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    Re: Traps using rotting wood.

    This one will likely render the trap use-less for unspecified amount of time.

    If anything, persistent smell of mice urine, will not help (especially if done over the winter and well cured into the...
  2. Re: Rant: People really need to stop mowing lawns every single week.

    Clover used to be a staple lawn grass.
    Until....
    Newly invented and aggressively marketed chems (yes, looking at you - 2,4-D) meant to eradicate them dandelions in the front yard patches of recent...
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    Re: Combining 2 Dink Hives

    People routinely combine strong colonies for honey harvest.
    One way (probably the best way) - dump together 3-4 swarms and super them up as high as you can reach.
    A draw-back - have to have those...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Checked this morning - the tarp was clean and most of the bees moved inside (save for a handful dead by rain - too stupid to go inside - too bad for them).
    We did have a good shower over night....
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    Re: Combining 2 Dink Hives

    Well, one part (most significant maybe) of a successful combine is to NOT abruptly create a clearly defined battle plane (us vs. them) when the conditions are explosive.
    As long as you follow this...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Well, well...
    All the while I have been planting my vegetables, my own bees are ready to split on me.
    I was meaning to install honey super onto this puppies as the July flow is almost here.
    What...
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    Traps using rotting wood.

    Long before chemical attractants, people used use some home-made potion that included sour milk and some other additives.
    It smelt as if rotten wood and was used in the swarm traps.
    I read this...
  8. Re: Beginner Mistake and moldy wood: can it be salvaged?

    LJ, post into the trapping area.
    I want to see of course.
    Do you want to move the trap story entirely into the trapping area maybe?
    Be an easier find/read then.
    Try here:...
  9. Re: Beginner Mistake and moldy wood: can it be salvaged?

    Removed as irrelevant.
  10. Re: Bringing in Apis cerana to the US (Solve varroa problem)

    Cerana and Millifera do not really cross-breed.
    Since they have overlapped in Russian Far East, they had lots of time and chances to cross-breed.
    Well, no viable off-spring was found so far.
    I...
  11. Thread: Flower/shrub id

    by GregV
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    Re: Flower/shrub id

    Left - looks like Amur Privet hedge bush introduced in N. America; I got two hedges and they are in heavy bloom now; fine nectar producer, but my bees mostly ignore).
    Right - looks like typical...
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    Re: Plumb-Fool Needs Advice

    You did what you knew.
    I would do the same, most likely.
    With small scale side operation only so much experience you can get (no rows upon rows of mating nucs to observe and compare).
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    Re: Combining 2 Dink Hives

    Well, we have 5+7=12 frames to work with.
    We don't have an incoming foreign queen (I assume).
    You want to create the best possible queen-less resource from the dinks and try to get new queens mated...
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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    Thanks for clarification.
    Could be a useful detail - to avoid plastic foundation in traps.

    I would blame on the plastic foundation (whatever was its impact - smell, impermeability, etc)....
  15. Re: Beginner Mistake and moldy wood: can it be salvaged?

    As for the bees - this is a least concern.
    They don't care and not bothered.
    Normally they would live an a moldy tree hole and do great in it.

    Heck, I give moldy combs to the bees all the time...
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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    I am curious of this case.

    What type of foundation?
    Plastic?
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    Re: Combining 2 Dink Hives

    So, essentially, they are the same.
    Either one is junk (granted today is June 21st to only develop to 5-7 frames).

    Unsure what is your goal in combining.
    Honey crop?
    There will be none....
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    Re: Combining 2 Dink Hives

    Actually speaking of the dinks, I got one too with poorly mated queen.
    I think I would rather split it up and force new queens and see how they mate (while I got my drones in the area).
    So doing...
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    Re: Plumb-Fool Needs Advice

    Yah; give it a bit of time (the queen in the cage is safe enough).
    Nothing wrong with hanging the cage and going away to do other things.
    In 15-20 mins you'll know what is up and can yank the queen...
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    Re: Combining 2 Dink Hives

    Which one?
    How do you know which one to snuff?
    The better one?

    Might as well combine them as-is and let the bees decide which queen smells the best.
    No need to agonize over these dinks.
  21. Re: According To This, I've Done Everything Wrong, & My Plans Are Not Good

    Some chunk of change.
    I don't have that kinda budget for the bees.
    :)
  22. Re: According To This, I've Done Everything Wrong, & My Plans Are Not Good

    Yep.
    Obvious draw-back - takes some moving about to visit every unit (but hey - we have roads and cars now days; not like the forefathers who had to slog by foot through the woods and carry their...
  23. Thread: Splits?

    by GregV
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    Re: Splits?

    Not too late.
    However, depending on your local flow pattern, may need to feed so the splits can grow.
    Some places are entering/entered the summer dearth already (like maybe Kansas, depending on the...
  24. Re: Does the queen run from sunlight, wind etc when you open top of hive?

    However (and maybe unfortunately to a point), the bees that are NOT oblivious to the presence of the beekeeper (me) seem to be the same that also are the mite-hardy ones.
    Some bees are very much...
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    Re: Plumb-Fool Needs Advice

    Did you not see the bees' reaction to the queen?
    Seems to me you should have seen aggression towards the queen and still released her into the hostile colony.
    This is the whole point of hanging the...
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