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Welcome / Re: Howdy from upstate NY
« Last post by Newbee on May 12, 2020, 07:51:39 am »
Georgia to New York?!?!

YOU WENT THE WRONG WAY!!! TOO FAR, TURN BACK!
Kidding... born and raised in Western NY, made it down to TN a few years ago, should have moved sooner!
So by Rural upstate you must mean passed White Plains? LOL! I kid... I'll be here all week folks, try the veal.

Welcome!

- Kevin
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Homestead / Re: Squirrel proofing tomatoes
« Last post by Newbee on May 12, 2020, 07:48:22 am »
Thanks for sharing BakersDozen.
I'm currently wrangling with a group of squirrels in my new garden who developed a taste for seed corn.
I can tell harvest is going to be hard enough if they're going after the seeds this hard.
So far the only solution has been 36 or 40 grains at a time. I think I'll give some of this netting idea a try on a few other crops I have out there.
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General Beekeeping / Re: Kinds Of Paint For Marking Queens
« Last post by iddee on May 12, 2020, 07:04:21 am »
To modify Neill's approach, I only look for the queen when I want to remove her, or remove bees and NOT get her. It may be to pinch her, or just to move her, or to be sure she stays when I remove frames and/or bees. Other than that, I agree. Eggs and pollen and other supplies are enough to see.
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General Beekeeping / Re: Kinds Of Paint For Marking Queens
« Last post by neillsayers on May 12, 2020, 12:23:23 am »
 When I first started I thought it was a great idea. I bought all the colors in Testor paints. I practiced on drones and got pretty good at it. Then I marked all my queens. I was keeping Russians at the time and most of the queens were quite dark and hard to spot. After a while I decided all I really needed to see when I was in the hive was eggs, pollen and any queen cells in the making. That and an estimate of population and I'm out of there. Oh, I try to always take a deep sniff for any "off" odors.
 The only time I get serious about finding the queen is when I decide to pinch her head off. Paint might help with that, I guess. :)
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If u read the social media crap, they also say that Japanese honey bees , found a way to smother hornet and over heat it. That's what they all do.
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General Beekeeping / Re: Bee's in bird bath
« Last post by Mikey N.C. on May 10, 2020, 08:10:05 pm »
That's a plastic bird bath with stones set in it.
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General Beekeeping / Re: Kinds Of Paint For Marking Queens
« Last post by Bakersdozen on May 10, 2020, 05:58:10 pm »
I have never marked a queen either.  I think I should, but never seem to have a pen with me at the time. 
I understand that University of Nebraska-Lincoln uses Craftsmart Paint Pen from Michael's Craft Store. I looked online, and there are multi packs that match the international color code, but they are fine line.  I also saw the UNL  uses purple when they find a queen of uncertain age.
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General Beekeeping / Re: Kinds Of Paint For Marking Queens
« Last post by RAST on May 10, 2020, 09:18:15 am »
Never marked one either, though there have been times when i wished she was so I could hive tool test her.
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General Beekeeping / Re: Kinds Of Paint For Marking Queens
« Last post by iddee on May 10, 2020, 06:26:05 am »
NONE
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General Beekeeping / Kinds Of Paint For Marking Queens
« Last post by Jen on May 10, 2020, 01:25:39 am »
I mark all of my queens with Posca paint, it's the paint sold by Mann Lake and Dadant. Some beekeepers mark their queens with Testors model paint.

Posca paint is acrylic. Testors is model paint and is solvent based.

What kind of paint do you put onto the thorax of your queens?
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