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    Package bees available?

    hey- I live in northern WY, a long way from any bee supplier and I am looking for package bees that could be shipped. I am asking on behalf of another guy in town who was supposed to get his...
  2. Thread: Birds and bees

    by garprob
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    Re: Birds and bees

    When the dandelion bloom is on and my bees are all over my yard on the dandelions, a big crowd of robins shows up and start picking them off of the flowers. I know that what they eat really makes no...
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    Re: What is your bees' favorite flower?

    dandelions and apples in the spring. Then it's alfalfa alfalfa alfalfa all summer long. I had a great unle that kept bees full time for years- he always said that milkweed made the best and...
  4. Thread: Adding supers

    by garprob
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    Re: Adding supers

    Here is what I do- I can't say that it is technically "right", but it seems to work for me. Once my super is 75% full (not necessarily capped- they will cap it when it is ready but they will need...
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    Do bees like plums?

    I planted a couple of plum trees this spring and now they are covered in blossoms. The bees have been all over the apple trees which have just finished blooming. I expected to see them all over the...
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    Do bees like plums?

    I planted a couple of plum trees this spring and now they are covered in blossoms. Strangely, though the bees have been all over the apple trees in the yard I, have not seen a single bee on the plum...
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    Queen Opinions?

    Have any of you ever used queens form Walter T. Kelley? Any opinions? Thanks!
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    Re: Is beekeeping always frustrating?

    Frequently frustrating and perplexing. Always fascinating and rewarding.

    My second year was the most frustrating and I almost killed off both my hives by over managing them. I had to realize...
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    Re: queen laying in supers and not brood box.

    I think that the idea that capped honey above the queen will act as a barrier that she won't cross is a myth. I tired it one year- started with an excluder until they had a super full of capped...
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    Re: Mapping swarms and blooms

    Will it accept international locations?
  11. Re: After Extracting - How to get supers cleaned out?

    I just put them on above the inner cover. That works well for me.
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    Re: Drought- has it affected your crop?

    A good year here in northern Wyoming. I am just a backyarder and only in my 4th year but this has been my best year by far. We had enough snow in the mountains to keep the reservoirs full so the...
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    Re: Uncapped honey after harvest

    If you leave them on the hive don't they end up full of brood by the next spring?
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    Re: Russian Olive Trees

    The Rusian olives in my area usually bloom at the same time as the fisrt alfalfa bloom. I have seen bees on the Russian olives but I think that if they have the choice they will choose alfalfa avery...
  15. Thread: Broccoli

    by garprob
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    Broccoli

    Broccoli!!

    http://robertsonbees.blogspot.com/2012/08/do-bees-like-broccoli.html
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    Uncapped honey after harvest

    When you pull your supers for honey extraction but find that you have asuper or two that is not ready to extract- what do you do with them? I have heard that you could feed it back to the bees but...
  17. Re: Worker laying Hive. Is this a beek's worse nightmare?

    Yes it is my worst nightmare. One of my hives ended up with a laying worker late last summer. This put some drone brood up in the honey supers as the laying workers are not hindered by the queen...
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    How to get honey out of the caps

    I built my own uncapping tank by fitting hardware cloth across the bottom of a botomless plastic tub and nesting it halfway down into another plastic tub. Can you envision what I am talking about? ...
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    Re: Do some strong hives not swarm?

    Sounds like a great honey crop. I have struggled with the idea of how much to actively "manage" or "keep" the bees. I am a backyarder also in my 4th year. It seems like the more I manage the more...
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    Re: Brood Nest Moves Up

    I guess you could start supering on the bottom like warre hives.
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    Re: Pollen color data

    I have never seen a chart but I know that my pear tree produces an olive green pollen. That has always seemed kind of weird to me.
  22. Thread: Amazing sight

    by garprob
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    Amazing sight

    I saw the coolest thing yesterday. I went out by the hives last night at about dusk- and it turns out is was also about 15 minutes before it started raining. As I got closer to the hives I noticed...
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    Re: Resurrecting an old thread about arthritis and bee venom

    My brother in law came over once to let teh bees sting his arthritic knees. I captured a couple of bees in a mason jar, shook them up to get them good and mad and pressed the open jar against his...
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    Re: Climbing the front of the hives

    Actually, Yes- it does appear to be when they are taking off for orientation flights. My other two Italian hives, however, do not climb the hive when they are taking off for orientation flights or...
  25. Thread: RPh & Bees

    by garprob
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    Re: RPh & Bees

    Oh dear.... I did not mean to cause any confusion. Let me clarify- the study in question was looking at using bee pollen as a supplement- as in taking (eating) the pollen itself. There is not...
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