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    Re: When to stop feeding????

    Sounds to me like the bees are ready to go on their own if you have 2 deeps full of drawn comb. Time for them to get to work making you some honey!
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    Re: killed half a swarm today

    Ha ha ha thats me! But I must say I did not LICK the windshield! I used my finger first. It was sticky so I licked it. Had my friend as a witness to it. She was pretty grossed out to say the least....
  3. Facebook can do wonders for swarms/cutouts!

    I caught my second swarm of the season and all because of a status I posted on Facebook the night before. I got a call from a local welding shop about a swarm because the owners son, which I'm...
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    Cinco de Mayo swarm

    On my one year anniversary of beekeeping I got a phone call for a swarm so I hustled around and got it picked up. This was my first swarm ever! Thought it was neat since it was exactly one year to...
  5. What was your worst screw-up/ or learning experience as a newbie?

    This is only my second year of beekeeping and on a inspection a few weeks ago I notice one of my 2 overwintered hives was without a queen. So I transferred a frame of eggs and brood over for them to...
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    Re: Hive Vanishing Act

    There are zero eggs and brood. The only eggs and brood it had was from the frame I put in a week ago. The other hive has drones hatching out. I saw a few when I inspected it this weekend.
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    Re: Hive Vanishing Act

    I did check on Sunday and there is still several bees in there. They were beginning to store pollen on a couple frames. The frame of eggs and capped brood I transferred a week earlier from another...
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    Re: Hive Vanishing Act

    Checked things this morning and knocked on the hive and sounds like there are several bees still in there. When i looked at the frames yesterday there were no swarm cells either.
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    Re: what kind of bug is this?

    The dreaded box elder bug! Box elder trees are in the maple family I believe so anywhere that is wet like creek bottoms and such are more likely to have these trees. It would be impossible to get rid...
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    Hive Vanishing Act

    Just when everything seemed fine it took a wrong turn. I started 2 packages last May. Both were fine going into winter. They both were in 2 deeps and a medium left on full of stores. I checked on...
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    Re: looking for bee packages in Knoxville tn

    You may try http://www.wolfcreekbees.com/index.htm located in Tennessee. They appear to have "organic" bees and are 4.9 size. I have no dealings with them and only know about them from their site.
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    Re: Ok, what got you into beekeeping?

    A coworker of mine came in to the office one day with a chunk of comb honey and had it on toast. He offered me some of it and at first I said no thanks, because I really don't care for honey all that...
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    Re: Collecting pollen in January?

    hmm...That sounds like a better answer, but I don't have any bird feeders and fairly confident my neighbors don't have them either??
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    Collecting pollen in January?

    I went out and checked my hives today since it is 60 degrees here in central Illinois. The bees are very active with the nice weather. I noticed some were collecting pollen and was a little...
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