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    Re: hives and high winds question

    Just a thought.... Why not move them flat against the house or other structure on the outside and then secure them to the house with some eye-bolts and straps. The house isn't going anywhere, and if...
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    Re: AFB, decided to destoy hives, need advice?

    Here are a few pics of the EFB I had in early spring.....
    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2729/5825746383_698c5d2df8.jpg
    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2774/5826310864_8715d76b29.jpg...
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    Re: Mite devastation...

    I have pretty well decided to just make splits into nucs in early spring in order to break their cycles and rear new queens. Then combine them back just in time for our main flow. This will also...
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    Re: AFB, decided to destoy hives, need advice?

    You can order tests through Dadant for EFB and AFB. I'd test for both just so you will double confirm it is one and not the other. I had EFB in one of my hives a few months back and I had to test for...
  5. Re: Suggestions for non-toxic wood filler/repair putty for damaged supers

    I have never tried it on a super but have done it a lot for wood siding repairs. Dig out most of the rot to descent wood. Then use the expanding foam made to fill larger gaps and fill the gaps. Once...
  6. Re: Wintering with partial drawn foundationless?

    I hope there is a fall flow. The general consensus from our area is that we don't really have a fall flow. They said last year was our best fall flow in 15 years following the worst spring flow in 15...
  7. Wintering with partial drawn foundationless?

    It's closing in on that time of year. Our flow is over and some of my hives are light. My reasoning leaves me to beleive that after I assess my hives for stores, then I either need to distribute...
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    Re: Give it your best shot

    I know it's not a honey bee, but this is my favorite I've taken in my yard. I took it last fall and have had it set as my back ground ever since.
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    Re: Need Planting Advice

    I'm not sure of your future plans on this land but if it were mine and I was going to stay for a while, I would plant in layers. Starting with trees, then add in shrubs, then perrenial flowers/weeds,...
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    Re: Bees favorite plant

    Are you asking about the Caryopteris? If so, I believe it is the 'Blue Beard' variety. I also have a variegated variety but the bees hardly touch them. In fact, my mother took a liking to those so I...
  11. Thread: Night Bearding

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    Re: Night Bearding

    I was in the bee yard at 5:15am this morning to do a newspaper combine and most of my hives were still bearding. The hive that was bearding the most was the queenless hive that was getting combined...
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    Re: Helped with a cutout...

    He told me he still has 3 more to do pretty soon. He's the only one listed by our Association to do cut-outs in our area, so he stays pretty busy with them. He was very excited to get another line of...
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    Helped with a cutout...

    One of my mentors was doing a cutout and I offered to help free of charge just for the experience. I have to say, it was quite enjoyable.

    The bees were in the wall of an old mill with 2X6 studs...
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    Re: Way more then a bee beard...

    I hope they don't have to sneeze....:eek::lookout:
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    Re: I'm thinking about

    I made screened covers for my hives just like you have on your home windows. I use the white aluminum rail with the spline groove, plastic frame corners, screen splining, and of course screen. They...
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    Re: Should I be concerned?

    Thanks! I did a large search and found more of your advice as well as visited MB's website. Now I just have to do it.

    Thanks, John
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    Should I be concerned?

    I know I have caused the chaos at two of my hives but was wondering how exactly and what measures I should take. My biggest concern is if I set off robbing. Here's the story...

    I have two swarms...
  18. Thread: Buck Wheat

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    Re: Buck Wheat

    Mine is what MFA calls common buckwheat as well. Before you can mow and disc it under, you need to let it develope mature seeds. They should develope simular to the seeds you planted but not entirely...
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    Re: Trouble with Smoker

    I had problems with mine at first and discarded it. I decided I didn't need it if I was going to be all suited up anyway. Then... I started getting hot...and uncomfortable. I remembered this is a...
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    Re: Bees in a chimney. Seeking advice.

    From the looks of the chimney, bees aren't his only problem. I bet there is water damage on the inside. If he never uses the fireplace or if he is possibly considering converting to a gas or electric...
  21. Thread: Buck Wheat

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    Re: Buck Wheat

    They actually work it first thing in the morning until 10-11am. and that's it. That's what I've found research supporting as well as what I witness in my own yard, and what other beeks in my area...
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    Re: Flies in the hive...

    This hive had symptoms of EFB and tested postive with a home test kit. They were treated several weeks back with Tetra-Bee and seem to be doing great now. They are back to a solid brood pattern. All...
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    Re: Summer ventilation increases honey yield

    I've heard a lot of controversy on "over" ventilation. I installed screened inner covers on all of my hives about a month ago and brought it up to several local beeks, getting mixed feelings. One...
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    Flies in the hive...

    I have one hive that seems to constantly get bothered by flies. I have the entance reduced down to 25%. It has a SBB, as well as a screened inner cover like all my hives. I've watched this hive for...
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    Re: Witnessed my first swarm in action...

    This is the first video. I know it's been a little while but I finally got around to uploading. I took this just after the swarm took to the air. Perhaps this will clear up some confusion between...
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