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    Re: Transfering OH to a 'regular' box

    That looks like a typical adventure in beekeeping! I winced as I watched you take your OH down. There must have been quite a few obscenities when the bee got your nose. I was surprised to see the...
  2. Re: How to move hives to temporary site without breaking my back?

    By "combless frames" do you mean foundationless, or with foundation? If they're building up fast, I wouldn't add a foundationless box. They might backfill the first deep and want to swarm.

    As...
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    Re: SHB dead-out and the honey being robbed out.

    I've had my share of slimed hives, and my other bees won't go near the affected honey. That makes cleanup so much fun ...
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    Re: Split a new feral swarm?

    You should have plenty of time for a walk-away split. Of course, if you feed, then you have time for multiple splits this season. It all depends on how ambitious you want to be in your first year.
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    Re: Floating Hive Stand

    Nice job! It looks like it can be done. Is there a good nectar flow at that location when not flooded?
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    Re: Wolf Creek Bees, any good???

    They are good, reliable bees. I've bought packages from Wolf Creek several times, although I'm close enough for pickup rather than shipping. They survived well, and produced small cells, although...
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    Re: County is spraying for mosquitos

    My county uses Permethrin, which is closely related. My hives are about 20 feet from the street where the spray trucks go by. I've never had a problem, probably because they spray in the late...
  8. Thread: Kids & Bees

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    Re: Kids & Bees

    Very neat! It will be great for the 2nd & 3rd graders to see kids their own age working with bees.
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    Re: Chinese swarm traps

    Lower cost, ease of mounting, ease of storage. Obviously, none of that matters if the bees won't use them!
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    Re: Storing 5 Gallon Buckets of Honey

    I can sympathize! I've stored honey in my garage, and I've had some ferment. I think consistently hot summer temps are fine, but cooler weather in winter may have caused condensation inside the...
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    Chinese swarm traps

    Today I saw some very inexpensive (<$10) swarm traps from Hong Kong/China on eBay. They're made of some sort of black fabric with a couple of wire hoops for structure and a drawstring closure at the...
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    Re: Observation hive advice needed

    Hope they make it! But the behaviors you've been able to see make it all worthwhile - I'd love to have witnessed either one of these:

    "Instead of that queen destroying the other queen cells in...
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    Gojmerac & Allington hive?

    There is a modular, metal-framed observation hive described in a University of Wisconsin Extension Service publication by W.L. Gojmerac and M.W. Allington at...
  14. Thread: Honey press

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    Re: Honey press

    Do you have a link or contact information for the guy in Germany?
  15. Re: What on earth is up with these (dead, blackened, scorched-looking) bees?!

    They really do look pathetic when they're covered in oil. Stick with the oil, just be more careful. I try not to fill them up too much, and I've learned the hard way not to hold a beetle blaster...
  16. Re: What on earth is up with these (dead, blackened, scorched-looking) bees?!

    Are you using oil in your beetle blaster? Those bees look oiled. I've accidentally spilled enough oil on my own bees to know ...
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    Re: Spotty brood pattern

    I'd call the brood pattern in picture #1 pretty good ... Looks like solid fill of capped brood surrounded by younger larvae of various ages.
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    Re: Small Hive Beetles in your Observation Hive?

    I look forward to seeing other responses to your post. I found no easy way to deal with them in my observation hive. I occasionally caught them in a tight spot under the Plexiglas and squashed...
  19. Re: Our latest removal 50 + feet off the ground! HONEY B GUYS

    Why did they want them removed? Was the tree about to be cut down?
  20. Do swarms ever mistakenly pick a site that's already occupied?

    I hung a swarm trap in a tree above my hives. I noticed it was occupied about ten days ago. On Thursday evening, before I had a chance to hive them, the trap plunged to the ground. The bees were...
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    Re: Slug baits and bees?

    Thanks! That's good to know. The slugs destroyed my young swiss chard. I have some more started, but didn't want to put them in the ground without a solution for the slugs.
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    Slug baits and bees?

    Has anyone used the newer, non-metaldehyde slug baits around their bees? There are both iron phosphate and sulfur-based products that are listed as non-toxic to pets, wildlife and beneficial...
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    Re: Mann Lake ProVent Jackets?

    I've had the same experience with the ProVent fencing veil. I've been stung on the chin on three occasions already. A ball cap or visor worn under the veil helps, but that's one more thing to...
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    Re: a billion bees, but no brood

    It won't hurt to put in a frame of eggs from your other hive in as insurance. However, I had a similar situation this spring with a very strong hive that had no eggs or larvae visible, and with no...
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    Re: placing 2 hives on city lot

    I wouldn't hesitate for a moment to add another hive or two, or more. A privacy fence works wonders. Mine are 8 feet from a sidewalk, but passers-by are unaware and unmolested. Good luck with your...
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