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    Re: What would you do?

    Split those four to make eight and catch two swarms. Done -- til next year.
  2. Thread: New to bees

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    Re: New to bees

    There is a Facebook Group and there is an article in the January Edition of the American Bee Journal about it.
  3. Thread: New to bees

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    Re: New to bees

    Mighty Mite Killer.
    beehivethermalindustries.com

    The treatment is 2 1/2 hours. Warm-up takes about 20-30 minutes, so about three hours. You have to be there to put it on and then to take it off....
  4. Thread: New to bees

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    Re: New to bees

    I started with eight frame mediums and wouldn't change that due to the reduced weight of the boxes. I have worked with a commercial beek using all deeps and you can easily hurt yourself.

    I...
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    Re: Against Smoking Bees

    Wow, Ryan, you have really brought out the responses. I keep bees without smoking them and I really don't see how smoking them would do them any good. I do smoke myself when I am around them to keep...
  6. Thread: Hornet Nest

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    Re: Hornet Nest

    Look for some for Homo Sapiens while you are at it.
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    Re: Real honey vs sugarwater honey?

    Can't tell by looking at it. Honey runs the gamut of colors from almost clear to dark as molasses. If it tastes good, eat it.
  8. Re: Urgent Question: Just spun out frames, how do I recover the wax?

    They'll fix pretty much anything.
  9. Re: How is that Global Warming thing working out for you?

    78 degrees here on February 06, 2019 in NC. Record breaking. Maybe we need to change the subject . . . .
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    Re: WHERE are the real treatment free beekeepers?

    Are we talking semantics or beekeeping? Check out some quantum mechanics and you can even get more confused. Walking by the hives and taking a look at them without even opening the hives changes...
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    Re: varroa heat treatment?

    I was just looking and beehivethermalindustries now has one for a five frame nuc. I am thinking of investing in one for eight frame hives. Should I? Any advice is appreciated.
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    Sticky: Re: Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Yet the genome shifts at this very moment, and it's delusionary to think you can stop it. I agree that the OP is not likely to see evolution at work in his apiary, but it is there nonetheless, just...
  13. Thread: Howdy!

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    Re: Howdy!

    You'll find that we are all on that quest. You never stop learning. The bees are the teachers.
  14. Re: Found wild colony-cut out or leave til spring?

    I have a similar situation except I am way further South in NC. I found a colony in the walls of an old storage building. I am leaving them until the Spring because I know there is a risk of killing...
  15. Re: On the spot queen rearing questions (lots of them)

    Please. Dispatch = to send away, to kill. Taking the original queen away to start a weak nuke is dispatching her, creating a queenless hive for cell starting, rearing, and establishing a brood break....
  16. Re: On the spot queen rearing questions (lots of them)

    I just want to chime in on a few points that I think are being misunderstood about OTS.

    One is that the parent hive does get a brood break because the queen is dispatched so they will raise new...
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    Re: 2nd Hive check

    Enjoyed them. I'll bet you don't need those gloves with those girls though.
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    Re: Using old frames with cells

    Is the queen still in her cage? If so I would wait until I was ready to take the cage out in a few more days to add your comb, but doing so now probably is fine too. It will certainly give them a leg...
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    Re: Using old frames with cells

    If you are getting package bees this is good advice. If you are getting a nuc it is not. Keep the brood chamber intact.
  20. Re: Help cutting open old hot water heater with bees

    I'm not an expert, but it looks like the perfect opportunity to do a forced abscond. Drill a hole in the opposite end of the opening and add a little smoke. They should walk out of there.
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    Re: Where to find tack hammer

    Got mine at Ace Hardware.
  22. Re: ABJ article, page 1148 , "It is the Mites because"

    In response to Badbeekeeper.

    The way it works as I understand it is that some viruses are worse than others. Some may be not that bad at all. You and I are probably walking around with a few in...
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    Re: Cut out in old barn -- need advice

    I'm not sure if I could recognize whether cells were polished or not. Even if I knew what to look for, these old eyes probably couldn't see it.
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    Re: Cut out in old barn -- need advice

    Describes our weather pattern in the past few months exactly.
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    Re: Cut out in old barn -- need advice

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    Not sure if I uploaded the pictures correctly, but my brother and I went and got this colony out of the wall cavity today. There were lots of bees, very little brood, and a healthy-looking...
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