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    Re: Top Bar Bee Hive Plans

    Hmm, I think that is taking the whole naturalistic approach just a tad bit too far.:)

    Re: the top bar being more natural, how so? Forcing bees to build their hive sideways when their inclination...
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    Re: Cow urine and EFB

    There are a lot of comments on BEE-L regarding this subject. Very few are dismissive. Many are about how to collect cow pee. It may not be just cow urine that is effective either. The use of human...
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    Re: Fat Man Bees? or FatBeeMan?

    Cool. Scout bees do not stay around long when initially finding a potential location. That they flew around outside the hive after being inside means they they were remembering the spot. That is how...
  4. Re: Splitting the hive up completely into new nucleus colonies

    Ha, I almost posted a link to the same thread!
  5. Re: Splitting the hive up completely into new nucleus colonies

    Calkal, I do not think it was msl's intent to demean at all. We beekeepers as a group tend to look out after one another so his words of caution seemed, to me, to be justified. By your original post,...
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    Re: Fat Man Bees? or FatBeeMan?

    I do not believe the bees sold by DTFB or David are particularly more docile than any others of the ligusta or or carnica ssp. David claims his are the same stock as DTFB's bees but he has been open...
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    Re: Helping small winter cluster

    Seed mats, reptile terrarium heaters, even the mighty mite killer can be used. In most circumstances, additional heat is not necessary. Certainly not in Cleaveland, Texas. I imagine LJ has them as a...
  8. Re: Are there any beekeepers on BeeSource who live near Bowie Maryland?

    Charlie, welcome to my neck of the woods. Bowie is straight up US301 from me, about 90 miles or so as the crow flies.

    As wildbranch alluded to, what could possibly have motivated you to move to...
  9. Re: Entrance Reduction for Langstroth When Trapping?

    Russ, you pretty much nailed it, and for the right reasons. Mike, since you do not have any drawn comb, and I assume no beeswax, I would try to get some beeswax to rub inside the hive (eBay, arts and...
  10. Re: Swarm News: Swarm of nearly 40000 bees in California send 5 to Hospital with Stin

    Whoa dude, so like I was just standing there throwing this rock into the air, when like, all of a sudden, all these bees started flying at me and I got stung. It like really hurt so I figured they...
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    Re: Simplest Way to Build Frames

    And then, you could always just use your medium frames and let the bees build free comb the last three inches. I still have a few of those in my hives.
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    Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    Have you lined up replacement nucs or packages yet? One of our club members drives down south somewhere and buys a couple hundred packages to resell every year. Ashland is not that far
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    Re: You might be a beekeeper if...

    Ain't that the truth
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    Re: Helping small winter cluster

    Did not realize how cold it still was up there. In lieu of adding bees, Vance's suggestion of stacking the hives for the additional heat makes a lot of sense to me. Isn't that the key of MP's nuc...
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    Re: Early Spring in Southern NY

    I have had patties in since early January waaay down south here in Richmond. The cold front that moved through had the girls cooped up for a few days. Today got up to mid 60's. Came out this morning...
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    You might be a beekeeper if...

    With apologies to Jeff Foxworthy, I thought we could share a few of the unique things that beekeepers have or do that the reat of the world might find odd. I'll start off with a few

    So, you might...
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    Re: Helping small winter cluster

    If the queen is laying and you have a small amount of brood, I would give them the candy, the patty, and a shake of nurse bees each from your two strongest hives. Just make sure you do shake one of...
  18. Re: Splitting the hive up completely into new nucleus colonies

    All great ideas for.splitting, but I question whether 20 single deep hives will have suffiecent resources to create 100 nucs. That would have to assume that every single frame was suitable for nuc...
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    Re: Caught bees and honey production

    Not sure about LA, but in VA, the answer is no. A caught swarm has no comb and no resources. They need every girl on deck to get set up for winter and will often need to be fed. Flow timing is also a...
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    Re: Swarm trap plans-quick, easy and cheap

    For ease of transfer, you may want to consider making the swarm trap to fit the Warre bars you intend to use in the hive.
  21. Re: What to do with damaged or ruined foundation?

    Yep, scrape the frames, render the wax, and watch Kamon's video. He puts it on lighter than I do with good results. As far as cleaning, once scraped, a bucket of warm water, soap, and a scub brush...
  22. Re: Hive heists: why the next threat to bees is organized crime

    Beesource member JWChestnut has been following the cases of several hive thieves. Here are two, including the one mentioned in your article.
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    Re: Cow urine and EFB

    :lpf:
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    Re: Cow urine and EFB

    Jim, you read my mind. Isolating the components or active ingredients that actually make it work, assuming that it does, would go a long way in the public perception of purity as compared to "cow...
  25. Re: What hive design yields the most honey? Which yields the most bees?

    Ruth, If I were to make a long Lang similar to yours, would it be feasible to just use two SBB, custom hive body, two standard inner covers, and a custom top? I would use a moving block to close the...
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