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    Re: Skep for display only

    They had them and sold them at Colonial Williamsburg a few weeks ago.
  2. Re: Tips for not killing a bunch of bees when putting a hive back together anyone?

    I use pillow cases as hive drapes, I bought sizes larger than the standard pillow case size and I cover all boxes that are open. This helps keep the number of the bees in the air significantly down,...
  3. Re: Crush and Strain - Need tips & tricks

    I used this technique last year but my frames were foundationless and thus very easy to cut off the surrounding wood. I was able to obtain a food grade plastic bucket with lid from the bakery section...
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    Re: Time Article

    "Still, for all the alarm, honeybees are likely to pull through. As I point out in the magazine piece, beekeepers have mostly managed to replace lost colonies, though at a cost high enough that some...
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    Re: Patties home for SHB's

    Use a VERY small amount of patty, such as the size of two quarters side by side and place it above the brood frames. You want to give them an amount that will be consumed in a few days. If they need...
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    Re: Bee Murderer! Help!

    You can kill honey bees with dishsoap and water, no nasty chemicals needed.
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    Re: Bee Murderer! Help!

    If he thought at all that those bees were Africanized, he would be wearing armour, and he wasn't.
  8. Re: Bees sprayed on beans, need advise.

    Were these bees placed there as part of a pollination contract? From what I understand, there should be something in the agreement that spells out pesticide use in regard to the bees.

    Regarding...
  9. Re: Can I transfer just a few frames from a weak to a strong hive?

    You can certainly do a newspaper combine, don't need to make slashes in the middle either, just a little break in the paper and the bees will take care of the rest.

    But with so few bees I would...
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    Re: Stores are bone dry

    Oh my, I wish we had that but Central Maryland has a very short spring flow and really nothing to speak of afterwards.
    My husband grew up in Bradford and we were able to buy fall honey from a...
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    Re: Unwanted Bees

    drive4funn, could you leave a weatherproof note by the hives to have the beekeeper call you/stop by the next time he's there?
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    Re: Is this honey bee factoid true?

    It's one pound.
  13. Re: Any other newbie getting frustrated with their new hive?

    These are your options:

    1. Add a frame of eggs from the strong hive to the weak one. A frame of eggs represents very little input from the strong hive. A frame of capped brood represents a lot of...
  14. Re: Beekeeping confession looking for help

    One other thing to consider, is if the "good" hive is still there and near this dead hive, it may need to have it's entrance reduced as well, just to be on the safe side. As you know, you can't tell...
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    Re: Angry Angry Angry Bees.

    I was previously able to refill their rapid feeder without having to don a veil or gloves but in the last week or so, they have started to really go after my hands (no stings thankfully) to let me...
  16. Re: Bee Swarm found on ground after cold night. Brought Back to Life!

    Congratulations on saving the swarm. Are you sure it's a swarm and not an absconded hive? I just can't picture a swarm happening right now in those temps. Mind you, I am NOT an expert. Maybe rather...
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    Re: What/when is it too cold to feed?

    Are you worried that they won't cap the syrup and it's the UNCAPPED food that will cause moisture problems?

    I would think it's essentially as Mark said, until they can't get to the food or they...
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    Re: What/when is it too cold to feed?

    Feed them until they stop taking it. The key word is "stop". Let me explain why: my orange hive I started feeding several weeks ago due to being very light on stores. They were taking it like...
  19. Re: What is the longest you have kept a hive alive?

    I received my bees from a beekeeper who received his bees via a swarm. The swarm was caught 7 years ago and the same hive genetics have been present in that hive since that time. The beekeeper made a...
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    Re: fall flow

    As I am still a new beekeeper and was feeding my bees last year, so I don't really know what a good fall flow is for my area. I'm guessing a good flow would mean the hives would not require feeding...
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    Re: More mysteries to me - empty frames

    honeydog, I'm sorry you've received such comments. You should definitely try to get a mentor, having 2 sets of eyes looking at the hive with you helps tremendously. I believe Jim Fraser is a member...
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    Re: More mysteries to me - empty frames

    honeydog, you should be feeding them their first year. You should hopefully be seeing some brood, stored pollen, some honey but they may have eaten through whatever they managed to collect. If you...
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    Re: Why you should where gear Stung!

    I was worried about him too, I hope he's all right.

    Maryland summers can be so brutal but I wore old jeans and a white linen shirt that buttoned. Oh my, in the span of a month, I was stung on my...
  24. Re: Do you have any honeybee facts for pamphlet?

    Deknow is right about that, stick to what can be proven with research/science vs. anecdotal report.

    Books like Biology of the Honey Bee have loads of interesting info.
    You can say something like...
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    Re: Yellow Jacket war...

    I have one of those green traps that catches both hornets (through the bottom) and wasps (through the top). It has caught 4 wasps and no hornets. My homemade trap has caught WAY more hornets and...
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