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    I have a hive that is producing strong, lots of...

    I have a hive that is producing strong, lots of bees, large amount of bees hanging on outside of hive in the evening. In this hive I found about 15 dead bees on the top cover. There were no other...
  2. I hived a swarm last week. It has been cold here...

    I hived a swarm last week. It has been cold here so I gave them a comb of honey. The first warm day after (yesterday) I noticed a lot of activity at the hive. When I looked in the hive was full of...
  3. Thanks for the reply - where can you get the...

    Thanks for the reply - where can you get the bearings and anything else pre-made that you used to sell in you kit? I'm going to try to build this thing over the next couple of weeks. I really...
  4. Has anyone built and used this extractor? There...

    Has anyone built and used this extractor? There are some questions that the plans don't address.
    1) how is the basket turned?
    2) how many revolutions per minute is used for extractors?
    3) Any...
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    This is my first year and I already have tar...

    This is my first year and I already have tar buildup in my smoker. I think it is because I use the wood pellets as fuel.

    Does the tar hurt anything other than it could fill up the hole in a...
  6. The activity level is slowing a bit. If its one...

    The activity level is slowing a bit. If its one bee, well I know today she committed suicide. She left her stinger in my hat. (poor thing)

    Yesterday, the bee got tangled up in my hair, but did...
  7. Have four hives. Yesterday I added couple...

    Have four hives. Yesterday I added couple supers. In the process I rearranged some of the existing supers. While doing this I noticed a couple of persistent bees buzzing my veil. (aggressively) ...
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    Workers have the light golden, almost...

    Workers have the light golden, almost translucent, abdomens as well if queen mated with Cordovan drones.
    >> But being from the northeast it might be to cold for them.<<

    Concerning climate...
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    I have a hive of cordovan's that I purchased. ...

    I have a hive of cordovan's that I purchased. They are very gentle, fun to see out (know they're mine) And seem to be good producers. The beekeeper I purchased them from says that they came from...
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    Don't know about second-hand knowledge. But the...

    Don't know about second-hand knowledge. But the beekeeper that helped me get started swares by the Buckfast. Says he has used them for years without treating for T. Mites. I don't know what he...
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    I had a hive of cordovans that did the same this...

    I had a hive of cordovans that did the same this week for two days. I told everyone that they were square dancing. I guess I was more amused by this than everyone else. Mine were in two lines...
  12. Thanks, I'll check that out. Number 3 is also...

    Thanks, I'll check that out. Number 3 is also leaning. I dug a level spot directly beside the hive. (within the 2' you can move a hive) I plan on moving this week. Then I can do the same for #4....
  13. Hi, I have been on the board a few weeks and have...

    Hi, I have been on the board a few weeks and have been a beekeeper only a few weeks longer. (this time)

    Here is a link to my story with pictures:
    http://www.itsasimplelife.com/TheBees.htm ...
  14. You said you put some brood and queen in a bait...

    You said you put some brood and queen in a bait hive. Are you able to get to the bees from the attic or something?

    Is the colony still with out a queen or have they reared one? If they are...
  15. I had a hive of bees in my wall. I was not able...

    I had a hive of bees in my wall. I was not able to catch the queen and get brood out last year, I built false entrances and everything to deceive them into getting trapped. Finally this year, a...
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    Ok, I've searched Google. Other than a type of...

    Ok, I've searched Google. Other than a type of wine or something to do with wine, I could not find certan. What is it and where do you get it?
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    I purchased mediums from Walter T. Kelley cheaper...

    I purchased mediums from Walter T. Kelley cheaper than I could buy the wood at Lowes. The supers from Kelley had not one knot in them. They were furniture grade in my opinion. The wood at Lowes...
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    Sorry - got the feeding backwards. 1:1...

    Sorry - got the feeding backwards. 1:1 Sugar/Water 5 lbs to 2 1/2 quarts of water for spring build up and comb building and 2:1, 5lbs to 2 1/2 pints of water for winter feeding or other quick...
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    AJ: >Saw something today I'd not seen...

    AJ:

    >Saw something today I'd not seen before, a drone being denied acess to the hive.

    I noticed a similar behavior today. I as wondering if it is because of the time of year. Also, the hive...
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    Has anyone ever tried mint candy before working...

    Has anyone ever tried mint candy before working in the bees? One of my mentors told me that it keeps them away from your face, it seems to me to work. One no-no I've learned, don't drink coffee...
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    Have similar temperature swings here. (50 to 85) ...

    Have similar temperature swings here. (50 to 85) My bees are slow to get started in the mornings when the nights get that cool.
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    At what temperature will you create negative...

    At what temperature will you create negative characteristics in the honey? My dad used to heat the cappings so the wax would float to the top. This was his method for getting the honey that was...
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    Know your pain. I am a first year beekeeper that...

    Know your pain. I am a first year beekeeper that has had back surgery. I have about died sometimes trying to move the deeps. I am planning the drastic move of going to mediums the first year - and...
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    Spend several breaks every day with the girls. ...

    Spend several breaks every day with the girls. However, when I drink coffee and get around them, I think they get a little more aggressive. Especially if you are working them. I use mint candy...
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    I am new to beekeeping. I understand that book...

    I am new to beekeeping. I understand that book knowledge is not like experience. Right now though my head is busting with stuff I read in the books. I have been anxious to comment on a topic...
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