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    Re: Huge Black Bees Attacking

    Does it match any of the photos here?

    http://www.insectidentification.org/bees-ants-wasps-and-similar.asp

    http://www.donerickson.com/insects/ants_bees_wasps.htm
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  2. Re: Bees going at you after switching brood boxes

    I did the same to five hives a few months ago; one is still a little snippy. It might be a human bias from me, though...they are by far the strongest hive we have. More bees; more guards. It probably...
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    Re: What defines mean bees?

    If more than a dozen or so coming pouring out thirsty for blood right when I lift the lid, I generally regret dealing with that hive, and I sometimes close up and come back another day. If I'm...
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    Re: Which extractor???

    Bottles or jars should be on the list in the first post, but I'd also throw in a recommendation on a couple of food-grade plastic buckets. Even with only five hives, you can still end up with a...
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    Re: Cleaning Pierco

    If you want to keep the wax, you can just add it to very hot water, let it melt, and drain the water. The dirty stuff will float and can be scooped off.

    EDIT: I mean scrape the wax off and put it...
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    Re: DOes anyone still use the front feeder?

    That jar will probably be empty by the end of the day. I put one on a stong nuc I made up for queen rearing with four full frames; they ignored it the first day, but the second day they took it all....
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    Re: DOes anyone still use the front feeder?

    I use one on nucs; never had a problem with robbing. A related factor might be I am almost always using them when there is at least some sort of nectar/pollen available, and usually during the main...
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    Re: Do Bees Ever Move Eggs?

    Bah...nevermind; nothing groundbreaking to see here.

    They still have quite a bit of capped brood, which should have emerged several days ago, or the dead bees should have been dragged out of the...
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    Re: Do Bees Ever Move Eggs to Queen Cells

    Sorry for the necro-bump, but I have a bizarre situation. Two weeks ago, I robbed four frames of capped brood, pollen, and honey, and put them in a five-frame nuc. I intended to attempt grafting this...
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    Re: Questions

    Can't get the attachments box to load, so no photo. Looks like they've chewed a oval-shaped hole and exposed three frames. I called it good and removed the remaining newspaper.
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    Re: Questions

    I did it last Friday with a very weak hive that had a queen, no capped brood other than drones, and barely enough bees to cover two frames. The hive next to it was booming; packed full of bees and...
  12. Re: Dumbest thing you ever bought for beekeeping?

    I had forgotten about screened bottoms. I haven't had a hive successfully make it through winter (or even mid-autumn) on a screened bottom. All of the ones on solid bottoms have been fine. I admit...
  13. Thread: Bee Pants

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    Re: Bee Pants

    ????

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_BzPcrCt7E

    :eek:
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    Re: Mowing by bees??

    My father-in-law usually mows right up to within six inches of the front of the hives without issue, but 1) there is a decent flow going, 2) he is only making a pass or two in front, and avoiding the...
  15. Re: Dumbest thing you ever bought for beekeeping?

    Manipulation cloth. It works great, even better than a smoker, but I don't have a specific frame in my hands long enough to justify using it. As soon as I cover the hive and look at the frame, it's...
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    Re: Newbee with LARGE wild hive

    You'll want to get rid of them, right away. Forget the cost; that's a minor part of them problem. They tend to get more and more aggressive with time, til you get to the point where you don't want to...
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    Re: Average supers per hive?

    Pondering on it for a few minutes, I'm wondering if my estimates were high because of honey remaining in the extractor. In other words, I spin out ten supers averaging a little over twenty pounds,...
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    Re: Average supers per hive?

    It seems to vary a bit; I think it's because I've read that some types of honey weigh more than others. Even while full, not all of my supers have the exact same weight. They are ten frame shallows,...
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    Re: Average supers per hive?

    Around thirty-five pounds, or close to three gallons of honey.
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    Re: FatBeeMan vandalized (hives poisoned)

    Easy, fellas...I wasn't accused him of jumping the gun, nor questioning his judgement. I was curious if there was some tell-tale sign that indicates bees have been sprayed, like the slime from hive...
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    Re: FatBeeMan vandalized (hives poisoned)

    How can he tell it was intentional insecticide/poisoning?

    EDIT: I'm guessing they are just dead in the bottom of the hive? Not buried in the cells, like with starvation?
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    Re: What the Guard bees

    Seems like there's always a couple that'll follow me all over the hives scattered across twenty acres...I admit, that's usually after I've torn apart hives stacked fives boxes high and pulled out...
  23. Re: Single Brood Chamber vs Double Brood Chamber

    It's a choice, where I'm not sure there is a right or wrong answer, but I found this article on here a few days ago; it's got some interesting info in it....
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    Re: New swarm caught

    Depends entirely on the strength of the colony, and your own personal preference. If it was an enormous swarm and they start hustling right away, they may need more room quickly. Whether you choose...
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    Re: Deviating from the norm?

    A full deep of honey weighs around seventy to ninety pounds. A trick I do when robbing is I load a few empty deeps on the back of the golf cart or truck, and I move individual frames over to it and...
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