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  1. Re: OK Charlie, Fire Away...Old Man Funky Beekeeping At Its Best

    Luvlee Betty, I am a problem solver!😎😈. Truly i have done lots of things worse than rig up a feeder, & if it works... an inner cover for Warre hives works just as good in there as in a Lang. Jar...
  2. Re: OK Charlie, Fire Away...Old Man Funky Beekeeping At Its Best

    The inner cover design for Langstroth hives works well fitted to Warre hives. I make them for new swarm lure setups. Just put a box over it. I build a feeder into the quilt. Its a highly modified...
  3. Re: OSB Cover for Swarm Traps Gets Well Propolized

    When i clean up gear the propolis ,dirty old wax chunks, bits of pollen laden comb, any thing that will come out of there,,, is formed into a crude log. Warm it with a small torch flame and make some...
  4. Re: How far can I move my bees without disturbing them?

    When i had to move more than 8 or 10 feet I'd see a pile of confused foragers where the hive was. My buddy told me to put a large cardboard square at the original hive place. Then just dump them on...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    This area has a very dry spring, winter and fall. Around 4th of july we have a real Monsoon season until around Sept 1st. Really. Otherwise this is high desert/plains. Late rain late buildup and...
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    Re: Yellow Jackets & Onslaught

    They were so bad one year I screened my hives, for 2 days. I made a feeder, and used a pesticide Y J's would eat, non repellent, to make syrup. After 2 full days letting them eat all they could the...
  7. Re: ? - Developing Warre comb in advance using Langstroth hives

    @ Bernhard, regarding fearless beekeeping. Local bees here usually carry some AHB. genetics. As most of my bees are wild caught, occasionally a colony will make you Very afraid, without the beesuit....
  8. Re: How does one selectively "exterminate" mean guard bees with soapy water?

    A small split from your most gentle hive will make queen cells as long as you keep giving it fresh brood and removing nice ripe queencells. If you keep up on it it can be your own personall queen...
  9. Re: Treatment Free Successes and Failures in a Cold Climate Zone

    Most low level mite treatments are twice a year. I have had good results with essential oil in spring. It delays mite reproduction. But I will be getting out the strips in fall. Or earlier if...
  10. Re: Strange Hexagonal Aliens in our beehive cells. What could they be?

    EFB can melt the larva. It will be like stringy snot. If it is humid it may not dry. AFB will make thicker goo ,more "ropy". Both smell, hence the name. A tooth pick or grass stem is a good probe....
  11. Re: Had alergeric reaction, how concerned should I be?

    If you wear the thick winter sox, that look like terry cloth inside, the bees don't sting thru it. Pull over your pants leg, THEN put on your bee suit. 2 layers always, no shorts. This works on...
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    Re: Swarm, rain, swarm, rain, on and on

    I have had swarmy hives that were extreme. They make so many eggs you can make Lots of 3 frame splits. And thats a good way to cope with it. Once they get going some will make 6 swarms apiece and put...
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    Re: Andro poisoning?

    I use Amdro for ants because of 1 reason only: it has an extremely low effect on bees. It will not kill a colony. They don't eat it.And has a high effect on ants. Some others are the opposite if used...
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    Re: Swarm commander: Does It Really Work?

    I did lots of research on what esters and fatty acids are in Nasonov. The reason lemongrass oil works is that it contains the same essence as Nasonov. The synthetics online are made from blended...
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    Re: Police made me move my hives..

    Relax, thats just a snarky joke. And a waste of good lure.
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    Re: Police made me move my hives..

    If you know who turned you in, you could sling Lemongrass oil or some other good swarm lure under their car fenders and house eaves.
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    Re: Hive Not Opened for 10 Years!

    @ Phoebee, I agree, they are not likely africanised , but will retain little or no genetic of the original bees. I meant to refer to how rapidly they crossbreed into wild bees. Here in AZ, it is 80%...
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    Re: Police made me move my hives..

    People that are always harping on "Rules You Broke", would stay in a job they hated for 30 years just to become the person who tells others what to do. And they are miserable people inside too....
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    Re: Hive Not Opened for 10 Years!

    I would be sure that the bees inside are no longer any more than distantly related to what was put in 10 yrs ago. With yearly swarms and the lifespan of a queen, they have bred with wild bees and...
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    Re: Shaking Laying Worker "Horror" Story

    Just for fun... look on the internet for the research on Apis Mellifera Capensis. Native to the Cape of Good Hope region of South Africa.This sub species has the ability to produce a queen from a...
  21. Re: The magical swarm trap! - and Swarm Commander!

    Its great to catch your first one! I have been swarm catching 7 years now & I still do the happy dance. Putting out 5 more boxes tmmrw. Old lure boxes catch much better. Smear the new insides with...
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    Re: Bees are definitely africanized!

    I have had good results by killing the queen and grafting a queencell in 24 hrs later. But, you need a good queencell. They just adopt the cell. They kill her less. Split them a lot if you have...
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    Re: Why do people have top bar hives?

    I used top bar hives because I could easily make them. I tried TTBH in "long Lang" and topbar. 2 KTBH, which were given away after 2 seasons. Warre hives, mostly topbar, but made frames for one. I...
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    Re: Letting bees eat honey and not HFCS

    Regarding the discussion of comb building in topbar hives, my experience has been that it's pretty equal. Queens lay better in, and prefer new comb. One good technique is to install a certain amount...
  25. Re: This works PERFECTLY for me so I want to share it!!!

    Here's a casual thought: if you can remove beetles w the earwax remover, could you also get the beetles to eat earwax? That is, assuming the device works poorly on ears. You'ld have a backup ear...
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