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    Re: Hive check - do I need to do anything?

    "Queen" cells aren't necessarily "swarm" cells. If you see a large number of 'em, that might be a warning of overcrowded conditions, but if I look around inside any of my hives, I'm probably gonna...
  2. Thread: Paint help.

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    Re: Paint help.

    Using hTBH hives in my case, with "found" wood, I simply painted them with Thompson's Water-Seal on the outside (only ...) and, that was that. When one of the (plywood ...) covers started to buckle...
  3. Thread: Ball of bees

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    Re: Ball of bees

    It's most likely a normal phenomenon known as "bearding."
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    Re: My Start to Beekeeping

    I, too, never thought about rigging up a frame of PVC pipe as an "extra set of hands."
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    Re: question on tbh entrances?

    I'm sure that this answer is a religious one. ;) (i.e. it doesn't matter to the bees, but every human has his/her own opinion.)

    I simply drilled three wine-cork-sized holes a few inches up from...
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    Re: Top bar hive entrances

    Given a gap in the bars, e.g. by one that's not quite pressed-down firmly, I've noticed that they happily use both this new-found egress and the holes.
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    Re: HELP! Package install bearding!

    My goodness, are there any bees inside the hive? Could there be something really-offensive inside that box that's driving them out? I'd open the box right away and look inside.
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    Re: Let Alone Beekeeping - Not!

    The only time I ever had trouble with wax-moths was the year (back when I was using Lang hives ...) that I "helpfully" tried to give the bees "lots of room" and then "lots of sugar" so that they...
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    Re: For thr Folks who don't wear gloves.

    Disposable plastic gloves that come twenty to a box are a wonderful thing for handling sticky-stuff of any sort. Pop a rubber-band on if you're worried about getting bees in your bonnet.
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    Re: Washing Gloves

    Buy new ones.
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    Re: wax moth damage

    Whereas when combs have been visited by moths, I make candles from them, or toss them into the next convenient bonfire. I don't particularly feel the need to preserve them; I'd rather they and the...
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    Re: No Veil Demos are Bad for Recruiting.

    I personally always wear a veil and gloves, even if otherwise I'm wearing shorts and a T-shirt, because there are two places that I do not wish to be stung: my head, and my hands.

    I know that...
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    Re: Inspecting without smoker

    We ordinarily do not use smoke ... a spray-bottle of water with peppermint oil is ordinarily just fine ... but ... to attempt to work with stinging insects without proper protection for one's hands...
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    Re: Inspecting without smoker

    Bees will commonly "body-slam" you, especially in the general direction of your face, because thisis a very effective defensive move that does not require them to actually sting you therefore die. I...
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    Re: Question about brood area in hive

    Check carefully at one end of the hive or the other. In one of our hives the hive started building on one end, and AFAIK the brood nest is still there. Sometimes it migrates to the center. You...
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    Re: Watering Bees during Extreme Dry Weather

    Chicken waterers with round river-stones (used for landscaping) in the trough for the bees to sit on. Very popular.

    Always make it easy for your bees to get plain water.
  17. Re: buddy has suburban hive next to bathroom sliding glass door

    Of course, this also means that they are observing you ... :applause:
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    Re: What Have You Learned This Season?

    :pinch: yuck... the very thought of that... :pk:
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    Re: Boiled linseed oil

    We use linseed oil in certain historical restorations, and indeed it isn't really suited for outdoor use. Modern formulations do include a lot of chemicals in an attempt to stabilize the mixture. I...
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    Re: Question about brood area in hive

    The brood area of a hive is a three-dimensional area that tends to be in the center of the hive space. It can also be anchored at one end. In any case, when the hive is storing-away bars of "pure...
  21. Re: Brushing bees from frames, without repercussions

    Look ... these are stinging insects by nature. You can't change that.

    Take your bee brush and, smoothly and gently but pointedly, sweep them off the surface that you need to clean. Obviously,...
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    Re: Boiled linseed oil

    Shrug...

    Thompson's Water Seal. Applied only to the outside. (Although I'm beginning to wonder if it might not be an all-right idea to apply it to the bars of my hTBH, since the bars obviously...
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    Re: What to do with all of this nectar?

    Umm, I hate to be the bearer of obvious bad-news but...

    When you (surely...) noticed that the bees were "taking up" all that sugar water that you have so generously been feeding them,...
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    Re: Hives in full sun

    I've always had hives in some kind of shade, with good results. Right now we have all hTBH's and they are sitting under a grove of hardwood trees in the middle of a pasture. They have very easy...
  25. Re: Prerequisite for posting in the Beekeeping 101 Forum

    Like every other forum on the Internet, simply try to make your questions and comments count. That is to say, "understandable, and answerable." We're all here to help each other in the common...
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