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    Re: White flowering roadside tree?

    RCorl: "There are no thorns and the smell is almost the same as a honey suckle. But in a non-vine. It is a small bush/shrub. Small leaves and very small white flowers tightly clustered on the ends."...
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    Re: OK I screwed up big time.

    "I have 2 packages with 2 queen cages each." Not bee packages, just queens. Gotcha.

    You could sell the queens and wait for next year to start beekeeping. Another option is to put out "feelers" via...
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    Re: OK I screwed up big time.

    Well, you can split the packages even more to give some to each queen. Another option is to contact a local bee club to see if you could buy a couple of frames of brood from someone. You have the...
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    Re: White flowering roadside tree?

    The answer is above your post julie/wade.
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    Re: White flowering roadside tree?

    I understand this is an old post, but in case anyone else is looking for the same thing and stumbles upon this post (as I did!), this is the answer: Wild Black Cherry (Prunus serotina). We have it...
  6. Sticky: Re: CCD/Neonicotinoid Data (Studies, Articles, Links)

    I don't think I've seen this one posted here:
    http://phys.org/news/2015-02-neonicotinoid-insecticides-impair-bee-brains.html
  7. Re: Other uses for poor tasting honey?

    Mead making? Or you can always feed it back to them in a dearth. Don't know if you get those down there, but we sure do. Maybe it'll taste better if you let it sit for a while, kind of like aging? I...
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    Re: Is Miracle Grow bad?

    Using it in your garden shoudn't hurt the bees. But you can read about Miracle Grow and salt-based fertilizers on gardening sites if you wanted more "gardencentric" advice.
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    Re: Look who wants to feed our bees!

    I'm sorry, I don't understand what you mean by domesticated? Are you asking if there are organic sources of native wildflowers?
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    Re: Look who wants to feed our bees!

    deknow:
    Not a seed mix but a variety of organic flower seeds:
    https://www.botanicalinterests.com/products/index/category:flowers/filter:14/page:1

    They have a Save the Bees packet that is...
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    Re: Look who wants to feed our bees!

    Nabber86, generally, if an item is organic the provider of the item clearly indicates it. As the "feed a bee" program does not show the organic seal anywhere on the site, I can presume that the seeds...
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    Re: Look who wants to feed our bees!

    If they were organic seeds I would be tempted. Otherwise I wouldn't trust them; the "feed a bee" campaign insinuates the issue is lack of forage. Not pesticides, not pollen and nectar that is...
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    Re: Feeding to build comb?

    The general consensus is to feed a package regardless of whether there is a flow on or not. The goal is not just to have them draw out frames but also to get enough food stored for the winter. A...
  14. Re: Bee Math - all emerging workers nurse bees?

    You might find this article on "heater bees" interesting: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/wildlife/7435950/Honey-bees-secret-world-of-heat-revealed.html
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    Re: I may have split too early.

    To time my splits, I wait until I see walking drones in my hives and then wait a week or two after that. If you have a lot of other beekeepers around you, that's a good way to know when you can make...
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    Re: Chicken Coop recommendations???

    Ravenseye, I love the idea of an outlet by the coop. I wish I could that. It would come in handy for the deicer I use during the winter and the heat lamp when I brood the chicks.
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    Re: Chicken Coop recommendations???

    I have a chicken coop that my husband built for me, with my specifications, and an enclosed run (scroll down):
    https://suburbanrancher.wordpress.com/2011/11/05/winter-garden-and-dirty-chickens/
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  18. Re: I can't believe the cost of nucs this year!

    I like the idea of club members making nucs and offering them for sale. As long as the club member is someone I would want to buy bees from.
    I was gifted my first hive of bees and as a "pay it...
  19. Re: I can't believe the cost of nucs this year!

    A local beekeeper who sells honey, packages and nucs was planning to sell overwintered nucs for $200. I believe they were 5 frame but I may be wrong.
    I make splits to prevent swarming and have sold...
  20. Re: Viable method to keep spare queens

    So you plan to pick up queens before you have any bees?
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    Re: filtering wax

    I used paper towels in my solar wax melter, but butter muslin…oh my, that makes the wax so BEAUTIFULLY clean and smooth. I now use it for all FINAL filtering prior to using the wax in products.
  22. Re: Is it true that bees only bring in Pollen when they have a queen?

    Not true, at all. Bees will bring in nectar and pollen (it's what they do if nectar and pollen is available) regardless if there's a queen or not.
    When someone was making my first nuc for me, she...
  23. Re: Anyone own a Dadant M00505 Deluxe Solar Wax Melter

    I made a solar wax melter for about 6 or 8 dollars. Works well, easily disassembled and stored: http://suburbanrancher.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/solar-wax-melter/
    There are several ideas online, I...
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    Re: Beetle problem

    Freeman beetle traps. I no longer use oil, just fill the tray with diatomaceous earth and when it's time to change that, I just dump it out on the ground for some extra ant and earwig deterrent.
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    Re: Api Life Var - application

    One wafer, broken (or cut--it cuts very easily with scissors), into 4 pieces. Each piece placed on each of the 4 corners of the TOP brood box (do not place directly over the brood frames). To avoid...
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