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  1. Re: Anyone else use Mann Lake's Pro DFM? And if yes, what were the results?

    I treated when weather permitted, when the hives were split up for nucs (each one) and just before the main nectar flow started. I’m going to treat when I start feeding or maybe as bee Arthur...
  2. Re: Anyone else use Mann Lake's Pro DFM? And if yes, what were the results?

    I tried it this year and treated three times so far. Basically all my queens were new in June, no runts, laying well and the hives have good to excellent populations, in fact I’ve had to bottom super...
  3. Re: DON'T Smoke 'um if you got 'um OR How I Ditched My Smoker

    I remember this post, it did go off topic mondo. Just for the record I did try the spearmint spritz and had mixed results. Some of the hives seemed to be more annoyed by it than giving them a whiff...
  4. Re: how often honey can be extracted from a hive?

    If you’ve got nectar coming in, probably wouldn’t hurt to go in and scrape what you need off of a frame or two, they’ll rebuild it. Just squeeze thru cheesecloth to get the wax out.
    Might want to...
  5. Thread: Hi, all

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    Re: Hi, all

    Welcome Elleder! Your on the right right track. Read as much as you can, if your able find someone that will be willing to let you help out in the yards etc.
    Often time beekeeping is region...
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    Re: Hello from Cape Cod Massachusetts

    Welcome, I’m editing my post. Usually honey bees don’t go below ground like that. They usually like to get above grade, it just looks suspiciously like a ground bee nest to me, but anything is...
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    Re: Life of an egg in a cell

    You might’ve seen some nectar that had not been consumed or moved into storage also.
  8. Thread: Africanized Bees

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    Re: Africanized Bees

    Your going to have to wait for a month or so for the old stock to die off and what the new queens are going to produce as far as temperament goes.
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    Re: Hi from Lincoln, Uk

    Welcome, good luck if you take the leap!
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    Re: Hello from Waukesha WI

    Welcome, good luck with the designs!
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    Yup, I concur. Time to end that linage, my mentor always told me “don’t let the bees tell you what to do, you tell them”.
  12. Re: I think today my bees swarmed today. Now confused!

    Ya, the hives can get kinda frenzied during orientation flights. It’s good that it isn’t getting swarmy on you.
  13. Re: I think today my bees swarmed today. Now confused!

    First step is figure out if they swarmed. I’ve had hives take to the air sometimes, no reason that I’ve seen sorta like a fire drill I guess.
    Swarm cells present? If so sealed or unsealed. If...
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    Re: How do I relax w/bees?

    I opened up a new yard this year and the land owner is fascinated with the bk’n process and likes to (sometimes much to my chagrin) yak it up. His property, looks like pretty prime pickings for the...
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    Re: ants ate my queen???

    It seems like there’d be a lot more bee parts left behind, unless you’ve got some super ants that can dissolve the exoskeleton completely. Did you check the rest of the nuc?
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    Re: I'm walking again.

    Ya my vote is the horizontal w/ Lang frames, always wanted to build one. Plus one can incorporate honey boxes too.
    Sounds like you’ve come a long way Ken, hang tough!
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    Re: What causes bee paralysis?

    I was always of the opinion that it was mite weakened bees. They (at least my observations) were kicked out of the hive and have no obvious deformities other than they lack the strength to work their...
  18. Thread: Stores Question

    by rwlaw
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    Re: Stores Question

    I’m wondering why the two different treatments back to back, maybe you misunderstood him?
    If your not concerned about honey go ahead and start feeding, less for em to work and cap.
    Yes, pull the...
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    Re: Question: Hive orientation for winter

    I tried facing hives facing west and north, they were the last hives to make purging flights. most all of them the clusters were packed on the backside of the hives, the warmer sides. So it’s east or...
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    Re: Greetings from Northern CA

    Welcome!
  21. Thread: Hello from SC

    by rwlaw
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    Re: Hello from SC

    Welcome! Good luck w/ your bees! You might want to update your profile with your location. That way advice can be given for your locale.
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    Re: Intro Pickens Co Georgia USA

    Welcome and good luck!
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    Re: Extracting without an extractor

    Yup what JW says, you can also try to shake them out right off, might get the majority which is what’s needed.
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    Re: Night in the Apiary

    Ya working bees at night not geared up is like having a knife fight in a dark room and the other guy has night vision gear lol.
  25. Thread: In a Bind

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    Re: In a Bind

    Yup leave em on. Hope everything goes well for you!
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