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    Re: Watering Bees during Extreme Dry Weather

    We are in 100% agreement. I have these on all my strong hives and only use water. They take it down pretty quickly when needed.
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    Re: wait or order a queen?

    NewJoe, you have plenty of time with what you are saying is in your hive now. Just let them do there thing and check back in 2 weeks to make sure you have a laying queen. If not then you need to get...
  3. Re: What if my two splits dont build up in time for winter?

    Aside from a combine; you can put a screen on the top of the bottom one. Set the other on top and use a top entrance on the top hive. It will help them with the heating. In my opinion; I would...
  4. Re: Yellow Spots on Thorax,,what the fujayla?

    I was walking in one of my yards just the other day and got the first wiff of the year on that, just glad it doesnt taste like it smells. :) Have a couple hives that I should be getting some from...
  5. Re: Yellow Spots on Thorax,,what the fujayla?

    First glance I would say it is pollen too.

    Thanks deknow, i just learned something, pretty cool :)
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    Re: Required time for beekeeping

    It will get less with experience, the first few months it took me an hour to go through one hive. Different times of the year can call for different lengths of inspections; I will give some...
  7. Re: Help Diagnosing Brown Goo Issue and Dead Larvae

    This can happen if you split a hive that does not have a good support staff.

    In the future if you split and are keeping in the same yard, go back into the split (not the parent hive) for the next...
  8. Poll: Re: Hey Newbies! What are your thoughts concerning chemical treatments?

    The insinuation is that your bees will not make it a year without treatment. However I have been treatment free since I started (3years running), so far have only lost a swarm that I collected, it...
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    Re: Worst First Year Ever

    Just a thought but does anyone think the commercial operation is not allowing enough forage in the OPs area and therefore causing the problems? Not to blame the commercial operation, just thinking...
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    Re: Treat or not to treat

    Let me also say this; I do not have a full time job doing this (yet; I am working towards it). I do believe that breaking the brood cycle is a treatment just not a chemical. I think it is important...
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    Re: Treat or not to treat

    This is how I treat for mites. Either that or just squish the queen and let them rear another. It is the break in the brood cycle that will help. I never use chemicals in the hive. I have done it...
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    Re: Noticed a lot of Drones

    Sometimes the workers will push the drones to one area in preparation for their final demise. I have opened a hive only to see drones rush out; my guess has always been the workers are starving them...
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    Re: Jacket vs suit

    I have a suit for cutouts or anything major (IE extracting) Like it because it keeps me and my clothes clean. Otherwise when I work my hive, I just wear a veil and whatever I happen to be wearing. ...
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    Re: Best way to move a hive.

    Sorry my post was to the OP not to Brian, you can just move the hive 8 ft and have no worries. Just do not do this for long distances. I move hives around in the same yard whenever I feel the need...
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    Re: Best way to move a hive.

    Do not do this, if you do it during the day you will lose half your hive as they are out in the field working and if you do it at night you will regret opening the hive. They get really defensive at...
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    Re: Seeding the forest with bees

    Can you elaborate on this? I have never heard t his before or if I did I paid it no mind. Very intriguing and would like to know more about this thought. Thanks

    By the way I do not think seeding...
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    Re: Honey with bettle larva, Any Good

    The OP says its from a cutout, so since they don't know the source, it would be foolish to feed to to the bees.

    Strain it and use it for mead if you are worried, the 15-18% alcohol in mine will...
  18. Re: Anyone have any problems with bees drinking Fountaintec Algaecide

    “Safe for plants, birds, and animals to drink treated water - but not safe for fish”
    Sure it is “Safe” Safe meaning won’t kill on the spot. If it kills, then it kills. If it walks and talks like a...
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    Re: What size to expand to next year?

    It is all about the location; you getting your bees at the end of May basically gave them 2 weeks at the tail end of the flow and then all they have is whatever you are feeding. If you are not...
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    Re: Really need some feed back please

    Let me say that I agree with what Solomon has already stated.

    If you are feeding with a Boardman feeder; Stop. They are only good for water in my opinion and never sugar feed. I do put them on my...
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    Re: Need help please

    Most likely not enough bees to drain it down and take care of the rest of the hive.

    I hope this will help you and feel free to PM me at anytime and I would be happy to help.
  22. Re: Newspaper Combine....now what do we do

    The last time I did a combine, I put the paper on and came back in 4 days, there was not a shred of paper in the hive, only what was trapped between the boxes.

    Check again in a week to make sure...
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    Re: Need help please

    You could try the brood idea; however for me it has never been a successful venture. If the queen is no good then all you are doing is adding to a work force that is temporary. Some will say it...
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    Re: Need help please

    It is hard to say without some more information. There are a lot of factors involved and we would need more information to give a better assessment.

    Are you feeding sugar water? If so what ratio?...
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    Re: pricing my honey for retail sales!

    I would not sell for that price, it is far too low. I get $10 per lb retail and would not take a dime less. I could sell it wholesale for less, but have no need since I sell it so quickly.
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