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  1. Re: Are there any beekeepers on BeeSource who live near Bowie Maryland?

    I used to keep hives at a friends place in Lothian MD. 20 miles or so from Bowie.
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    Re: Possible computer virus threat

    I'm voting varroa. When did you last treat?
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    Re: Building vs. Buying

    I have to balance frugality with reasonable time management. Boxes and frames are very time consuming to cut and shape. I pool funds with others and make large buys from Mann Lake when they have...
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    Re: Varroa levels in feral colonies

    628DirtRooster (on youtube) is going to do mite counts on his swarm captures and colony removals this year. It should be interesting to see what he turns up.
  5. Thread: XXXL gloves

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    Re: XXXL gloves

    I mostly use nitrile, but do have some leather. I got the cheap, 3-pairs-in-a-pack welding gloves from Harbor Freight. $10 for 3 pair. They don't have sleeves, but do have long cuffs. I tear out...
  6. Thread: XXXL gloves

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    Re: XXXL gloves

    https://www.ebay.com/str/zoomgetstore

    I get my nitrile gloves from these guys, buy them by the case when they have BOGO sales. They don't show xxxl, but the 1st choice run a little large. I wear...
  7. Re: Lost 1 of 2 hives. Should I add food to the remaining hive?

    You don't mention the size of your hives, the size of the cluster, how much stores they started winter with, etc. There's a lot of variables to be considered in order to answer your question.
    If it...
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    Re: Ebay Extractors?

    https://www.amazon.com/SUPER-DEAL-Stainless-Extractor-Beekeeping/dp/B078N3PGXD/ref=sr_1_5?crid=29HVHDF3PO2TS&keywords=honey+extractor&qid=1580131522&sprefix=honey+ext%2Caps%2C144&sr=8-5

    I bought...
  9. Thread: Almond Prices

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    Re: Almond Prices

    I'm curious too, with several news stories recently about the use of drones for pollination.
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    Re: What are the bees gleaning from chicken feed?

    I always figured the bees were confusing the corn dust with pollen and were wasting their time and energy. Is it actually a useful protein source?
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    Re: First Trap-out Questions

    I've got no personal experience, but have watched videos on the internet. :D

    If there's no immediate threat to the colony in it's present location, you may have luck doing a variation on the...
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    Re: Ants emptied one box

    Invert it, and smear the grease on the underside, where the grease is sheltered from the weather.
  13. Re: How many OAV treatments in winter can they tolerate?

    I don't know if anyone can guarantee that, but I've never heard of bees getting killed by OAV unless they were burned.
    I'm in Northern VA, and treat several times through the winter with one-shot...
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    Re: Whats your definition of feral bees?

    Any bees that don't come from my boxes....
  15. Thread: lizards!

    by Greeny
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    Re: lizards!

    I had some hives near a small stream. I would often find green tree frogs under the lid edges. I was already a little anxious of the bees, I'd nearly have a heart attack when one of these frogs...
  16. Re: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times- wisdom and folly from 2019

    Best-
    Getting better at finding queens. Have found a few this year in less than an hour.

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    I'm still really bad at finding queens.




    I laughed out loud at this. I've run from a...
  17. Re: Advice on finding properties to place beehives?

    Like Groundhwg said, it's never too early. I got the greenlight to site hives on a farm in the fall, I went ahead and set up two empty hives there. Installed splits there in the spring and we were...
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    Re: Hive stands on concrete pavers?

    I use pavers and they work fine for supporting and leveling the hive stand. I don't think they'll help with SHB unless you also put down a ground cover under the pavers. Probably even that won't be...
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    Re: Mann Lake's mill run hiveware

    I've been watching too, there hasn't been anything exciting. I suspect there won't be sales as good as the past, as there isn't as much competition now.
  20. Re: Victory in Lessening Restrictions for Beehives in Prince William County, Virginia

    I've had no issues in PWC. Is this an HOA restriction? Curious what the particulars are.
  21. Thread: Hornet Nest

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    Re: Hornet Nest

    If the hive is low enough (accessible) in the tree, a shop vac positioned near the entrance works great. Position a step ladder with the hose secured in place with duct tape. Have the switch turned...
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    Re: Bee yard site questions

    I am currently very urban. There aren't any fields or pastures within 5 miles. Two hives here do very well. I believe it is because of the wide variety of trees and flowers in the established...
  23. Re: Do you clean and reuse plastic foundation or throw them away?

    I don't even clean them up much. I've had some made very nasty by SHB and moths, I just scrape them off, and rub wax all over them. The bees finish cleaning them up and rebuild the cells.
    My wax...
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    Re: Hornets & Bumblebees Feasting

    I see Bumble bees trying to rob, but haven't seen them haul off bees yet. We do, however have the black and white monsters like the one in your picture, plus black and yellow/orange ones. We call...
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    Re: I think I fed my bees too much sugar water...

    You have to be feeding lots of bees besides your nuc.
    Are you using food coloring in your syrup? It will be interesting to hear nearby beekeepers commenting on the green or red or blue honey in...
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