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    Re: Is CO2 the best way to kill a hive?

    Agree with CO2 if you can get it without major hassle and expense. Another method is to spray them with ether (starting fluid WITHOUT lubricant). This will kill the bees and leave nor residue. It...
  2. Thread: watering bees

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    Re: watering bees

    I put out the brown salt mineral block for deer and our livestock. In the course of doing this I have noted that the deer will dig a hole around the salt blocks that catches rain water. The bees...
  3. Re: Built up swarm being agressive. Should I requeen?

    I will have to differ.

    I would say continue placing brood boxes on this hive and let it build. It has been my experience, that eventually they calm down a little. I have some very calm and...
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    Re: Hive shrinking instead of growing?

    Once you graft in another frame of brood, take a look at the other frames. Do any of them have any pollen stored up in them? In my area, there is plenty of rain so the nectar flow continues on but...
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    Re: better way wax melter

    I think a link or picture is missing so I have no idea what wax melter is being discussed. I have one of these and love it:

    http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com/Wax-Master-Melter/productinfo/241/...
  6. Re: Detection of Illicit Drugs by Trained Honeybees (Apis mellifera)

    I can think of no better way to get the public to take on a hostile and negative attitude towards honey bees. Human nature being what it is, how long do you think it would take before drug dealers...
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    Re: New Nuc dead with 4 days

    Just my 2 cents worth. The SHB's are mearly the clean up crew after the fact. If you started with reasonably healthy and active bees, something went wrong. I currently have 9 nucs that I am trying...
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    Re: Southerners: 1 or 2 deeps for winter?

    I run 3 deeps. During the Winter, the bees will move up into the second deep to over Winter. The third and uppermost deep the bees fill with honey. Early each Spring I go through my hives to find...
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    Re: Started fogging today.

    Glock,

    I have been mixing thymol in FGMO at 5% and foodgrade Wintergreen essential oil approx. 2 ounces per gallon. The bees definitely DO NOT like this when being fogged, this mixture seems...
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    Re: Ouch! That a sucker punch to the kidney!

    Yep, I post here now and again.

    If the girls are still taking sugar syrup, you can treat their sugar syrup. The problem is that many times when they get Nosema, they will not take the sugar...
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    Re: Ouch! That a sucker punch to the kidney!

    Looks like Nosema to me. Treat them with Fumagilan B using the drench method or use a spray bottle and spray them with sugar syrup treated with Fumagilan B.
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    Re: Started fogging today.

    It has been awhile since I have read through this thread. I wanted to post my observations with the treatment I am currently using. I have been gradually titrating the amount of Thyme essential oil...
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    Re: Mann Lake Pro Feeder

    Just my opinion from experience. If you like drowning your bees, use those feeders. I have good luck with these:

    http://www.kelleybees.com/Shop/22/Queens-Bees/Feed/4703/Quad-Hive-Top-Feeders
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  14. Re: I need a hayfield sprayed for briars/wild blackberries...

    Spraying herbicides will kill the blackberries/briars but they will dry up and become very difficult to cut. You will have to rotary cut the field anyway you work this in my opinion.

    Save on...
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    Re: Walk away did not go well

    Wow! What a long and winding thread.

    Anyhow......to get back on topic. Here is a possibility that has not been considered and something "outside the box".

    A few years ago, a VERY well known...
  16. Thread: Black bees

    by Live Oak
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    Re: Black bees

    They appear to look like German Blacks or similar breed. German Blacks were the very first bees brought to America on the Mayflower.
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    Re: help to avoid queen rolling

    I installed 9 frame separator bars/brackets in all of my brood nest boxes. This allows for a little extra room between frames and a bit better ventilation. Even still, it is best to start with the...
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    Re: feces on boxes after a several cold days

    Try checking your sugar syrup to see if it has fermented. Heavily fermented sugar syrup can and does cause symptoms like you posted. If your sugar syrup has fermented, dump it out in a place where...
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    Re: 4 days after install and they are GONE!

    Sorry to read about the loss of your bees.

    This may not help now but in the future, try installing a wood bound queen excluder in the bottom of the bottom brood box until the queen has been...
  20. Re: I've managed to get beeswax over multiple kitchen utensils

    I strongly second Michael's point about NOT using the wife's utensils. That having been said, I use Walmart Supertech brake cleaning spray fluid. It readily cuts the wax and propolis and leaves no...
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    Re: Reversing hive bodies

    I wouldn't do it just yet and for the same reasons Walt mentioned in the article as well as the prospect that I think Old Man Winter ain't done with us yet. The bees are oriented towards how they...
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    Re: what size hole for a mason jar feeder?

    The industry sizing calls it 70mm for a standard mouth jar which is indeed 2 3/4 inch. Hole saws can be purchased at Lowes/Home Depot but you will also need to sand out the hole slightly so the 70mm...
  23. Re: Spring feeding to build up early population for queen rearing and splits

    I am a few hours drive north of you and I feed mine continuously throughout the Winter. As long as they take the sugar syrup and Ultra Bee, I keep feeding it to them. Once the Spring booms come,...
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    Re: Post-mortem 2 A DBL.DEEP

    Just my humble 2 cents worth. I have had exactly the same results you posted year after year in the past. My hives would be loaded with honey and pollen but it was too far from the bee cluster and...
  25. Re: 5 lb. Queenline Jars With 70mm / 2 3/4 Inch Lids: Who Manufactures Them?

    Thank you very much! That was EXACTLY what I have been looking for. :applause::thumbsup:
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