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  1. Thread: Florida Newbie

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    Re: Florida Newbie

    I am also in Florida, though north (Alachua County). You can ask a doctor to test you for allergies...even if you're not, you may find like me that you live in fear of being stung until it happens....
  2. A few favorite publications in the public domain or free

    These are well-known books -- I've read Constructive Beekeeping a couple of times and am still trying to understand just how ventilation works, especially given contradictory findings about entrance...
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    Re: What to do with this cross combed colony

    A beek on the top bar FB uses this same method but with 2 pieces of wire mesh, essentially forming a clamp -- sort of combines the best of hair clip (which failed miserably for me:-)) and your rescue...
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    Re: Robbing - Act III

    Both hives are down to a handful of bees and their survival appears doubtful. A few days ago I still had the split queen, but I haven't seen the old queen for a few weeks. Now there are so few bees...
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    Re: Robbing - Act III

    Would using a periscope entrance (a la Phil Chandler) help prevent robbing? Particularly if a piece of hardware cloth just large enough for workers to get through were placed over the entrance -- the...
  6. Thread: Roach problem

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    Re: Roach problem

    The droppings are my problem, too. I have many more on Mama Hive, my first one with a gabled roof, eco floor, and a "ledge" that was added as a last-minute fix and has proved a bad idea. To raise the...
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    Re: Colony gone -- no stores -- is this why?

    Thank you, everyone, for your thoughts. Starvation seemed unlikely to me, too, and there was neither honey or pollen left in the hive. I don't recall them ever having much in the way of capped honey,...
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    Colony gone -- no stores -- is this why?

    Hi, All.

    It's been a while since I checked in. And it's been an interesting second season. Thus far, of 5 new colonies I've started, I'm batting 0 for 5. Sigh. Three I can attribute to things...
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    Re: I think my bees found some pollen...

    :D
  10. Thread: Day 9 combs...

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    Re: Day 9 combs...

    Ditto:D!
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    first video of an orientation flight :-)

    Went to the hives to move a bar of brood comb over to the split (which finally has a genuine queen cell) and decided to wait a few minutes while the new foragers began their training:D
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    Re: Sources for treatment free bees

    I didn't know Anarchy had a FL apiary! Last time I looked them up, it was only in NY. Thanks for the tip on Sierra's Bees.
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    Re: Sources for treatment free bees

    Hmm. I did not know this. My assumption is that they'd ship from GA, but I didn't ask.
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    Re: Sources for treatment free bees

    Two sources that I know of: BeeWeaver, in E. Texas, and Goldstar Honeybees, whose bees are raised in GA. Both sellers are treatment free; both feature "mutt" bees, though BeeWeaver seems to have a...
  15. Re: Question on room and frame pattern in big hive

    That's good to know! They ate 12 bars of honey in 2 weeks back in February, so I was expecting something to change. My guess is they probably swarmed, though I'm not sure of that. But all of those...
  16. Question on room and frame pattern in big hive

    Hi, All. Boy, I can't tell you how much I wish I had your experienced eyes during inspections now. Last year, it was all pretty straightforward. Now, I'm not sure what I am seeing!

    I did a fairly...
  17. A day of firsts -- laying workers in split, sting!

    I've confirmed that I'm not allergic to bee stings;). Though I don't see myself rushing to go gloveless, the sting was not that bad all in all -- I was wearing nitrile garden gloves, so the stinger...
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    Re: Package Install Method?

    LOL! That's pretty much what I say about men...

    I can attest that hanging the queen cage can cause crooked comb, so if you go with that method (I did), be sure to correct problems quickly (I...
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    Re: no queen! no brood!

    If you need a queen, you might be able to find one locally. While most of our local major suppliers are already spoken for, many backyarders are letting people know they've got swarm cell queens...
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    Re: Just lost my first hive

    They were not unvented. The seller uses a pretty cool plastic device with different kinds of exit holes, from fully open, to queen excluder, to vent holes.
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    Re: Just lost my first hive

    The inside of the hive does have those streaks. That is what worries me most. I pulled every dead bee I could find. There are still some with their bodies buried in cells. But do I need to move them...
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    Re: Just lost my first hive

    They were sealed in for the trip home. I was told not to open them at night, but I think I should have. They were placed in their new hive the next morning, and it was chillier than 50 -- about 40....
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    Just lost my first hive

    I bought my first nuc last week. I was so anxious to get a nuc from an actual TBH-er that I ignored bad weather and bad timing. Bees came home to pouring rain, at night, so couldn't be hived until...
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    Re: How long Before Queen lays in new comb ?

    I struggle with this, too, though it seems to depend on the hive. I just bought a nuc (not doing all that well, unfortunately), and the moment the hive gets opened, they come out to hang out on the...
  25. Re: Made a linseed oil wax/paste for inside the hive

    Aah, thank you, Michael.
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