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    Re: Pledge to be a BSA Beekeeping Mentor

    I am willing to act as a BSA beekeeping mentor when they set up the program again for the Beekeeping Merit Badge.

    Lee...
  2. BjornBee, You said it all with perfect clarity...

    BjornBee,
    You said it all with perfect clarity in comment #16. The point to which one will lower the bar shows how low they will go with anything they do. Our industry is what we make it be. If we...
  3. Natural comb

    josethayil,
    This is the problem that comes with natural comb. The bees build the larger cells to put honey in but the new Queen is wanting to lay eggs! The size of the opening determines the sex of...
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    The two Carni's... still going.

    BjornBee,
    The Carniolans are the best bee for my area of Northern California,with cool nights and warm days. No other type of bees do as well for me.
    The clean bees are those that spend hours...
  5. Thread: Dead Bees

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    Your right about the dead bees and the bad feelings

    Budvar,
    The dead bees are a naturally occurance in a hive that has a reduced entrance. The trash from the hive will build up on the bottom of the hive and will even block the bees egress.
    In the...
  6. Thread: Water Source

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    Keep your water source close in a residental area

    Derek1,
    Keep you bee water source some where in your yard if you have bees in and around people. Your neighbors will like you better if you can keep the bees from their pools, which is very hard. I...
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    How much do you want to know?

    Miss Kraemer,
    The most important thing is the tempature, then the rest doesn't matter. The bees don't seem to mind when you are gentel and use very little smoke.
    I spend all day showing bees at...
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    How much sun

    mushgirl,
    The ansure to your Quest is preceded by; how much honey do you want to make? If your area has a lot of marine influence go for the sun. If your area is hot, alot, then choose shade. I like...
  9. Royal jelly

    To those who seek knoledge about Royal jelly,
    Here is what I have observed, while watching TV with my grandsons...
    "Sponge Bob" finds it in the jellyfish nest as he is jellyfish hunting with a net....
  10. Thread: Hive Splits

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    You will need to look inside the boxes.

    ghulst,
    The time for the cells to develope a new Queen is 16 days from a fresh egg. The time it takes the Queen to start egg laying is about 3 weeks. Thats about 5 weeks total, there about.
    The...
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    Terramyacin patty and reduction of entrance

    Mapletop,
    The patty is for the control of foulbrood in the larve! Don't use it a lot for things that it is not intended to be used for.
    If you do use it do it spairingly. The patty is also good for...
  12. There are many ways to support the comb

    LtlWilli,
    There are some tried and proven ways to support the comb that work on the top bar frame and standard type frame too .
    Drill some small holes on the top and bottom bars while holding them...
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    You forgot to put in the right amount of frames

    >mamabear:317709<
    mamabear,
    This happens when you don't fill up the nuc with enought frames. Just use it the way it is and put it to the outside when you transfer the frames to a hive. You can...
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    Use a swarm cell from a strong colony of your bees

    JoeMcc >317740<
    JoeMcc,
    Sometimes when this happens I use a swarm cell drawn on brood frame from a strong hive with the nurse bees into a nuc.
    This also could be a queen cups on brood in the...
  15. Thread: My poor wife

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    bee stings

    cow pollinater,
    Do those bee stings that you did on yourself help with your pain issues?
    By your own words of testimony of the sting helping should help even the skeptic!
    I have been stining my...
  16. Thread: 1rst Round

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    Queens, they are usually "not" everything you expected

    >317202: tested queens... but I have purchased too many chevettes...<

    Morierty,
    That is usually the case on most Queens... You spend a lot of money with expections of seeing great things, but...
  17. Thread: 1rst Round

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    Natural Queen cups made by the bees work the best

    tecumseh,
    There is an easy way to graft a few Queens...
    If the amount of cells you need is small and you have a hive that is doing real good on honey stores... White capped frames of honey viewed...
  18. Thread: 1rst Round

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    That honey thing is for cleaning and polising

    >137039:tecumseh; so the priming with honey idea did not work? didn't think it would considering the source.<
    tecumseh,
    The thing that Cass did is a way of getting the cups polished by the bees. He...
  19. Thread: 1rst Round

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    What thread? was it 1rst Round Reply to Thread

    Larry,
    I received the e-mail on your post 316752 but didn't see the other posts which you were refering to the details by HVH...Was it a different thread post or 1rst Round Reply to Thread as it...
  20. Thread: 4 frame nucs

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    Nucs over wintered over a Queenright hive

    HVH,
    I know of it being done befor, but just can't remember the whole thing.
    One of the problems with doing this is the moisture buildup in the nucs... So you will need some top entrances on the...
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    Not a good idea...

    Beaches',
    Your last statement is correct...
    The thing that is being overlooked is the size of the new Queen... It's only after sex with drones that the gyne swells up as her ovarium start to...
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    Bees kept in nuc swarm sooner and more often.

    Swobee,
    If you are thinking that bees will not swarm in a small box, you would be wrong... It's crowding of the Queen in the box that brings swarming....
    The beekeeper that sold you the nucs was...
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    You can split it

    Bullseye Bill,
    You can split the nuc if you have the eqpt. to do the job....That would be another three weeks befor she needs to be hived...
    Lee...
  24. Don't worry about the drones

    JoeMcc,
    The drones are not part of the problem, its the queen that has ovipositioned eggs with sperm from a defencive drone when she matted. The other hives in your beeyard will cover the needed...
  25. Do you find your bees are better?

    Tecumsem,
    Do you think that your bees do better because of A1, Select, color, or because they produce more honey and are there next seasom? Do they producr because they came through the winter in...
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