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  1. Re: Very Very New and Need LOTS of Guidance and Support (Buyer beware LOL)

    Agree with Metropropolis; take a class, find a local bee club, find a mentor and read, read, read.

    Mentoring takes a significant effort and it really helps when the mentee has a basic knowledge...
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    Re: Race of Bees and Color

    If your queens have been open mated you have a true "blended family," they know their momma but who's their daddy?
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    Re: snap, crackle, pop?

    I get the snap crackle pop noise when working hives but usually it's from me
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    Re: Virgin vs. Mated queen intro?

    Rookie,
    If I have virgins I put them in a cage (haircurler cage), tuck them between frames and leave them for a couple of days. This may sound a little cold but after a couple of days if the she's...
  5. Re: Assmbling Hives Bodies - Battery powered finish nailer or air powered Framing Nai

    I use a nailer and Titebond III when assembling hive boxes; IMHO, the glue is strongest "mechanical fastener" and the nails are only needed to keep the joints in place until the glue sets.
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    Re: Virgin vs. Mated queen intro?

    Usually 24 hours. After about a couple of days from when I expect her to emerge I open the hive just enough to ensure she did emerge and remove the cell, then close it up for 7-10 days before...
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    Re: Virgin vs. Mated queen intro?

    If I have queen cells ready to emerge I prefer to introduce the queen cell a couple of days prior to emergence.
  8. Re: Cleaning the Propolis from the tops of feeder jars.

    I keep a bottle of Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) and shop towel in the truck for clean propolis off my fingers before leaving the outyard. The alcohol and a little rubbing gets it off my...
  9. Re: Why do some apiaries run consistently small hives, while others run towers?

    I believe you will find most of the commercial beekeepers utilize a broad spectrium of the bee industry from pollenation contracts, honey, wax, selling hives, etc. Sometimes the transportation and...
  10. Re: Why do some apiaries run consistently small hives, while others run towers?

    It also depends on your "core objective." Large hives have an economy of scale advantage if you're looking for honey production; building up hives and splitting for nuc sales can/will result in...
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    Re: Tips for managing foundationless frames

    When you are performing inspections do not lay it flat. Learn to keep it in the same orientation as it sets in the hive, to inspect the other side rotate it onto its end. String/wire it for...
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    Re: Not sure what bush this is

    We have bush and vine honeysuckle but I haven't noticed much difference between the blooms, both are fragrant
  13. Re: Introducing queens in various configurations....

    I've had good results adding queen cells into 24 hour queenless nucs and hives. Per Brother Adam, you should be able to remove the original laying queen and insert a new laying queen almost...
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    Re: Bee entrance 30ft and 60 ft uo in tree

    If this gentleman was a personal friend and had a good reason for the hive eviction, here's one "not a good" idea. Set out some bait hives and pump in a significant quantiy of bee gone or some other...
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    Re: Bee entrance 30ft and 60 ft uo in tree

    I hate to pass on a hive and like the challege of a trap out but 60 feet in the air is a lot of risk for the price of a hive. beware10 is spot on.
  16. Re: Opinions on moving a trapped swarm into a hive

    I let them settle in the bait hive for a week or two before I move them early morning or late in the day. I don't worry how far I move them, nor do I worry about leaving them in the bait hive or...
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    Re: tips on obtaining land for apiary

    As the other folks said, look around and talk with the owner; get the word out you're looking for an out yard. There's an interest in the plight of bees, a number of folks want to do something...
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    Re: Honey may have fermented

    I'll second mathesonequip comments, particularly about feeding honey from an unknown source and using it for mead. If you haven't tried making mead, it's easy and requires minimal equipment.
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    Re: Foundationless and Heat

    Do you use the Kevlar line on foundationless? I ask because tensile strength and "chew resistance" might not be synonymous.
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    Re: Foundationless and Heat

    I haven't had a problem with any comb separating in the hive. I did have one hive knocked on it's face from a height of 24" which caused a couple deep frames of 3/4 completed new comb to separate but...
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    Re: Foundationless and Heat

    I string fishing line across my frames the same as the foundation folks wire theirs. Also, you have to handle the frames correctly; keep it vertical as in how it hangs in the hive or rotate it on its...
  22. Re: What should I expect durring my first inspection?

    My rule for me, I don't open hives unless I have a lit smoker. A couple of light puffs to "announce my presence," then only as needed; never can tell when someone might be in a bad mood.
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    Re: Where to locate a water source

    I use a bird baths 30+ feet from the hives with wood and sticks added, let the water maintain a little character (funky might be another term used)
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    Re: Dirty dishwater color

    The JAOM was the great and very quick at settling once it decided to start. The traditional with fall honey is being the problem child about clearing. Plenty of lees but still cloudy, the jug is...
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    Re: Dirty dishwater color

    The antique orange is excellent even drinking it before bottling, can't wait for it to age a year. The dirty dishwater are a nice golden color, waiting for the last one to clear a bit more before...
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