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 on: December 18, 2014, 01:19:49 AM 
Started by GSF - Last post by sc-bee
Not an uncommon practice ----crock pot and a brush...

 on: December 18, 2014, 12:59:51 AM 
Started by Richard M - Last post by GDRankin
it's a day or two later that they start to bother me, just itchiness & swelling etc. 
My wife has some nasty "delayed reactions" to bee stings similar to what you have described. She had a couple of areas that turned black and blue and she said itching was enough to drive anyone nuts. So, she's elected to let me do all the bee work myself.

I'm not sure how much taking a couple thousand mg of Vitamin C will help you Richard, but it would be worth a try for sure. It does not cost all that much and it is something that does a body good, bee stings aside. So if you're going to continue to be around bees, it can't hurt to try anyway.

 on: December 17, 2014, 11:56:00 PM 
Started by buzzbee - Last post by Richard M
I will sticky this topic and remove as the season winds down. Post whats blooming and where you see it,and we can follow the progression from South to North

(Or north to south as the case may be?)

 on: December 17, 2014, 11:55:18 PM 
Started by Richard M - Last post by Richard M
I have read you can try using bases such as urea, ammonia, and baking soda (to neutralize the acidity of the venom)

Historically, we've used this stuff

It's just a 20% solution of Aluminium sulphate with a surfactant (detergent) added. Aluminium sulphate is also known as Alum, it has any uses, including as a flocullant in water treatment and in textiles. Also used in styptic pencils for shaving cuts.

It is REALLY (really) good against stings in the acute stage - I was stung whilst destroying a European Wasp (Vespula germanica - AKA "Yellowjackets" in the US) nest a few years ago, and immediate application of this stuff deadened the normally pain almost straight away (pity my employers didn't provide a bee veil, suit and gloves but this was the 80s).

Not sure how much use it would be for me withe bee-stings because I don't find them all that painful at the time I'm stung, it's a day or two later that they start to bother me, just itchiness & swelling etc.  Would hate to get stung on the lower joint pf my wedding ring finger.

Ah well, I guess the simple answer is not to get stung!!!

 on: December 17, 2014, 11:21:15 PM 
Started by Chiefman - Last post by Rmcpb
You could split a strong hive but make sure you feed both offspring hives and they are both strong and you put the non-queen split in the ofiginal position to benefit from drifting workers. Don't e pect to get any honey of either hive this season though.

Good luck.

 on: December 17, 2014, 10:45:13 PM 
Started by Richard M - Last post by Richard M
Sure looks like there's no queen in there, you should get one. To make sure put in some young larvae if they build queen cells then you probably do need a queen.

This is getting a bit weird.

I checked them out again this morning; they've moved down onto the capped brood I put in, quite a number of which has hatched, so the numbers in there have increased noticeably but still not overwhelming; they're pretty well all clustered on the brood and stayed put on those two frames whilst I took them out and examined them, also every single vacant cell had a single egg in it (ie no multiples at all), however, even after going through the hive, which is still very small, only two deep frames fully drawn, 2 others partially drawn but already filled with sugar syrup, filled, I still COULDN'T FIND THE QUEEN! And that was with 20 minutes stood staring at basically 2 frames. Had a look at others too but no action there.

I didn't see anything older at all though, so could I have a laying worker (but wouldn't I expect to see multiple eggs in cells) or does the queen's abdomen stay a similar length to a normal worker until some time after she's started laying?

My thinking now is to await developments - I'll leave them for say 12 -14 days to see how they look, if ALL of the cells are all enlarged, I'll assume they're drones and therefore a laying worker and take steps to requeen? If they stay worker sized, then I've got a queen (somewhere). The eggs are stood upright at present, so I'm assuming they've only been laid in the last couple of days.

Oh and no queen cells were made but I'm not sure how much suitable brood I had on the frames I dropped in there, so there's a question-mark over that anyway.

 on: December 17, 2014, 10:04:37 PM 
Started by GSF - Last post by BlueBee
I've tried breaking my potato chip habit with "lower calorie" popcorn puffs, but like Kathyp says, I would end up eating the whole bag at one time!  My instinct is the higher the Glycemic Index number of something, the faster you're going to finish the bag off  grin 

I've tried eating the frozen potato quarters seasoned with olive oil and herbs.  They're about as fulfilling as the chips, but they just take longer to wait for.  Who has the time to wait in today's society grin

 on: December 17, 2014, 09:57:49 PM 
Started by thewhiterhino - Last post by BlueBee
Good points, but I would rather wait for Nuclear Fusion than keep rolling the dice of Nuclear Fission.  I figure we’ve been relatively lucky so far with Fission, but I don’t think the odds will hold out forever.  3 mile island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima could have been MUCH worse.  There is also the proliferation threats from the breeder reactors.  Fusion has none of those problems.   

 on: December 17, 2014, 09:50:07 PM 
Started by BlueBee - Last post by BlueBee
Interesting.  I can remember reading all about the Panama canal as a schoolboy and how the French had utterly failed in their attempts to build the canal.  However I never knew the history of the treaties until I just looked them up now.  Given the facts, I would probably agree with you BuzzBee.  We should have kept what was legally ours (original treaty) and what we spent so much effort building in the first place.  

 on: December 17, 2014, 09:41:08 PM 
Started by buzzbee - Last post by buzzbee
This is why we keep our guns:

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