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    Re: Bees attack dark skinned people?

    95% of the time I work my hives I wear a Bug Baffler, which is pretty much a jacket made of veil material and is pretty dark. I seldom get stung so I've become skeptical of the old idea that bees are...
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    Re: drones for winter?

    I've noticed too that the Carniolans had drones late into the fall. Can't say I ever looked to see if they were making through the winter. I'll make a point to check at the first spring inspection.
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  3. Re: Bee cellar survival rates compared to outdoor wintering survival rates?

    Adding 8,000 pounds of loading to your attic floor is something I'd think about before carrying the first box up there.

    Wayne
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    Re: Control poison ivy

    Very good point, BeeMoose.

    Wayne
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    Re: Could I have a laying queen already?

    Ooh...Harsh!
    Wayne
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    Re: Control poison ivy

    Being an organic gardener (and one time organic farmer) I can attest to the efficiency of goats as a Poison Ivy control. Unfortunately, my lesson regarding this was not on my land and they were not...
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    Re: Could I have a laying queen already?

    I guess, young friend, that I may have been confused when you said "your queen was superceded. all this means, it has all the circumstances of a normal queenless hive." (Emphasis mine.) When I...
  8. Re: I've got brood back! Comments welcome on ANYTHING you see!

    Wrong. Laying workers pass right through a queen excluder as they never reach the size of a queen. Laying workers can lay 30 or so eggs a day as compared to a queen which can lay upwards of 2000 a...
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    Re: drones for winter?

    Bees will produce drone comb almost anytime, though usually it is earlier in the season. It's their way of helping expand the gene pool for hives in their area. Of course, drones produced this late...
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    Re: Could I have a laying queen already?

    What makes you think supercedure occurs in a queenless hive? Don't you have it completely backwards? Supercedure occurs in a hive with a functional queen, though one that the hive wishes to replace....
  11. Re: Any new queens for sale near Connecticut?

    You might try contacting Sam Comfort at Anarchy Apiaries. He is just over the border in NY. I got some queens from him a few weeks back and they are big and fat and laying up a storm. I believe the...
  12. Re: I've got brood back! Comments welcome on ANYTHING you see!

    Are you suggesting that laying workers assume the proportions of a queen?

    Wayne
  13. Thread: Smell

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    Re: Smell

    If you are living in Upstate NY (I'm guessing from your location) you are probably smelling goldenrod nectar. It's a smell you will come to love.

    Wayne
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    Re: Mated queen piping

    A mated queen will sometimes pipe for a while when new to the hive, even when its certain there are no other queens present. At least that has been my recent experience.

    I picked up a package of...
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    Re: Wintering nucs in a garage or shed

    Other than getting everything in the garage covered in a pleasant shade of bee poop yellow the first warm day, I can't see any benefit over simply wrapping them loosely in 15# building paper.
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  16. Re: Can hone harvest be delayed until winter or even spring?

    Could wax moths be a factor to consider in your area?

    Wayne
  17. Re: Can hone harvest be delayed until winter or even spring?

    The OP didn't ask and I'm not a doctor so I'm not going to recommend any health remedies. I will however recommend not stealing all your bees honey, including the honey they need to survive the...
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    Re: very old frame...

    So you wear a veil now. Did you use a smoker?




    Hardly old.

    Wayne
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    Re: how to move large hive

    To clarify my prev. post, I did everything the evening before I moved them. Moved all the boxes onto the truck except the bottom boxes which stayed in their original position. The late foragers...
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    Re: how to move large hive

    The easiest way to do it is to wait until Spring when the hives are at their lightest, but I've moved enough hives around Maine to know that April is not when you want to be driving your truck around...
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    Re: stop swarm

    Yes, the second half of your thought is correct.



    Also a bad idea. Even using all capital letters to scream it doesn't make breaking up a brood nest this late in the season a good idea. Moving...
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    Re: Pour syrup directly into drawn comb?

    This isn't new. A member here, Honeyhouseholder was doing just this in his commercial operations. There are some old threads about it on this forum. The comb will hold syrup and there are various...
  23. Re: How much money can a beekeeper make in a year owning 100 hives?

    Only an initial, but it's a Big G.

    Wayne
  24. Re: How much money can a beekeeper make in a year owning 100 hives?

    And since we've incorporated spelling corrections into this ancient and resurrected thread, may I ask when did "sale" become a verb? And for that matter, when did "loose" become a verb? (Apologies to...
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    Re: what to do with foundationless wax ?

    There are some that claim the bees can recycle it, but my experience is that if they can, the amount is so miniscule as to be unnoticeable.

    If he can straighten some of it and rubber band it into...
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