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    Re: 1st time getting hives when stung

    Well its been about 4 hours and my hand and forearm are swollen. My knuckles are also tender, like I was in a fight. I can't even make a fist on that hand. It was definitely a honeybee. And she...
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    1st time getting hives when stung

    I got stung today, once. (Wrist)
    It was about the 15th time I've been stung this year. So its not unusual. I've even been stung multiple times during an inspection in the past.
    But today I...
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    Re: What would you have done?

    Sounds like the old queen was still in there, so they were pre-swarm.
    They are going to swarm (split naturally) on their own, so I would have tried to simulate the swarm by making a split (with the...
  4. Re: Bees Don't Pollinate Corn, but do they visit it?

    I was told during a bee course that corn pollen is not preferred by bees because it has less usable protein for them.
  5. Thread: two problems

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    Re: two problems

    They need nectar and pollen to raise brood. How do the pollen and nectar stores look?
  6. Combining 2 Failing Queen Hives and re-queening

    I have 2 hives where the queens are failing (one may be queenless).

    One of the hives has a low population, while the other his a moderate population.
    I want to combine them and put in a new...
  7. Thread: Making splits...

    by MoeC
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    Re: Making splits...

    Just remember to feed with syrup and pollen. You want to stimulate brood rearing.
  8. Thread: bald brood

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    Re: bald brood

    Well, it didn't take much reading to change my mind!

    "An interesting brood symptom you may come across in a weak hive in the spring is Bald Brood. Bald brood is caused by the Lesser wax moth...
  9. Thread: bald brood

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    Re: bald brood

    Could this be a sign of hygienic bees? They have detected something wrong with those cells and are addressing the problem?

    Personally, I would inspect/examine this hive more often and keep good...
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    100% Custom Labels

    Can anybody provide a link, either here or in a message, for where I can order custom labels?

    I found plenty of supposed custom labels online, but they are just templates with graphics and you...
  11. Thread: Feed Swarm?

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    Re: Feed Swarm?

    I try to give my swarms a a frame of drawn comb, so the queen can start laying. I also feed, feed, feed until the the frames are 80-90% drawn.

    Treat swarms like a package.
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    Re: Fermented honey in the cells

    I used quarter turn valves and connected the hot water pipe to the outside hose connection. Turn off the cold and turn on the hot. about $15 in parts.
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    Re: What do bees do when it is raining?

    The recent weather in NJ has sucked. I'm hoping for a break in the weather because I need to make some splits soon. I took a queen rearing course and 6 of my grafts took and they are emerging...
  14. Thread: wax moths

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    Re: wax moths

    No it was this year that it died (came out of winter very weak). I should have said no larva were seen. Also there was only a little webbing on a couple frames.
    It was definitely the early stages...
  15. Thread: wax moths

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    wax moths

    I checked a dead-out hive and found early stages of wax moths. There was some web on the comb but no larvae (yet).
    I put the comb in my chest freezer to kill off the eggs/larvae.

    Will it be ok...
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    Re: Package Bees Quick to Make a Queen Cell

    I have the same issue, but in my case the package queen is laying. I have a single capped queen cell (Supercedure) and brood of all ages. (I can't see eggs because of my eyes, but can see tiny...
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    Re: "Honey" Frames from Deadout

    I just put 20 frames in the freezer from a hive that starved. All the side frames are packed with honey. I will reuse them with splits.
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    What are they doing?

    I inspected and fed a hive today that was a package install on 3/29/18.

    I found brood in various stages, including very tiny larva (my eyes don't let me see eggs).
    Also found was a queen cell in...
  19. Thread: Kids & Bees

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    Re: Kids & Bees

    I shortened the videos of them doing the installs and made one video with the dumping. It was so the family could see. I will show the videos of the full installs to their individual class.
  20. Thread: Kids & Bees

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    Kids & Bees

    This is the 2nd year of beek for me and my kids. This year I let them each install a package. I videoed the installs and will show it to their 2nd & 3rd grade classes when I do my bee talk.
    ...
  21. Thread: When to Split?

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    When to Split?

    I have some hives that are candidates for splitting (came out of winter with large population). But I'm not sure about the timing. How many brood cycles should I wait before splitting? Pollen has...
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    Re: Depreciation & Taxes

    Oh yes, I'm familiar with this part of taxes. My ex-wife ran a home biz for awhile. There is also an exception to "exclusive use" of you are storing inventory & equipment in the home and have no...
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    Re: Depreciation & Taxes

    At this point beekeeping and making the woodenware for sale. Its a 1-man business run from home, with a few out yards on farms.

    I'm still an upstart and gathering business info before I sit with...
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    Re: Depreciation & Taxes

    Small. An upstart. Recently retired so I turned the hobby into business and started expanding.
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    Re: Renting out woodenware

    Interesting indeed.
    How do you hand increases like splits or re-captured swarms?
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