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  1. Thread: Foundationless!

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    Re: Foundationless!

    Has any one tried using a 1/4 inch dowel as a support instead of wire? I read that this can be done by drilling a hole in the top bar in the center and inserting the dowel. The bottom of the dowel...
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    Re: laying worker hive

    The description of many eggs per cell and eggs in pollen cells is classic laying worker. The possibility exists that you have laying workerS and an unmated queen. The drone brood may not be from the...
  3. Thread: Poetry Forum

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    Re: Poetry Forum

    I never named this but "Late Winter" would do. You know, that time of year when one knocks on a hive to see if it survived?

    Knock, Knock, are you in there?
    Give us a buzz
    so I can hear.
    ...
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    Re: Kelley Vibrating Uncapping Knife

    How did you set it up over the uncapping tank? Build a bench?
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    Re: What is a goodcapping machine

    I just bought a kelley vibrating knife. How is this normlally set up? Where can I see a video or get a manual? Any help welcome.

    Dickm
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    Re: Proper name for this

    It's a Snelgrove Board. Look it up. Also Demaree procedure. It has a few complex uses.

    Dickm
  7. Thread: Bees can't hear.

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    Re: Bees can't hear.

    >>>> The bees use sight - if not in the hive then outside it (who has proven the bees can't see somehow in the dark anyway?)<<<<<

    Good point. With 5 eyes, and none of them like our own, it's...
  8. Re: Need help soon: How to clear bees from cross-comb frames?

    If you wire the frames first, the bees will build around the wire and the comb will not blow apart in the extractor.

    dickm
  9. Thread: support pins

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    Re: support pins

    I invented a great substitute. I use the same air stapler that I use to assemble frames (1/4 inch crown 1" long) With the foundation installed I coax it to a center-line and insert a staple through...
  10. Thread: Bees can't hear.

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    Re: Bees can't hear.

    Mike said:

    >>>>>Have you ever watched bees when the queen pipes? They freeze!<<<<

    Mark Winston says that they freeze when a tuning fork is placed against an OB hive.

    dickm
  11. Thread: Bees can't hear.

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    Re: Bees can't hear.

    Good post Bee...
    Wish I had done that. I actually had to pick up a book :( . It's overwhelming what one can find on the internet. It's human arrogance that implies that this is not "hearing."...
  12. Thread: Bees can't hear.

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    Re: Bees can't hear.

    Mike said it.

    >>>>You hit the nail on the head. Our "brain" hears vibration and sound waves via the eardrum. It seems feasible to me that a bee's brain could hear sound via vibration to the...
  13. Re: Obviously should have set the fence up first; now what?

    Strap the hive together (at least 2 straps); close them in at night and move them 2 miles for the time. Leave it strapped; reverse the procedure when done. Leave yourself some room behind the hives....
  14. Thread: Thymol Issues?

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    Re: Thymol Issues?

    The news from that preseentation was grim. Cumaphos and Apistan were found in pollen trapped coming into hives that had not been treated. COMING IN, I said. HAD NOT BEEN TREATED, I said. Over 170...
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    Re: something I learned

    Never set a smoker on the ground, to cool, in back of the truck.

    Nevr vist an outyard, in a dearth, with supers of honey in the back of the truck ...with the windows open.
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    Re: K wing advice needed please

    Could be trachael mites. Use Menthol pkg for that. Usually it's a virus and is indicative of mites. The other thing that comes to mind is pesticide poisoning.

    dickm
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    Re: Master Beekeeping Certifications

    Thanks to those who would encourage one to study for the testing. Bigbearomaha, You may have cost the forum Tia, a nice lady beek with something to contribute.

    The answers to your questions was...
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    Re: Master Beekeeping Certifications

    >>>Dick, you are not following the rules. <<<<
    Last I knew, you don't make the rules

    >>> I asked that you only post your reasons to support your position.<<<<
    My position is that the...
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    Re: Master Beekeeping Certifications

    I feel like I should chip in here as EAS has considered me certifiable. :)>

    Have you ever been "Damned with faint praise?" It's a funny feeling. That's what the initiating post does here. I've...
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    Re: Master Beekeeper Still Learning

    Thanks Tia,
    Send me your email andd I'll send a copy of the newsletter.
    dickm@snet.net

    Others may not have thought of using chickens in this way.

    dickm
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    Re: Master Beekeeper Still Learning

    Hi Tia,
    As a fellow master beekeeper (EAS), I feel badly that you had to take grief for it. There's always one or two on this forum that will denigrate what it means. We should be encouraging...
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    Re: Breeding from survivors: Genetics

    >>>>I would expect that if people left the bees alone they would be fine eventually.<<<<

    I use to think so too. I don't think so any more.
    I never suggested that we shouldn't avoid treatments (I...
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    Re: Breeding from survivors: Genetics

    >>>Colony collapse is a very recent disorder. The only way wild bee populations won't be able to adapt is if: a) It is such a virulent disorder that its impossible for any wild be populations to...
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    Breeding from survivors: Genetics

    There's been a lot of talk about breeding from the bees that make it. It's been pointed out that it's a better strategy than breeding from the dead ones. The "Bond" method of "live and let die," is...
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    Re: Help. Mean Bees, No Queen??

    It's common for a queenless hive to be mean. You couldn't have feral offspring in the time frame you mention, even if that did make them mean. (only with AFB, I'm thinking). It takes 3 weeks from...
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