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THE COFFEE HOUSE ((( SOCIAL - ROOM ))) / Re: To my non-facebook friends
« Last post by sc-bee on July 28, 2015, 04:38:01 AM »
I have yet to here anybody sum up facebook better. Thank you Iddee.

Pretty sure iddee got that off facebook  :tongue:
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Water source & mosquito larva
« Last post by Sweet Comb on July 28, 2015, 12:52:59 AM »
Wetlands are protected here by so many government agencies. They would never allow that and it wouldn't only kill off the mosquito larvae.  Specifically to the honeybee, what is the mosquito larvae concern in their drinking water?
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Water source & mosquito larva
« Last post by Dallasbeek on July 28, 2015, 12:39:50 AM »
They grow into adult mosquitoes and spread diseases?  Was that and answer to your question?  If your spray mineral oil on ponds, the larvae die.  That prevents the spread of diseases.

I may have misunderstood your question.  If so, please clarify.
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Water source & mosquito larva
« Last post by Sweet Comb on July 28, 2015, 12:29:58 AM »
My hive is on a wetland/forest edge.  Mosquitoes thrive here.  Can someone please tell me what the concern is with the larvae?  Thank-you.
HONEYBEE REMOVAL / Hive building on eave
« Last post by swflcpl on July 27, 2015, 11:35:31 PM »
No worries. That hive and 2 others (new and from 3 different local sources) I have seem to be doing "ok". We have a hard palm blossom going on right now and I hadn't been in the hives for about 10 days and expected to have to put a third box on ( I run 8 frame mediums ) all hives but they all just were about the same as the previous inspection.  I'm not very invasive so most "inspections" have been: open lid, move frames sideways enough to see in between and make sure the frames aren't all full and needing another box. I did pull off the top box on all of them this time around and there plenty of bees covering the drawn frames on all three hives bottom boxes.  But they just aren't drawing out the top boxes like I thought they might be. I'm leaving town soon for a few weeks so I'll probably be adding a third box to all no matter what just before I go. I am doing frameless and I'm new so I'm not super worried about wax moth invasion since they'll all be blanks. No spare drawn frames here yet.

Thanks for checking in.
« Last post by Eric Bosworth on July 27, 2015, 10:03:59 PM »
OK maybe I should start a new thread but my purpose is to make propolis tincture so I will post it here. On Saturday I took my propolis trap off the hive. I need to get a few more but anyway I stuck it in the freezer so I could break it off easier. Tonight I tried to get the propolis  off the trap. I got a lot of it but a lot stayed as well. Any suggestions as to getting propolis off the trap? I did get a pretty good amount certainly not all of it.
HUMOR IS A FUNNY THING / Re: Washington Redskins
« Last post by Eric Bosworth on July 27, 2015, 09:41:45 PM »
Iddee you are thinking to much... They should just change the name to the Foreskins and be done with it... Either that or just keep the name and claim the first amendment gives them the right to use any name they want and the few who are offended do not have a right not to be offended. They do have the right to complain if they like.
« Last post by Beewildered61 on July 27, 2015, 09:36:57 PM »
 Looking at the photos of the robber screens, it appears there was an entrance reducer used and the robber screen over that?

I was looking at my smaller new hive this evening and they seemed too active for it to be 8:30... watching them a few minutes, I saw a lot of bees coming in from the field, and then a couple of times, it seemed a rush of bees coming out of the entrance but not going any where...Then I saw 4 or 5 bees in a group wrestling and they pushed a bee or two off the porch..then I saw another two or three bees wrestling, pushing another bee away from the entrance. But there wasn't any flying around like they were looking for an entrance... I put a reducer on this hive a week ago when I found out what happened to the other, so they only have about an inch and a half or two inch entrance.

Hi I am trying to follow how Moots built his bucket bee vacuum. I have a couple of questions.  I am assuming that maybe someone out there has done this and maybe even Moots can reply and help me out here.

 I think is he using three buckets?  1. one for the vacuum head ( with the 5" cut off the bottom)  2.
One that has many small holes in the bottom that fits into the bucket with the vacuum head that has been cut the 5" to fit it.  3. And one that is the bee chamber that has the receiving end (hose) fixed on the lid and the sides cutout in intervals and screened.

My questions are:

Q. Are there holes in the bottom of the bucket that is number 3?  or is the bottom  cut out in any way -- to pull the bees into that chamber?

Q. IS the screen in bucket 3 attached on the "inside"?  OR is it fixed on the outside somehow?

Thanks for you help on this.  Marrinhttp://www.beemaster.com/forum/Smileys/beemaster/shocked.png
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: starting new hives late in the year
« Last post by chux on July 27, 2015, 08:16:57 PM »
You would have enough time to build them up, if you fed. Especially if you could get your hands on a super of honey to put on top this fall.

Reading these prices for a queen, I scratch my head a bit. Is the Buckfast that much superior to a local "mutt" bee with genetics that have been surviving in your area for generation? Wouldn't you need to purchase a new Buckfast queen every couple of years to make sure you kept a pure strain, after investing so much? I'd rather get a queen from a local feral swarm, or a cutout in an old barn or shed. Or find a local beek who has been running the same line for years, and get a queen from them. But to each his/her own. I guess it would be cool to run a Buckfast line, knowing a little bit of the history. We all spend our money on what we like. Give it a go, and report how well they do compared to other local hives. I'd like to hear how well they perform, to see if they are worth the investment. There is time right now.
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