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  1. Thread: Hornet Nest

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    Re: Hornet Nest

    If the hive is low enough (accessible) in the tree, a shop vac positioned near the entrance works great. Position a step ladder with the hose secured in place with duct tape. Have the switch turned...
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    Re: Bee yard site questions

    I am currently very urban. There aren't any fields or pastures within 5 miles. Two hives here do very well. I believe it is because of the wide variety of trees and flowers in the established...
  3. Re: Do you clean and reuse plastic foundation or throw them away?

    I don't even clean them up much. I've had some made very nasty by SHB and moths, I just scrape them off, and rub wax all over them. The bees finish cleaning them up and rebuild the cells.
    My wax...
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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...
  6. 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...
  8. Thread: Bee Vaccum

    by Greeny
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    Re: Bee Vaccum

    Cute cat!
  9. 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....
  10. 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...
  12. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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...
  21. Thread: paint on a wing

    by Greeny
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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.
  22. Thread: SHB Larva?

    by Greeny
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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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