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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: will extreme heat shut down queens?
« Last post by rober on July 23, 2017, 09:14:20 pm »
the flow is just shutting down plus we're in a draught plus the extreme temperatures. the bees are hitting my bird baths, hummingbird feeders & any moisture on plants when I water. I'm open feeding since it's too hot to suit up & they'll empty a 5 gallon bucket of syrup in 2 hours. I have a lot of bee friendly plants that are blooming & they are working those hard. it's supposed to cool off a little in the next few days so i'll check some more hives & see what those queens are doing.
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FARMING & COUNTRY LIFE / Re: Nasty ground nesting stinging insects
« Last post by iddee on July 23, 2017, 07:43:58 pm »
If you use gas, don't light it. The fumes are what kills. If burned, it will only be hot above ground and leave the nest safe. Just dump a cup of gas in the hole after dark and go back to the house.

PS. It is illegal to pour gas on the ground, so don't advertise that you did it.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Opening the brood nest?
« Last post by Oldbeavo on July 23, 2017, 07:10:10 pm »
We live in a temperate area and in Autumn we find the queens slow down as the daily temp starts to fall a bit. Very hard to get them to open up again once they decide Winter is on its way.
We have put a hive mat on top of the QX with a small gap, 3/4 inch to allow access to the honey in the super, varied results but some queens have maintained a reasonable brood nest through winter, while others haven't. May be dependant on how far the Autumn brood decline has progressed when the mat was put on.
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FARMING & COUNTRY LIFE / Re: Nasty ground nesting stinging insects
« Last post by Eric Bosworth on July 23, 2017, 04:28:00 pm »
I kind of thought that too but I didn't expect them to be in the ground. I think I am going to burn some paper tonight right above them.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Opening the brood nest?
« Last post by sawdstmakr on July 23, 2017, 03:41:39 pm »
Without food coming in, it would not help. A good queen stops laying when the flow stops.
If really want to do it you will need to feed 1 to 1 sw.
Jim
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ADMINISTRATION FORUM / Re: Recent Outage / Upgrade
« Last post by sawdstmakr on July 23, 2017, 03:38:14 pm »
Thanks Rob and Elvin. It really is amazing how little this site has been down over all of these years. Great job.
Jim
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ADMINISTRATION FORUM / Re: Recent Outage / Upgrade
« Last post by Robo on July 23, 2017, 03:29:08 pm »
OK folks,

We should be back online for good now.   There has been a lot of churn over the last few days, but I believe we have things back in good order on a new server.   I apologize for the outages, but they were not what we planned but rather by happenstance.   We do appreciate your patience.   Special thanks to eivindm for stepping in and giving a hand.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Opening the brood nest?
« Last post by Fishing-Nut on July 23, 2017, 10:56:47 am »
I want to start building up a stronger population for a bigger cluster this winter. Can I open the brood nest by checker boarding the nest with drawn comb? The flow is pretty much over where I am and the laying seems to have slowed down a good bit.
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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Colony death
« Last post by sawdstmakr on July 23, 2017, 10:39:45 am »
The bees coming out of the comb would bee bees trying to hatch but were not strong enough to make it out of the cell. Probably too cold due to no adult bees to keep them warm enough to have the strength.
Jim
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FARMING & COUNTRY LIFE / Re: Nasty ground nesting stinging insects
« Last post by Fishing-Nut on July 23, 2017, 10:37:31 am »
It's hard for me to tell in the picture. But it looks like a bald faced Hornet. I've never seen them nest in the ground though. But I would imagine it may happen from time to time. Regardless of what they are......if it were me, some gas dumped into the hole usually always works and that's what I'd do..... Just be mindful with the gas, and remember that those hornets can be real real nasty when they get ticked off. Ask me how I know!! 😵😬😵😬
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