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    People consuming bee pollen

    I can't seem to find too much information on consuming bee pollen. What do you all hear about it? I've heard some people claim benefits against allergies from taking it, or they know somebody who...
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    Re: honey bees underground ?

    Agree, Acebird. I'd be very surprised to hear they are honeybees, but never say never! My bet is still on the "digger" bees.
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    Re: honey bees underground ?

    So were they honeybees or something else?
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    Re: honey bees underground ?

    Look up Andrenid or "Digger" bees. The ones around here look a lot like honeybees, but are darker. I see them every spring, they were flying around the other day.
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    Re: My bees are swarming! What do I do?

    You could always try "tanging" them, which is beating on a metal pot with a metal spoon. I've not tried this yet, and many call it an old wives tale, but I have heard that beekeepers have had...
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    Re: Pollen already?

    Mine were bringing in maple pollen yesterday, as well!
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    Re: Black walnut chips for smoke

    If you find the right tree trimmer, I'll bet they would fill up your whole truck bed for you.
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    Re: So my neighbors are beekeepers...

    FWIW-did a little research on how pitcher plants work and found this from the Botanical Society of America. Pretty cool stuff. Seems like pitcher plants use both nectar and rotten smell. They say:...
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    Re: So my neighbors are beekeepers...

    My understanding of pitcher plants is that they smell like rotten meat and attract flies. Bees are not going to go for that, they like sweet stuff, nectar primarily. I wouldn't even worry about the...
  10. Re: How should I build up my # of hives this season

    Depending on how much honey you want, keep at least one hive as your production hive and split the rest. There should be no reason you can't split a good overwintered colony into 3 hives in a year,...
  11. Re: Backyard: if there was one tree you could by, which one and why

    How about a dwarf variety fruit tree?
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    Re: People and smokers

    Love the smoker toter! Just don't burn your bumper!
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    Re: Need opions on handles

    The boxes with cleats will have a better R-value than those with concave hand holds. Granted, not much, but better. I've seen IR photos of hives on here before and you can see the heat "leaking"...
  14. Re: Little bummed out today. No activity around several hives.

    Sunshine on the entrance this time of year really seems to make a difference. In my yard, it goes so far as two hives share the same stand, one turned 180 degrees, and the one that gets the sun on...
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    Re: Bees are feeding , January in Kentucky

    Wow! That's a great picture. Do you feed them 1:1 syrup when you do that this time of year?
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    You are so right! It seems like many folks are confusing the two. For example:
    http://scientificbeekeeping.com/sick-bees-part-18e-colony-collapse-revisited-genetically-modified-plants/
    this link...
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    Re: Pollen patty question

    That's what I did last year when I noticed that bees were rooting around in the bird feeders. An article about open feeding dry pollen sub ( I believe it was in Bee Culture) gave me the idea. ...
  18. Re: When do we know they made it through winter?

    JMO- but I'd say if they're raising drones they've completed the cycle.
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    Re: No sugar starts

    and a stretch of cold weather could keep them from flying
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    Re: Flex Molds-------Terrible smell!

    I would try this Hint from Heloise:

    "If you have plastic bowls or dishes that smell simply make a paste of baking soda and water and rub all over the surface. Let set overnight then rinse well."
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    Re: Guineas in the bee yard

    My Guineas haven't shown any interest in my beehives, even now that there are few bugs around. I thought they might at least go after dead ones around the hive, but I haven't seen that either. They...
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    Re: Hello, from S E Ohio

    Welcome Brad! Hope your hives are doing well so far this winter. Did you guys get a lot of snow last night?

    FYI-since bees fly 2 or 3 miles to forage, and you don't know exactly where all they've...
  23. Re: Anyone else noticing anyhing that's not normal this year?

    Hey sqkcrk, you may want to tell your friend about this site:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollen_source
    I've been using it to help ID the pollen coming in. Looks like it could be Box Elder, which...
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    Re: How do I tell if nectar is coming in?

    You can smell the flow with goldenrod and aster.
  25. Re: What can you do with a hive that has no stores - during the cold?

    If they're gonna starve otherwise, it's not too cold to open the hive. What's the worst that will happen? I would just have a plan and be real quick!
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