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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.
  12. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. Queen cell observed. Should I split this hive?

    I installed a new package April 14. I started this hive as 100% foundationless and I only fed 1:1 for 1 week. Once I had 7 frames were mostly drawn out (That was May 18 and by that time they were...
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    Re: Anybody ever...

    What if you gave them a frame of brood from another hive, would that give them another reason to stay?
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    Re: Foundationless frames question

    Thanks Michael, appreciate the insight and all the useful info on your website as well, it's been great.

    I'm finding that I have to be careful especially with brand new soft comb loaded with bees...
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    Foundationless frames question

    It seems the bees when drawing comb leave a gap at the bottom and never quite take it all the way and attach to the bottom of the frame. All the pictures I've seen seem to suggest this a well and it...
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    Re: Opening the brood nest with empty frames

    Jon, that sounds a little extreme to throw away brood just to make room, why not just do a split?
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    Re: Opening the brood nest with empty frames

    The 2 frames I moved up look great and the 5 frames closest are nearly all drawn out from foundationless frames. I'm surprised how many bees were in that upper box.
  25. Re: How do you refill a front entrance feeder without getting stung

    I like the front feeders that screw on to a quart mason jar. That way I can see how much is being consumed without disturbing too much. I got extra feeders so I'll just mix up a new batch the night...
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