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    Re: How to inspect with less protective gear

    Being "in the moment" always has a positive result whenever working bees imo.

    Tai Chi requires it and so does messing with bees. In fact, I can think of no better way to be in the moment than...
  2. Re: Let's just be honest: This spring is historically early.

    Naming the full moons is as old as we are....
  3. Re: Let's just be honest: This spring is historically early.

    So true, I've noticed that even little storms are getting named these days:rolleyes:. It seems some folks just have too much time on their hands... imo
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    Re: A sign of the times

    LOL....right, as if our little desks would actually save anyone if the ceiling came down after a nuclear strike....OMG
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    Re: OK.....ísplain This to Me

    This is normal activity after a long winter cooped up.

    I've witnessed winter survivor bees rolling around in and lapping up a variety of weird stuff, especially compost piles. The most...
  6. Thread: USGS

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    Re: USGS

    Could be wrong but I think its "to know" which way the wind blows ;)

    Besides, they get it wrong more often than not these days. Extreme temperature fluctuations have become the norm recently,...
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    Re: What causes Honey to cystallize?

    I also suspect the Honey that crystallizes as quick as described above may have had something to do with the 'temperature' the honey was kept.

    We purposely crystalize about half of the honey we...
  8. Re: Conditions for early splits w/purchased queens

    When we want get an early (mid-April for us) start we make Nucs rather than 'even' splits. Nucs do fine with just one frame of brood (can make several with a strong colony) and don't need so many...
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    Re: Queen Bee dead in Winter

    Yeah, this is the direction I'm leaning too. As bees naturally die off over winter, decreasing cluster size, another queen might not be tolerated as it was back in September, and it is highly...
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    Re: Against Smoking Bees

    Funny thread :) The more BeeKs chiming in the more confused we all become, such is life.

    On using smoke; 2 rules I follow, KISS (Keep It Simple) and "Less is usually more".... effective ;)
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    Re: Made plywood part for jar comb honey

    There's a renewed interest in comb honey and from my perspective it hinges on the growing belief by consumers that most honey sold in stores is adulterated.

    Comb Honey is hard to imitate or fake...
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    Hot Box Winterizer from Kelly

    Anyone have any experience w/ these? I get the concept, but it Seems they'd be too leaky (shimmed air space above and below) for Northern climes.

    Thanks
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    Re: Mountain Camp - proactive or reactive?

    This thread proves the adage that 'all beekeeping is local', no?

    Our Winters can be long and severe with up to 7 months of dearth, so we add a 4# (Used to come in 5#) bag to each colony selected...
  14. Re: Bee Excluder with empty super below a good idea?

    I do...and have for many years, still got a large jar full of them.

    However, The maze type boards 'do' work better/quicker (I like those with at least 4 escape holes) and are easier to place,...
  15. Re: Winter Broodless Period for Northern Latitudes.

    :)
  16. Thread: Hornet Nest

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    Re: Hornet Nest

    300 feet away! We're talking Like a football field, right? How are they gonna bother anyone unless they are bothered from that distance? We're also surrounded by such nests (the number of them...
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    Re: Solar Melter Failing

    Great advise above; Painting the whole thing (inside and out) 'flat' black, tilting toward the sun....and adding another piece of glass. I think a 2 pane heats up something like 30% faster/hotter....
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    Re: Real honey vs sugarwater honey?

    Folks taint honey precisely because it is extremely profitable....humans do all kinds of despicable things for money or power.

    LOL...while pretty stinky when bees are removing moisture (to me its...
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    Re: Real honey vs sugarwater honey?

    Yes, we are lucky to have a short season that provides as long as the weather also cooperates, followed by a very long winter, so our bees must be fat and healthy right NOW (mid-August) and busy...
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    Re: Latest in Darwinian Beekeeping

    Yep, same experience. I've had excluders around here for several years but never used them until I began using Seeley's methods.
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    Re: Real honey vs sugarwater honey?

    I feel certain that this question/concern has been going on for as long as we have been artificially feeding bees.

    Not wishing to start another debate, but I suspect that any colony that has...
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    Re: Latest in Darwinian Beekeeping

    Yes, our experience is similar. We also used to run 'unlimited' brood nests....until we discovered Seeley's Darwinian Beekeeping, which brought about this particular issue.....not necessarily a bad...
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    Re: Latest in Darwinian Beekeeping

    Since this has only occurred twice I cannot make any absolute conclusions but I am leaning toward the '2 entrances' as a possible cause (I' ain't complaining;), just wondering) I believe that even...
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    Re: Latest in Darwinian Beekeeping

    Fascinating discussion with equally fascinating insights and opines...Applause to all participants!!

    I've not been too active around here despite my deep interest in Seeley's methods, particularly...
  25. Re: Retired veterinarian bees have no nectar sourcears

    We've also never had the 'need' to feed our colonies during summer months and really feel for those Beeks forced to feed during periodic dearths. We have friends in southern GA that are running...
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