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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: New Queen Abdomn Colors
« Last post by bwallace23350 on June 20, 2017, 09:46:03 AM »
Probably got a wild drone who mated with a new queen. Around where I am there are some almost totally black bees.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Beesuit zippers
« Last post by paus on June 20, 2017, 08:35:13 AM »
Try getting in touch with Trev at "Trev's bees", in New Zealand.
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I have banded paper wasps hovering in front of my hives.
I have reduced the openings.
Seems like 2-4 are constantly hovering back and forth and sometimes I see one flying off with a bee in its mouth.
I put on fluorescent green plastic rain gear with a veil (must have been quite a sight) and armed myself with the electronic tennis racket type thing and was able to kill 3 of them this morning.
The racket doesn't kill them instantly but will knock them out if mid air so you can stomp on them.
It was very quiet over there for the rest of the day but now 6 pm and I see 3 or 4 more there which I will get tomorrow.
But surely there is a nest here somewhere, just hope it is a small one.

The girls have to be ON GUARD all day, 200 Honeybees on the porch to prevent the paper wasp from being able to land.
I see quite a few dead bees in front of hive.

Have any of you had a similar problem? What did you do?
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: New Queen Abdomn Colors
« Last post by GSF on June 20, 2017, 07:54:09 AM »
Pretty
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / New Queen Abdomn Colors
« Last post by Vicken on June 20, 2017, 06:56:47 AM »
This season I've noticed one of my queens color was astonishing black and white abdomn,  I had mixed carnicas and itallians, but this one was abnormal, take a look

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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Jenter and coupularve problems
« Last post by Vicken on June 20, 2017, 06:51:33 AM »
    I want to know best timing for queen to be confined into the boxes and at what age the larvae should be transfered to the starter hive,I used morning timing the results were fine,  but evening timing was bad. Zero queen cells were pulled by the starter and in case there are lots of old bees in the starter does it affect the need of bees to draw queen cells.
     please help me thanks

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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: When are hivelocks worthwhile?
« Last post by Anybrew2 on June 20, 2017, 05:43:06 AM »
I have a few Emlocks not enough for all my hives as they are so expensive. I only use them if I move my hives which is rarely,generally I put a brick or rock on top and that does the job good enough.

Cheers
Steve
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Beesuit zippers
« Last post by omnimirage on June 20, 2017, 01:58:07 AM »
I'm in the market for a beesuit. I've bought quite a number off ebay in the past, and they often break too soon, especially the zippers.

Now I'm seeking to spend more money to acquire something that will actually last longer than a year. I'm paying close attention to the zippers, since they're the weak part of the suit.

I've read lots of good things about Ultrabreeze suits; they have a strong, brass zipper that's very appealing, but the suit is shockingly expensive and seems to have issues shipping internationally.

Now I've found a number of I suppose more midrange suits, that have a plastic YKK zipper, which are being advertised as a quality, durable zipper; I've done my research and spoken to a person who's knowledgeable about zippers, and such has indicated that the YKK zippers are indeed quality and strong.

Now my knowledgeable friend told me that I'm best to stick with a metal zipper, as they're simply much stronger than the plastic ones, but I'm having difficulties finding suits with a metal zipper.

Does anyone have any experience with these plastic YKK zippers? Should I stick to purchasing exclusively suits with metal zippers?

In case it's of interest, the suit that I'm considering purchasing, with the alleged strong, plastic YKK zipper, is here:

http://www.beekeepinggear.com.au/product-page/beekeeping-suit-oz-armour-ventilated-double-layers-super-cool
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: When are hivelocks worthwhile?
« Last post by azzkell on June 20, 2017, 01:33:47 AM »
Like Joe I have only used ratchet straps to secure lid and supers together.  Have once used heavy duty tent pegs and rope to secure a hive down.
All the best
Aaron.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: When are hivelocks worthwhile?
« Last post by Joe D on June 20, 2017, 12:42:34 AM »
The only time I have ever tied down any of my hives was when a hurricane was coming.  To keep it together I put a tie down strap around it and pulled it tight.


Good luck to you and your bees,

Joe D
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