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  1. Re: Pick your poison: (1) frostbite; or (2) heatstroke.

    >You could try

    In Vermont and they won't try to arrest you... not so much here...

    When I lived in the Panhandle of Nebraska, that was the most extreme weather I've seen. -40 F every night for...
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    Re: Too late for a split?

    A split in August in NC might have a fair chance if it's a strong split. In Nebraska it might even have a chance, but the odds keep diminishing as fall is rapidly approaching. Now is now when I'm...
  3. Re: Interesting but the horse has left the barn a long time ago... Gmos patents expir

    They can always out lawyer us...
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    Re: All Mediums: Was Brother Adam wrong?

    >The 8 frame equipment is already a lot less stable than the 10.

    Let's see... 14" vs 16 1/4". That's 13% difference. Not what I would call a "lot less", but slightly less. I have had no issues...
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    Re: mating flights

    It seems more by temperature and sunshine than by the clock. But sometime between noon and 2pm is pretty typical When you see the drones flying out to the DCAs it's likely to be shortly after that.
  6. Re: how big can the frames bee and where shpuld they bee located at

    Keep in mind that bees in an observation hive may put anything anywhere and when they get too strong you'll need to be able to pull frames out and put them somewhere. When they get too weak you'll...
  7. Re: Too late for bees to draw out foundation (August) ?

    My bees are still drawing comb.
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    Re: All Mediums: Was Brother Adam wrong?

    If you want to cook meat and have it be tender you do one of two things:

    1) cook it very hot and very quick
    2) cook it very slowly at just simmering temperatures

    So which is it? Both.

    Why...
  9. Re: Interesting but the horse has left the barn a long time ago... Gmos patents expir

    They will release "Round-up Ready 2" and promptly start suing every farmer who doesn't buy it, just like they did with Round-Ready. The pollen will spread the genes and everyone will have it whether...
  10. Re: Can bees tell the difference between Male and Female Egg/Larvae?

    >This has got me wondering, when building a queen cell can bees tell the difference between male and female eggs? I would presume the answer is yes?

    Yes.

    >If so how are bees able to make this...
  11. Re: spraying bees with syrup cause robbing? what are your thoughts

    >When pulling a frame with honey on top sometimes it`s opened and the honey gets the bees sticky.
    Are they able to clean themselves?

    Feet are easy. The whole body is tougher. Bees are fuzzy and...
  12. Re: Organic Apiculture Practice Standard, NOP-12-0063

    So far there is no definition, which is why it baffles me that there is honey in the health food stores labeled "UDSA Organic". But the 1.8 mile radius rule will eliminate all but three or four...
  13. Re: spraying bees with syrup cause robbing? what are your thoughts

    Under the "right" (or perhaps "wrong") conditions robbing can be set off pretty easily. I would assume the syrup was contributing. I tried it years ago briefly but I decided it was not a good idea....
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    Re: What kind of bee is this?!?!

    The picture is pretty dark. Hard to say. I have a block of wood on my porch with a variety of hole sizes in it and it attracts all kinds of solitary bees. It's one of those solitary bees.
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    Re: Time to move KTBs

    >By "closing" I did not mean to nail a board over the entrances. Use a window screen.

    So did I. I wouldn't close them for a few minutes with solid boards...
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    Re: Bines Beeginer Beekeeping Questions

    >If I go with a Lang, is it a good idea to start with two deeps for the bottom, and one medium super for the top, and then add more medium supers to the top?

    I wouldn't. If I were starting out...
  17. Re: How concerned about inbreeding are you backyard nuc/queen producers?

    >The hipster religion that bees must be purchased from purveyors of "treatment-free" survivors is bad biology, and is, at heart, just a marketing gimmick.

    I think everyone here is talking about...
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    Re: Help! Need idea to save these bees.

    >and I just can put my hand down and get them out. Never been stung yet.

    I have been stung while doing that... frustrating...
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    Re: Help! Need idea to save these bees.

    You need a water source that is more appealing. The neighbors hive is probably not the only source of bees in the neighborhood.

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beeswater.htm
  20. Re: How concerned about inbreeding are you backyard nuc/queen producers?

    I've been raising my own queens for 41 years. For 26 of those I had between 1 and 7 hives. Never had an issue with inbreeding (as evidenced by spotty brood patterns).

    There are a lot of drones...
  21. Re: Laying Worker Shake-out, will the laying worker enter a functioning hive?

    I usually take the entire hive a ways (20 to 100 yards) and shake them all out on the ground. They will all fly back to the old location, where there will be no equipment, and they have to beg their...
  22. Re: Queen Laying only drones.. need some suggestions

    Kill the drone layer. Requeen or give them a frame of brood or combine with another hive depending on how strong they are and how much of a season you have for them to build up.
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    Re: Queen Excluder or "Not"

    >What do you think about using an extra super as an excluder?

    I don't need an excluder. Bees want a consolidated brood nest. They have to heat it and humidify it and organize food for the...
  24. Re: removing drone frames under honey supers

    > I do feel its wasteful to destroy all those drones, however I find many drone brood patches in other areas of the hive, not just in the drone frames. Especially between hive bodies.

    Even if they...
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    Re: Do landing boards really help?

    >I truly don't understand the above quoted comment .... anyone care to translate?

    He believes there is a 10% gain in honey production by using the "ramps" so anyone "beekeeping for real" would...
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