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    Re: CCD and Urban Beekeepers

    here's some research suggesting use of neonics on corn result in it being in HFCS whick lots of folks use for feed...
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    imidacloprid and CCD

    new research on the nice stuff we put on our crops
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    Re: temperory obsevation hive

    I wouldn't do it this time of year in NC
    you need to wait till spring
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    Re: Royal Empress Tree

    there was some discussion here a while back and apparently they are actually very valuable as timber, something like balsa but stronger.
    plus the bees like them

    Dave
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    Re: Flow seems on but no comb being drawn

    I looked up at the tulip poplars with some binos yesterday and a few of the buds are open
    let the games begin:thumbsup:

    Dave
  6. Re: Bees clustered in top after rainy day install

    do what J&J said
    that weather is ok, just feed them till it gets better
    a bunch of natural comb in that empty box will be a mess to clean up

    Dave
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    Re: Farm animals in pen nearby?

    if they're in a pen it's no problem
    the problem comes when they can get near the hives
    livestock tend to want to scratch up against the boxes which doesn't make the bees too happy, nor the...
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    Re: Amazed at how much pollen they drop

    the type of mouse guard I used that year is exactly the same mechanism a pollen trap uses to strip pollen off their legs
    I've stopped using mouse guards at all, I think our winters are mild enough...
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    Re: First sting of the year . . . OUCH!!!

    we need pictures:D
    how else will the newbies learn what not to do?
    to be honest, I opened a cover today and got a couple on my fingers
    they hurt!

    Dave
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    Re: Amazed at how much pollen they drop

    now these are pictures of an unintentional pollen trap but I think they're interesting anyway
    the bees didn't seem interested in picking up what they dropped
    the screen is a mouse guard
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  11. Re: Side-By-Side Split Questions? Is this correct?

    if all you want is a split then yes, your approach is fine
    try to split the resources equally
    make sure you know which box has the queen
    put purchased queen in other box
    good to go

    where you...
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    Re: Small Cell Queens

    no problem at all

    Dave
  13. Re: Side-By-Side Split Questions? Is this correct?

    I think if I were in your shoes I'd just manage the bees to try to prevent swarming through April and harvest a little honey.
    then, when there is some flow left and queens are easier to obtain, do...
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    Re: Foundationless Beekeeping

    personally, I'd let them draw some of the PF-120's first, then insert the foundationless frames in between them.
    fill the box with the plastic frames
    once they draw half of them, pull out an...
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    Re: switching to plastic foundation

    the black frames make it easier to see eggs in the cells(dark background)
    I'm not aware of any advantage to using the lighter colored ones

    Dave
  16. Re: How Warm Does It Have to Be to Start Feed Sugar Syrup?

    I open feed with a bucket of syrup in the backyard
    if nights are cold I'll bring it in so it stays warm and set it back out in the morning, One of the advantages of just a few hives in the...
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    Re: Bees waiting to die outside hive

    you answered your own question
    they're waiting to die
    sad...but they got the colony through the winter

    Dave
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    Re: Trimming the end bars on PF120 frames

    Joseph

    I've used a bandsaw to cut a lot of PF-120's up and take the foundation out and put it into wooden frames (I like them better) The bandsaw works great. It helps a lot to have a slower...
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    Re: Going Treatment free questions

    the next time you go through the hives take a marker and put a skull and crossbones on each frame:doh:
    then start rotating new frames in, trash the old ones
    don't use the old frames for any purpose...
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    Re: feeding dry sugar

    purebred mutts:)

    Dave
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    Re: feeding dry sugar

    PK

    they/re Megabee pre-made patties
    maybe I can get them closer to brood this weekend

    Dave
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    Re: feeding dry sugar

    Mark

    It's been on about a week and they aren't too interested
    They've nibbled it some but not much, the Maples are blooming here but the weather has been too lousy for much foraging.
    Gonna be 60...
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    feeding dry sugar

    not that anybody really cares but I've posted a kind lousy video of my bees eating dry sugar in the past and I made a little better one

    http://vimeo.com/9880452

    spring is about to bust loose...
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    Re: What is the best Bee Suit to buy?

    here

    http://www.honeymoonapiaries.com/suit/suit.htm

    Dave
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    Re: What is the best Bee Suit to buy?

    "I've never owned a bee suit"

    re-queening that hot hive must be quite an adventure:)

    Dave
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