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    Re: Dead bees after inspection ?

    I cut up old blue jeans in strips, about 1.5" x 8," and add that to pine needles, pine cones, dried leaves, after starting the smoker with a torn piece of newspaper (always have newspaper in my bee...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Wasps and hornets are really bad this year. I have seen them snatch bees sunning themselves on their hives, and when I put out the extractor for cleaning, there were at least fifty at a time keeping...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    I checked several hives yesterday and was surprised that they still were making drones. But, the fall flow is just beginning - there are still goldenrod varieties and all the asters that haven't...
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    Re: Vine identification

    Hedera helix, common ivy, native to most of Europe and Asia. Can be invasive, considered a noxious weed in Oregon and Washington.
    See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedera_helix for more information....
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    Sticky: Re: Successful Queen Introduction tips.

    I requeened 12 colonies to get new genetics and did as suggested. I went back in after 12 days and all twelve queens had been released and accepted. I'm a believer.
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    Re: Qeen cell in nuc

    Well, you have outlined all the options. The next step is go in and find the queen. Once that's done, you can make a decision.
  7. Thread: Cold summer

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    Re: Cold summer

    I have honey, but not much is capped. It has been so rainy, they haven't been able to dry it. This week is supposed to be hot (although humid) - maybe that will help.
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    Re: too many honey frames?

    I'm not in Florida, so for what it's worth . . .

    1) Harvest the full frames of honey. Replace with drawn comb if you have it, foundation, or extract the honey and put the wet frames back in. If...
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    Re: Combining colonies?

    I recently combined three without newspaper. They were all small hives. I gave them brood to make a queen, but I haven't seen any progress. I plan to combine them again today with a queenright...
  10. Re: could spring finally be coming to the north east?!?!?!?!

    No dandelions in the western part of the state (NH).
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    I was planning to start queen cells this week, but yesterday's inspection revealed that there are hardly any drone cells. It's been a cold wet spring, and eight out of the next ten days forecast...
  12. Re: replacing inner cover with a fabric or plastic

    I have lots of thick greenhouse plastic that I could use, but I am concerned that it will trap moisture. It is not breathable. How do you manage the problem of moisture that should escape?
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    Re: Please advise on weird looking honey

    I would try to warm up the frame enough so the honey becomes liquid (having taken off any cappings), then put it a distance from your hives, so the bees will rob it out. If it sugar water honey, you...
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    Re: Bear attack last night.

    I'm sorry - the clips don't seem to work. anyway, in the first one the bear touches the fence with his nose and darts back into the woods. In the other, he walks around and sits down and stares at...
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    Re: Bear attack last night.

    A friend of mine has a game camera that caught a bear touching a fence, and another of a bear who had touched the fence in the past, dejected.


    BearTouchesFence.mov


    DisappointedBear.mov

    I...
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    Re: Uses for non working chest freezer

    I have an upright freezer that died, and for several years I have used it to store drawn frames. The door will hold three medium frames on each shelf. In the main compartment, I store deep frames...
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    Re: Removal 40-feet up in tree on lift

    Thanks for sharing. I have only caught one swarm two years ago (it's still going strong), and it was small at the time. I keep on the lookout for another. Our swarm season doesn't start for another...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    I keep mine in a white plastic bucket with a lid on top. They keep indefinitely.
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    Re: Queenless combine now?

    I don't know how long you have to go to spring, but if you wanted a good drone population for spring queens, couldn't you leave her laying drones? Granted, at some point, you are going to run out of...
  20. Re: Langstroth to Slovenian type AZ hive transition- any practical advice?

    I take mine out. I use thin strips of wood, about a third of an inch to block the space created by the QE, so the bees don't fly out into the bee house. I don't care where the queen is during the...
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    Re: Building Upper Entrances

    I have always been curious why upper entrance holes are drilled just below the hand holes. Why not on top where you can see the bees when you move the boxes? I would think you were setting yourself...
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    Re: Anyone doing frame sequencing?

    In AZ frames (no ears like on a Lang frame) in a Slovenian hive, beekeepers will intentionally turn a frame upside down sometimes, so the bees will work the bottom of the frame as well as the top. ...
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    Re: Feeding bananas to the bees.

    This is from the website HoneyBeeSuite on feeding bananas:

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    Re: Tapping on the lid?

    Bees don't have ears, so they don't "hear." But, they do feel vibrations. Knocking on their hive will prepare them to be defensive, not a good idea. A little smoke to let them know you are coming...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    It was a flying day today. Occupants of all 16 of my hives were out and about in the middle of the day when the sun was shining on them. I checked stores and ventilation in 10 hives - of those ten,...
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