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    Re: Eastern Oklahoma Beekers question

    Solid honey and/or pollen. The spring nectar flow here can be very strong. Where I am, it is mostly trees - but the bees have no trouble filling an upper deep.

    By mid-summer though, they are...
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    Re: Eastern Oklahoma Beekers question

    I am in Stilwell. Moved here three years ago - but before that, I was keeping bees in North Dakota. I generally have not seen an early swarm season in my area, but I do get a fair number of...
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    Re: Where to buy Equipment???

    Same here - it is hard to beat the free shipping. Kelley and Brushy Mtn. ship free over $150, so if it is a big order, I shop around. The only thing I really don't purchase from Mann Lake are...
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    Re: Raccoons are a problem or not?

    When I used to keep bees in ND - I had a raccoon push over a hive (landowner saw it), it hit the hive next to it and they were both toppled over. It wasn't able to tear anything apart though. When I...
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    Sticky: Re: Extractor-less honey by Flow Hive

    In the poultry industry, chickens are crammed (sometimes 3 at a time) into tiny cages for the sole purpose of maximizing their egg production for harvest. Their environment is wire floors and metal...
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    Re: Anyone seal boxes with polyurethane?

    I use Helmsman. Americasbeekeeper is correct though - not too thick. I put 3 coats on - each after the previous is fully dry. I have had some of my boxes 8 years or more now - they have needed one...
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    Sticky: Re: Extractor-less honey by Flow Hive

    For consideration:

    https://www.milkwood.net/2015/02/26/going-flow-flow-hive-actually-good-idea/

    http://www.honeycolony.com/article/3-reasons-to-go-against-the-flow-hive/

    My favorite pull...
  8. Re: Who's got a better laying worker than this one??

    Shake it out and start over.

    You will invest far more energy and resources into it than it is worth, and you probably won't even be successful at turning it.
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    Re: Bradford pear trees

    My bees are all over the Bradford pears.
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    Re: What bee suits you?

    My own mutts..........BUT, when I need a queen quickly or need extras to make nucs - I supplement my yard's genetics with Carniolans or Russians. I try to keep those lines in the drone gene pool.
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    Re: Velbert Queens

    Always received good queens from Velbert..........but I had heard he was retiring. Is this true?
  12. Thread: bee cozies

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    Re: bee cozies

    I leave them on awhile longer (I am in Oklahoma now). Leaving them on in the spring doesn't hurt them and, can help by making it easier to maintain internal hive temperature for brood rearing. If...
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    Re: Deer? Vandals? We shall see.

    A raccoon is likely going for the brood. They are carnivores, but not quite as omnivorous as bears. I suppose they might also take the honey. A raccoon's belly fills up a lot more quickly than a...
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    Re: Deer? Vandals? We shall see.

    In my experience - it is a raccoon.

    Raccoon can get big - a lot bigger than you would think. I have had them knock over hives - one at a time like that. I know it was a raccoon because the...
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    Re: Warning / Safety Signs

    In some states - like Oklahoma and North Dakota - it is are legal requirement.
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    North Dakota

    Maple blooming as of 14 February in NE Oklahoma/NW Arkansas. Ash too I think. Saw a stray dandelion or two this past week. Cold snap now though - so things will probably slow down/delay.
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    Re: Linseed Oil as hive dip/preservative?

    Used boiled linseed oil on a set of hives once. Lasted exactly one winter. Then I was pulling pieces and repainting/repoly-ing.
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    Re: -40 f windchill in central NY

    I kept bees in ND. We had temps down to -90F. A couple of times we stayed below -40F for a week or more.

    SOLID bottoms
    Wrapped hives (I used BeeCozy's from NOD Apiaries)
    Top entrances...
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    Re: Missouri early buildup timing

    I am actually in northeastern Oklahoma - my queens are laying. They are also bringing in maple pollen. I too, am concerned about the coming cold spell - but the bees seem to be gearing up to go...
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    Re: Opinions on Protective Clothing

    +1 on this advice. I have been keeping bees for some long time now, and if I am going to do any 'serious' inspection or other work - I use a full suit. Just got tired of bees crawling up my pant...
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    Re: Vegans don't eat honey?

    Or how about a "Freegan"?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeganism
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    Re: Vegans don't eat honey?

    The posts pointing out vegan/vegetarian hypocrisy with regard to plants are right on. Somehow, the notion that plants are "less alive" than animals and somehow ok to eat because they are not animals...
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    Re: Moonbeam stock

    Hard to believe this is back after all that happened.

    It was nothing short of offensive that he referred to himself and had others referring to him as "Dr."
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    Re: US to ban GMO s and Neonicotinoids

    There will be a lot of hungry, starving people in the world (here as well as in other countries) without GMO plants.

    Starving bees too.
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    Re: Fall Flow Is Starting

    Here in OK (I have moved), broomweed is starting to bloom. It won't make edible honey, but perhaps the bees will build up on it and put away enough for the winter.

    Question: Springtime, the...
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