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    Re: Queen intro situation for newbie

    As you have probably observed, the are an almost unlimited number of "suggested" ways to introduce new queens. One way , that makes the most sense to me, is to introduce the new queen to a few frames...
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    Re: Sweating the weather

    I've been dreading checking my mating nucs. We've been having high heat in the mornings, then afternoon monsoons. A squad of dragonflies has taken up residence behind the hives - in the "flight"...
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    Re: Clipping queens?

    Yes... I've had hives that swarm away in May, and go on to gather a "regular" crop. I've caught May swarms that ended up storing a surplus.

    Timing, seasons, flows, the kind of bees - lot's of...
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    Re: Bees really hammered me

    'Nothing special, but better than nothing at all...;) I've accumulated several over the years. I'll be keeping my most recent/favorite veil jacket..., and the "body armor" suit, of course - you just...
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    Re: Bees really hammered me

    For most of my beekeeping life (around 40 years, now) I've had at least a couple hives that were defensive. Sometimes on the verge of or very aggressive. I would only rarely ever consider doing it in...
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    Re: new drone laying queen

    X2 :)

    Good luck
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    Re: Clipping queens?

    If you have a relatively small number of backyard hives, which you observe daily, you can increase the odds of retaining expensive mail order queen genetics by clipping. If you are doing your job,...
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    Re: Hive size for overwintering?

    Overall, it seems that 2-3 deeps, or the equivalent mediums, is sufficient for northern climes. Weight is a good measure - locale and species dependent, but ~ 120+ lbs appears to be commonly...
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    Re: Keeping a split in the same yard?

    I've had great success making splits within the same yard. Obstructing the entrance of the split will help some foragers re-orient, and not return to the parent location, although an abundance of...
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    Re: Bees really hammered me

    Or everything you read here? (No offense intended to those reporting actual events).
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    Re: Nuc Yard Possibility

    Unless "duplexed", Palmer style, they should be secured against the possibility of wind or other toppling.
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    Re: My smoking experiment - a fluke?

    I've had bees that needed smoking - mostly the corner hives, in outyards, that couldn't be reasonably "skunk proofed". I don't miss those days a bit. 50 stings, through the gloves... even with smoke....
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    Re: Assaulted by the opinion lady...

    KC - You ROCK, in my humble opinion!

    Vegans butcher plants, with NO apparent regard for THEIR feelings! :D

    I love green beans, potatoes, radishes, tomatoes, and on & on. 'Sorry all you...
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    Re: My smoking experiment - a fluke?

    Mitch, I think you nailed it, right up front.

    The "smoke 'em" crowd seems to be the majority, and very adamant about it.

    You asked for corroboration - I don't smoke my bees. I've only rarely...
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    I should have said "welding". 'Probably much higher temps than vaping OA. It may be just another "urban legend", but this popped up in a quick search:...
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    Re: Major Problem

    Be prepared. Be merciless. Unfortunately, there's no cure for a rabid dog.
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    No offense intended. Just some things to think about... Bee keeping is often about trying new things.
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    Re: Do queens slow down?

    SAK is right - in general, all races react to an overall slowing of incoming nectar - some more than others. You're not an idiot, you're a beginner. Don't feel bad - I'm still learning new things at...
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    Re: Do queens slow down?

    Italians? Carni's? Russians? Other? They all behave differently.
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    Heating galvanized metal puts off "mustard" gas. That's the stuff they used to kill thousands of soldiers in WWII, before chemical weapons were banned.

    Have fun experimenting on your bees & honey...
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    The idea behind the Varrox type OAV's is that you place the exact pre-determined dose in the pan, place the unit in the hive, and seal the hive up for ~10 minutes.

    I'm not saying it won't work,...
  22. Re: Maxant Bottling Tank - Filtering Honey during Bottling

    As above - X2 :thumbsup:.

    I "reserve" the last few jugs of the tank for personal consumption. I can monitor for debris, and don't mind the occasional bee part protein...
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    Re: Major Problem

    Smoking , or not smoking is one of the more divisive topics of beekeeping. It's obvious there are those who are almost fanatically in favor of it. Some have no choice - they live in an area where AHB...
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    Re: Major Problem

    I've done the divide and conquer - it works, but takes time and is risky for a day or so. Then the smaller units got distracted into re-building. The "hot" queen was left on the original stand with...
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    Re: My smoking experiment - a fluke?

    Obviously some bees are much more docile than others. I have an antique smoker that rarely gets lit - I think it's been two years, now.
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