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    Re: Way to "store" a queen over winter

    I've wondered about the idea of keeping bees indoors (in my case a garage workshop) with an entrance tube going outside. That's not so different from those indoor obs hives you see at museums.
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    Re: New from Southern Virginia

    Welcome, Julie and Wade.

    Virginia is for bee lovers.

    Every now and then Virginia has been known to offer what amounts to subsidies for new beekeepers. Keep your eyes open.

    We discovered a...
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    Re: Russian sage is impresive

    We probably need more of it, but Russian Sage is one of a number of things we have blooming that our honeybees totally ignore. The bumbles and a number of other pollinators go for it.

    Most of our...
  4. Re: What essential oil blends (scent) do you like?

    Heh! Let me know if you come up with a bacon frying essential oil. I've got a market in mind.

    For years I've said that what the breakfast cereal market needs is a dry cereal that tastes like...
  5. Re: What essential oil blends (scent) do you like?

    I like anything that makes me think of food (the spices).

    My wife is exactly the opposite ... wants floral scents, particularly lavender.
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    Re: Diagnosing a Queenless Colony

    I'll be looking for that behavior when we open "Hive A" next week. There was barely any brood present last Friday. Queen was alive, but we figure kaput. Then she fell out of the hive and appeared...
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    Re: Need to seal floor on new honey house (with pictures)

    I've used epoxy floor coatings in several garages, with excellent results. But always on well-cured and very clean concrete. The RustOLeum kits come with a mild acid wash kit. If there is any oil...
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    Re: Late season Queen Marking attempt

    We just raised a queen. She's got brood and we spotted her last Friday. We took out the queen marking kit, but thought better of it and put it away. She would get no benefit from it. All the...
  9. Thread: New Queen

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    Re: New Queen

    Update: The Hail Mary attempt to raise a new queen has worked. We opened the nuc Friday, saw fresh brood, and then saw a young queen scurry into a corner. Kinda scrawny compared to her mom, but...
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    Re: Neighbor complaint

    We've been pretty surprised that our bees ignore our hummingbird feeders, which are of this general type:

    http://www.birdfeeders.com/store/hummingbird-feeders/b203cpbn

    I don't think a honeybee...
  11. Re: Trans-generational immune priming in honeybees

    That's a sporty approach. They started with a "Gee, I wonder what happens if" hypothesis, and tested it with about the most deadly and contagious thing they could find, AFB.

    Imagine somebody has...
  12. Re: Frustrated with VSH and looking for suggestions

    Interesting. My first guess was "sure, Africanized bees are notably good groomers and deal well with varroa." But then again, SOUTH Africa might be a little cool for Africanized bees? Do they...
  13. Re: Frustrated with VSH and looking for suggestions

    AstroBee, I'm not sure where the mother of my VSH queen came from, but I know it was Virginia, so maybe she's one of yours. The daughter I have was produced by open-breeding in a yard with mixed...
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    Re: will moth balls hurt bees?

    The local Master Gardeners spray their teaching garden with Bobbex deer repellant. So far as I know, the stuff is harmless to bees ... our beekeeper's association has three hives at that garden. ...
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    Re: Speculation on CCD and sunspots ...

    The experiment described is interesting but I think it is way off track regarding CCD. What they describe amounts to sticking a small magnet on a compass to throw it off, a mean trick Pappy...
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    Re: Speculation on CCD and sunspots ...

    Good point. It might happen. I worked on a solar navigation experiment a few years ago and that was about the time a news item came out suggesting the Vikings used "sunstones" for navigation. The...
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    Speculation on CCD and sunspots ...

    I thought I'd go ahead and post this link to get a discussion started. I tracked this down after seeing a couple of fairly implausible short articles on the web. The first one I saw was on Google...
  18. Re: What do bees and ukuleles have in common? Me!

    Lovely voice!

    My previous experience with a uke-enthusiast friend involved a particular comic artist he wanted to mimic that was so bad I never bothered to remember the name.
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    Re: Old Cedar for smoker ok>?

    Cedar shavings supposedly make good filling for quilts if you use a quilt box. I'm planning to buy a bag soon and try it myself this winter.

    Shavings light easily but my experience is they burn...
  20. Thread: New Queen

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    Re: New Queen

    We've got a similar experiment going. We thought we were losing a queen so we started a nuc from a healthy hive, hoping they would raise a queen. The nuc produced three queen cells. As of...
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    Re: Fumigate full supers with dry ice?

    Carbon dioxide gas at 80% or greater is a good fumigant, and is rated GRAS (generally recognized as safe). A friend of mine works for the Smithsonian Natural History Museum and uses it to kill pests...
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    Re: tankless water heater

    I've got a cranky old Onan 7.5JB (7.5 kW) with voltage regulator problems. I don't recommend it. Several of my friends have the tan ones that you get at Home Depot, and they're entirely pleased. ...
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    Re: Top feeder vs. Frame Feeder

    My frame feeder is a bee-drowning device. The only robbing I've had was with the frame feeder.

    I prefer my top feeder. I've added screened vents to it. There is no top entrance and any robbers...
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    Re: All the talk about goldenrod....

    We've been seeing goldenrod everywhere EXCEPT where our bees are. But we've had other stuff, particularly wingstem.

    What made us shout was on Wednesday when we got to the turn about 3 miles from...
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    Re: Found a V Mite on a drone - Treat?

    Count. Sugar rolls (sugar shakes) do little harm to the bees and give pretty good results. There are a thousand guides on the internet ... here's one of them.
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