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    Re: Flow Hive

    The problem with having stuff made in China, is that you hand your prototype to the pirates.
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    Re: SHTF doomsday beekeeping

    funny thread. Loved the part about the cannibal wars. I think another way to look at it would be what if you washed up on a deserted island with no tools, but there happened to be a couple wild...
  3. Re: An introduction to highyielding royal jelly production methods in China

    You won't believe this. How about something that looks like 600 queen cells in one hive. Really, you have to watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FllN2taeVLM

    I was shocked when i watched...
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    Re: Banking queens that haven't laid yet?

    Thanks Astro. I made several nucs this spring, and really wanted some to over winter. I've gotten several of the 2 frame nucs to start off well, but it's hard. About half succumb to either robbing...
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    Banking queens that haven't laid yet?

    I started a bunch of small hives from grafts. however, it's been tough, due to robbing. Those that didn't get robbed, were overwhelmed with hive beetle larva. Okay, these are the exception. Only...
  6. Thread: Bee tree!!!

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    Re: Bee tree!!!

    I tell most homeowners to leave them. They won't kill the tree, and wont' kill people. We don't have Africanized hives here. Good for you.
  7. Thread: Sting Reaction

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    Re: Sting Reaction

    12 years ago I got stung about 30-40 times through the socks as I dropped a hive body on my foot. Blood pressure dropped, took a benadryl, sweated, by the time we got to the ER I was fine. Several...
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    Re: Bad Reaction to Honey (Dizziness)

    could have had a reaction to something else completely unrelated. The timing was similar.
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    Re: Is it too late to split?

    depends on drones. SC you are probably fine. I just put in 25 grafted queen cells up here in Richmond, but we're still flush with drones. The biggest problem with splits at this time of year is...
  10. Re: How old were you when you stepped up to Commercial

    Yeah, wait until you get into grafting and raising queens. Once you do it successfully, you keep trying to get better at it, then you need more hives for cell builders and to start your mating...
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    Re: Beveled end bars

    It's not a problem. It helps when you assemble the frame, and keeps you from splitting it if they're tight. In most cases the bees will propolize that.
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    Re: SHB in capped brood?

    Holy cow that's a lot of beetles! If I see more than 10 during a hive inpspection, I'm surprised.
  13. Thread: SHB Larvae

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    Re: SHB Larvae

    Oddly enough, I have found them to eat through the bodies of dead bees. Sounds awful, but in cases where I was trying to do a split and they were robbed out, the dead bees that lost the battle were...
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    Re: I never realized.....

    it's a great way to get feral bees. It is a lot of work though. You'll definitely learn from it. I ordered 6mil blue nitrile gloves with an acrylic lining. They're great because they don't mess...
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    Re: Bad Reaction to Honey (Dizziness)

    The only other thing is that store bought honey may not be honey at all - it could be just corn syrup and coloring depending on where it came from. He may actually have allergies to some local...
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    Re: 10K or more black flies--help!

    The fly type is important. I'm surprised about regular houseflies going after the bees. I have been fortunate this year. My compost piles have a good supply of black soldier flies that create a...
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    Re: Bad Reaction to Honey (Dizziness)

    Dizzy and Lightheaded sounds more like diabetic than allergic. I do know that some honeys seem to make my throat itch more than others.
  18. Thread: SHB Mess

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    Re: SHB Mess

    make sure that bees can get to all sides of the honey. One HUGE mistake people make is flipping frames, or letting the comb faces touch, or allowing the honeycomb to touch the sides of the hive. ...
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    Re: July queen breeding and robbing

    Astro:

    I checked them all this morning. You can tell which ones are robbed by the honey stores on the frame. Out of 6 nucs I started, looks like one didn't make it, but not quite sure. all...
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    July queen breeding and robbing

    I was setting up Cloake boards on 4 of my hives for some grafts, as well as some nicot cells this Wednesday. I went into the 4th hive, and full of swarm cells. all my hives that have natural comb...
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    Re: What Setup Do You Use for a Trap-Out?

    okay, if she really wants the bees removed, you'll trap them and keep the trap on there until bees stop coming out of the cone. Could take about 5 weeks. Then, you'll let the bees rob out the old...
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    Re: What Setup Do You Use for a Trap-Out?

    what are you trying to do? You're going to have a hard time getting them all out of the tree. Trapouts are used for a couple things.

    1. You want to get them out of a tree because they are a...
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    Re: What Setup Do You Use for a Trap-Out?

    That's tough. You probably don't want to do it now. Probably past your honey flow, and that tree is full of honey now, so you're not going to starve them out. If you want the bees, and to get...
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    Re: Extracting: Sticky Predicament

    ditto on above. With small hive beetle, you only have a couple days before the damage is overwhelming. Even if you put it back on the hive the bees may not be able to handle the hatched out SHB...
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    Re: Unhappy Neighbors

    this may work. Or you can tell them if you have to give up beekeeping, you'll have to go back to your other hobbies of raising basset hounds and prize winning roosters.
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