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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: AHB in South Carolina
« Last post by GSF on Today at 09:37:46 AM »
Those bees looked familiar..,
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Cigar or pipe smoke
« Last post by MT Bee Girl on Today at 09:26:33 AM »
I know the German pipe smoker you're talking about. That's not what I meant. They smoked a real pipe. All the time. And when they worked the bees, they'd puff a little and keep on going. Like you're
asking, acebird...
Has anyone tried a cigar or pipe smoke for a quick inspection. 
 

Why yes, my greatgranfathers worked their bees with a pipe. I've personally tried with just a cigar but that didn't work well with the veil. lol
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I have not used gloves for years and if I am to be stung it will be on the thumb and/or index finger as I am attempting to lift a frame. I have Parkinson's disease so I get somewhat shakey as I attempt to free the frame and this is usually when I get hit.

I have now bought a frame lifter, free each end with my hive tool and use the lifter to ease the frame from the box. Works a treat😀

Mick
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Scouts?
« Last post by Jason.roberson on Today at 09:21:50 AM »
No frames. I am new so I didn't think about it and didn't have any yet. I got my box together and will be putting them in tonight.


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You waited too long to expand the hive.  If there are so many bees that you cannot see the comb then give them more space by adding another box.  The hard part is you have deep frames and it sounds like you want a hive with all mediums.  If position 2 and 8 were actually medium frames you could have used those two frames to expand into the next medium box above.
IMO if this was actually a nuc and not a package then the feeding did you in because the queen rapidly ran out of space.  If it was actually a package the feeding accelerated the growth and you reacted too late.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Confused about feeding!
« Last post by Matt J on Today at 09:18:11 AM »
Good to know about the electrolytes. I only feed from mason jars over the inner cover enclosed in a hive body. May be because the population has about doubled over the last couple weeks.


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Queens are bigger than workers and they fly early on spring to collect pollen and nectar to start the colony. In my beeyard I collect queens at the end of February.
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LOL....no.... I have only experienced robbing once and that was triggered by me setting out some old comb from a cutout that I had crushed and strained along with honey coated buckets and tools for them to clean up maybe 30 feet from the hives in the back yard.....boy was that a mistake in our one little "dearth" we have in august..the bees went berserk and when they sucked everything dry they went after each others hives and I had to take drastic measures to calm them down.
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It is sort of the price we humans pay for living in the tropics.....sort of liek the same environmental price we pay to have modern society in a region of ice and snow liek Utica. All the salt and other ice melting chemicals are affecting the environment too but I still see New York state and local municipalities running salt trucks and de-icing sidewalks which  affects the environment...I don't like it and I am not endorsing it its just a fact of life and part of what allows modern society to function...all we can do is look for less toxic ways to affect the changes. They came up with GMO mosquitos which have a much lower reproduction rate and are considering releasing them in the keys but that is another huge political mess since they form the base organism of the food chain down here....no easy answers
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How do you tell a queen from a worker or a drone?
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