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  1. Re: Getting bees NEXT spring - how to become sustainable?

    SalsaMom, I wish I had started with three hives. Having resources to spare and share can be key to success, as well as having more opportunities to study and learn as a bee-ginner from more colonies....
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    Re: Screen Shrubs for Virginia

    A second suggestion of Viburnum - pollinator friendly, dense screen, many are fast growing, some evergreen. Look for varieties resistant to Viburnum beetle. The folks below have an astonishing...
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    Re: Distance of hives to horses

    I have kept hives just fine for years in my pasture with several horses, but they are sited out of traffic and roped off with electric tape. The horses graze very near routinely. That said, I would...
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    Re: Entice bees to fill bottom box?

    Are you using screened bottom boards? My bees did not use the bottom boxes until I switched to solids / kept boards inserted on SBBs after reading on Beesource about similar observations by others.
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    Re: Something went very wrong, very fast ...

    estreya, you recently posted a thread about your bees bearding very heavily in the extreme heat. Might the sugar dusting have disrupted their ability to fan and ventilate the hive? Just speculating…
  6. Re: Is this TBH too small for backyard? Realistic to have just 1-2 hives?

    Keeping a just one or two hives can be challenging depending upon your skills and luck. It's not like having a couple of cows or goats. Hives are very dynamic. You can go from dealing with swarming...
  7. Re: Upset neighbors. Must part with or move my hives.

    I see this as a great excuse to drop by and get to know all the neighbors on your street and create some goodwill. Be concerned and a good listener: get their comments first-hand rather than taking...
  8. Re: Phrases I just wouldn't have expected to say till I started beekeeping

    New verbs: Bearding, but not on a face; washboarding, but not with dirty laundry; festooning, but not with party decor.
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    Re: Are carpenter ants a nuisance or big trouble?

    I don't know if it is practical for the location or number of your hives, but a sprinkle of a good quality cinnamon spice on the inner cover (hole covered so bees can't access) and around the hive...
  10. Thread: Crackling noise

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    Re: Crackling noise

    I heard a cracking noise coming from a new nuc earlier this year. Not sure if it was the same as your noise, but curious. I though perhaps another type of insect was trapped and trying to escape. The...
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    Re: queen Anne's lace

    I see them working it heavily during drought in Indiana but not otherwise.
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    Re: Beehive extremely weak, please help!!!

    I don't understand about your having not a single frame drawn out. When was this ever a viable hive and what happened to your comb?

    Are you sure you saw two queens and not two drones?

    Ants are...
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    Re: Want to keep bees BUT for scheduling

    I'd be proactive about potential problems like ants and skunks and to my extreme dismay, vandalism. I followed the beginner's advice to start with two hives and found that two was not enough. Wish I...
  14. Re: great new Opportunity need advice on capitalization?

    Pollinator Partnership https://pollinator.org/index.html may be of interest to the OP.

    They have a farming and ranching section, with extensive references, best practices, specific farmers and...
  15. Thread: queenless hive

    by ginkgo
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    Re: queenless hive

    I put a lot of effort into trying to save a colony that came through winter queenless. Like yours, they went at least 4 months before going laying worker. It's hard to give up on what was a big...
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    Re: Okay to shake bees off frame with eggs?

    Thanks. I moved a frame today from one hive to another that I was 100% confident had a nice fist-sized patch of eggs on one side. I gently shook off / brushed off the bees to make sure I didn't...
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    Okay to shake bees off frame with eggs?

    Can eggs in cells withstand a few very gentle shakes of the frame? Are eggs anchored to the bottom of the cell in some way? Thanks.
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    Re: Angry landowners

    Since your intentions were good, hopefully communication will fix. But I have been in the farmer's shoes, very upset with a relative who decided it would be better to make new tracks / ruts randomly...
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    Re: Checking hives without gloves?

    Don't use gloves but have a pair and used them once in anticipation of a hive being grumpy. Learned bare-handed from other local beekeepers. However, agree with waynesgarden that a sting on a finger...
  20. Re: What happens to the bees left behind after a cut out.

    Is this personal observation and/or researched with marked bees? I see two of my hives with aggressive defending at entrances, but perhaps the demeanor of a homeless beggar is different from a...
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    Re: How to repel or eradicate nuisance Honeybees?

    Just brainstorming: Might an inexpensive misting system or two http://www.walmart.com/ip/Cool-Patio-20-Professional-Grade-Misting-System/10794198 provide a refreshing cover of heavy mist, under which...
  22. Thread: Smoking or not?

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    Re: Smoking or not?

    It sounds like your cats may be smoking -- catnip. Do they seem to need to snack on little tidbits all day, too?
    Ooops, lest our smoke drift off topic: I am a fan of lighting the smoker each time,...
  23. Thread: Smoking or not?

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    Re: Smoking or not?

    One use of smokers I don't see mentioned a lot but that is valuable to me is to herd the bees around or move them out of the way. A bee brush makes them mad, but a strategic puff can clear a space...
  24. Re: Why use an inner cover instead of just raising lid by a beespace?

    I believe that the inner cover prevents bees from gluing the telescoping cover to the hive box. This is important because the overlap of the telescoping cover makes it hard to use a hive tool to...
  25. Minor thrills of the beeyard: seeing queen return

    I have a hive that came out of winter queenless, to whom I gave a frame of brood about 5 weeks ago in hopes they would make a queen. A few days ago, I did see small areas of egg laying and some...
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