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    Re: Interesting for an entomologist,

    The nucs were installed on May first and have built up to 2 full deeps.
    On close inspection the scenario is becoming a little clearer. It reminds me of the Little Big Horn. The Hygienics are still...
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    Re: Interesting for an entomologist,

    It is not unheard of, among bees in general.
    I'm not ruling it out.
    I really don't have enough info yet.
    I'm just fishing for opinions.
    I've got to go out and till up a garden bed 5 feet from the...
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    Re: Interesting for an entomologist,

    [QUOTE=Acebird;691584]Why not?

    Swarms allot, aggressive, what else would you think?[/QUOTE

    In the last 2 weeks-

    A couple puffs of smoke and I can inspect and pull frames of honey with no...
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    Interesting for an entomologist,

    Not so much for a beekeeper.
    So I go out to the garden last night to cut some green onions for dinner and show the wife the 4 inch Yellow Garden spider that has taken up residence in the compost...
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    Re: Bottom Entrance Hive Conversion

    I did it a slight bit differently but not much.
    It works well.
    Still have a 4 inch bottom entrance.
    Not reducing that til fall.
    With these temps I figured they could use all the ventilation they...
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    Re: Bottom Entrance Hive Conversion

    With a SBB, top entrance and a screened inner cover my hives don't beard at 105 degree heat index.
    I like it.
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    Re: Drowning Bees in sugar syrup how to avoid

    That is a totally different story. When enclosed in a super the bees have to walk to the feed. That reduces their ability to escape especially in the midst of the feeding frenzy that usually takes...
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    Re: Bottom Entrance Hive Conversion

    I agree with Michael. Looks to be a full 3/4 of an inch there. Give a bee that much space and........................
    I have used Imirie shims before and just as George warned they are an invitation...
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    Re: Drowning Bees in sugar syrup how to avoid

    I open feed with a big cake pan with a couple of bricks in it.
    In the last few weeks I've had maybe five in there dead and as far as I know they died of old age.
    It would be interesting to actually...
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    Re: Bottom Entrance Hive Conversion

    I just took some 1/2 inch plywood cut to the size of the box and nailed a 3/8 inch cleat all the way around leaving a 4 inch space centered in front. Put an 1 1/2 screw in the 2 front corners to...
  11. Re: N. Texas Mesquite Bloom Is Happening Now!!

    Have to say I'm a bit conflicted. Been doing a bit of casual open feeding. ( A gallon a day for 5 hives.)
    Noticed this morning they are bringing in tons of pollen. (Most likely Mimosa.) From all...
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    Re: Why are supers added only when needed?

    While I don't agree with George on everything I see no problem with adding a super or two AFTER you've got your brood established. Right now I'm about to add supers even though we are in the middle...
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    Re: Building your drawn comb stock pile..

    George Imirie was the king of drawing comb.
    Basically
    feed feed feed.
    http://pinkpages.chrisbacherconsulting.com/Foundation_Is_Not_Drawn_Comb.html
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    Re: Equipment help

    Only thing I could find.

    DALE'S BEE KEEPING SUPPLIES
    1 Mille Up Boardtown Rd, Ellijay, GA 30536
    74.0MI from Athens
    (706) 635-2282

    Check with a local Beekeepers Asso.
    Maybe they could...
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    Re: What is the effect on other pollinaters

    In the last few years with the addition of a few hundred "bee friendly" plants our native pollinator population has gone way up. My bees don't bother with those plants at all. I've got an area with a...
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    Re: Colony Awareness of Other Colonies

    Seems the concept of awareness is species specific with a slight overlap.
    Just slight, in the the primate mind.
    We are the only ones thinking about it.
    I think.
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    Re: Colony Awareness of Other Colonies

    I think the word aware is maybe not quite right.
    Bees IMHO live in a constant now.
    They don't contemplate the future.
    They react to their environment mechanically
    as they have evolved to do....
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    Re: best book for beginers

    It definitely is worth the time to read. At the time it was also a not so thinly veiled advertisement for his newfangled hive. It's a free download from...
  19. Thread: Bearding

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    Re: Bearding

    Not to be sarcastic but that looks more like a friendly little get together by a few friends on the front porch when it's mildly warm. When they cover the entire front of the hive and hang a foot...
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    Re: best book for beginers

    Anything you can lay your hands on. People that write about bees are just like any group of beekeepers They seldom agree. (Except perhaps in the basics to get started, after that it goes all over the...
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    Re: Summer ventilation increases honey yield

    I run SBB, upper and lower entrances,4"x3/8", screened inner covers and I raise the telescoping cover an inch in front to allow easy access to the upper entrance.
    In 100+ degrees my bees neither fan...
  22. Re: How long until bees find syrup at feeding station?

    I laced my open feeder with LGO and still no interest. The yard is filled with beebalm, anise hyssop, sunflowers and a dozen other 'bee friendly' plants in full flower. The Carpenter Bees love it....
  23. Re: How long until bees find syrup at feeding station?

    I've had an open feeder out for a week and they pay no attention to it. With it in the same place early in the spring they were all over it. I'm assuming that right now they are relatively content.
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    Re: Moving new hive ?

    I agree. I moved 2 nucs 50 yards and only had about 25 stragglers. Early,early in the morning, just light enough to see.
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    Re: Uh Oh, the heat is on . . .

    We've just been doing 100-102 here. With the humidity (50-70%) the heat index goes to about 108-110. All my hives get shade about a third of the day. SBB, screened inner covers, Top and bottom...
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