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    Re: How do I relax w/bees?

    Agreed. It is how I relax after working the bees. The buzzing lulls me into a peaceful state and it is cool to see the bees forage the sweat off your hands. Yes, I have fallen asleep while sitting in...
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    Re: Add a queen or start over in 2020?

    I am assuming the ID in your screen name means Idaho. Harvest and start that hive over in the Spring. Not enough time and too few bees to make a go of this one.
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    Re: Bananas and bees

    Tried something a little different today. I had some cut up bananas and strawberries mixed with sugar that had been for my son's smoothies. Berries started to go bad so what the heck, puree and give...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    I dont know grozzie, from 10,000' msl the earth does look pretty flat, especially once you get into the midwest.:D
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    Re: pumping 2-1 syrup

    If the barrel is open top, a small submersible sump pump works well. If you have bung holes, there are numerous drum pumps available in a wide range of prices. I like David's method best. Either...
  6. Re: What is the best way to clean plastic waxed foundation?

    Soar, I have used a hand powered scrub brush and it is a pain. I think most people that bother to clean them use a pressure washer. You should be able to blast the cocoons off the frames that way too.
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    One thing about beekeepers, we are resourceful. Good idea Greg. I DO drink that much coffee, but will stick with my hive top feeders due to ease of filling and such.
  8. Re: Bees Bringing in Fungus in place of pollen

    Randy Oliver's response to the same question on Bee-L.
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    Yukonjeff, check out the Beemax feeder from Betterbee or the Ceracell feeder. Both do an excellent job at laying the feed to the bees with practically no drowning.
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    I can see open feeding as an option for a sideliner or bigger operation due to labor costs, but for us hobby beeks, open feeding is a big no no. Tainting someone else's honey is not an issue here in...
  11. Re: Hive is Creating and Destroying Queen Cells--But Why?

    :ot: Canadian airport codes. Hmmm. Missed that one entirely. I keep my plane at KOFP, but live closer to KXSA.
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    Re: First Frost Thread.

    A light frost will appear on things like your car roof and windshield and often occurs at temps not quite at freezing. It does not kill blooms. A hard frost will turn the grass white and crunchy....
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    That is excellent! Best count is after 3 days, but a 24 hour drop would have shown a whole bunch if the hive was infested. I really like how fast-acting OAV is.
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    Re: One more post about keeping a smoker lit

    Good post. I have been using pine straw mixed with pine cones as a primary fuel source. Once properly lit, the smoker will burn itself out of fuel. Sometimes the straw is more damp and hard to light....
  15. Re: Hive is Creating and Destroying Queen Cells--But Why?

    I agree that it looks like normal worker brood. That it is spotty makes it look bumpier than if it were a solid pattern. You have not posted your location so it is hard to know if this is a normal...
  16. Re: Hive is Creating and Destroying Queen Cells--But Why?

    Yes, the last one is of course multiple eggs on the sides of a cell. Drone laying queens are a little harder because the eggs are properly placed and single.
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    I know you are swearing the hive is queenright with worker brood, but you have accurately described two of the three things I look for in a laying worker hive. My guess is that your queen has gone...
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    Re: Dragonflies on radar

    I heard about this on the radio this morning. I just googled National Weather Service dragonflies and got a bunch of hits. The Virginia-Pilot was the first to report on it.
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    Re: Change from natural hive

    Welcome to Beesource. Please post your location to help us answer your questions. For most of us, it is late to be doing a cutout. My opinion is you should treat the hive where it is as best as you...
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    Dragonflies on radar

    Just in case you missed it, the NWS thought they were seeing rain clouds, turned out to be a massive dragonfly swarm. Bet they could wipe out an apiary in no time at all.

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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    i can not even imagine 2000 supers for 300 hives. Boggles the mind here. 20 hives, 40 supers, and I'm good. Even my most productive hive this past season couldn't fill and cap two mediums.
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    Re: Richinbama 2018-2019 beekeeping quest

    Rich, bite the bullet and get the Maxant 3100P. Yes it is pricey but it will last practically forever and will be able to handle your needs as you grow. I just cant see hand cranking 100 frames in a...
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    Re: Original Flow hive vs Chinese knock-off

    Hey all, removed the duplicate post and moved this thread to equipment and hardware forum.
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    Re: First Frost Thread.

    I think a first frost thread is a good idea, maybe should be a sub forum like bloom dates and swarm dates. We are getting down to 47F tonight. First cool night this fall. Next week we will be back...
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    Re: Lazy bees, too late to re-queen?

    Greg, if you want to define "lazy bees" as "not as productive", I good with that too. I was thinking lazy in more human terms and would argue that even the "laziest" of bees are more productive than...
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