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    Re: Pollen patties/brood builder ?

    DC Honeybees TV 1-22-11 Pollen Substitute Patties
    in reference to Michael Bush, the sage of all things beekeeping, I show how I make pollen patties...with the promise that I will halt feeding once...
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    Re: White eyed drone picture . . .

    I saw one in my hive, but didnt have a camera handy. Spooky, really! Lol
  3. Re: Lots of bees in super, how come they're not drawing comb?

    I just did some checker boarding today in 3 hives that were not doing a thing also.
  4. Re: bee sting she really got me good this time...

    My fingers swell a little, turn red, itch, radiate heat, feel numb and finally peel. Though the peeling might be from me unconsciously rubbing them. The back of my knees swells. Last year, entering...
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    Re: What is your bees' favorite flower?

    I had them all over burning bush for over a week! It almost sounded like a hive over smoked! And then everything else mentioned - and heather in winter/early spring and hostas in summer. I also think...
  6. Moldy wax cappings - usable or trash?

    I put all my capping, unrinsed, in a 5 gallon bucket (after a couple weeks in deep freeze) - I was going to set it out in spring as a honey feed. Somehow they got fruit flies, strange, as they were...
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    Re: Robbing - leave screen on? How long?

    As long as the hive bees can figure out how to come and go, I'd leave it on. I really like them. I still have mine on. I will leave them on thru winter to keep mice out.
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    Re: Honey bees in tree trunk

    If you get it upright, the cells are in their natural position. They won't be able to properly use sideway facing cells, nectar will drip out... Do you think you could wrap the trunk in 1/4" wire to...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Obese-Wan, if it's not normal for bees to swarm this time of year in your area, you should get in that hive to see if some critter drove them out. That's awful. I feel for you.
  10. Thread: wax moths

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    Re: wax moths

    Yes, do not burn your equipment! You can remove the wax & foundation from your frame and either freeze them about 24-48 hours or use a heat gun and heat around the inside edges/grooves of the frame...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    I had a swarm come to me! It moved into an empty hive on my stand. It's rather late in the year, but what the heck, new tenants welcome. Her coloring looks like she came from my swarmed bees this...
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    Re: wax moths

    It's awful. I feel for you, as I lost one earlier this year too. :(
  13. Re: Nuc with tons of brood; big hives = none.

    So I shouldn't be too anxious that my newly released queen (7-18) might not be laying because...poor mating, big hive, wrong time, draught, too early from mating flight...

    I thought of taking her...
  14. Re: Smoking out the hive to find the existing queen prior to re-queening

    I read someone's way of catching her is to remove the outer 2 frames (checking for her, as I have found her there before, but usually not likely). Then check them one at a time, but as you put them...
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    Re: Brown leftovers from solar wax melt.

    I did the paper towel thing and used a clump, including the cocoons, and used it to start a fire in the burn pit. I suggest trying it out in a larger area than your smoker. It really was remarkable...
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    Re: High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) feed

    Currently, and again early spring. They like sugar water 1:1, but as long as I have paid for the HFCS, I want to use it up before going and buying more stuff.
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    Re: High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) feed

    I can't get my bees interested in HFCS mixed with small amount of water and a little essential oils. I've tried baggies and jar feeders. Any recommendations?
  18. Re: How often to do a Sugar Drop to impact mite reproductive cycle?

    Ddawg,
    I've used ps dusting each Wednesday for the last 3 weeks. I did notice that there are less mites on the boards, but not completely gone. Two hives have replaced their queen and that break in...
  19. Re: Un-capped immature pupas - What's wrong??

    I'd also like to know as I have the same thing. My guess, for my hives, is a high mite count and they are cleaning house to get rid of the effected bees. I've been doing powder sugar dustings and two...
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    those nasty ants

    ...got into my nucs. I had checked to see if the queens were released and laying (1 week). Here I am 2 weeks later (waited another week) and barely any sealed brood. These red colored ants (not fire...
  21. Re: Low Price (cheap) camera for the beeyard etc..

    Nice pics deknow!! I use a Sony DSC-N2. I like it, but would also like to have something better (macro-like deknow- and video quality). However, when I come in and clean it off from that sticky...
  22. Re: Keeping queens alive for a a couple days ?

    I bought some at Kelley's on a Wednesday, got home on Friday. I made the nucs in the evening (sat about an hour while I did this and that) and added the queen cages. I tried to wait a week, but made...
  23. Re: Newspaper Combine - Nuc to 10 Frame - help?

    That is my dilemma too. I have a nuc with a newly released queen. She is laying. The same day, July 1, I made a nuc and the QC never hatched. Then there was robbing, so I closed it up and put on a...
  24. Re: Need opinions on the Honey Super Cell frames

    gmcharlie - my understanding is it is used to regress bees. I'm not sure I thought about using it all the time...
  25. Re: Queens - will the hive always make a new one

    Yep, I have a hive that build a supercedure cell, so I took the queen out (6/15). The nuc balled the queen, so I moved that QC frame to nuc (6/22) so I could try my hand at grafting. On 6/22 none...
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