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  1. Thread: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    Being my first year I don't have a telescope cover just a regular migratory cover.
    The ants got in from the front entrance and any crevice they can find. There are thousands of
    them attacking at...
  2. Thread: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    by beepro
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    Ants! Black carpenter ants.
    They took out 2 strong hives on my first year of beekeeping during the early Fall when
    the bees were building up for the winter. I found this forum afterward. Sad. ...
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    Re: what groundcover to plant

    If you don't want to mow then put a row of weed guard on top.
    As long as there is an open ground the weed and whatever seeds will grow there.
    I read that the Sainfoin will grow for up to 5 years. ...
  4. Re: To Feed or Not to feed ...that is the Question!

    Not only carbohydrate will do but also pollen to fatten them up to overwinter with.
    Well fed fat bees are better than skinny bees. Perhaps your bees already have enough
    stores for the winter? ...
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    Re: Hallmarks of a distressed colony

    It maybe that this active colony is queen less now. I once made a fairly strong hive queen less to
    compare to the queen right hive. The hive activity is much like what you described of the active...
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    Re: Question for the group

    I'm not sure if this is the early stage of the disease he is in.
    My concern is the safety aspect of beekeeping. Instead of giving him the strongest hive I
    would give him the weaker nuc hives to...
  7. Thread: sad day

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    Re: sad day

    I will not squish the queen but instead made queen juice out of her. How sad!
    Now to get some local survivor stocks for your operation. Anyone with some good stocks nearby?
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    Re: Salt Blocks for Bee's?

    And I thought I was handsome enough when a bee landed on my index finger to start licking on a
    hot summer day. Now I know I should of limit my sodium intake.
    So how much salt to add in the...
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    Re: Cleaning queen excluders

    How about putting them in a bleach solution after you've done scrubbing. Then
    hang them to dry afterward.
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    Re: Bees driving family nuts.

    No, I didn't mean to open feed during the night time. They don't fly that well when they cannot see.
    But at night you can put syrup inside the hive and cover it up with another empty hive box. No...
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    Re: Keeping moisture out of hives?

    I am considering to put a plant water absorbing gel bag on top of a quilt box.
    The clear gel is non toxic according to the package. The water absorbing ability is
    huge. So that might do the...
  12. Re: Robbing - Cause and how to Prevent and Mitigate

    No doubt that the strong hive is the one doing the robbing of your nucs.
    Try to even out the population between them will solve your problem somewhat.
    Also, the cause of robbing is during the...
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    Re: Bees driving family nuts.

    I think these strong hives will dominate over your 300 ft area. Bees will forage over 2 mi so at the end of the 2 acres they
    will not bother you much. The open feed might let them to recognize...
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    Re: New Zealand Bees Are Worth The Money.

    Since these NZ bees are so great, wouldn't you consider grafting these for the good genetics?
    They are consider locally survivor bees if they overwinter well there. Perhaps you all can form
    an...
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    Re: Bees driving family nuts.

    If 300 ft is not far enough then consider moving them further away. They're thinking you guys are too close
    to their territory. Also consider putting a fence or live plants barrier between the...
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    Re: Best Aster variety for the Midwest

    I too like to learn more about them. Do they die back and grow again the
    next year? Can you divide the roots or cuttings to propagate more plants?
    I have the j-artichokes flowering now. They...
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    Re: Share your Beekeeping Inventions!

    BB, the reason for the wood frame, clear tape and food plastic wrap is they are cheap and
    readily available here. Plexiglass is too expensive here and the price goes up every year also.
    Also...
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    Re: Grafting is easy!

    To get the consistent larvae for grafting you must give them a frame of clean comb for the queen to lay in.
    Suggest to get new frames during the frame drawing season to make as many as you can for...
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    Re: Reduce the weak one to 5 over 5 nuc?

    I have to confess! Over the season I had killed at least 8-10 queens. Some are virgin while others are mated.
    So at this late in the season, don't do a frame combine until you have find the...
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    Re: Fall crocus price for planting

    Thanks, I already planted some snow drops the other day. Now to plant more crocus for early
    bloom the coming Spring. Yes, they are the good quality large flowering bulbs that some are
    about to...
  21. Thread: Re: no eggs

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    Re: no eggs

    What is the Fall flow look like right now?
    Sometimes you have everything except the right amount of forage out there. When there isn't enough
    bee plants blooming for a Fall flow then you have to...
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    Re: Grafting is easy!

    1) Yes, grafting is easy with a no graft frame where the
    queen will lay directly into the plastic queen cups. Still working on this one.
    2) Another method is to confine the queen inside a clean...
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    Re: Fall crocus price for planting

    Where else but at your local garden center.
    I think they mispriced this item. Oh well, their lost then.
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    Fall crocus price for planting

    Hi, All! I read that snow drops and crocus are the early blooming flowers in the Spring time for
    bee foraging. So now is the right time to start some Fall planting of the many varieties they have...
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    Re: Common mistakes or other topics for a class.

    A topic on the most common mistakes on hive transportation either for short or long distance will
    be a good one to talk about. What should be needed for the nucs or full hive transport?
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