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  1. Re: Cluster still in package hours after hiving the rest

    I installed 4 boxes of bees w/ queens last Sunday. One of he boxes did the same as yours. So about dark, I opened the top of the hive and bumped the cage several times - dumping the bees on top of...
  2. Thread: robbing?

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    Re: robbing?

    Enj. - very well written!
    Charlie
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    Re: Pick-up pushed back!

    Blackberry blooming dates here in central Missouri (Columbia) were: year 2012 - April 16
    year 2013 - ...
  4. Thread: Bee feeder.

    by cdevier
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    Re: Bee feeder.

    I have used the same feeder with good results -but it needs to be modified. I place a piece of screen wire over the hole that lets the sugar water into the bowl. If no wire, when the feeder is...
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    Re: bumble bees crowding out honey bees?

    Praise the Lord that you have bumblebees! I saw very few last summer.
    Charlie
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    Re: Paint can feeders....

    I just put 3 or 4 holes in the tops of quart jars - using a 4 or 6 p nail -I make the hole with just the point of the nail, not the whole diameter of the nail.
    Charlie
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    Re: Keeping hives close to land lines?

    The neighbors' kids will mess with the hives.
    Charlie
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    Re: March Hive Check - post them here

    Started winter with 12 hives -yesterday, I found four hives had starved. All 12 had 10 pounds of sugar in a 2 inch shim. The 4 hives had plenty of bees clustered in top frames right below the...
  9. Re: Is it too soon to start feeding pollen in Iowa?

    I am putting on pollen patties tomorrow. I bought the patties on sale last winter and kept them in the refer.
    Charlie
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    Re: Has anyone tried this?....did it work?

    WBVC -I also have my bee yard 50 feet from my horse fence. No problem. The bees spend a good part of the summer collecting nectar from the white clover in the horse lots with no interaction with...
  11. Thread: What to plant?

    by cdevier
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    Re: What to plant?

    clovers - white and sweet.
    Charlie
  12. Re: full sun, small cement pad, fenced, (for me) = very little SHB

    I use tin roofing under my hives. It also keeps weeds and grass away from the boxes. I had a pile of metal roofing taken off a barn.
    Charlie
  13. Re: Harvesting Honey in the Spring?! Sepp Holzer idea

    I have never seen crystalized honey - in the comb. However, most of our honey is produced on clover and locust bloom.
    Charlie
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    Re: Construction advice needed...

    Follow this good info. You will need a feeder. Remember, when you take the hive outdoors to add that honey frame - all those young bees that crawl out of the hive have never flown yet. How will...
  15. Re: New Magnus study on unmanaged U.S. Honeybee colonies.

    The way that I read the abstract, there must be a feral populaion out there.
    Charie
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    Re: Building nuc hives

    Nope, there is no crack at the bottom. This plan makes really nice nucs.
    Charlie
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    Re: Sustainable beekeeping

    Guess I don't understand what oav has to do with sustainability. Think that GLOCK is breeding mites that have oav resistance? I think not.
    Charlie
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    Re: Another Saw Question

    All good advice - spend your money on a table saw. I probably use my radial arm saw more than any other saw , but I do not rip boards with it.
    Charlie
  19. Re: Should I transfer a weak winter hive to a NUC or leave it alone?

    I agree with sqkcrk -#10.
    Charlie
  20. Thread: No gmo?

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    Re: No gmo?

    >>> I doubt Bt toxin is hurting bees any since Bt is often used for wax moths and does not appear to have any detrimental effects on bees, but then the average bee lives six weeks... What I want to...
  21. Thread: Gluing Frames?

    by cdevier
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    Re: Gluing Frames?

    I agree with shinbone !
    Charlie
  22. Re: My shopping cart(s), give me your opinion(s)

    The above are all good ideas. I also make much of my equipment - nuc boxes are the easiest and useful for many things.
    Charlie
  23. Re: Foundationless frames lead to more drone cells

    Many times this "drone comb" is made by the bees, but instead of raising drones in it, they use the larger comb for honey storage.
    charlie
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    Re: crystalized honey feeding

    My hives felt light this fal, so I put 10 pounds of sugar on top of each hive. Last sunday, temps were 65 degrees, so I pulled the tops to see what sugar usagge there was.
    two hives had eaten...
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    Re: Little Worried - Need some opinions.

    Yep - I also did three treatments of oav in october, but when I checked the mite drop after the last treatment, the count was too high on some hives.
    So I did a fourth oav in mid november. Hope...
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