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    Re: Freezer failed, moldy honey and frames

    shinbone, I would imagine that in a closed container, a frozen to warm cycle, no airflow, miscellaneous spores present, energy food (honey),....mold shouldn't have any problem growing in that...
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    Re: Powder Sugar Shake Mite Count

    :applause:
    Well done!!!

    Ed
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    Re: Powder Sugar Shake Mite Count

    Now there's thinking outside the (raisin) box!!!!!! ;)

    Ed
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    Re: Powder Sugar Shake Mite Count

    What difference does it make if you do the sugar shake at the bee yard or 50 miles away? Will the bees mysteriously eat the mites or something while they're traveling? Seriously, I'm curious why...
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    Re: Incredibly aggressive bees

    ...or either try to demoralize them by splitting them into 2,3 or 4 splits. But then you run into the expense of new queens, more equipment, and the need to keep tabs on them building their own...
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    Re: Uncapping question

    I'm a newbie, but....

    When I have done the uncapping I tend to take the capping off and leave any fat combs...fat. :) My mentor, though, usually takes it down to the frame edges. We use a heated...
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    Re: Powder Sugar Shake Mite Count

    I would imagine that the idea is to demonstrate several things... Demonstrate the level in the jar that approximates the recommended 300 bees. To show them maybe how hard to shake the jars. Point...
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    Re: Incredibly aggressive bees

    From all that I've read, AHB are always defensive...they don't take a day off as it appears your bees did. With two hives side-by-side experiencing pretty much the same environmental conditions the...
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    Re: Incredibly aggressive bees

    Bees aren't aggressive, Brian, they're defensive.

    In AHB territory..."aggression" beat into them? I don't think so. If a DNA test was done on them I'd wager that they would test positive for...
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    Re: under the dog house

    Nice. ;)
  11. Re: hive beatles, how to treat w/o chemicals?

    Make *sure* that bees can't get into your oil tray.

    Ed
  12. Re: Considering all medium box hives, any reasons not to?

    Trying to work on a steep incline could get old...fast. I would go ahead and be working on leveling out a place behind the hives to stand while working the bees...and a place to set boxes to the...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    Really good point, Nabber.

    Ed
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    Nabber, I think the point Michael was making is that things like those mentioned above were once *not* known to cause health problems but given time were indeed found to cause them. As time goes by,...
  15. Re: Are landing boards simply just a waste of wood? ( and paint? )

    Mine like to sit on the porch drinking mead and laughing at the drones landing...a really rowdy bunch of wenches!!!!
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    BH, I'd like to know what your thoughts on this are...care to share?

    Thanks,
    Ed
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    Re: spider eating bees

    A couple of weeks ago while switching bottom boards...a total of three fat females under this one bottom board...and a little male(?) that "disappeared" (I really didn't see the little one until I...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    According to WHO (The World Health Organization) there are an estimated 359,000 deaths worldwide each year that are associated with Dihydrogen Monoxide...and nobody is protesting or seeking a ban on...
  19. Re: I need a hayfield sprayed for briars/wild blackberries...

    Thanks for the idea, mac. No fencing, and current domestic hog prices are intimidating. Of course, if I wait a while the wild hogs will be here.<groan> Thankfully we have dodge the wild hog...
  20. Re: I need a hayfield sprayed for briars/wild blackberries...

    Well, it looks like we're going ahead with the spraying. I'll report back with what I find. The briars are terrible and something does have to be done, so hopefully this will do it with a little...
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    Hmm, it's main ingredient is "picloram" which has an "Acute Toxicity to Honey Bees (Technical): = 14.5 micrograms per bee"...a lot higher toxicity than what is listed in the final product of...
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    I'm reading on the UGA website that LD50 of greater than 11 micrograms are safe for honey bees. Going by that it seems that Surmount is "ok". ??????

    Ed
  23. Re: I need a hayfield sprayed for briars/wild blackberries...

    Just got a surprise phone call from the guy doing the hayfields that he is coming to spray. I thought we would discuss this more and also the herbicide choice. The co-op apparently sold him...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    I don't know whether Round-Up is good, bad, or indifferent...

    What I do know is that I smoked cigarettes for about 35 years. I thank God for helping me quit about eight years ago...as of this...
  25. Re: ISOT II - or,...Intheswamp's Simple Oil Tray mod v2 ;)

    Ok, last Saturday we had a *very* heavy rainstorm...receiving almost 3" of rain in about as many hours. It was a hard and blowing rain, the kind that shuts down visibility and walks across the...
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