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  1. Thread: Second Box Woes

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    Re: Second Box Woes

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  2. Thread: Second Box Woes

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    Second Box Woes

    Hopefully this make sense I'm writing this out from memory and, I'm not a grammarian. Feel free to ask for clarification.

    When the hive had drawn out 80% (ish) comb in the first box I added a...
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    Re: When fed syrup continuously, do bees store it?

    In NY City the bees were stealing sugar from a factory that makes maraschino cherries. It turned the nectar red and, led to a drug bust at the factory.

    In France the bees were robbing M&M candy...
  4. Thread: Apivar

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    Re: Apivar

    Apiculture has a FAQ sheet on checking for Apivar resistance which is already occurring in some parts of the province. My numbers might be a bit off (so DO check the product monograph) but IIRC it's...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Despite moving some brood up one level into a new brood box they've decided to turn it into a box full of honey and nectar instead. After 2'ish weeks, the two brood frames have some capped brood and...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Lauri, how do you find the burnt boxes (is shou-sugi-ban?) hold up over time? Do they wear better than other methods?
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    I decided to try and move a couple of frames of brood up to the second box after seeing about 5 frames of sugar, much of it capped, in the second super with only a spot or two of pollen. The used...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Thank you. It's just I'm thinking things should go this way, but they're going that way and my focus/expectations at this point is aiming to have lots 'n' lots of fat chubby bees that'll survive the...
  9. Re: What is the best way to permanently mark a beehive box?

    But then you'd need to be standing over the hive with the head of accused in one hand, hive tool in the other, tongue sticking out ... kinda like Kali to be a truly effective theft deterrent.

    I...
  10. Thread: epepen

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    Re: epepen

    Another avenue might be by asking a pharmacist for it. Up here I can either get one under my insurance with a doctors prescription, or pay for it out of pocket if I ask for one OTC from a pharmacy....
  11. Re: Skeps - Looking for a (W.Pennsylvania) Source for Long Cut Heirloom Rye

    Have you tried including basket weaving in your searches? A quick search brings up this artist who's made some skeps from rye. Another avenue might be to try asking a local feed store that sells...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Added a second deep super last week. Tonight I went in to see if I needed to feed them again and, sure enough they have gone through 2kg of sugar mixed to 1:1 in four days and the feeder needed to be...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Every day I pull the inspection tray to get a sense of what's going on inside the hive and, one of the things I've been doing is collecting the pollen to try to learn what they're foraging for in my...
  14. Thread: Initial Supplies

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    Re: Initial Supplies

    I'd add to that list: either two plastic drone frames, or a foundationless honey frame, if you decide to use drones to help with control of varroa. Some #8 hardware screen and a mason jar so you can...
  15. Re: Best smoker fuel I have ever found, what do you use?

    I've tried cotton batting from an old futon, a dusty crusty burlap sack that sat outside the shed for a year, and some dried conifer (needles, small twigs and cones from a fir tree) which I find is...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    I wondered about that too, JRG13. Ultimately, it was all for naught because another bee keeper took a peek inside the hive before carting it off to the new location. :geez:
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    Re: Race of Bees and Color

    I have a hive of local bees that range in colour from near black with the thinnest of grey strips on the abdomen to some pale bees that look strawberry blond to everything in between. There are bee...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    It's 5:30AM and I'm out at the sick hive to see how it's doing after I had sealed the entrance the night before so it could be moved in the morning. It's been really hot out so I worry about baked...
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    Re: Drones being killed by workers in summer

    Her bees are really hungry. Depending on what the forage is like over there -- here the blackberries are almost done (3 weeks early for our region!) and the clover is starting to dry up -- there...
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    Re: Bee Identification Exercise

    Bug identification can be a nightmare! It took me about a week to figure out what the carder bees were by sifting through pages and pages of images of black and yellow insects over on bugnet.
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    Re: Bee Identification Exercise

    Erik, this is a wild guess, but a quick google search turned up a handy guide of bumble bees in the east (and west for anyone interested). It looks like the Common Eastern Bumble Bee.

    WBVC the...
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    Re: Bee Identification Exercise

    #4 is a European Wool Carder Bee.

    The male stakes a patch of lambs ear and will try to fend off other insects by head butting them. Later in the year the females will use the hairs from the plant...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    At twilight the bees were busily trying to cool everything off two days ago and, yesterday at dawn they were still at it. We had record breaking temps so decided to pull the inspection board in the...
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    Re: Pseudo Name on Bee Source

    Considering the queen can stick around for a few years I thought I'd name her, but it feels awkward using it. It means sweetness in Japanese.
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    Re: Mites in the Nucleus

    With a one two, or one hand behind my back?

    Thanks everyone for the hand holding :)
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