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  1. Re: The "Branch" method of harvesting honey

    Michael, you're right, it is a decisive flick, not a slow brush. I think they hate being rolled. I run foundationless now, probably why shaking them off doesn't work for me, I am too hesitant,...
  2. The "Branch" method of harvesting honey

    I would like to tell my method of harvesting honey for those that may be interested. Not practical for large operations, but works for me. I place a empty super with lid next to the hive. Smoke...
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    Re: new queen and ants

    Being new to beekeeping can be a tough learning curve, I suggest watching you-tube videos if you don't have a experienced beek in the area to help you out. There are a bunch of videos and podcasts...
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    Re: new queen and ants

    When starting a nuc, you move frames WITH the bees on the frames. Your ant problem was probably aggravated by no adult bees to defend the hive. If you do not have significant hatched bees in the...
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    Re: new queen and ants

    Also, if you are having ant issues, put cinnamon around the base or legs of the hive to repel them.

    JC
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    Re: new queen and ants

    A few questions - did you transfer the attached bees with the frames of brood? If you did and are worried about the bees and the new queen absconding, you should put in a frame of open brood also to...
  7. Re: Stung below the eye - Should I be worried?

    Also the flesh is delicate there, if it puffs up a lot, it may bruise somewhat when the swelling goes down, so really be prepared for the looks. I don't forsee any vision problems though, I had...
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    Dearth Midwest Questions

    In the midwest, is yellow and white sweet clover the last big nectar source before the dearth? I have some BeeBee trees that I started from seeds that I am putting in as a long term plan for some...
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    Re: bees flying into a light??

    I have a friend who has a hive that works the clover in their pasture at night during a full moon. Trying to figure out how to get some queens from them, my friend is two states away.

    JC
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    Re: Bee sting me under the veil

    If all else fails, duct tape your weak spots.

    JC
  11. Re: Benefits and Drawbacks to a Community Feeder?

    Expense - feeding other bees, and robbing if too close to existing hives.

    JC
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    Re: What kind of brood disease is this?

    I'm sure others will chime in here, but I wouldn't assume pesticide could not cause this. If the capped brood is exposed (and they have to breathe thru the caps, so they wouldn't be 100% protected)...
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    Re: Removing queen cells from plastic

    Has anyone tried making small push in cages to go over the swarm cells on the comb and then collecting the new virgin after she hatches?

    JC
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    Re: Cut out questions

    Agreed, do not use the honey or leave it out where other bees can get at it. Future advice - MANY people will hide the fact that they have sprayed the bees. I know you want to save them, but,...
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    Re: Swing Bucket Extraction?

    Well, it certainly sounds exciting. But if you are not in a hurry, you can uncap the frame using a long bread knife and place it over a large bowl and it will drain. Takes a number of hours, but...
  16. Re: Spraying "tempo" around house foundation

    Whether or not you spray will have to be your call, but I will say that if you do, change the nozzle setting on your sprayer setting to a thin stream rather that a spray. Treat as little as possible...
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    Re: Locust trees

    Some Honey Locust don't have the thorns. It is a variety that is commonly grown as an ornamental shade tree. The scientific name for the original thorny Honey Locust is Gleditsia tricanthos. The...
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    Re: Sticky Board for Solid Bottom Boards?

    I am afraid I do not have the info you are looking for. However, if you end up not finding it, I have found that if you take a thin sheet of plastic (ridgid or semi-ridgid) coat it with a thin layer...
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    Re: Black Locust/ Linden Tree honeyflow

    Nothing here in mid Iowa yet either. My colonies got hit hard this winter, I have been feeding my remaining colonies to build them up, and they are getting pretty strong now. I am planning to pull...
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    Re: Birds and bees

    The 22 solution, legal or not, works great until the next bird comes along, then you have to reach for the 22 again. If a plastic owl full of sand sitting on the top of hive instead of a brick works...
  21. Re: Shipping company employee sprays packed bees

    That's what I was thinking - "There are bees on the OUTSIDE! I will just spray them a little bit... that should be all right...." Makes me thankful for my local post office, where they are...
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    Re: Little home for bees

    A friend had an old colony in a well pump housing. About the same size. This was near Cleveland, Ohio. I think the only way they made it through the winters, was that the water moving through the...
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    Re: what to do with extra comb/frames

    Anybody that can chime in here on the proper storage of drawn frames? Maybe he can have the option of keeping them until he has enough bees to sell nucs? Or is it just problematical to keep drawn...
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    Re: Queen Cell Size

    There would be no way that I would pinch a queen just because she is small, I was mainly just curious.

    JC
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    Re: Queen Cell Size

    I was wondering, because I have a few queens that came from big, fat cells, and yet they are dinks. I am waiting to see their performance level.

    JC
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