing?
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    Walt - The removal I did on Monday was similiar -...

    Walt - The removal I did on Monday was similiar - they only had about a 6 inch hole in the vapor barrier (cardboard?) There was no insulation for several feet - the bees filled an area about 3 feet...
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    Jackbee When a man born in 1938 decides to do a...

    Jackbee
    When a man born in 1938 decides to do a removal- all that's left is the doin' ;)
    I did two removals this week (one under a mobile home) - all went well - but I also agree with MB - I...
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    BeeGirl I agree with the idea that patties...

    BeeGirl
    I agree with the idea that patties attract the beetles. Also that the Checkmite works, but it is a strong chemical. The best advise is probably use only what you absolutely have to - only as...
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    Rob-bee I just wrap them in wax paper like you...

    Rob-bee
    I just wrap them in wax paper like you suggest and lay them in a pan - works for me ;)
  24. Thread: Freezing SHB

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    Rob-bee i just put the frames in the freezer...

    Rob-bee
    i just put the frames in the freezer overnight - I keep them under a fan for a day or two ( on a screened porch) after they come out - just to make sure - then I return them to the bees to...
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    I think busybguy is describing the same type...

    I think busybguy is describing the same type openings (only larger) used on Snellgrove boards
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