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 on: August 19, 2014, 04:57:04 PM 
Started by edward - Last post by SkipS
The bees do come out of the jar dazed and confused but it is better for them than doing the ether roll!

 on: August 19, 2014, 04:55:54 PM 
Started by Ricklondon - Last post by Ricklondon
Greetings all, I've just started attending a Beekeeping Club in West London (only twice so far at the time of posting), I'm a complete novice and my intention is to learn as much as I can about beekeeping in the UK before I execute my plan to retire to Romania (most likely in the West/Timisoara area) in a few years time. My aim is to learn and network with others in the UK and Romania.

 on: August 19, 2014, 04:46:25 PM 
Started by CathyBee - Last post by kathyp
and you want more than one. you can rescue one with resources from another and you can learn more with two to compare.

 on: August 19, 2014, 04:17:39 PM 
Started by Dange - Last post by Joe Moore
Just came in to full bloom this last week in central Kentucky. To bad I am in an urban setting with little goldenrod in my girls scavenger radius. Go 5 or 6 miles out of town and fields and fields of yellow.

 on: August 19, 2014, 03:41:16 PM 
Started by edward - Last post by minz
I used to get them in the jar, add sugar and set them in the shade of the hive while I completed the inspection.  The seminar that was sponsored by OSU said to let them girls sit in the sun to bet a better count.

 on: August 19, 2014, 03:37:05 PM 
Started by rookie2531 - Last post by minz
And when they start stinging you can hear the tone change, whether they hurt you or not.  That sting spot is in for some company.  I was putting hives in the truck last weekend and shoved it too hard and separated the bottom board. It was ugly and angry.  They were going up my gloves and stinging my wrists, they found the gap in my jacket and stung my love handles, I took some through the pants but most of the shots to the pants just were there to add to a bad situation. All I had was liquid smoke to push the bearding back into the hive to close them up.

 on: August 19, 2014, 02:44:15 PM 
Started by hilltophermit - Last post by Billy B
If a fence energizer is resulting in burning heads off an animal ... it should be tossed.   It's old an unsafe.   A modern low-impedance, UL listed energizer won't do that ... much safer and still effective. 

But the original question wasn't about electric fences.  It's about red blinking lights like:

I know of folks that swear by them around their poultry yards.   I've not heard of anyone using them for bears, but the website above does list them and does have a beekeeper testimonial quote (for what that's worth).

 on: August 19, 2014, 02:22:27 PM 
Started by hilltophermit - Last post by edward
Its the amps that get you

I have 8000 - 11000 volts on my fence, its unpleasant to touch but not deadly

 on: August 19, 2014, 12:52:29 PM 
Started by paulsnapp - Last post by hjon71
there is no need to medicate bees that aren't sick.  the dearth is over down here and the fall flows are starting.  i'd estimate that i'm 2-1/2 hours south of you but it's been a long time since i've been to flowery branch.  if you're only running two hives i'd take a couple of frames of honey from one hive and swap it for a couple of frames of brood  from the other for now.  if you decide to feed do it right at dark to avoid robbing.

Best advice so far.
Accomplishes 2 tasks at the same time. Feeds the hive light on stores and gives a boost to the weaker hive population wise.
I would swap 2 frames of capped brood(shake all the bees off) for 2 frames of honey. Just be sure to keep brood all together. You dont want to create a break in the brood box.

 on: August 19, 2014, 12:34:40 PM 
Started by Hotburn76 - Last post by sawdstmakr
Give it a try. I know that when you use honey you use 1/6 as much honey as sugar. Not sure why. My wife made blueberry preserves with honey for the first time and it is better than the ones she made with pure sugar. She used one pint of honey and one pint of sugar compared to 7 pints of sugar. She added the sugar because the berries had a little bit of bitter taste with just honey and she did not know if adding more pure honey would make it too runny. She had to use a different type of pectin for honey.

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