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    Last year's crystallized honey - now what?

    Almost all of our honey last year crystallized right after it was bottled. We have been using it by heating a little as we go, or just using it in crystallized form - but we didn't feel right about...
  2. Thread: Idaho

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    Re: Idaho

    May 28. A hive that I had split swarmed anyway. Looks like about 30k bees. We were in the yard when they went out, and they staged in a tree on our property. Let them settle down while we had dinner....
  3. Re: I have never had so many cucumbers on at one time.

    So that's it? I was wondering why we suddenly started seeing so many different kinds of bees here after we started keeping bees. I thought it was just us being more observant, but it seems like too...
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    Re: Just how dangerous is Apivar?

    Thank you again, all who offered real information and experience! This has been an interesting read, and I am satisfied that I need not worry.
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    Re: Just how dangerous is Apivar?

    Well, that was interesting.

    Thanks to those of you who gave helpful replies. I think now I will be comfortable using this stuff as directed.

    A more natural treatment scheme is a goal of mine,...
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    Just how dangerous is Apivar?

    So, I am treating with this product and following the label - but the warning has me scratching my head. I see instructive material with photos of leather gloved beekeepers supposedly applying...
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    Re: Bees and Ley Lines/Electromagnetic Lines

    That barely touches on the origin of the term. In a most vague manner.
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    Re: Bees and Ley Lines/Electromagnetic Lines

    It's not a theory - it's a hypothesis......based initially on a fantasy.
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    Re: Bees and Ley Lines/Electromagnetic Lines

    ABK - Dude....have you even bothered to look into the origin of the term, "ley lines"? It appears not.

    Had more to do with surveying and navigating on land (at least, supposedly) than what...
  10. Thread: Idaho

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    Re: Idaho

    Yesterday, 5/11. Small swarm about 15' up a tree. Sw Nampa. Friends of family called soon after it arrived. They were dangling from a limb about the diameter of string. Maybe a pound and a half of...
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    Re: Beehavior with SBB

    Thanks! I like that.
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    Re: Beehavior with SBB

    Well I got under the hive and found that they had built some substantial comb under there. My other hive with a screened bottom board had no such development. The difference between the two hives is...
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    Beehavior with SBB

    Trying screened bottom boards in my new hives this year. I've noticed on one of them that a lot of bees have been clustering under the screen, and it seems like they're hanging out there and doing...
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    Re: Keeping area around hive clean

    I have laid weed barrier fabric and laid it over with 1' square cement pavers. It's a semi-permanent fix. Kind of expensive though, if you have more than a few hives.
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    Re: God gave me an answer

    I guess you know what to do now. ;)



    Maybe because someone asked? :D
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    Re: What do you do when bee(s) in veil?

    I had that happen last week. Just walked away from the apiary and removed veil. Turned it inside out enough to allow the bee to escape, and she flew off - presumably back to the hive. No drama -...
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    Re: My first swarm recovery....newbee question

    I've only retrieved the one swarm so far. But I just laid the limb in the brood box with a couple frames on each side. Opened up a couple days later to remove the limb and added rest of frames. Maybe...
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    Re: retrieved my first swarm ever - now what ?

    These bees are doing fantastic. It took exactly two weeks for the queen to fill all the frames in the first box. I managed to spot her and mark her before I added another box. Some of the comb...
  19. Re: I have never had so many cucumbers on at one time.

    Just noticed this today.

    Our hives are right in the back of our garden. Last year, we planted lemon cucumbers and crookneck squash right in front of the hive - about five feet away. Bees were...
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    Re: retrieved my first swarm ever - now what ?

    Not "out of boxes". Just not any more extra than what I have planned for this year. I started with the boxes for the hive I began with last year and have since assembled enough for two more hives -...
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    Re: retrieved my first swarm ever - now what ?

    I will be putting together more boxes and such as I have time. Things will be different after I retire (next year hopefully). I did enjoy collecting the swarm.

    So - what do you all do with...
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    Re: placing 2 hives on city lot

    Well, I've only been doing this for one year, and I did manage to make it through winter with one hive - but really, I think two hives is a practical minimum. Otherwise, you will eventually need to...
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    Re: retrieved my first swarm ever - now what ?

    Thanks guys.

    I got the limb cuttings out and finished putting in frames yesterday. Looks like the bees may be settling in. Looks like lots of orientation flight going on, and they appear to be...
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    Re: Idaho

    First swarm ever for me, yesterday - 4/6/16. Zip 83651. West side of Nampa.

    Swarm had just arrived that afternoon and was balled up in a shrub next door to my friend's home. Don't know where it...
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    retrieved my first swarm ever - now what ?

    I wasn't really ready to hive a swarm. I had a hive ready for a packagecoming llater this month. Some friends called this afternoon with a swarm in their yard in easy reach, so I thought -why not?
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