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  1. Re: whats wrong??? half the hive outside?????

    What the others have already said about normal bearding. It comes with the heat and humidity. Just curious, what is the purpose of the burlap?
  2. Re: Best smoker fuel I have ever found, what do you use?

    wheat straw. dried grass clippings. Once I get it started well, I pack it pretty tight, burns a long time.
  3. Question for experienced queen raisers out there

    I've started to generate some queens cells to make a few of my own queens for splits and I'm about to make up several mating nucs. I'm just curious... What is your expected success rate for mated...
  4. Re: Opinions on moving a trapped swarm into a hive

    Here's a link to the video I posted on YouTube as well... https://youtu.be/rarIzlNisws Thanks for all your replies. I also spoke to our regional bee inspector as he also recommended I go ahead and...
  5. Opinions on moving a trapped swarm into a hive

    I caught a swarm yesterday in one of my traps. The trap is about 150 yards from by bee yard. The trap includes frames of drawn comb and I can see that there is already pollen going in.

    My plan was...
  6. Thread: 2015 plans

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    Re: 2015 plans

    I'd really like to expand from 7 colonies to 20 but don't know if that's a reasonable goal or not. To get there I'd like to start raising a few queens, catch a few swarms, but also find a good local...
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    Re: Useless tools or beginners luck?

    I started with suit and gloves. I think most brand new beeks want to feel confident they aren't going to get stung all the time. After a while I decided to take my chances with getting stung instead...
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    Re: Prepping for the ZomBee Apocalypse.

    The monster truck of smokers.
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    Re: Russians - first impressions

    Not purebred, you're right, they were actually marketed as Russian "hybrids", but just curious... why would you say "likely carniolan italians"?
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    Re: Russians - first impressions

    Thanks for all the comments. Quick update on my Russian "Hybrids":

    It's been nearly a month since the install and the colony is doing well, I don't really see a lot of differences as there was...
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    Re: bees look like there line dancing....

    It's called "washboarding". I see my bees do it occasionally. The purpose is a bit of a mystery but sure looks to me like they are sweeping off the front porch
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    Re: No Gloves- No Veil......WHAT?

    Nice job McBee. No fear.

    I started off with full suit and gloves but that first mid-July day in the 90s makes you think about taking chances. I have since moved to almost exclusively to veil only,...
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    Re: Russians - first impressions

    I thought the same thing, perhaps the bees were also those of "Russian" colonies but actually more likely "mutts"?


    Not a really distinguishable difference in color. Since I first posted this a...
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    Re: Russians - first impressions

    The origin is Hardemans in GA sold through a local commercial beekeeper. Now that I look they are actually sold as Russian "hybrid". Interesting, didn't realize there is a certification for that....
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    Russians - first impressions

    I've never tried Russians before and this is not exactly a scientific study but just installed 3 packages on Sunday- 2 italians and 1 russian, but from the same supplier. It was about 75 degrees that...
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    Re: Foundationless and Leveling

    The side to side level is important if doing any foundation-less due to the nature of the festooning. The bees are hanging down from the top of the frame to build comb and gravity will determine...
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    Re: What is "sustainable?"

    To me "sustainable" implies that there are long term benefits that can be jeopardized by giving in to short term temptations to cut corners in gaining an edge. Same philosophy can be applied to...
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    Re: golden rod bloom

    Goldenrod is coming into full bloom in my neck of the woods in SW Ohio.
  19. Re: Recommendations for Inspiring and Innovative Beekeepers

    Michael Bush
    Michael Palmer
    Fat Bee Man

    These 3 seasoned gurus have provided a wealth of information for me in my first year beekeeping.
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    starting new queens now?

    I'm in Southern Ohio. My goal is to expand my number of colonies next spring. I expect I'll need to buy some more packages but after reading up on Michael Palmers stuff on wintering nucs and Michael...
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    Re: What's blooming in southern Ohio??

    Clermont county, Ohio river valley here. So much rain recently, it seems this is extending the season on a lot of stuff. We still have a lot of white clover here. Regular and orange Milkweed, red...
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    Re: What do foragers do when it rains?

    I'm in SW Ohio and its been raining steady non stop all day and off and on for the last week, next several days forecast is the same. I had a look at the outside of the hives just now out of...
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    Re: Dadant Shipping

    I thought I was the exception but actually this sounds like a problem with the company "culture".

    March 16 I ordered over $200 in product. Received a confirmation email immediately but then never...
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    Re: do bumble bees and honey bees fight

    Witnessed this tonight. While watching the bees bearding around the entrance, a bumblebee landed on the landing board. Bad idea. A split second later many guards converged forming a ball around the...
  25. Re: Queen cell observed. Should I split this hive?

    I appreciate all the help. Here's a pic of what I was seeing. It was the only capped cell but I did notice at least one other cup but empty. 6237

    I went ahead and split, moving the queen and...
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