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  1. Re: New Hive Possibly getting ready to Swarm ?

    I regard it as unlikely that a just started colony given two drawn frames to start with would be considering swarming. Your location says "United States" - a pretty big area - so local conditions...
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    Re: Signs of ccd?

    We are all shooting a bit in the dark here - but what you describe sounds to me like a sub-lethal pesticide poisoning. Most commercial blueberry growers don't use 1 pesticide but instead a variety...
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    Re: Initial Setup Questions...

    The hole should not have been put in the handle, but that is the way it was done for a long time. You'll want to cover the hole with duct tape or something similar before moving that box when there...
  4. Re: Advice/tips on good nectarous plants needed

    Yields of nectar depend in part on what is planted, but to a greater degree on the soil fertility and moisture (you mentioned you intend to irrigate so that shouldn't be a problem.)
    We can recommend...
  5. Re: Got my nuc installed...messy, stuck together frames?

    Putting the 2nd box on at the start is a big mistake. The general advice on here is to wait until 80% of the lower box is in use before; I'm a bit more conservative - I want all the frames to be...
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    Re: Aficanized bees are fake

    And you base your statement on? The title of this thread is "Africanized bees are fake" and then you talk about behavior ascribed to the fake bees. Most studies that I am aware of decry the phrase...
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    Re: Check Mite

    The mites quickly developed resistance to Checkmite in my area. I don't know about yours.

    Checkmite is an Organo-Phosphate insecticide and you ought to have instructions somewhere there for...
  8. Re: Will bees consume honey and then lay eggs in the same cell?

    Yes - but they will empty cells according to their own schedule - In other words that honey may not get eaten until next winter.
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    Re: Organic/treatment free beeks

    I like to read the posts in the Treatment Free section if only to get ideas. As with all ideas that you get off of BeeSource you need to be critical, skeptical and think about regionality.

    I have...
  10. Re: Cleaning Frames from Previous Season?

    I would guess for Manchester that you should be running a double deep for your brood chamber - that means for 3 hives 60 deep frames.

    I'd keep the 2nd deep box off of the hive until the bees need...
  11. Re: Am I really not supposed to open/look in brood nest at all?

    Harley thinks like I do - what I teach is that inspections should always be done for a reason and personal education is certainly a valid reason.

    I have my class coming to my home yard in about...
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    Re: Why Beekeep?

    Hmmm. While I would be delighted to welcome you to beekeeping, I think you need to do some critical studying if the above is your motivation. If you toss out alarmist media reports and look at the...
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    Re: A new beek and new hives need help!

    The bees linked together like you saw is called festooning. They do that when they are in wax drawing mode. It sounds like you are off to a decent start!
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    Re: Very Bad First Experience

    duplicate post
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    Re: Very Bad First Experience

    I'm sorry your first experience wasn't a good one. It does sound like there is another queen in the 2nd package. Queens are seldom marked in packages and if they are it is usually something you...
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    Re: Irrational Response to Hurting a Bee?

    My beekeeping partner when I first started used to say "Thank you for your life, little bee" whenever a bee happened to get killed. I don't go that far but try to remember that bees are stock and...
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    Re: Testing Honey

    While I think beeware10 is over simplifying for you - the take away ought to be that the purity of honey produced in the US is taken for granted. Yes, there have been studies...
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    Re: Testing Honey

    Only true some of the time. Many pesticides (herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, etc.) don't get used at levels that are immediately harmful to bees. It is the accumulation of harmful substances...
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    Re: any tips on doing a cutout

    Talk with the homeowner beforehand about who is going to put things back together. Some people charge big bucks for cutouts and have big insurance policies. A contract might seem like a waste of...
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    Re: which linden tree?

    Tilia americana
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    Re: cutouts- free, or who pays to repair

    This is where contracts are super important.

    I don't do cutouts in large part because I don't like the thought of doing damage to someone's dwelling. I don't have the skills tto patch everything...
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    Re: Removing mold

    The practice advised by our state apiarist w/r/t dead outs if this: If you are certain the colony did not die from a disease, the equipment can be reused. If there are lots of dead bees, they should...
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    Re: When to stop feeding syrup

    My answer is a tad different - get in your hive and look to see what there are for stores. If all of the foundation in your brood chamber is drawn AND there is enough food to last for two weeks of...
  24. Thread: Buckwheat

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    Re: Buckwheat

    Buckwheat is very commonly used as both a green manure and smother crop around here. I plan to plant a bunch on land my pigs "plowed" last year.
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    Re: Who Re-Queens After the Summer Solstice?

    The first poster on this topic sounded to me like they were repeating the mantra "brood break" without understanding it.

    I have no holes to poke in the theory except that at least in my neck of...
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