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    Re: Robbing and Yellow Jackets?

    I set traps with various baits. 1 cup sugar syrup, 1 cup apple cider vinegar and a banana peel has worked best. When I had no banana I used watermelon. I have also added a bit of turkey suspended...
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    Re: Resource Recommendations

    Don't be afraid to get just the basics to start. There is a certain minimum you need for sure, but trying to get it all in one order to save shipping will likely not pay off as you will want/need...
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    Re: Yellow Jackets

    They will not go away. I am, like Suzyq, using several homemade traps with different bait and changing when they get crowded. The yj presence around the bees is greatly reduced. I tried to live...
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    Re: US to ban GMO s and Neonicotinoids

    I've been feeding my hens organically for 15 years. Of course they eat it Mine is barley corn and other grain, minerals.
  5. Re: In The News This a.m. Elton Manitoba Bee Poisoning

    http://www.manitobacooperator.ca/2014/09/19/rcmp-investigating-after-bees-poisoned/

    I think this covers it in more detail if it is the same story.
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    Re: Queen cups?

    Unfortunately, since I did not see eggs (which I have not yet accomplished), I will have to go in there again. I don't actually own a bee jacket, just a veil and a white chef jacket w/o an elastic...
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    Poll: Re: City bees vs. Country bees

    I wonder if there is just better dumpster diving in the city.
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    Re: Queen cups?

    Ok, so they are loaded with honey and the capped brood 3-4 frames is a really nice pattern. Two frames are covered corner to corner on both sides.
    I started feeding in mid August to encourage comb...
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    Queen cups?

    I have a hive, started from a package this spring that has been doing really well. Ten days ago I inspected looking at stores and confirming larvae. All seemed well but they were runny and up in...
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    Re: What is raw honey?

    http://www.beemaid.com/pasteurization-of-honey
    Sweet Fact 5

    How is honey pasteurized?

    We pasteurize our honey by a “flash heating” method, to minimize the amount of time that the honey is...
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    Re: What is raw honey?

    At a minimum isn't there a huge difference between heating honey fro 60 to 80 degrees and pasteurization? I believe in milk is pasteurized at 140 to 160 degrees F. In the heat of summer I would...
  12. Re: Greenhouse / Bee compatability question

    I don't think you want mine to be the last opinion, but on the vegetable farm where I work there are a couple large greenhouses. One for seed starting and a larger one for season extension. My...
  13. Re: Snow drop and crocus planting for early Spring bloom

    I just ordered some crocus bulbs, I hope they are appreciated. I have so many bumble bees, wasps and a yj nest I was wondering if honeybees prefer exclusivity.
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    Re: US to ban GMO s and Neonicotinoids

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121002092839.htm
    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/08/19/gm-crops-pesticides-herbicides.aspx...
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    Re: US to ban GMO s and Neonicotinoids

    has pesticide use decreased in gmo crops.

    Just googled these exactly. Do you have info to share regarding reduced use of pesticides? Because a quick search indicates just the opposite.
    I...
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    Re: US to ban GMO s and Neonicotinoids

    http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/our-failing-food-system/genetic-engineering/failure-to-yield.html

    Increased pesticide use and marginal increase in yields. I am curious what there is to...
  17. Re: Have skunks- can't use imidacloprid a neonicotinoid

    I used milky spore over ten years ago and have not had to reapply since. They are a beneficial organism that propagate in your soil so I suspect it helps to not use lots of other chemicals in your...
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    Re: Buckwheat seedlings

    I make that mistake all the time:). They will still bloom.
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    Re: Yellow jackets

    I also have a yj nest in my yard. I have to walk within a few feet of it to ge to my chicken coop, but luckily they have not shown any aggression. I researched how to remove them without chemicals...
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    Re: Too late to add hive body?

    Thanks for the response. I have already rearranged at this point. I did not add brood to the third deep as I did not want to spread it too thin. When I inspect next I could move the honey frames...
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    Re: Too late to add hive body?

    What I did is add a deep to the middle. I moved 4 frames of brood up to the new box and put a couple frames of honey on the outsides of the bottom and middle deep and arranged the remaining frames...
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    Re: Too late to add hive body?

    I might steal a frame at this point! I didn't expect much based on past inspections. Thanks.
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    Too late to add hive body?

    Inspected one of my hives today and discovered the top deep had ten frames of mostly capped honey. I was surprised by their progress in the last two weeks but now I am concerned the queen is running...
  24. Re: Local absence and local extinction, a confounding factor in TF prescriptions

    No, not at all, I come here for the great variety of opinions.
  25. Re: Local absence and local extinction, a confounding factor in TF prescriptions

    There are many places on BS to present your position on treatments. As one of those naive newbees I would love a place to share information about treatment free beekeeping, and this should be the...
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