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  1. Re: Are TF BeeKeepers Stimulating Colonies to Apply Propolis Envelopes in Hives?

    I don't treat the inside to get them to propolize it. I do dip it in beeswax and rosin and the bees treat that like propolis. They gather it from boxes that aren't in use and my gloves when I'm...
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    Re: Partridge Pea

    >they do attract honey bees, although not as much as other plants

    That's my experience. Usually there are better sources. Sometimes they work them. I don't know what the honey tastes like.
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    Re: Drone capturing device.

    “...in the presence of male bees, the organism of workers works more effectively, i.e. it utilizes in a better way the components contained in food. It must be stressed that next to the high survival...
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    Re: Are these Ground Bees or Wasps?

    >looks like honey bees on the plant, and yellow jackets in the hole to me.

    Exactly.
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    Re: How early can I pull the supers?

    If you can keep them dry enough they would probably do ok. They would NOT do ok in plastic bags. SHB would be the big worry and wax moths next. Ants would be low on my list in my climate, but I've...
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    Re: Foul Brood Disaster?

    EFB turns the larvae brown. AFB doesn't happen until after they are capped and it is also brown and soupy AND it strings...

    That looks like white larvae. Probably what people are now calling IBD...
  7. Re: Bee questions (Deadheading and Lbs of sugar per hive a year)

    You can get alfalfa and sweet clover to rebloom if you cut it just right. I'm more worried about it going to seed to reseed itself... but I think you would get more nectar if you timed it right. ...
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    Re: Honey Bees Bearding

    In theory at least. But on very rare occasions I have seen a laying queen on a walk-about...
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    Re: Robbing of queen castles

    > I started open feeding. I thought it might lend a sense of abundance

    As you should have now observed it had the opposite effect...
  10. Re: It's 6-am - 9am or after 7pm beekeeping for me!

    On a predicted hot day I like to get out after light but before sunrise....
  11. Re: Slimy Comb from Hive Beetle Larvae maybe - salvageable?

    I set them out in the weather. After they've been rained on and the bees have robbed them out the seem to work fine.
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    Re: Baking Soda?

    It might be effective on ants. I can't imagine what else it would help with. I doubt it will hurt the bees any.
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    Re: Double screen board

    Yes.
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    Re: Swimming pool question

    > what do you mean by “smelly” water?

    Bees need to recruit other water foragers by using the smell. Any smell will do. Chlorine, urine, manure...
  15. Re: Will bees pull out wax in NE Tennessee in August if I feed them?

    The later in the year the harder to get them to draw wax. The colder it is, the harder it is to get them to draw wax. I doubt they will get too enthusiastic about it, but they may draw some...
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    Re: question for canadian beeks

    I used to buy David's queens too. Good northern Italians.
  17. Re: Florida beekeeper claims someone poisoned, killed nearly 7 million of his honeybe

    https://www.npr.org/2018/09/25/651618685/study-roundup-weed-killer-could-be-linked-to-widespread-bee-deaths?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=2018...
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    Re: Stuff in the honey; what to do

    Some of that is pollen. It's good. Leave it. If you filter it out it won't be as good...
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    Re: Queenless question?

    Queenless hives tend to tolerate a lot of drones when other hives have been throwing them out.
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    Re: Queen cell failures?

    It's getting pretty late in the season. Maybe they abandoned them and didn't keep them warm enough. My bees have lost interest in queen rearing in the last few weeks.
  21. Re: How quickly do robbers kill the queen?

    It seems to take place pretty quickly to me...
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    Re: Helping bees recover after attack?

    Whenever you go to the yard take a five gallon bucket of water and water the ground post. This will help with the ground being sufficient.
  23. Re: How long to confine bees after local spraying

    Your dilemma is which is more dangerous? Keeping them confined? Or the insecticides residual effects? If you keep them confined more than a day in hot weather they probably won't survive.
  24. Re: Can laying workers build capped queen cells from drone eggs...

    >If they think they have a queen ie laying workers then why are they building capped queen cells?

    They do this in the early stages. This is well documented since at least Huber. At this point...
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    Re: Drone capturing device.

    There are a lot of research papers on the advantages of having drones. Page and Metcalf did one that showed that colonies with more drones make more honey. Keith Delaplane writes about it in ABJ...
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