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  1. Re: Large beehive causing a buzz in Robertson County, KY

    I had one in my hometown about 4 weeks ago. Didn't know it was a big deal. Couldn't get the bees, because of the cold. If I had it 6 weeks earlier I could have forced fed sugar water.
  2. Thread: wax moth comb

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    wax moth comb

    I had comb that had wax moths this year. I placed them in the freezers and have kept them there. Its plastic, do I need to scrape.thecomb or will the bees clean it up if I place it nextnto the brood...
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    Re: First Graft Date

    are they sexually mature or just when you see them?
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    Re: Mouse invader/what to do with honey?

    I wouldn't feed it back to the bees. I realize that there are things the bees pick up that aren't edible IMHO, but if I remember there is a virus that mice carry that is harmful to humans. I would...
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    Re: Management Strategy Impasse

    I made so many splits last year, that provided a natural brood break in the mite cycle, and I removed about 1000 drone larvae to check for mites and didn't see a single one. The cold last year I...
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    Re: Management Strategy Impasse

    your story mimics mine. Last year I had 90% losses- starvation, rob outs, late swarms, yellow jackets, cold and while I cant prove it Im sure I had mites. This year was attempts to replace bees. I...
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    Re: "Sustainability" in the small apiary

    while I don't have a lot of experience with beekeeping, I do have a degree in biology. Genetically, most bees that aren't artificially inseminated are "mutts". Even if they are artificially...
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    Re: No Stores Going into Winter

    The sugar syrup I fed this year the bees dried out tip it was back th sugar solid. While I know they can eat it, but I think they need water to digest it. I'm nervous as winter is getting an early...
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    Re: Ground treatment for small hive beetle

    Its funny. In the summer I saw LOTS of SHB on the bottom board, but did not see any on comb or top bars. I think the bees ran them there and were keeping them there. I need to check how they are...
  10. Re: Raising queens/ is it practical for a hobbyist?

    As far as raising queens. Ive tried grafting, and I get 3-5 queens out of 30 grafts. What I would suggest is take 3 frames, one pollen, one honey, and one brood( most times this is on each frame),...
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    Re: Farming practices on my bees

    I agree with FT above. 2-3 hives allow you to learn. I started with one. "to see if I like it". I figured I could always sell it if I didn't. Currently I have 27, on my way to what I think will be 40
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    Re: Warning on the nests

    This story needs alcohol in you and the words, " Bubba watch this..."
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    Re: Mike Palmer nuc versus 5 or 4 frame nucs

    I talked to MP about this very issue, about a month ago. Why don't you ask him, he posts regularly and has always been helpful on here.
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    Re: Fall Feeding Strategy?

    I realize all beekeeping is local. Ive been feeding for a while. I have been checking all hives on about a 2 week schedule. Last week I lost a swarm/ I do have capped queen cells, and will go...
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    Re: Super Hot Hive

    While hive aggressiveness is somewhat a roll of the dice. You cant be less aggressive than what you currently have. An aggressive hive makes you not even want to suit up and go to the bee yard....
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    Re: Two hives or one to start

    I agree but an extra box for swarms sitting around is good. You can always sell the extra. there is always a market for bees. I would have a nuc sitting around for every hive if you stay below 5...
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    Re: Advice for Package Bees

    You didn't say, but if you are a first year beekeeper. I would recommend you start with a nuc. It takes so much of the worry out. Once you have bees and understand then you can get packages. Biggest...
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    Re: Found Queen Cells

    when a cell is capped most likely they are going to swarm. put the queen in a nuc along with a couple of frames. that will break the swarm impulse. then in a week or so when the other queen has...
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    Re: Strange swarm on 8/28/14

    I had a big swarm on labor day last year. Was as big as a 5 gallon bucket. lost them to the wild. had them in a box twice. Why? don't know but sure they didn't make it with all the cold we had and...
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    Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Ive looked though 3 pages of this Hodge podge ofstuff and it hasn't answered any questions about bee genetics. I want to know what genes male drones into the mix? Do they mix x-y like humans do or...
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    Re: No luck making queens

    I geared upnwanting to graft queens. I learnedly a lot. One you need lots of bees in cell builder. Second bees build.queen cellsin addition to yours, they think they know more about it( I don't care...
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    Re: Customer concern

    Its not how you handle the routine that makes your business, its how you handle the difficulties. That said some people do like to intimidate others, know more than you, and cause 90% of your...
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    Re: Open Feeding What Happened?

    This year ive been making bees to replace last years losses. The issue with me is that there is no nectar, capped honey, or uncapped liquid. I need them to also draw comb. It hasn't rained in over 2...
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    Re: Raising vs. Buying a queen?

    I agree. However. I'm also learning that you can pick a queen with the qualities you want, but you aren't necessarily guarenteed that the daughter will exhibit the same or if she is a good queen you...
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    Re: Anyone seen large queen losses/supercedures

    I bought 10 packages this spring. 8 have been superceded. 2 of them I pulled when the queen. Ell was capped. The nucs they were in has struggled, so the bees knew something. The 2 survivor hives...
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