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« Last post by orin on June 24, 2016, 05:09:24 PM »
today I opened up the two hives that I have and noticed one of them had one frame that had alot of capped drone. What would cause this? I did notice a little bit of capped drone on some other frames as well. Could I have a bad queen or possibly something going on in the hive? I'm a new beekeeper so a lot of this is new to me any help would be greatly appreciated thanks
« Last post by FlexMedia.tv on June 24, 2016, 04:42:36 PM »
 Will... Next time!
Why do they make burr combs? I thought it was because they ran out of room but I just added it
Remember what Paul McCartney sang; "Let it Bee"
GREETINGS/TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF / Re: Yellow Jackets attacking my dad
« Last post by amy1214 on June 24, 2016, 03:40:01 PM »
Thanks a lot.  He is incredibly fortunate in that he takes no medication daily.  He does have a titanium implant in his neck (they were stinging him for years prior to that and after the surgery one even went down his neck brace to sting him) and had two knee replacements 10 years ago (yellow jackets started stinging him 4 years ago).  He showers daily and uses no deodorant or after shave (he has tried in the past using deodorant and aftershave and still gets stung).  We are on vacation right now on the Outer Banks of NC and he is using shaving cream, but normally he uses Cetaphil soap/lotion to shave with.  He is getting stung at the same rate using the shaving cream as when he is home in Ohio using the unscented lotion. He seems to be safe on the shoreline but gets stung when he is on the land side of the dunes.  There may be a nest nearby, but even last year he was stung when we rented a different house. 

I agree that his body chemistry/pheromones are causing these attacks.  I sincerely appreciate all the responses so far and look forward to any more insight others can provide.
« Last post by Hops Brewster on June 24, 2016, 03:34:54 PM »
So from now on, whenever I am asked what to do about a bee sting, I am going to answer "I'm not a Physician, but I used to play Doctor wit...."  ummm, never mind.
           To get the wax out of slumgum you need a steam press. Is not worth it unless you have barrels full of slumgum. One of the last bee supply companies in the USA. I know to sell a steam press was Walter T Kelley.

               BEE HAPPY Jim 134 :)
« Last post by Caribou on June 24, 2016, 02:41:11 PM »
I could certainly add a frame of comb to get them started but I want to get drawn comb out of this deal as I hope to expand next year.  If I can wind up with bees and comb in the spring I will really win. 

Friends of mine had good luck with a layer of Reflectix around the exterior.  Just make sure to keep ventilation.  One of the local commercial guys likes the foam hives.  He gets 70% to 80% survival of his hives.  I haven't been converted to that yet.

Early to mid August is the typical harvest.  We could see our first frost in September but probably October.  We are not too far from the ocean so our winters are typically above zero.  We can see -20F for a couple weeks on a cold winter. 
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: A nuc in July is worth a ....?
« Last post by Jim 134 on June 24, 2016, 02:35:05 PM »
At this point of the transaction I would ask my money back. Or he could give me a 2 Story hive fully active.

             BEE HAPPY Jim 134 :)
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: A nuc in July is worth a ....?
« Last post by Oblio13 on June 24, 2016, 02:28:03 PM »
I'm just a bit north of you in New Hampshire, and I figure that as long as my nucs have sealed brood by August they're "on schedule" and viable.

Thanks, Oblio - that's helpful. I was thinking if I get them just in time for a dearth it wouldn't be so good.
You'd probably have to feed them, but then nucs usually need to be fed even when there's a flow on anyway.
Peter - I can only comment about UK beekeeping. The reality in the UK is that the vast majority of beekeepers are either hobbyists, or - to use an American expression - 'sideliners', meaning that they run (say) 30-100 hives, selling honey to friends, via the garden gate or at markets, and maybe sell a few nucs each year.

The number of commerical beekeepers in the UK - meaning 500+ hives, and cropping honey by the ton to be sold wholesale - are very few indeed, and tend to be family businesses, so the sad message is that there are very few opportunities for seasonal beekeeping work within the UK.

The impression I get is that those countries with much larger and less intensively managed rural areas, such as France and Spain, will tend to have far more beekeepers operating at a commercial level.

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