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  1. Re: Best smoker fuel I have ever found, what do you use?

    Lately I tried some wood cuttings off of 1 - 1 3/8" Forstner bits that were made in my shop for a business project and they worked well. There was a large amount of them that will last a while. ...
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    Re: New Package - Sugar Water NOT Punctured

    Yes, there's all kinds of ways to kill a package or hive of bees, but I would agree the only thing that matters is the can without holes.
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    Re: My last attempt at grafting was abysmal!

    I haven't raised queens except for splits raising them, so I don't have any advice. But I do have questions, and one of them would be, are the grafted larva surviving the graft? Am I taking too...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Today the bees are eating stores instead of storing. It's raining once again. So far since Saturday night we have had 20 inches of rain here, 9 1/4" during the night Monday-Tuesday. My 1 3/4 acre...
  5. Thread: Shoplifting

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    Re: Shoplifting

    If the bees are still there on the outside of the screen first thing in the morning, they're your bees. If they are gone, they were robbers.
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    Re: Swarm at the DC Capitol

    They may have been sub miniature enemy spy drones.
  7. Re: I'm not sure ? Robbing or my bees attempting to swarm ?

    Feed them at the end of the day with an amount of syrup that would be finished up by daylight.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    My hive from last year's mid September swarm was found queenless and broodless last Monday. :eek: I first thought I killed the queen 3 1/2 weeks earlier when I pulled the first split off of it. ...
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    Re: Bee Die Off Story

    If you can get enough fear conjured up, you may be able to snag some government money.
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    Re: How do I know if I have a queen?

    If you had swarm cells, you would have had a swarm leave with your original queen. New queens emerge a bit over a week after they're capped. The new queen then has to strengthen up, do mating...
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    Re: My kids helping with bees......

    It's good to see children helping dad and into bees. My 12 year old daughter is interested and has been attending most of my bee tending trips this spring. Today I asked if she could take pictures...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Checked a split today that made it's own queen and found very young brood. So rewarding to see that. The queen was hatched about 18 days ago. The second split off the same hive doesn't look like...
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    Re: Need advice on a swam I caught

    The comb in the picture that you banded to the frame looks like it may not be in the right orientation. The roundness at the top corners makes it look like you have them upside down. They need to...
  14. Re: I Need Help! Bees Dying, No Brood in any of my hives!!

    Yes, dead bees in front of the hive, comb licked clean, many bees coming and going all day could be robbing. You need to verify and stop robbing asap.
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    counting mites in drone brood

    I was in a hive and had some capped drone brood and pulled 50 larva to see what mite counts I found on them. I found 3 mites on larva, with 2 of them on the same near finished drone. I thought it...
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    Re: What do bees do on rainy days?

    They're eating some of the stores.
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    Re: Bees going to their old entrance - help?

    You can always put a spare box at the site the bees go to on the porch and haul them to the new location as it's getting dark and dump them out till they get it, but if there are a couple dozen bees...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Today I decided to put some feed on a second split made from the same hive in case they weren't taking enough in. The first split taken produced enough viable queen cells to utilize some in a second...
  19. Thread: paint stripper

    by DanielD
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    Re: paint stripper

    Stripper that is non toxic, etc., doesn't generally work very good. It might make the job much longer to get done. It would probably be faster to start over with building new wood boxes. Stripper...
  20. Re: New Queen- not even on maiden flight- now what?!!!!!

    Any nurse bees that haven't been out of the hive will stay in the nuc to care for the brood, but the foragers sure will go back, even after a few days of being caged up. You can put branches,...
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    Re: Why a cell starter and finisher?

    Thanks again OT. Very good info in this thread.
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    Re: Why a cell starter and finisher?

    I haven't had the time to try to understand the queen rearing with starter/finisher hives before. Didn't try because I thought it was going to take a few hours that I haven't had in the last couple...
  23. Re: Bee's congregating on landing board ... problem? Check Pictures

    The concern about opening size is more about the bees ability to defend the hive properly. They don't need to be closed up at night to keep warm this time of year. Of course, they need enough...
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    Re: Moving a hive ~400 miles

    Call the hive yours and let your brother use it.
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    Re: Aficanized bees are fake

    From experience, I would say the stinging bees were some foragers left behind after the hive was moved.
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