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  1. Re: amazingly stoopid mistake; so, can I kiss my honey super's harvest adieu?!

    Mitch, to be clear, you did an OA dribble on a hive that has a honey super and you only dribbled the seams of the brood chamber? Take the super off for a day or two and then put it back on. It will...
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    Re: Cut Out Question From a Noob

    Let the bees remove them. If you are lucky, you will actually get to see them drag one out.
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    Re: Building Jar Top Hive Feeder

    I have not used the plastic one piece lids in this application. This is one of the lids from the spaghetti sauce jar that I used a stapler to punch 18 holes into. Works real well, until the bees...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Temps today climbed up into the 80s here and I was able to spend almost the entire day in the apiary. Life is good. Late this evening I noticed a clump of bees on the hive stand under an unused hive...
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    Re: Frames are stuck--hard

    Are you using a J hook hive tool?
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    Re: Building Jar Top Hive Feeder

    The jar lid must rest on the screen. I use solid mason jar lids from the Classico brand spaghetti sauce with holes punched in them. I do not think you can use the regular two piece top. Easy test, if...
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    Re: When to mark queens

    I had been forewarned of this problem and was paying attention. It would be very easy to do. If fact, one of the workers who decided to join the queen in the marking tube did get decapitated. Oops.
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    Re: Good source for #10 hardware cloth?

    That hardware cloth looks terrible.
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    Re: A sign of the times

    This young man's death is tragic, as is the untimely death of any person. The reporting on the story is pure garbage. There is no indication that the young man would have survived had the clinic...
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    Re: A sign of the times

    It is amazing that even with PPE, some do not know how to use it and are deluding themselves. Case in point. I went to a local gas station/ convienience store to get more beer. Older woman behind the...
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    Re: Virginia

    If you see them, tell them to head south. I have traps in the Manchester area.
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    Re: UPS Lost my bees

    Since package bees are not necessarily of the same hive and job functions have not all been worked out, I can envision two worker bees standing over the body of one of their comrades, arguing about...
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    Re: Feeding question

    Grafter, I am in Richmond. I guess one would call that upper South. I leave one medium, plus whatever they pack into the brood frames. I want my 2 deep/1 medium set up to weigh 100# or more. All of...
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    Re: A sign of the times

    That is so twisted.


    I love it!
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    Re: When to mark queens

    Always wait until they are mated. If you accidentally get paint on the wings, they may not be able to fly and get mated. Once they ARE mated and have eggs in the hive, if you damage her you won't...
  16. Re: my baited swarm swarmed; did it split into two?! Could it?

    I checked on the swarm I picked up last Sat. If it was a two queen swarm with a virgin, the mated queen won. Today I saw eggs and just hatched larvae. Right on schedule, three days to commence...
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    Re: UPS Lost my bees

    I have kept a package for three days before putting it in a hive. I estimate the bees had been in the box at least a week total. Had a hundred plus dead but that is a very small percentage. You may...
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    Re: Cut Out Question From a Noob

    Awesome job b1rd.
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    Re: Proper way to switch hive stands?

    If you have to have the current stand location as the permanent one, build a temporary stand either in fron of or behind the existing one. Use 4x4s and concrete blocks. Set the hives on the...
  20. Re: my baited swarm swarmed; did it split into two?! Could it?

    If you have two frame equipment, this would be a good time ti use it. You could also give each swarm a shake of nurse bees from your other hives to boost the numbers. Once you separate the clusters,...
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    Re: Best Laid Plans

    John, my opinion is that it is more of a north/south issue with overwintering success than and east/west thing. You should be good either way. Personally, I would go with the GA bees as there is less...
  22. Re: Help! I think I have a honey bee hive in my shed wall.

    No, unlike wasps, bees overwinter. In GA, they stay active most of the year. Wasp venom and bee venom are different, but enough people are allergic to bee stings that it is best not to take chances....
  23. Re: my baited swarm swarmed; did it split into two?! Could it?

    Yes, as in "this here hive ain't big enough for the two of us"
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    Re: Any beekeepers sick w CV-19? SURVEY

    So, we know that as a nasal spray, it seems to work, at least in mice. Problem is that most of my bee venom is sub-Q or IM. Some of the bees have what seem like really long stingers!
  25. Re: Help! I think I have a honey bee hive in my shed wall.

    Well, that is a honey bee. Try washing the area you sprayed with soap and water and then rinse well.
    With luck, not too many of the bees will die. If the bees do survive, google bee clubs in your...
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