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    Re: Queen Not Laying Coming Out of Winter

    Was this queen heading a hive that got attacked? Last spring I had a bear attack and the queens survived, but did shut down for a couple weeks. This may be the issue but if she hasn't started by now,...
  2. Re: Lots of stings in one spot - blisters/rash (localized)?

    Honey is an anti-bacterial and has soothing properties. Slather some honey on it and bandage if you can. If not, leave it on as long as possible and repeat several times a day. J
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    Re: Wax Paste For Furniture

    Thanks Dave and JW. I happen to have Jojoba oil from making wraps, so maybe I will try that. I also have odorless mineral spirits, so maybe I will do a small batch of each and see what I like. That's...
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    Re: Wax Paste For Furniture

    Thanks. Yep, I could have searched the google, but I trust what I get here. No problem with mineral oil on furniture, but I don't use it on utensils. Maybe I will try the thinner if its too thick. J
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    Dr. Seeley Is On YouTube

    Dr. Seeley started a YouTube channel and has posted 3 talks so far. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKmMQM2uMc7jNRg-qz4jZHA
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    Wax Paste For Furniture

    I am about to complete a vanity I made and am thinking of applying beeswax on it as a polish and "preserver". I assume that I need to cut the wax with something. I only found one recipe here but it...
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    Re: Add salt to your bees water supply

    What @ JConnolly said. Unless you are trying to get them to avoid a neighbors pool or hot tub, do not add anything and do not clean. The skunkier the better. J
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    Re: Questions Concerning Candy

    I don't know why anyone messes with fondant or candy recipes when Lauri's sugar bricks get the job done with no more effort than mixing sugar and vinegar. It dries hard and quick without heating it....
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    Re: Old comb still has food in it

    I doubt that they would reject an otherwise suitable potential hive box because it has stores in the comb. However, you are inviting other critters because of the stores. Mice, wasps, hive beetles,...
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    Re: Questions Concerning Candy

    Make Lauri's sugar bricks. Follow the recipe and you will have no issues. Mine are rock hard in a matter of hours just air drying. You will find it if you search here. J
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    Re: Is it time to take insulation off of my hives

    Mine will stay on quite a while longer. As LJ points out, insulation helps to moderate wild temp swings which I believe is its major benefit. In New England, wild temp swings pretty much defines...
  12. Re: Hive Assembly Question? What Type of glue works and or what can be substituted ?

    Herb, I think what LJ meant is that you will not be successful trying to glue wood to the excluder and it is not a good idea to give the bees more room to maneuver. They have plenty of room with the...
  13. Re: Help! I think I have a honey bee hive in my shed wall.

    Thank you rbridges for taking the time and expense to do this right. I would add to what Bee Arthur said. Some beekeepers would collect and use the honey for bee or even human consumption. They need...
  14. Thread: yellow diarrhea

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    Re: yellow diarrhea

    Are you feeding pollen sub? Wondering if that could be the cause. A couple years ago, one of my hives had diarrhea first thing in the spring, but it cleared up quickly. J
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    Re: Proper way to switch hive stands?

    I am not sure about your weather or when they do reverses in the Spring in your area, but I would take the opportunity to reverse as long as you are replacing hive stands. If its too early, I would...
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    Re: Wax moth larva mystery

    That is a common misconception. Michael Palmer (VT) pointed this out in 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TU5ZvZcJhA
    I THINK they are killed in a freezer with consistent temps minus 20F. To...
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    Re: Do I need a new queen

    They would likely kill an introduced queen. Like Squarepeg said, it may be 3-4 weeks before you know whether you have a new queen. She has to hatch, dry her wings, get mated and begin laying. It is...
  18. Re: Saw this video wondering if the concept works to help combat SHB

    I don't see where he says it helps with SHB. He says the purpose is to help them guard the hive and I don't really see how it is any better than a reduced entrance or robber screen. What am I missing?
  19. Thread: Strange bee poo

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    Re: Strange bee poo

    Agree with Crofter. You want to be concerned about poo that is not as "formed". More like diarrhea that is splattered all over. J
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    Re: Storing built out frames

    I spray empty, drawn comb frames with BT and store them outside in their boxes with ventilation and critter protection. I bought a large upright freezer that I store frames of honey/pollen over the...
  21. Re: Bee-L member requesting Beekeepers donate their extra N95 Masks - DON'T DO IT!!!!

    My wife and daughter are nurses in a small hospital. The restrictions on use of protective gear is already so limited that they are literally putting their lives, and those of who they come in...
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    Re: Evicting a fresh swarm?

    I just noticed your "fee" HA!
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    Re: Evicting a fresh swarm?

    Excellent! J
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    Re: Fly Back Splits - Video

    Very informative and easy to understand vid. Thanks. J
  25. Re: Despair is the Mother of invention, alternative use for topbar hive.

    Clever. I like your little backyard oasis. J
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