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  1. Vertical Two queen hive - Top entrance or not?

    I normally don't use a top entrance, and am struggling with this.

    A top entrance will allow the bees in the top brood box to come and go, and then I can hope they store honey below.

    No top...
  2. Re: Double Screen/Snelgrove board to assist with queen introduction?

    The snelgove has a small opening, but a double-screened board with a large screen face would allow more pheremones through. The presence of babies may help suppress the laying workers.
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  3. Double Screen/Snelgrove board to assist with queen introduction?

    Here's a queen intro method I'm experimenting with.


    The gist is to separate the queen from the foragers by using a double screen or Snelgrove board with Entrances closed.

    1. Above the...
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    How do queenless warms happen?

    I captured a swarm the other day,
    and there are multiple indications that it's queenless.

    Previously, I'd believe that queenless swarms aborted,
    and returned to the source hive.

    How does such...
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    Baiting hive out of tree?

    I've been called out to swarms that are too high in a tree to get,
    and thus have put a bait hive out near the tree.

    The bees ignore my bait hive, and move on to another location.

    I've used...
  6. Re: Seeking honeybee-like color recommendations.

    I'm inclined to combine Sherwin-Williams' "Bee", and their "French Roast", a dark brown.


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  7. Re: Seeking honeybee-like color recommendations.

    That is *just* what I was looking for.

    But I don't think my black should be black. Do you have a similarly perfect recommendation for the dark band?
  8. Seeking honeybee-like color recommendations.

    I'm putting siding on my honey house in alternating rows of black-and-yellow.

    But standard black and yellow will be too stark, and not reflective of the variations of a honey bee's muted palette....
  9. Re: Went into anaphylaxis yesterday- what now?

    Been through this before. After 9 years and 1000 stings took a sting last year that landed me in the hospital.

    I made sure not to get stung for several months - Apparently this makes it...
  10. Re: DON'T Smoke 'um if you got 'um OR How I Ditched My Smoker

    Colobee, what a wonderfully thoughful and articulate post.

    Your experiences and sentiments echo my own.
  11. Re: DON'T Smoke 'um if you got 'um OR How I Ditched My Smoker

    Interesting thoughts. What you suggest is not new, but I'm curious how many years you have been practicing this?
  12. Re: How soon can a package be installed after Acetic Acid fumigation?

    Thanks for the heads up, Mike. I just popped outside and removed the acetic from my hives.
  13. Re: How soon can a package be installed after Acetic Acid fumigation?

    Obtaining the pure acetic acid was a royal PITA,
    and I ended up having to buy 20L from a chemical wholesaler for around $100.

    It's solid below room temperature, so has to be warmed to about 20C...
  14. How soon can a package be installed after Acetic Acid fumigation?

    How do the bees feel about acetic acid? Does it annoy them? Do they even notice?
  15. Re: Seeking information on Simons 4 Frame Tangential Galvanized Extractor.

    Of course. Many of these simple, durable extractors still in use.

    Less so in Canada, where it's believed that galvanized extractors cause lead contamination.
  16. Seeking information on Simons 4 Frame Tangential Galvanized Extractor.

    I've come across several of these, and imagine many must have been manufactured back in the day.

    Does anyone have more information about this model?

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  17. Re: I had a systemic reaction to a beesting - What now?

    >You are way better off talking to your doctor than asking this type of question here.

    The wonderful thing is,
    I can do both!

    I'm am sure there are plenty here who have gone down this path,...
  18. I had a systemic reaction to a beesting - What now?

    I've had hundreds of stings previously,
    and tolerated them well,
    and never any other allergy in my life.

    Yesterday, I had a moderate systemic reaction,
    and drove myself to the hospital for...
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    Re: 80% of new Beekeepers call it quits?

    80 seems low to me. I put the number at 90%.

    Several years ago I was very concerned by the churn at our LBKA, and put a LOT of thought into retention.

    Our educational offerings are strong, but...
  20. Re: The nebulous benefit of garden pollination by mason bees

    In an orchard situation, inputs are tracked, and outputs are measured, and benefit can be determined.

    Gardens are much more ad-hoc. How can one know if there is benefit?
  21. The nebulous benefit of garden pollination by mason bees

    I keep hearing how folks need mason bees to "Pollinate their gardens".

    Given the multiplicity of influencing factors, limiting factors, and the difficulty in tracking outcomes,
    how does one know...
  22. Seeking some history on 7/8" woodenware.

    The domination of this dimension,
    an oddball outside of beekeeping,
    has always intrigued me.

    Was 7/8" a more common dimension in a previous era?

    How did it come to become a standard for...
  23. Re: Starting a Hive without bees... is it possible.

    A hive without bees can be a hive,
    but not a bee hive.
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    Re: My Neighbor Wants to Kill My Bees

    It is not his responsibility to accept risk for your hobby. It is yours to bend over backwards to accommodate him.

    If you can't accommodate him, remove the hives. The situation will only...
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    Re: Finding a rural location for 60 hives?

    Excellent suggestion, thank you Wayne.

    What is the benefit to a landowner to hosting so many hives? I can understand a few for the goodwill, and a few more for the pollination, but 60 seems...
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