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    Re: Hornets & Bumblebees Feasting

    I see Bumble bees trying to rob, but haven't seen them haul off bees yet. We do, however have the black and white monsters like the one in your picture, plus black and yellow/orange ones. We call...
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    Re: I think I fed my bees too much sugar water...

    You have to be feeding lots of bees besides your nuc.
    Are you using food coloring in your syrup? It will be interesting to hear nearby beekeepers commenting on the green or red or blue honey in...
  3. Re: Rant: People really need to stop mowing lawns every single week.

    Well...
    Moving off the original topic, but someone is still getting that job, whether it's a county employee, or a contractor working on a contract. When the work is contracted out, they're just...
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    Re: 4 hours till picking up hives

    Looking good! Seems you're off to a good start. Pollen collecting is a good sign that they're settling in to stay.
    I suggest you turn your entrance reducer over, notch facing down. It makes it...
  5. Thread: Bee Vaccum

    by Greeny
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    Re: Bee Vaccum

    Cute cat!
  6. Thread: Cloudy Honey

    by Greeny
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    Re: Cloudy Honey

    I take a piece of plastic cling wrap, carefully lay it onto the surface of the honey wrinkle free, and then carefully lift it off from one side. All the floaties and foam come off on the plastic....
  7. Re: New Bee Keeper, New Colony, New Equipment - What Could Go Wrong?!

    I would fix it, ASAP, having useable comb is a huge time-saver for the colony and will jump start their build up.
    I did a similar cutout re-hive, and even knowing the cell slant issue and actively...
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    Re: Inner cover screen?

    My inner covers are also notched so the bees can use it as an upper entrance with the outer cover pushed forward. I've never had any comb built in that space.
    Screening that over would remove the...
  9. Re: New Bee Keeper, New Colony, New Equipment - What Could Go Wrong?!

    Bees build comb with the cells angling downward, toward the center of the comb. Think of it as keeping the wet nectar from running out. It looks to me like you have some of the comb situated upside...
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    Re: 4 hours till picking up hives

    It is very distracting and hard to inspect if my veil is covered with buzzing angry bees trying to kill me. When they get this fired up, a couple always find a gap and get inside my veil. (I don't...
  11. Thread: Adding Box

    by Greeny
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    Re: Adding Box

    If there's no threat of cooler weather chilling brood, I pull a frame or two of brood from the bottom box and put them in the new box above the main brood. Replace the frames in the bottom with new...
  12. Re: I am trying to speed up my hive inspections.

    It's not bad bee keeping, and it's probably pretty common for newbees. I know I looked at most frames when I had my first two hives.
    But it's generally not neccessary to handle and eyeball every...
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    Re: Plans for a DIY bee vacuum

    This will keep you busy for a while:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=diy+bee+vac&rlz=1C1GCEA_enUS844US844&oq=diy+bee+vac&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i60.2398j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
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    Re: He didn't think BT was necessary for wax moths

    I freeze frames too, before storing. But I've had moths chew through black plastic garbage bags to get at frames in my garage. This was brood comb. I plan to use BTa moving forward.
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    Re: 1: 1 sugar syrup recipe?

    I use one pint of sugar to one pound of water. Bees love it.
  16. Re: Has anyone heard of adding foos coloring/dye to sugar water?

    Why not open feed colored syrup? Nearby hives are likely to pack away open fed syrup, whether it's colored or not.
  17. Re: Has anyone heard of adding foos coloring/dye to sugar water?

    I did it my first year with bees, more as a novelty than a need to know where they were packing away syrup.
    No harm done, and it was fun to see both large concentrations of the green syrup, as well...
  18. Thread: paint on a wing

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    Re: paint on a wing

    I always struggle to find the queen. It's good to know I can go wild with paint and she'll still be ok.
    This thread still needs pics.
  19. Thread: SHB Larva?

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    Re: SHB Larva?

    All my SHB larvae are small and thin.
    Wax moth larvae are big and fat in comparison.

    SHB Info:
    https://www.clemson.edu/extension/beekeepers/fact-sheets-publications/small-hive-beetle.html
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    Re: Free beehives for Virginians

    VA has had a couple programs to promote beekeeping. For a couple years, you could submit for reimbursement after purchasing hives or bees. Recently, they've had a program to fund replacement of...
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    Re: Probably over thinking this.

    I would look into carpet. You can find rolls of old carpet for free. Roll it out upside down, makes a great weed barrier for several years.
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    Re: squaring box corners

    A jig like Eric mentions is easy, and if you're stapling the parts together you won't have the problem of beating the first joints apart while nailing the later ones together. I use a cheap welding...
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    Re: Hive Entrance Side?

    Scott Hendriks is a Canadian beekeeper and posts videos on youtube. He rotates his hives, with the entrance on the long side. The bees don't seem to care, and it makes working the hive easy and...
  24. Thread: Want More Honey

    by Greeny
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    Re: Want More Honey

    Like Fivej recommends, I 'seed' supers with a frame or two of nectar/honey. Even if I have to move a frame up with some brood in it, just pick an outside frame with a small patch of brood. ...
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    Re: Laying worker in a queenright nuc?

    I'm still going with too few bees in the box. There's hardly any bees around your queen in the latest pic, and there's barely any bees on the brood in your first pic.
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