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    Re: Irritating Vegans

    Ah,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,the true believers! Many interesting comments here; however, I have no time to comment or even read all at this moment. The bees are calling.

    I must say that I don't really give...
  2. Re: Need some experienced input on a queenless situation

    [QUOTE=vtbeeguy;1807997]I would see what they do with the frame of eggs you gave them.

    That's fine, but the bees will tell you if they are queenless. They will make a lot of noise and wave their...
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    Re: Foundation-less frames

    Part of my 'simple' is not cutting frames,,,in fact that's an important part. Thus no triangular top bars for me. There was a discussion where somebody used a dado with center blade(s) replaced by...
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    Re: Foundation-less frames

    No bottom bar? Frame will collapse if it is placed in an extractor. Bees will also attach the frame to the ones below which makes for a mess when separating a box from one below. So it's wooden...
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    Re: JUST A LITTLE PLUG FOR BETTERBEE

    #1 is the box is made with clear pine---no knots and thus better grain as well.

    I have seen that kind of top joint in the product of another manufacturer.
  6. Re: Suggestions for moving bees out of a messy brooder box ...

    Good ideas, but what about the excluder? I would separate the 2 boxes by putting hive tool under the excluder and breaking it free from the bottom box. Then I would tip the top box up 90 degrees...
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    Re: Why not Langstroth/Warre combo?

    What you can do is use Langstroth boxes and frames and go natural cell, also known as foundationless.

    The natural combs will be weak until the bees attach them to the bottom bar. And yes they...
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    Re: How to make honey

    Good response. I would go a step further and ask: are you using only deeps? For supers also? Or a different size, mediums perhaps. The easiest way to get the bees to move up is to move a frame...
  9. Re: Why haven't more beekeepers been inspired by The Sustainable Apiary

    I like that line however, I am largely self taught through some reading and lots of experience. In the end, experience is IMO the best teacher.
    True there are many tricks to be learned, and a good...
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    Re: Small Hive Beetles Ravaging New Colony

    So you, and others are suggesting that this new beekeeper blow $350 on a tool to kill the shb thermally? I've got to roll my eyes at that solution.

    Surely, there must be a better way. When the...
  11. Re: Why haven't more beekeepers been inspired by The Sustainable Apiary

    To reduce swarming, I have good low swarming stock. You might by by some queens from reputable sources that have bee selected for their positive traits.

    I like to have a young queen in every...
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    Re: Aggressive robber bees never stop coming

    Unfortunately, northern California is in a very bad drought once again. Rain came in fall and then basically stopped, so I understand. That makes for some hungry bees out there.

    All I know to do...
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    Re: What to Plant in 1/4 Acre

    I'd go with the tulip poplars, clover, and some berry bushes. Might as well get some good food out of the deal, IMO.

    You guys may not believe this, but the very first honey I got from my backyard...
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    Re: the beekeeper’s neighbor

    This is Atlanta which is a warm climate for many months. Do people spend evenings in the backyard? Do they turn on lights on their patio in the evening? I don't know what time it gets dark there,...
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    Re: Frame Inspection Quesion (Shaking Bees Off)

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    I have a couple of nucs where I've been looking for the new queen to start laying. Just today I looked again and blew gently on the area where the eggs should have been. That cleared the area...
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    Re: How much is too much drone brood?

    If every hatching drone had a mite, unless there's something I don't know, your bees are in serious trouble.

    As far as seeing the mites elsewhere, it is very difficult to see them until they have...
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    Re: creepy bug in a weak hive -- any ideas?

    DO BE CONCERNED about SHB in a weak hive. They are the worst. Things like wax moths or earwigs are nothing when compared to these beetles.
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    Re: Shipping queens - room for improvement

    [QUOTE=Gray Goose;1789183]Bernhard good post, helps with the why. I have also read, not sure where, that there is a time when the queen is ramping up to full laying when If she is shut down IE for...
  19. Thread: Moving hives

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    Re: Moving hives

    True about not putting screen on the hives; however, they probably throw a net over the load. Loading can be done in evening before it gets dark. It may be a good idea to leave a catcher hive to...
  20. Re: Bad honey? Honey separated, the crystalized part is fluffy and light, not very sw

    Fermented honey smells more like wine, or maybe sour is another word that fits. I certainly have smelled it and I never thought of yeast.

    I have a lot of honey this past year that has a little...
  21. Re: Bad honey? Honey separated, the crystalized part is fluffy and light, not very sw

    Fermented honey smells more like wine, or maybe sour is another word that fits. I certainly have smelled it and I never thought of yeast.?

    I have a lot of honey this past year that has a little...
  22. Re: Need to move hives; how bad is that? advice?

    [QUOTE=cfalls;1787153]Question

    .They'll be moved maybe 50 feet across and 20 feet down.


    And you say they are aggressive? Don't do this move. They need to move at least 1/2 mile, and more...
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    Re: Single brood box colonies

    1....to get your $360 Canadian I'm guessing that you spend a lot of time at the Farmers' Market? I've heard this stuff about comercial beekeepers in Canada getting $1.50 a pound when they sell ...
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    Re: Small Hive Beetle in winter?

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    Corralling but not killing. I see the bees chase and try to grab the SHB, but I do not believe that they are capable of killing the beetles. Beetles will hang out just outside the cluster...
  25. Re: Splitting the hive up completely into new nucleus colonies

    I'm curious as to what your intentions are once you get the number of hives you desire. Why are you doing this?

    It seems that you are doing very well; however, it's not my way. I have always...
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