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    Queen Cells too big for Cell Protectors

    I'm sure that this topic has been discussed before, but a search didn't result in any hits so I have a question. I'm a seasoned beek and decided to rear my own queens, having successfully grafted...
  2. Re: FYI: Had a Neighbor Visit the Bee Yard Last Night

    Same thing here in Oklahoma, Wildlife Department said there are none around, numerous pics of them and they still try and deny their presence.
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    Re: Wax the bars or not?

    I agree with Michael, the wax I put on is not attached as well as the wax the bees put on. Therefor, I don't wax my bars and have better attached comb.
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    Re: Top entrance size

    I live relatively close to you and I use top entrance as well, It is my opinion that the entrance should be just big enough to allow the traffic to enter and exit the hive. Anything larger is just...
  5. Thread: Salutations

    by Stanisr
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    Re: Salutations

    Welcome and Good Luck. :popcorn:
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    Re: Adding Sugar Blocks

    Adding sugar to hives that do not need it will cause more problems such as backfilling that you will have to deal with in the spring whether you use sugar blocks to loose sugar. Burns is correct...
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    Re: Warm spell syrup feed?

    NeilV, I could not have said it better. Thanks
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    Re: Some cell size from inside a tree limb.

    Not surprised, some research I have read indicates that cell size varies throughout the hive in nature. I have hives that are totally foundationless and they will vary in size from top to bottom.
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    Re: Who Is Using Small Cell Size?

    I have found that Mann Lake PF series is hard to beat for the money..
  10. Re: LOSS OF POLLEN HOST PLANTS AS KEY FACTOR DRIVING WILD BEE DECLINE

    One of the problems with urban beekeeping is the use of insecticides on flowering plants. Many acquaintances of mine that are urban beeks think that their bees should thrive but have issues with...
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    Re: Newbee - Feeding pollen sub NW Arkansas

    Hello jcolon, I'm in Adair County Oklahoma which is a few miles west of you and I put patties on my hive Feb 1. I have seen years where we have a late freeze that would possibly cause problems with a...
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    Best time to graft, morning or evening?

    I have a small operation and plan on expanding in the spring, so I am learning to graft. My question is, will the grafts be more successful if grafted in the morning or in the evening or does it...
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    Re: Hello from central Oklahoma.

    Welcome to the forum.
  14. Re: Brand new beekeeper in NE Oklahoma near Grand Lake

    Welcome Bonnie, I also live in eastern Oklahoma, I have had hives for 4 years and if you need any help just ask.
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    Re: Open feeding question

    I think open feeding has its place in beekeeping, I open feed using a gallon pickle jar I drilled about 40 very small holes in the lid and inverting the jar in a frame I built from scrap plywood. I...
  16. Re: Top Entrance Solution For Skunks Questions

    My hives with top entrances have had no skunk problems. By the way I'm putting top entrances on all my hives this year. As Michael Bush stated as soon as the skunks can no longer get bees from the...
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    Re: swarm trap success rate?

    Success rates are very subjective. It is influenced by the number of hives within five miles of your traps as well as the weather conditions in your area. But as stated, you can't catch swarms...
  18. Thread: the barber

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    Re: the barber

    That sounds about right.
  19. Thread: Feeding bees

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    Re: Feeding bees

    IMO you should be in great shape for the orange flow. It takes 20 days or so for workers to emerge, so by the time the oranges began to bloom your bee population should explode with workers to do the...
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    Re: Top entrance question

    I have converted to top entrances as well. I have both solid bottoms and a few screened. I am going to all solid bottoms as I think it works best.
  21. Thread: Self Taught

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    Re: Self Taught

    Me too. I have always been interested in beekeeping, so I read everything I could and then I made the greatest discovery, Michael Bush. I read his website and have had bees soon to be five years.
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    Re: What is your loss percentage so far?

    Lost 1 of 6, but the one was a late swarm that did not build up adequate stores. All treatment free and hoping for the best.
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    Re: Hello from Oklahoma

    Welcome from Eastern Oklahoma.
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    Re: Howdy from Oklahoma

    Welcome
    Rick Stanislaus
    Westville
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    Top Entrance Question

    Going to convert to top entrances this spring and have a question for all you experts. What do you do for the bottom or base of the hive. Do you use a regular bottom with the entrance blocked, or do...
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