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  1. Re: 4 lb package of honeybees arrives and 90% dead!

    I had two packages arrive mostly drowned. I don't recall exact details but believe we documented it at the post office annex including taking photographs and getting an employee witness statement. We...
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    Re: NC Newb Gets Going...

    Congratulations on your new bees. Regarding smoking, there is a difference between installing a small and docile package, where the bees are homeless, tired, and disrupted, and a small colony as it...
  3. Re: Cluster still in package hours after hiving the rest

    With the box hole down over the open hive, give the box a good thwack to liberate the mass from the corner. Keep thumping, tipping, etc. to get them out through the hole, as gently as possible but...
  4. Re: New Package bees vs. Return of the Polar Vortex

    It may be premature to give them so much extra space, especially if they have to heat it.
  5. Re: Possibly queenless coming out of winter: options?

    It is not difficult to install them but difficult to keep them alive. I understand from other beekeepers and reading that introducing a queen to a hive that has been queenless for more than a couple...
  6. Possibly queenless coming out of winter: options?

    I have searched the archives for answers, found many, and myself posted almost this same question last year, yet still am confused. :scratch:

    Last year this same colony of mine came out of winter...
  7. Re: Backyard Beekeeper that develops bad neighbor relation issues ... to the extremes

    Most communities have zoning laws that specify what is permitted regarding bees. While not everyone chooses to observe regulations, I believe it's a considerate practice to know and respect them. In...
  8. Re: How dependable is the USPS or UPS with delivering bee packages?

    Not everything goes as planned all of the time, including executing instructions to hold a package at the distribution center and notify the recipient.
  9. Re: How dependable is the USPS or UPS with delivering bee packages?

    Went to pick up my two packages at USPS and they were drowned in syrup. I'm sure there are thousands of success stories for every failure but I won't buy that way again. A friend received a queen,...
  10. Thread: trees for bees

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    Re: trees for bees

    Tulip poplar is an important nectar tree in our area. However, poplars declined terribly in the last drought and became infested with an aphid or scale-type insect. The resulting sticky insect-poo...
  11. Thread: Pollen

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    Re: Pollen

    Nothing yet in my neck of the woods. But they're really going after the caffeinated moisture on the compost pile. I would want some coffee waking up from this winter, too.
  12. Thread: trees for bees

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    Re: trees for bees

    Sourwood is an important honey tree for reclamation of mountaintop removal sites in KY. Any growing around you?
  13. Thread: Washing Gloves

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    Re: Washing Gloves

    Beeswax is of course an ingredient in many high-end saddle leather conditioners. As I understand it, for longevity, treat all leather as you would your own face. If you wash with (saddle or whatever)...
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    Re: All is Lost..........

    Shifting to other clues behind a colony's demise, in my area, excess condensation shows up looking like coffee has dripped down the front of the hive (assuming box was proactively slightly tipped to...
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    Re: What to ask "monsanto foundation rep"

    I would ask about foundation plans and programs to assist beekeepers -- what they offer today and also to be a voice of the beekeeping community to lobby for more. Not just honey bee research but...
  16. Re: Honey Hive Farms, Give away!!! Win One of Three Prizes for 2014!!!

    Super giveaway, bees and woodenware perfect for saying goodbye to a winter that has taken a toll. Please enter me. Thanks.
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    Re: How did THEY "Back in the Day?

    Can an individual make a difference in the landscape? Their little corner? By letting a strip of their yard or property go wild for one season? By leaving the horse pasture unmowed until a cycle of...
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    Re: How did THEY "Back in the Day?

    Yes. He got in trouble as a youngster for leaving the plowing to go watch his bees. And I'm pretty sure that's how he got fired from his job as a bee inspector! :shhhh: He caught a lot of swarms. But...
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    Re: How did THEY "Back in the Day?

    My grandfather was a professional beekeeper in northern Indiana for much of the 20th century. His letterhead dated the founding of his business as 1906, when he caught his first swarm as a boy. He...
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    Re: How should I prepare my hive for winter

    Mouse guards.
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    Re: Beekeeper, one word or two.

    JClark, thanks for that information and for clearing up a point that always puzzled me, as a layperson and nonscientist. Seems multiple authorities are at play and the field of use is a factor:...
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    Re: Beekeeper, one word or two.

    I think compound words form over time by frequency of use. I believe, in general, if there are multiple instances of something, like a fly or a bee, then each instance in common use evolves toward...
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    Re: Hello from Bloomington Indiana

    Late welcome to jl, here, from another B-town beek. Just have a couple of hives for fun and honey, but don't always accomplish all of that. Didn't I read a few years ago that there was a Bloomington...
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    Re: Cost of beekeeping currently

    Cypress is for longevity re weathering. I increased my costs buying stuff I have never used... various feeders, gloves, beetle traps, chemicals. There are some good threads here along those lines...
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    Re: beekeeping HOA restrictions question

    I'd talk to immediate neighbors, seeking honest feedback. Is your having bees actually "bugging" anybody? I'd then weigh respect for neighbors / covenants with how much you want to keep the bees. If...
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