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    Re: Another Hive has absconded due to shb

    Thanks for the greg suggestions I have used the Roach motel traps, about 3 per hive, caught some SHB helped some, but not much. I have reduced the size of the hive to just enough that they can...
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    Another Hive has absconded due to shb

    I cannot keep more than 1 hive going before it succumbs to shb. They are really irritating me. I have the hives in sun, the one hive was very strong, I limited the size, so they just had enough...
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    Re: Just checked the swarm that moved in

    The original bees are from a breeder in Georgia, good producers, fairly nice, except the usual times, and easy to work. I am finding out that I have to keep the boxes crowded to keep the SHB under...
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    Just checked the swarm that moved in

    I had a swarm move into an empty hive that I had sitting next to my occupied hive. The empty hive was from a deadout from SHB. They are covering about 3 frames, I see lots of larvae in different...
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    Re: guess they did it for me

    Nope they are there to stay. did a quick peek, and there is a queen, didn't see her, but saw some signs of egg laying. I thought they were robbing it out too, but I left nothing to rob out. I was...
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    guess they did it for me

    I had a hive destroyed by small hive beetles about 2 months ago. So I was down to 1 hive. Okay, cleaned out the dead hive and just left the box there with frames that were not destroyed, no honey...
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    Re: Not happy with me

    Don't know about technique, but I made sure I didn't spray into the hive and quickly passed in front of their flight path. I wasn't expecting the reaction like that. They weren't like that in the...
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    Not happy with me

    Girls were not happy with me today. I had to On my way! and weed whack by the hives and a few took offense to that. Everything was fine until I got too close. I got chased by about 5 bees and got...
  9. Thread: Drone Size

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    Re: Drone Size

    Split my hive last week and my drones are big, fat, and very happy. They seem much bigger this year than last. All is going well with both hives, orientating and bringing in tons of pollen.
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    checked the girls today

    I was finally able to check the girls after doing my split last week. All looks great. I did not go into either hive, but I just sat around and watched them. All looks well, I even got to see them...
  11. Thread: Split my hive

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    Split my hive

    Finally got a chance to get into my one hive. Jam packed with bees. Perfect time to split. Found a couple queen cells, brood of differing ages, lots of drone, etc. the were in a great mood today as...
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    Re: Activity around hive and house

    Mine like to visit our back porch, that's when the flow has slowed down. I have 2 hives and they like to visit, to see if hubby left his empty 7-up bottle uncapped, and they can enjoy the remains. ...
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    Re: Getting the Bees off of you

    I wear an ultrabreeze suite and they still will cling to me when they are angry. I just make a few laps around the yard, because I usually will have a couple following me as well. They soon lose...
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    Wow what a difference

    Went into my split hive today because I feared the worst. Not much activity out front. I feared all were dead or starving, even though I gave them a pollen patty and a couple frames of capped honey...
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    Re: Keep your guard up!

    looks like my girls lately. They have been a bit grumpy and pissy due to the thunderstorms and dearth.
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    Re: Mosquito treatment around hives

    I have had a bat house here for 2 years and no bats. Keep looking for them to occupy it, but no luck. I have had it mounted to my rear garage up high, and now on a 10ft pole, no luck yet. Any...
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    Re: Oh wow! Were the girls cranky today

    trust me, I smoked the heck out of them and me. I have to get more woodenware to either put on another box or split again. While I was going through the broodbox, pulling up each frame, they were...
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    Oh wow! Were the girls cranky today

    Went out to check my 2 hives and the girls were very cranky. Normally I can go up to the hives and stand next to them without any issues, not today. When I got to a few feet of the hives I was...
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    Re: just did my first split

    No I didn't add anymore bees to the new hive, just what was on the frames. Hubby helped me move the new hive to the new location this morning. Popped the top for a quick look and there was a lot of...
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    just did my first split

    I have one hive and they were very strong, so I decided to do a split and move them farther in the backyard, behind our garage. Hubby had to help me lift it. So early this morning I blocked the...
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    Re: Mass Casualties

    That was mee. It hasn't solved it completely. I still get 1 or 2 bees at my porch light on occasion, but it has helped tremendously. I actually will be moving the hive behind the garage, and...
  22. Re: solved issue if bees on my porch at night

    Ha ha. Good Idea. Only it took a bit of work to turn it. I am 5'0" and weigh 100lbs, I had to remove most of the frames of the medium box, which sits on my deep box, to take the medium box off. ...
  23. solved issue if bees on my porch at night

    I had been having a problem with a couple of bees a night flying around the lights on my back porch and making a nuisance of themselves while hubby and I were out enjoying the weather. I had to do...
  24. Re: Dug into hive after leaving them alone for 8 weeks

    2 weren't fully drawn out. Oops! Should have put them back, but I removed 5 frames 8 weeks ago and got about 6 cups. I don't want to take too much from them. I'm only removing the medium frames for...
  25. Dug into hive after leaving them alone for 8 weeks

    Okay, So I had left them alone for 8 weeks, only peeking in the top box to remove full frames and change out to new frames for them to fill. I hadn't had a chance to get into the brood box to see...
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