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    Re: Cost of Feeding Sugar Syrup

    TerriB, why are you feeding them this time of year? Are you doing so to get them to draw comb or are you afraid they need it to survive?
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    Re: Rocks in the hive?

    Somebody punking you?
  3. Thread: Kelleys

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    Re: Kelleys

    Obviously, from my experience and others, and based on what Kelley is saying on the phone when you call them, they are behind on woodenware. My orders have been for frames and foundation. Frames...
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    Re: Cost of Feeding Sugar Syrup

    Are you trying to feed them up to winter weight already?

    If they started as nucs and they are now in 2 deeps, have they drawn and filled out all of the frames in the 2 deeps?

    Typically, you...
  5. Re: Ooops, I cant be the first one to do this...

    You can always just cut them down and make shallow supers. Or cut the long boards down to make end boards and scrap the rest.
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    Re: Are You In The Closet?

    I always use a screen name. I have met people on forums face to face and have always had nice results. But there are trolls that will pick at you and try to find out personal info. I have always...
  7. Thread: Kelleys

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    Re: Kelleys

    They have offered free shipping on orders over $200 this year and I have taken advantage of it. I never could justify shipping wood boards from 2 states away, but now it is free, I can save some...
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    Re: Raising vs. Buying a queen?

    My theory of thought is that if you raise your own, you have better control of what goes in and out of your hives. You buy a queen from another state, she could be carrying problems like varroa...
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    Re: Fever following multiple stings

    It is not a fever due to an infection, it is a temperature elevation due to the release of histamines that react to the poison. Kind of the same thing, but not really. It is a foreign invasion to...
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    Re: Fever following multiple stings

    Fever is just one of the ways a body reacts to the poison. Localized reactions to a sting creates a raised temp in the area of the sting in reaction to the poison. When enough of the poison enters...
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    Re: My bees HATE platic frames and foundation!

    Bees will do what they want to do. I run all plastic, Pierco and Permadent. I started first year with all plastic frames and foundation built together. Those are the ones that are the easiest to...
  12. Re: best way to add nuc/queen to bigger hive

    Newspaper combine has worked well for me in similar sized colonies with almost equal numbers of bees. Try not to make many holes in the paper when you combine. The upper hive will chew thru quick...
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    Re: Building Your Own Hives....

    Lumber mills are great, I bought alot of Eastern Red Cedar for the hives I keep out in the open. It dries quickly and looks great with a sealer coat of deck stain. Lightweight and durable, bandsaw...
  14. Re: I asked my wife to take notes while making splits

    I handed mine the camera the first time I worked my bees and told her to take pics. When I was done, I checked the camera and no pics. At that point in time she stated that she "thought" she was...
  15. Re: Can I trust large scale commercial bee keepers?

    I was scarred for life as a little kid watching my Grandpa work the bees. Mom said I would not eat the honey when I was young because it was walked on by alot of bugs with dirty feet.
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    Re: Pierco vs. Acorn

    I tried the Pierco and even with smearing alot of extra wax on it, the bees will not draw it until they have too. I switched to Permadent this year and it seems to be working alot better. It has a...
  17. Re: Can I trust large scale commercial bee keepers?

    No matter what the honey comes from, the process that makes it is really only bee puke. They collect and injest it, carry it around in the stomach and process it, then regurgitate it, stand around...
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    Re: Brushy Mountain

    Due to volume of business this year, Walter Kelley has been behind on wood work for the last few months. I have placed 2 orders from them and it takes about 2 weeks for shipment of 300 miles. Calm...
  19. Re: Can I trust large scale commercial bee keepers?

    Why don't you go to a farmers market and find some small scale local honey?

    I really can't think of any farming operation that is open to the public due to the liability of letting someone wander...
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    Re: Checking hives without gloves?

    Nitrile gloves. Keeps the propolis off the hands and bees from licking the sweat.
  21. Re: Has anyone noticed their bee stings hurting more around this time of the year?

    Why do you even risk one sting? Is it a badge of courage?

    Put on a jacket and veil, nitrile gloves, tuck your jeans in your boots and count the months you can go till you have a sting. It is not...
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    Re: What is your oldest piece of equipment?

    I have some of my Grandpa's old equipment. He stopped keeping bees in the 70's. I have his veil, and entrance guard/queen guard, foundationless frames, honey supers for box/comb honey, bass wood...
  23. Re: Could bumblees be a "nectar indicator species" for plants honeybees will like?

    I have noticed more bumblebees since I have started keeping bees. I am thinking I am just more aware now.
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    Re: What's the best Material for Lids?

    2 pieces of 1x8 pine, wrapped in aluminum flashing, bordered with 1x3 western cedar.

    Or I make some nice garden tops out of 1x10 and 1x4 red cedar. The garden tops are heavy enough to stay on...
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    Re: False Swarm Calls.

    Thankfully, there has been lots of publicity about bees in the past few years. Homeowners and PCO's don't want to kill them outright. They seem to want another solution. At least that is what I...
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