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    On the front page of the NY Times, no less! If...

    On the front page of the NY Times, no less!

    If you click on this link, you'll get some pictures too and a fun little slide show.
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    I'm cleaning a hive that died a few months ago...

    I'm cleaning a hive that died a few months ago and has been sitting untouched. We have very wet winters and the frames definitely have some green mold on top. As I scraped the bees off the screened...
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    >Hummm....my small cell comb, drawn out in 2000,...

    >Hummm....my small cell comb, drawn out in 2000, is going on 6 years old and should have been replaced at least once by now! That thought makes my tbhs look even better.

    I don't get it. Why don't...
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    Well I just had both my hives die and I've...

    Well I just had both my hives die and I've ordered new packages for the spring. I've been thinking about small cell and now that I'm starting from scratch it seems like a good time to do it. I was...
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    I have 2 kid suits - size 4 and size 7 from...

    I have 2 kid suits - size 4 and size 7 from Beeworks. I've been using them for over two years and they work great. And because they are 2-piece they can be used for a long time - which is why I'm...
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    So Michael, is there anytime that you do clean it...

    So Michael, is there anytime that you do clean it off?

    This is my third season keeping bees and I've already noticed that I can figure out what is going on in a hive much quicker and with much...
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    Thanks again Bullseye. It wasn't quite that bad...

    Thanks again Bullseye. It wasn't quite that bad - I lost 1 hive over the winter, but that was due to a late combine and possible queen loss (I think). I've noticed a robbing frenzy with the last...
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    Thanks Bullseye. I guess that explains the...

    Thanks Bullseye. I guess that explains the robbing. . .

    Can you elaborate more on how much to dilute? I get the concept of more or less depending on what you are using it for, but I'm not sure...
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    Whoa, now I'm confused. When you say "this...

    Whoa, now I'm confused. When you say "this concentrate" are you referring to the recipe that Michael posted? Or are you referring to essential oils?

    I have been using the above recipe straight -...
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    KyBee - "But how did you guys add to your...

    KyBee - "But how did you guys add to your shallows and have the boxes be strong enough to withstand beekeeping?"

    I haven't been using them a year, so I can't speak to longevity, but so far there...
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    When I started 3 years ago, before I found this...

    When I started 3 years ago, before I found this site, I decided to use deeps for brood and shallows for honey. Then an old beekeeper gave me some of his medium (6 5/8) boxes and I decided to switch...
  12. Thread: balanced hives?

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    Thanks Mitch, but I've been giving them mostly...

    Thanks Mitch, but I've been giving them mostly capped brood covered with bees. The first time I did it I was really nervous that I'd see massive fighting break out, but I saw nothing. I've done it...
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    Is it a problem to have really unbalanced hives...

    Is it a problem to have really unbalanced hives next to each other? One hive is 3 boxes full, just added a fourth. The other hive is working on filling their first box - I have been giving them...
  14. Thread: swarm lure

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    Todd - how are you killing your queen? Are you...

    Todd - how are you killing your queen? Are you killing her first then dropping her in alcohol, or just live into the alcohol to kill her?
  15. Thread: Stung by a bee

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    I have a sting kit that includes benedryl and...

    I have a sting kit that includes benedryl and epipens (child and adult) and Apis homeopathic. I have it in a 200C potency and a 30C. If I get multiple stings or a sting in a nasty place, I take the...
  16. Thread: a funky smell?

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    I helped a friend go thru a hive that has been...

    I helped a friend go thru a hive that has been fairly neglected. It was a new package last spring and placed on used equipment. The person careing for it was a new beekeeper and decided on a hands...
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    I helped a friend go thru a hive that has been...

    I helped a friend go thru a hive that has been fairly neglected. It was a new package last spring and placed on used equipment. The person careing for it was a new beekeeper and decided on a hands...
  18. Thread: Pierco to 4.9mm

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    So then do you use 4.9 thruout the hive (even in...

    So then do you use 4.9 thruout the hive (even in the honey supers)? It would seem like you must, since when they regress that is what they draw out, but is that a problem for honey extraction?
  19. Thread: Tunneling Bees

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    It is not really tunneling, but when I checked...

    It is not really tunneling, but when I checked the hives yesterday, they are essentially only using one side of the hive. 6 frames, in each of the 3 boxes are all filled with brood and honey and the...
  20. Thread: swapping hives

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    A nuc fits 4 frames, right? Do you automatically...

    A nuc fits 4 frames, right? Do you automatically feed them then? - or I guess since they only have 1 half frame of brood I could fill the rest with honey. It just seems like they need the...
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    Oh, I forgot - ask a question to 3 beekeepers,...

    Oh, I forgot - ask a question to 3 beekeepers, get 4 different answers! smile.gif

    Thanks for all the input. Not sure what I'm going to do yet - friday is supposed to be really nice again so...
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    We've had a streak of warm sunny weather (low...

    We've had a streak of warm sunny weather (low 70's), so I opened the hives today. One hive is really weak, essentially a grapefruit-sized cluster actually sitting on brood (1/3 of a frame on both...
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    Mowing company. . . . who was the guy who the...

    Mowing company. . . . who was the guy who the secretary claimed came in covered in stings? Wasn't that a city employee?
    That's a big piece of your proof as to who dunnit.
  24. Thread: Combining Hives

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    Will they find the new hive if it is 10 feet...

    Will they find the new hive if it is 10 feet away? And I was planning to do the newspaper combine with the moved hive closed to the outside, should I make an upper entrance then?
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    Is it too late to combine hives? The weather is...

    Is it too late to combine hives? The weather is dropping to highs around 69 F with rain (for the next week).

    And then how do you do it ?- physically that is. The hive I'm placing on top is 2...
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