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  1. Thread: Indoor Hives

    by Hobie
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    Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and...

    Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and advice. I knew I came to the right place!

    Mice will definitely be an issue, as I have a healthy population and useless cats. Year-round mouse guards are...
  2. Thread: Indoor Hives

    by Hobie
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    Indoor Hives

    In light of my bear visit this year and my recent "opportunity" to start over fresh, I have been tossing around the idea of setting up hives inside my barn. I'm looking for comments, ideas, and "I...
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    Argh! Not only is my hive gone, but has...

    Argh! Not only is my hive gone, but has apparently been gone for quite some time, and someone (presumably the late-July swarm from the same hive) has stolen ALL the honey and wax moths have moved in....
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    I think my hive is gone

    I am paying the price for being a neglectful beekeeper. At last report, my hive had swarmed, and when I checked (in August) I saw no sign of brood, but plenty of bees and a good 90+ lbs of honey. ...
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    *hangs head in shame* (there is no smilie for...

    *hangs head in shame* (there is no smilie for this!)

    My apologies to all. Time has flown by... work is busy and my new garden is sadly neglected - although it is producing mountains of squash!...
  6. (Pardon me if this was already addressed - I did...

    (Pardon me if this was already addressed - I did not get to read all the posts)

    Another comment: Remember to seal off the honey super when you put the bee escape on. If there is access through...
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    Swarms and Bee Math

    I was hoping someone could help me with my bee math homework and let me know if I should be concerned.

    My hive swarmed around July 24. I did not get in there to inspect until August 16 (23 days)....
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    Talked to some locals and two bears were sighted...

    Talked to some locals and two bears were sighted in this area about the same time as my incident. So far they have not been back, but I'm sure they will be. What is there to do? I guess nature...
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    Thanks, Perry! That gives me hope. I have to say...

    Thanks, Perry! That gives me hope. I have to say damage by kids is worse. You can't really blame a bear for doing what's in its nature.
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    Bear: And then there were none

    Came home from work yesterday evening to find my one last hive strewn about the yard. It was probably that way in the morning, but I did not see it in the dark (and have never had a bear problem...
  11. Thread: Beauty...

    by Hobie
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    Beauty...

    7583.......
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    This is the greatest! We have so much wildlife...

    This is the greatest! We have so much wildlife here (judging by tracks), and I have always wanted to put up a camera. A few weeks back I saw bear tracks (not near the beehives, knock wood), and...
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    Thanks for all the info, everyone! I appear to...

    Thanks for all the info, everyone! I appear to have all the non-leather parts: Have the smoker, both wood sides of the bellows, and the large spring. Unfortunately, there is not a scrap of leather...
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    Antique Smoker Restoration

    My Dad gave me a beautiful antique AI Root smoker for Christmas, but the bellows is completely gone. Does anyone have a template/ pattern to make a replacement bellows? Otherwise, I'll just have to...
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    I admit I haven't read all the posts, so I...

    I admit I haven't read all the posts, so I apologize if I am repeating anything.

    I tend to make "summer" and "winter" batches. More wax in the summer version, and I am playing with adding zinc...
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    I didn't either. How odd. Heard yesterday that...

    I didn't either. How odd. Heard yesterday that it was not only spinal injections. One person had a shot in the ankle.
    Here's hoping your sister-in-law is safe, iddee...
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    :rolling: iddee speaks the truth!

    :rolling:
    iddee speaks the truth!
  18. Thread: Snake ID

    by Hobie
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    The snakes here have been observed eating "my"...

    The snakes here have been observed eating "my" garden toads. It makes me sad, but that's the way of things.

    I did have a laugh at one snake who, with large bulge of toad in its belly, could not...
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    I have not taken any either. In spring, I was...

    I have not taken any either. In spring, I was too busy. When I checked in early Sept, the hive was looking a little light to make it through the winter, so I'm leaving it all.
  20. Thread: Snake ID

    by Hobie
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    In my yard, I typically don't get close enough to...

    In my yard, I typically don't get close enough to look a snake in the eyes!
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    My classic was moving a hive to my yard, then...

    My classic was moving a hive to my yard, then waiting about 5 days, picking up the box I had left for the stragglers, and plopping it on top of the original hive as if it would be a family reunion. ...
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    I'm throwing in my thanks as well, Omie. Not...

    I'm throwing in my thanks as well, Omie. Not just great honeybee advice, but also gardening wisdom, some musical entertainment, and I loved that mason bee video!
  23. Wisteria is beautiful, but you need to keep up...

    Wisteria is beautiful, but you need to keep up with it. It is lovely, growing up one of my porch posts, but every year I have to get the ladder and pull it out from under the roof shingles and...
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    "Why do you keep honeybees?" The answer to...

    "Why do you keep honeybees?"

    The answer to that is something most people would never understand, and another beekeeper would know without asking.

    I hope you can work to build an immunity, but...
  25. Thread: A bee Haiku

    by Hobie
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    That's a great idea!

    That's a great idea!
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