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    Re: Neighbors destroying colonies

    I am pretty sure that is "off label" and an illegal use of the pesticide. Call your state regulatory agency or contact the EPA.
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    Re: Splitting a hot hive?

    I have the same issue. As I understand it, most of the "hotness" comes from the drone side of the mating. I split mine into 3, keeping the original queen in a smaller hive (I cut it down to a...
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    Re: Walk away Splits

    Go to Amazon.com and order a pair of safety bifocal glasses with yellow tint lenses. The tint significantly increases the contrast and makes seeing eggs much easier. I get the 2.5-3.0 diopter. ...
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    Re: Round two - and the champ is down!

    Indeterminant beans are only grown in the south where you have long "indeterminant" summers. You do not want your beans to freeze before maturing, that would be a big mess to harvest. They do not...
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    Re: Bees on the bird feeder.

    They work my bird feeders every time we get a warm day. Must be finding remnant pollen or ground up bird seed in the mix. I've tried putting over the counter flours and what not out without much...
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    Re: Round two - and the champ is down!

    Same here with the temperature. For our area it has to be below 14 degrees for 7 days. Even last winter which set all kinds of low temp records we didn't have 7 consecutive days below.
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    Re: Round two - and the champ is down!

    It would be interesting to see if the ELAP program was defunded if their hive numbers would improve.......
  8. Re: No room for Trees? Shrubs are good for bees too

    Getting too late to plant in NE Indiana? Zone 4-5. First killing frost already but ground will not freeze until December.
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    Re: I need new glasses!

    Suggestion, get some bifocal safety glasses, i.e. local hardware, Amazon, etc. and get ones with YELLOW lenses. It is amazing how it increases the contrast and makes the eggs easier to see.
  10. Re: Kelley- anyone else having customer service problems?

    I just hope there is a live human rep at the HAS meeting.....
  11. Re: Kelley- anyone else having customer service problems?

    Yes, ordered 30 shallow frames in January. When I got around to putting them together, I had 3 different types, 2 shallow and 1 medium. Have called and sent emails and been promised for 2 months...
  12. Re: Queen cells after week and half after installing package

    In a pakcage it should be fairly easy to find the queen in the 2 that are not laying. See if you can find her before getting too excited. If she looks healthy I might give her a few more days. If...
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    USe a cloak board.
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    Caramalized sugar

    I keep seeing the standard line that sugar that has been overcooked (caramalized, brown) is "poison" to bees but I have not been able to find any scientific research to back this up. Is there any...
  15. Re: How Much "Breeding Progress" Can Really Be Expected?

    As we do in corn breeding, what works in one area does not work in others. In Indiana, disease resistance is of prime importance whereas a corn breeder in Nebraska is only concerned about yield. ...
  16. Re: How Much "Breeding Progress" Can Really Be Expected?

    Being a commercial plant breeder as my day job, I can tell you from experience, modifying traits is very difficult and takes many generations, even when you can control both the male and female...
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    Re: How to hold steady at a hive number...

    I'm careful never to put more than 5 hives at any location that is visible from the road.....if she asks I am really not quite sure, some died, some got split, just hard to keep track of a moving...
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    Re: How to hold steady at a hive number...

    I am sure you could easily find homes for the nucs or splits with someone in the Miami Valley Beekeeper group. If not let me know and I'll drive down and take them off your hands if the price is...
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    Re: How young did you get your kids involved?

    My daughter got a bee suit and went out several times with me from age 6 to 8. Last summer she took her vail off too soon when I was pulling honey supers and walked near a hive thinking they had...
  20. Thread: Split Timing

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    Re: Split Timing

    When increasing a colony you are really making a "swarm". Ask experienced beeks in your area what is the average early swarm date. The bees generally know the best time to make a new colony.
  21. Thread: Breeder queens

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    Re: Breeder queens

    Are you planning to do artificial insemination using your drones in this scheme? If not, how do you insure that only the desired 20 drones mate with your queen?
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    Re: robbing screen...dead bees

    No there were no drones in the dead pile of bees, just workers and yellow jackets. One of the robbing screens was on a weak nuc that hadn't even raised any drones. Entrance completely plugged with...
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    Re: question for dr. latshaw aka jsl

    I agree, this spring I had 2 hives that I kept sugar on that got down to a couple of fists full of bees. I was absolutely amazed, by July there were 2 boxes full and I was putting on supers. One I...
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    robbing screen...dead bees

    Due to a crazy fall I left 2 robbing screens on until yesterday thinking they would be ok as entrance reducers / mouse protectors. When I took them off, the bottom entrance was completely blocked...
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    Re: Honey warming box air temperature

    Watch on Craigslist or similar, you can often find an old freezer for free or dirt cheap. Works great.
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