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My friends (two big, strong guys) are at my house today while I'm here at work. Per Iddee's suggestion (and Beehandler's concurrence), They're cutting down all those wax myrtles and bamboo directly behind my hives. They'll be using chain saws. Question is, how bad will they get stung up?
 

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Ahhh, I knew you experienced beeks would have the perfect answer. Sure hope they fare well. Hate to lose my garden helpers over a couple of bee stings!
 

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Well, I couldn't wait any longer. . .put in a call to Pete. I can't believe it, but NARY A STING!!! That's what I call sweet little girls!
 

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Won't that be nice? I've been so busy, I didn't get home until 8 pm last night. . .too late to see the job done, but this morning when I went out to let out the chickens. . .Amazing!!! You're right. I think the bees are gonna love it. I'll get a photo and post it asap so you can see the difference.

Now I'm working on getting some hurricane fencing so I can fence the chickens in with the bees. that'll be another defense against SHB.
 

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Tia that is an interesting thought, I wonder if guineas (sp?) would help take care of the SHB as hey were flying into the hives and the worms as they were coming out. Wonder if thy would eat the bees though.

Interesting for sure on the chickens.

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Chickens love SHB larvae. . .and they coexist well with my girls. Whenever I have wax moth or SHB infested frames, I give them first to the chickens to clean and while they're getting rid of the larvae, the bees are working with them on cleaning out the honey. The chickens have no interest in eating the bees.
 

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I always noticed when working with the chain saw in the summer the flies and mosquitoes mostly stayed away while it was running, I think the vibrations are some kind of deterrent to insects perhaps. I noticed the difference as soon as I would kill the engine .
 

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<<< working with the chain saw >>>

Think the smoke off of that two stroker had anything to do with it?? :lol:

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G3farms said:
Tia that is an interesting thought, I wonder if guineas (sp?) would help take care of the SHB as hey were flying into the hives and the worms as they were coming out. Wonder if thy would eat the bees though.

Interesting for sure on the chickens.

G3
I saw an add on craigslist for some guineas for sale. It also said that if you kept bees you didn't want them. They would stand at the hive entrance and eat them. May have been just these particular ones and I'll bet it someone that kept bees that was getting rid of them.
 

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I have a hive in a yard with free ranging guineas and it has been there 7 years. There's still bees in it and it produces as much as any of my hives.

PS. It also ISN'T bothered by SHB or wax moths. Maybe it wasn't bees he seen them picking up.
 
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