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    Re: Drone escape on pollen trap

    Thanks for your info. If they make it through the winter, I should have 3 or 4 hives where I am using the ONE pollen trap. After reading your reply I might block off the drone escape. Having never...
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    Re: Titebond II - what happened?

    Thanks, SKY, for keeping us posted. Almost 3000 are VERY INTERESTED.

    Phil
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    Drone escape on pollen trap

    Is 5/16 diameter hole large enough for a drone escape on a pollen trap?
  4. Re: Is it mites, or the viruses they carry that kill a hive?

    @Adrian Quiney & Fatshark: The side-discussion you have included in this thread is quite intriguing. Obviously if an innoculation of a benign "blocking" virus could be introduced, in my opinion...
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    Re: Which foundation?

    I recommend that you get wedge-top frames, regardless of foundation type. I get mine from Mann Lake, and use a mixture of plastic and foundationless. For the foundationless I break loose the wedge...
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    Re: Number of frames in a trap?

    I build a box that holds 6 frames. The 4 corners have vertical 3/4 inch square members, which provide a mass to screw down the top. The width of the box is 12 inches. In the past 2 years I have...
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    Re: new to bees, never been stung, should I?

    Probably best to get stung. I get stung about 10-15 times per year. Remove the stinger by scraping it off with something like a credit card (I use my hive tool). I buy the chewable Walmart...
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    Re: Question about splits ???

    Bill, I recommend you take a look at this Youtube video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntAiie3r4G8

    It has some great information regarding how to split without having to move the split hive...
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    Re: Worried about moisture in hives...

    This year I added an "inner cover" which is actually a small box made of 1x3's, On the inside of the box I wedged 2 layers of cheap 3/4 inch styrofoam. On the sides of this box, BELOW the level of...
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    Re: Is My Hive Doomed this Winter?

    Ditto to all answers.

    The reason I have failed hives during winter is either 1. starving, or 2. they get wet due to condensation on the bottom of the cover(s).

    It is amazing what low...
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    Happy new year! Funny weather report

    Happy new year to all!

    This morning I flipped the radio on. The announcer gave some local news, then turned over to the weather report. The lady giving the weather said [I'm paraphrasing]: "...
  12. Re: Honey color...potentially pretty dumb question

    Not sure what you have out there, but after feeding my bees for over a month using a feeder that I placed on top of the frames with an otherwise empty box to contain the feeder, in the past week the...
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    Re: Suit VS Jacket

    +1! I googled it - the photo on Amazon certainly shows it to be a cool piece of apparel. The model in the photo is wearing a baseball cap, which is a good idea to keep the fabric away from the...
  14. Re: Absolutely love having built up resistance to bee stings this year.

    Not quite on topic, but I found if the bees are jumpy or sting me on the hand(s), I don the yellow Rubbermaid gloves. Seems like they don't react to yellow as much as flesh-color.

    Re the pants...
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    Re: Suit VS Jacket

    I have an ultrabreeze jacket that I generally wear with jeans. The individuals that are "concerned" usually go for the face; I haven't been stung THROUGH my jeans, so the only precaution I would...
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    Re: Bumble Bee

    Amazing what you see during an inspection.

    I once saw a half of a bumble bee (rear).

    The most surprising was a rather large, barely alive hornet that was being balled on top of the frames. The...
  17. Re: (VIDEO) Removal of open-air hive from partially-downed tree

    Always enjoy your videos.

    If you want another shot at an open-air hive, we have one here in Maryland. It's 50 feet in the air though.
  18. Is goldenrod starting in central Maryland?

    About 3 weeks ago there seemed to be no pollen coming in. This week the bees are bringing in tons of it. I opened my one hive that has no bottom entrance, just a 2 inch wide top entrance. With the...
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    Re: Queen in my shirt!

    Crazy!

    Seems like with bee keeping and fishing whatever can't possibly happen seems to happen routinely.
  20. Re: Feral NY honeybees evolving varroa resistance.

    Thanks for posting! Interesting and important.
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    Re: Pictures and Thank You

    asteffentn > "nothing noteworthy"

    Bee pics are always noteworthy. Nice looking queen. I was surprised to see her on your partially drawn foundationless hive.
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    Re: 32 Queen Cells in Late August?

    Obviously you need 32 more boxes. If you go with 8 frame. boxes , you only need to assemble 256 frames....:lookout:
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    Re: The Sardinian honey bee...

    Thanks for the report. At this point one doesn't know what this impact might be. Do you have a link to an article that you could attach?
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    Re: Grafting 101?

    David LaFerney (sp?) had a very helpful Beesource thread on grafting, including tips for successful grafting. Perhaps you could do a search on it.
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    Re: purple eyed pupa cell being opened

    [QUOTE=Barry;1314655]Mites. Good to see bees doing this. They're going after the mites.[/QUOTE

    If I pull out some of these opened cells and pull out the pupae (SP?) should I expect to see some...
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