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    Re: Against Smoking Bees

    What do you expect in the PRM? (People's Republic of Madison)

    I graduated there in '92. It was bad then.
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    Re: Against Smoking Bees

    Post went to wrong spot...
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    It would seem to me that smoke would not make...

    It would seem to me that smoke would not make honey be non-organic, as long as the trees from which the wood that's used in the smoker or whatever other material you using in the smoker was...
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    I have had times when I had a lot of bees flying...

    I have had times when I had a lot of bees flying around in the winter and noticed that quite a few of them didn't make it back to the hive. Thinking I was doing a good deed I rescued a number that...
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    Re: Cell size survey.

    I have my dad's copy of "The ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture", which is the 1947 edition.

    under the entry CELLS, SIZE OF HONEYCOMB, ER Root provides an interesting bit of the history of the development...
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    Re: OAV, putting the risk in perspective

    For the beekeeper, it seems to me the danger from oxalic acid is due to direct chemical damage to tissues, as opposed to chemical toxicity.

    Mostly, this is the eyes and the lungs.

    It is hard to...
  7. Re: A cove cutting jig for making bee box handles

    That is pretty slick!

    I usually just cut a slot with the dado blade, but cut it about 2 inches from the top. That way it is easy to see which is the top. I have a little jig to get the slot more...
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    Sticky: Re: Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    This is an excellent point I have made several times. There is nothing "unnatural" about human activities, if you take a naturalistic view of things.

    This also takes away the ideas of right or...
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    Sticky: Re: Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    I'm going to recast this post, to reflect how I read it. Let me know if I have missed the point.

    Greg hasn't had a good year as a beekeeper - not a lot of surplus honey, but hasn't had a bad year...
  10. Re: Ignorant of top bars - isn't there northern limit at which it is a good idea?

    There are top bar hives and horizontal hives. I have never kept either, so I am an expert, of course.

    I looked at the horizontal hives used in very cold climates, and most of them are very deep...
  11. An absolutely robber proof entrance for a small colony

    This summer, I captured a small swarm in one of my swarm traps. My swarm traps are really extra deep 6 frame nucs, so I can leave bees in them for a while if that seems like the thing to do.

    This...
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    Re: Mouse invades hive. Watch it happen!

    Thanks for the pic, Dr. Bush.

    That ought to do it!
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    Re: Wintering Bees In Alaska

    Thanks for posting this thread, YukonJeff. I am planning to help my sister get started beekeeping in the coldest part of the lower 48 (North and west of International Falls, MN). This gives me lots...
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    Re: Wintering Bees In Alaska

    While it is true that black surfaces radiate heat at night, it is also true that white painted surfaces radiate heat at night just as efficiently.
    The reason is that The emissivity of white surfaces...
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    Re: Wintering Bees In Alaska

    I only measured consumption one winter, and what I saw was that (as you suggest) bees don't need much food to keep warm. In the second half of December and January, they used very little food, two...
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    Re: Mouse invades hive. Watch it happen!

    An old beekeeper in WI taught me to place a board in the bottom opening for winter, with a few 3/8 inch (9.5mm) holes through it. Bees go in and out pretty easily, but mice can't.

    I usually run a...
  17. Re: Another recipe for making propoplis salve or lip balm

    Thinking about that, I imagine cleaning the blender would be unpleasant. I will leave that experiment to you or others who want to try it.

    Since the wax will readily dissolve in the oil/wax...
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    Re: Global Warming

    Interestingly, while I often think I have all the answers to the world's problems, this one I do not know the answer to.

    I understand that 97% of climate scientists agree... but I also understand...
  19. Another recipe for making propoplis salve or lip balm

    I had occasion to make a batch of propolis salve or ointment for a woman I know, who had cellulitis (an infection of the skin) secondary to Hodgkins lymphoma. The topical antibiotics she was given...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    Greg, that makes a lot of sense.

    It won't work for me, though, as I am limited by ordinance to 2 hives.

    I run them as 2 queen (sometimes 4 queen) hives, without any great success, though my...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    The earth is NOT flat. If it were, cats would have pushed everything off of the edge by now...
  23. Re: Turning a Neglected Pasture into a Bee Yard?

    I did say usually…

    I have Japanese and European plum trees, several types of small fruits, medlars, apples and pear trees all within a hundred feet of my hives, as well as a vegetable garden. (it...
  24. Re: DON'T Smoke 'um if you got 'um OR How I Ditched My Smoker

    Might give it a try.

    Lemongrass oil is chemically quite similar to the Nasonov pheromone, and seems to have a similar effect on bees. (It is the smell of home, kind of like cinnamon rolls and...
  25. Re: Bees Bringing in Fungus in place of pollen

    I have noticed that very orange-red "pollen" early and late in the year.

    Having read about this on scientificbeekeeping.com, If I see a lot of it, I will probably feed pollen sub. So far, it...
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