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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Colony death
« Last post by Robo on Today at 01:02:30 pm »
is someone able to comment on the shade (colour) of those capped cells in both pix?

It is what is know as 'bloom'.   Over time wax will get a white film on it.  It is normal and not an issue.
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HONEYBEE REMOVAL / Re: Honey Dripping From Soffit
« Last post by MT Bee Girl on Today at 11:35:14 am »
Oh. My only cause for concern is in that one picture of comb with the vacuum hose. Those were the last combs closest to the fiberglass insulation. The comb was attached with this red stuff right in the center. They also had it along the edges of the wood and insulation leading into the roof. At first I thought it might have been some plastic covering that was over the insulation that had melted in hot weather, but from working with bob, I only remember having that paper backing on it. No plastic. Plus none of the other insulation in the bays had it. It just was so thin and hard and had no odor. I'm pretty certain it's just really old propolis. Does it lose its smell after time? This stuff is so different from my propolis, I just wasn't sure at first. I'm only at about 80% now. lol Anything else it could be?
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I have some frames with drawn comb in them already. Would that help me any? Or are you guys implying that they need to draw there own? Thanks for the replies
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HONEYBEE REMOVAL / Re: Honey Dripping From Soffit
« Last post by MT Bee Girl on Today at 11:22:36 am »
Well we did the Bozeman removal. Two live colonies and one abandoned nest removed. The ones in the soffit were the ones where honey was dripping out. From what I saw, the drips were towards the front where new comb and honey was being stored. It really wasn't anything. A couple of tablespoons. The comb and everything else looked good.

Fun removal. And the people were super nice. I'm attaching a link to the pictures. It starts from the bottom up. The changed the page and I'm on my phone and don't know how to reverse it. :).

http://s284.photobucket.com/user/MTBeeGirl/library/?sort=3&page=1
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Update July 24th.  Over the weekend I successfully combined (newspaper) the nuc with a stronger queenless hive.  This morning, the 24th I check the combined hive, I did not see any beetles and queen is doing fine.  I will add a Freeman bottom board in a few days after things settle down.
Thanks for the input.g
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GARDENING AROUND THE HOUSE / Re: Garden Updates 2017
« Last post by GSF on Today at 11:07:50 am »
Well I can say this is the first year I ever lost a garden due to too much rain.
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HUMOR IS A FUNNY THING / Air Force
« Last post by Michael Bush on Today at 11:06:23 am »
A US Air Force C-141 was scheduled to leave Thule Air Base, Greenland, at midnight during a winter month.  During the pilot's pre-flight check, he discovers that the latrine holding tank is still full from the last flight.  So a message is sent to the base and an airman who was off duty is called in to take care of it.

The young man finally gets to the air base and makes his way to the aircraft only to find that the latrine pump-truck has been left outdoors and is frozen solid, so he must find another one in the hanger, which takes even more time.

He returns to the aircraft and is less than enthusiastic about what he has to do.  Nevertheless, he goes about the pumping job deliberately and carefully (and slowly) so as not to risk criticism later.

As he's leaving the plane, the pilot stops him and says, "Son, your attitude and performance has caused this flight to be late and I'm going to personally see to it that you are not just reprimanded, but punished."

Shivering in the cold, his task finished, the airman takes a deep breath, stands tall and says, "Sir, with all due respect, I'm not your son, I'm an Airman in the United States Air Force.  I've been in Thule, Greenland for 11 months without any leave, and reindeers are beginning to look pretty good to me.  I have one stripe, it's 0230 in the morning, and the temperature is 40 degrees below zero, and my job here is to pump crap out of an aircraft."

"Now just exactly what form of punishment did you have in mind?"
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Bee Swarm
« Last post by GSF on Today at 10:59:54 am »
bw, You're right. The hives shouldn't be throwing off a swarm. I caught one that was at least 4 pounds Saturday. Normally if they are swarming this time forward it will be what I call a population control swarm. I don't see a swarm making it in the wild this time of year. They might, they know a lot more about being bees than I do.
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I'll repeat some of what you just read. Yes, stay out of the hive during the winter, make sure they are well fed. Some of my hives are one super, others are 3,4, 5 supers in the winter. Here's the two things that will kill your hive in the south; mites and starvation. Those are pretty much the biggest problems. I've seen an ice trail coming down the side of one of my hives. No problem. I don't vent and I don't tilt and I may put a jar of feed on the jar hole in the inner cover if the winter is mild enough.
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A fellow bee keeper in our club mentioned something like this. However, he had a full and very strong hive. He said he checked it and about a week later it was slimed. I had a moderately populated hive which I checked for honey on the 15th. This past weekend it to was slimed.

You ever have one of those locations that just don't work? This is the spot. It is closer to the woods and gets more shade than the rest. although it isn't that much shade. No hive has ever boomed at that place. My hives are inches apart and the further down the line you go the better they get.
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