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  1. Re: Can DWV Spread Without Direct Contact with Varroa?

    Thank you Oldtimer for your informative answer. Helps a lot.
  2. Can DWV Spread Without Direct Contact with Varroa?

    One of my hives became a laying worker hive. I took the boxes with frames away from my hives and dumped the bees out. Many of the drones had Deformed Winged Virus. Examined some of them, and could...
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    Re: Help! Bees attacking workmen

    When I move bees, I like to leave one small hive or nuc set up for the lost bees to go into. I have a couple of frames with drawn comb. Each night, for a few nights, I move the frame of bees into an...
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    Re: Survival After Hypothermia

    Thank you wildbranch2007 for your reply. Very helpful.

    If anyone else can share your experience, I would love to hear about it. Thank you.
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    Survival After Hypothermia

    I have had mixed success with trying to save bees that have suffered from hypothermia. On a warm day, if a one of my hives is not flying, I will check on them. Often find a very small cluster, with a...
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    Re: Bees in a bush/stump

    Are they sure these are honey bees? I have been asked to do similar things. Get there all ready to get the bees and find out they are yellow jackets.
  7. Re: when to swap out screened bottom boards for solid bottom boards

    Sometimes, I slide thin foam board insulation into the hive, right on top of the Screened bottom board. Easy to do and no lifting. Easy to pull out whenever I want.
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    Re: Best way to remove labels from bottles

    If the label and glue does not come off from soaking in soap and water, I rub vegetable oil over the the remaining label or glue. Let sit a few hours or over night. Most of the time it will come...
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    Re: Autumn/Russian Olive...

    I live in Augusta County, VA and our Autumn Olives started blooming a little over a week ago.
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    Re: Increasing Pollinator Forage

    One place that pollinator habitat could be developed is over new gas pipelines. A very large, 42" gas pipeline is going to be running through the woods next to my house. We have requested that they...
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    Re: beeing - free beekeeping software

    I registered, but cannot get in.

    Sorry. I was not aware that you had to activate your account with a link in an email that was sent. Works fine now. Looks nice.
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    Re: Late Harvest Honey

    I had some dead outs last winter and harvested the good frames in January. I brought the frozen frames of comb inside and let them warm up a couple of days. Since the thawing combs get condensation...
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    Re: Mimosa Tree Honey - Good or Bad

    They were volunteers and I took care of them, instead of cutting them down and putting something else there.
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    Re: Mimosa Tree Honey - Good or Bad

    I want to thank everyone for their informative replies. You have really helped me. I have 5 mimosa trees, so I think I will just leave them and enjoy them. In the future when I plant trees, it will...
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    Mimosa Tree Honey - Good or Bad

    I had read that Mimosa Tree honey was good, so I am raising some Mimosa trees. They should start blooming next year. However, recently, I read that Mimosa Tree honey is nasty tasting. Before I cut...
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    Re: Successful Queen Mating Rates

    About 2/3rds of my queens make it back to the hive mated. I live in a wooded area. I don't know if the queens get lost because of all of the trees or if a bird or something is getting them.
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    Re: Common Mullein good nectar source?

    Usually by 9 AM, the bees are gone. I think mullein flowers are an early morning source of nectar.
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    Re: Common Mullein good nectar source?

    They are all over it around 7 and 8 AM, where I live.
  19. Thread: forage plants

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    Re: forage plants

    My bees love Multifora Rose, but I have never seen them on Queen Ann's Lace.
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    Re: Why didn't my bees go into the hive?

    My bees prefer to walk. I do not know when you set the feeder where you did, but if it was dark, they do not fly.
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    Re: Why didn't my bees go into the hive?

    I see a gap in the floor. You would have better results if you would set the feeder where it has contact with the hive or hive stand.
  22. Re: Should I move hives while trees are being removed?

    Recently, I had to have 2 very large dead oaks, next to my hives taken down by the professionals using a bucket truck. I did not want any problems if any of the tree men got stung, so I closed off...
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    Re: Difficulties straining honey; clogged sieve

    I use an extractor, and put my wax cappings in a large kitchen sieve with bigger holes than a honey sieve, which is placed over a food grade bucket. The honey drains and has small pieces of wax....
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    Re: Source for "No Spray" signs?

    I had a problem where VDOT (VA Dept. of Transportation) sprayed some clover and wildflowers that I planted a few feet from the road. I called them with my complaint. A supervisor came out and put...
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    Re: G'day from Tasmania.

    Welcome. I am happy that you have joined us. I worked in Hobart,Tasmania for awhile, in the late 70's. Beautiful country.
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