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  1. Re: using old equipment with termites in the boxes

    The termites nest in soil, using tubes to get to their foragage. Once removed from the nest area they'll die, take a ice pick or scratch awl and start poking the wood and you'll find where they've...
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    Re: Moving bees between hives

    Do a newspaper combine, it'll save a lot of squabbling.
  3. Thread: Clumsy queen

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    Re: Clumsy queen

    Next time you do a inspection, use very little smoke and she how she acts. If she's a runner and got panicky from the smoke, she might've fell and had her bell rung. When they're heavy with eggs it's...
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    Re: Cleaning out the bottom board

    Hmmm, leaving a pile of sodden, rotting and fermenting insect carcasses at the very least to start rotting a hole in the bottom board and calling every carrion loving organism in the neighborhood? ...
  5. Thread: She made it!

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    Re: She made it!

    Saw some maple pollen yesterday, they must be brooding good, been hitting the pollen sub heavy.
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    Re: supplements for spring build up

    Thought I saw maple pollen being brought in Saturday, Sunday it was confirmed. Not a lot but didn't have to stand there for 3 minutes to see crocus pollen.
    With the winter we've had, it wad a no...
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    Re: bumble bees crowding out honey bees?

    If they've got better forage, they'll go for that. Little nectar in blueberries, I've heard you've got to feed bees when they're pollinating blueberries.
  8. Thread: Honey Bound?

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    Re: Honey Bound?

    Maybe a imbalance of nurse bees to foragers, maybe they're robbing a dead out.
    I'd check the queen in a couple days to see if she's slowing down on you.
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    Re: What temps are safe

    I was taught, if your comfortable in shirt sleeves and the bees are flying. But after this winter I'm ready to get into shorts at 50 LOL!
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    Re: Veil only...no suit. Thoughts?

    Maybe I'm just paranoid, but I wear a veil any time I even pop a lid at a place where people can see. I want everybody to know that you need protective gear to be near a hive. I'd feel like wormspit...
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    Re: Brood between boxes

    Just the bees making drone comb where they can. I don't pay much attention to it unless it runs the whole length of the bar, that means there's a space problem. Good spot to check the larvae for...
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    Re: waxing plastic foundation

    The 4 buck crockpot from goodwill works just fine for me. A couple inches of water in the bottom, stuff it full of cappings, set it on low and find something to do in the vicinity for a couple hours....
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    Re: Emergency Cut-out in a Felled Walnut

    Tough call, the first thought, wait until they're stronger and can stand the move. The second thought is the comb oriented so they can still raise brood.
    One thing I would recommend is don't button...
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    Re: Stop that Drone Cells

    Ya, profound indeed Ace, bees will do what they want to do to, there ain't no training them.
    Bepro, it's not just drone comb, it's for honey storage also, if you want more worker comb built, you...
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    Re: brood break and mites

    Actually there are two brood breaks in the ots method. The only hive that doesn't is the queen that's pulled in the spring. The resulting splits are 30 days w/o a laying queen, then at summer...
  16. Thread: Bee house?

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    Re: Bee house?

    The last time I tried to post a link, it worked out like a fart in church. Goggle talking stick.me/bees, it'll take you to bee natural.com (he's in the process of switching over), the article is...
  17. Re: Offered an neglected hive - owner wants it gone ASAP. Safe to move ? - Update!

    Yup, that's what skunk cabbage honey smells like!
    Good one Ace, LOL!
  18. Re: Offered an neglected hive - owner wants it gone ASAP. Safe to move ? - Update!

    Had to be bees in there till late in the season, otherwise the wax moths would've started in on it.
    I wouldn't have any hesitation about crush & strain, goferit, do one frame at a time in case of...
  19. Thread: Bee house?

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    Re: Bee house?

    Ya, Dennis Murell @ bee natural has a nice slideshow of them. Really a works of art. What I'd like to know, is what keep the houses from turning into a humid mess in the winter, they gotta keep them...
  20. Thread: just nucs?

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    Re: just nucs?

    Five over five = ten frames in two boxes. Doubles are two hives in one box w/ a division board.
    I've thought about it especially going into winter for the dink hives, instead of combining, give the...
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    Re: A strange question?

    That happened to me last year, except she had showed up w/ cash in hand. She still wanted the bees, so i took a kinda junk box and ripped a hunk off so she could stack one of her meds on, told her to...
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    Re: Good synthetic gloves?

    Tried the nitrile gloves, my problem was flicking the stinger out without tearing the glove. I guess it's easier to get the propolis off my hands.
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    Re: Using a floor mat as a water source

    Good idea, my first thought was salt off the boots was attracting them till I read where you were at lol.
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    Re: varroa lecture - Ghosts in the Hive

    Thanx! Gotta watch the whole thing, I would've named it boogeyman in the hive tho LOL.
  25. Re: Offered an neglected hive - owner wants it gone ASAP. Safe to move ?

    The bees'll be generating heat inside the hive by disturbing them, the big thing is getting them settled down & back into their cluster with out too many losses.
    If they're super light, give me a...
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