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    Not trying to highjack the post, but this was a...

    Not trying to highjack the post, but this was a very interesting thread to read as a relatively new beekeeper. The video helped in understanding what you are talking about.

    One question please,...
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    I'm in PA, very different region of the country,...

    I'm in PA, very different region of the country, but I always see piles of dead bees in winter. When the weather is warmish, as it was this weekend with daytime temp around 50, I will tilt the hives...
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    It's required in PA. In fact I had my first visit...

    It's required in PA. In fact I had my first visit from the inspector this year (been registered for 3 years). He was quite helpful, although he suggested that I destroy my one hot hive when it turned...
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    Does a mouse guard ever really have to be...

    Does a mouse guard ever really have to be removed?

    The reason I ask, this past spring I had trouble with skunks. :mad: I trapped/removed one, but kept smelling them. Someone suggested a mouse...
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    follow-up

    I'm too new at this to add to the wisdom already espoused, but I do have a follow-up question. Does the size of the colony play into this decision, or should all hives in a beeyard be winterized the...
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    Skunks with headaches

    Indiana, did your skunk have a headache?:rolleyes:

    Seriously, I'm sure you were referring to some kind of deterrent, but I've never heard of it. What does the aspirin in the egg do?

    Russ
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    Follow-up

    Thank you all for your replies. I certainly don't plan to give up beekeeping. I know I can always cover up and avoid the stings. I just feel cowardly compared to those guys on the videos (youtube)...
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    Bee Sting Envy

    I've seen where many old time beekeepers say that stings don't bother them anymore. I don't know whether that is just a developed toughness, or whether it is physiological. I know it hasn't worked...
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    Join the club.

    I recently experienced the same thing. Wrote a thread here 3 weeks ago. It turned out to be a skunk bothering my hive. What they say is sooo true.

    My hive went from calm and gentle, to nuclear...
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    Guess I'll just plan to inspect them on Sunday,...

    Guess I'll just plan to inspect them on Sunday, if the weather holds, and see how they react. Full protection, of course.
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    Bee TYPES

    I'm no expert, but I read recently that all bees sold in the US should be considered a "type" rather than a "strain" due to the nature of bee importation, the number of feral hives, and the often...
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    PS. I should have asked. This is the first skunk...

    PS. I should have asked. This is the first skunk that has bothered my bees. Since you have been trapping them since 1993, I'll assume that your bees have been attacked numerous times. Your bees don't...
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    Well, it means exactly what it said. I came out...

    Well, it means exactly what it said. I came out Monday Morning and smelled a very strong odor of skunk from my kitchen door. I walked out past my shop and observed the door of the trap closed. I...
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    Thanks KC. I honestly don't know if I had only...

    Thanks KC.

    I honestly don't know if I had only one, or if there are more. I caught one in a live trap right in front of the hive, and the bees had finished him off by morning. I reset the trap,...
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    How long to recover from skunk?

    One of my hives was getting visited by a skunk last week. I caught and removed the skunk Sunday night.

    I knew I had a problem because the bees got VERY hot almost overnight. Four days from mild...
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    I read this one in a book, and have used it ever...

    I read this one in a book, and have used it ever since. Remove end frame, as has been discussed, then each frame removed gets put in the spot that was occupied by the previous frame. When putting...
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    Hot Hive

    I am a small hobby beekeeper with 3 years "experience" and 2 hives. Both hives sit together along the woods beside my shop. Both were re-packaged this spring with italian queens. I visited them last...
  18. I'm only in my third season as a beekeeper, so...

    I'm only in my third season as a beekeeper, so for what its worth...

    In PA all hives are supposed to be registered. The fee is nominal. It's supposed to be for disease prevention. It should have...
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    I only have 2 hives, so I didn't want to specd...

    I only have 2 hives, so I didn't want to specd hundreds on an extractor. On the other hand I didn't want to continue to ruin the comb.

    I looked at a lot of plans for extractors, then did my own...
  20. Ron, You could take this as an opportunity to...

    Ron,

    You could take this as an opportunity to read up on organic gardening. I've been gardening without chemical pesticides or herbicides for seven years now. (well I'm not a purist, I do spot...
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    Hi, i'm new here, but as a country boy/farmer my...

    Hi, i'm new here, but as a country boy/farmer my whole life I agree with the first two responses. But i'd add that depending on where your hives are located this could be the scat of any large...
  22. I am a relatively new hobby beekeeper. This is my...

    I am a relatively new hobby beekeeper. This is my first post on this forum. Just found you guys a week ago. Great site, BTW.

    I just wanted to chime in here since I have an environmental science...
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