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    Re: Golden Mean Full?

    I tried the slightly smaller version of the Golden Mean, and never could get a package to remain in it. I tried two packages and had to introduce new queens. Everything failed. I won't go into all...
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    Re: Residual Attack Pheromones ?

    Is that a Golden Bee suit? If so, I have the same kind. Mine washes super well in the washing machine, on the gentle cycle. I only wash it when it starts to smell like bananas, which I assume is...
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    Re: Treatment-Free, Summer 2013, How's it going?

    I have only two hives (Top-bars), an am entirely committed to treatment free. I don't do mite counts, as I won't treat for them anyway.

    One of my hives has quite a few SHB, but since the hive...
  4. Re: Not sure what Happened! And could use some insight

    I agree with the posters above. I had the same problem my first year, aside from the mold. It was definitely a queen issue.

    In fact, I found I had TWO queens in there, and still no eggs or...
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    Re: Knockout roses and Rosa rugosa

    I have knock-outs here in Texas. Tremendously sturdy in our climate. If I had it to do over again, however, I would have planted something that the bees like. They've never been interested in my...
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    Re: What are they doing?

    I have one TBH that does it every single day, and another TBH that never does it. The one that never does it has more screened ventilation holes, so I think it must have something to do with the...
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    Re: Did anyone else get this email?

    Actually, my name is Svetlana, and I'm from Russia. Just pretending to be a beekeeper.

    HA!

    Good one, sqkcrk. Yes, Sondra is my real name, and I was just giving you the female perspective.
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    Re: Did anyone else get this email?

    You guys are funny.

    Is it okay with all of you if your wives starts corresponding with other men? !!!!

    Sondra
  9. Re: Full bee suit and jacket/veil combo recommendations?

    I've never been stung through my Golden Bee. If Ultra Breeze could be verified as cooler, though, I'd recommend you try it instead. I thought I was going to collapse yesterday when I finished up...
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    Re: Propolis on bottom

    Isn't brace comb usually between the bars/frames or along the sides?
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    Re: Africanized Bees: Friend or Foe?

    Yes, one of the times they were furious, it was a hot, humid and "thundercloudy" day. You may have caught them when almost all the girls were at home.

    I don't know what infuriated mine a month...
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    Re: Africanized Bees: Friend or Foe?

    Is this the first time they've done that to you? People are probably sick of me mentioning this, but one of my B Weaver hives was scary-defensive a month ago, but the two times I've visited it since...
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    Re: Propolis on bottom

    It doesn't look like propolis to me. Looks like wax debris.

    Sondra
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    Re: Africanized Bees: Friend or Foe?

    I can't say enough nice things about Laura. And you wouldn't believe the dumb questions of mine she patiently answered when I first ordered bees from them, and started beekeeping.

    Sondra
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    Re: Africanized Bees: Friend or Foe?

    Michael:

    Are you saying they were specifically B Weaver bees, though?

    Sondra
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    Re: Wildfire Smoke

    We were evacuated two years ago due to the Spicewood, TX, fires. The smoke was so thick when we evacuated that you could hardly see through it. The residual effects of day after day of smoke for...
  17. Re: Wildfire danger and alternatives to smoker

    Dear Jack:

    The easiest solution??? SUIT UP! We were evacuated in the Spicewood, TX, wildfire two years ago. I won't risk it among our trees, dry leaves and super-flammable cedars. I've never...
  18. Thread: grouchy bees

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    Re: grouchy bees

    Wait a while and give them another chance or two. One of my usually-docile hives was super-nasty several weeks ago, but only for the second time in over a year. I gave them some time, then went...
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    Re: Bee Attack

    I'd like some education on this please: Because someone was attacked, the automatic assumption is that the bees were Africanized. Have there been DNA tests conducted in the past that showed someone...
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    Re: BeeWeaver Bees... Aggressive for you?

    Really pleased with BeeWeavers. Super strong hives, treatment-free. The strongest hive got really defensive with me a few weeks ago for the first and only time. I went back into the same hive a...
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    Re: Very Scattered Brood

    Are you talking about an existing colony, or do you mean a brand-new package?
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    Re: Started fooging today.

    I don't have experience with this. Why would you fog if mite counts are low?

    Sondra
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    Re: Taiwanese style hives in Thailand

    Elle:

    That hive has character. Really like it...

    Sondra
  24. Re: Anyone know what this flower is .......Texas unmowed area? Bees are working it.

    My vote was for digitalis, too. But does it have "spotty" pattern inside the blooms? Most digitalis (foxglove) does.
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    Re: re-thinking where I placed my hives

    I go with morning sun and afternoon shade. People say full sun helps to control hive beetles, but I've had no problems in that regard.
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