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    Swarm distance from hive

    A neighbors hive swarmed today. I went over and captured it for her and put it in a 5 frame nuc temporarily until I can move it to my apiary. I put the nuc about 20 feet away from her hive. I'm just...
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    Dyers Woad

    Utah is getting overrun with Dyers Woad. It's been getting a lot of negative attention lately, as it does every spring. It looks a lot like goldenrod, though, so a part of me thinks there's got to be...
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    Re: brood chamber Question?

    Have you already been feeding syrup? How long did it take your bees to draw out those 5 frames? Is there a nectar flow going on in your area? The rule of thumb is to add a second box when the bees...
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    Re: What am I seeing?

    Indeed! You'll be able to notice the difference between brood and honey rather quickly. If you look closely at your photo, you can see a brood cell partially capped already. Once they're capped,...
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    Re: What am I seeing?

    That is capped brood. The caps and comb will get darker as it gets older. They usually store honey in the top corners of each frame so it's easier to get the honey to the developing brood.
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    Re: Mating flight timing

    I've noticed several people on BeeSource that are oblivious to the way their comments, replies and answers could be misconstrued and come across as rude. I attribute it to a generational gap between...
  7. Re: Absconding Queen and Subsequent Split

    Sorry if that wasn't clear. Yes. The frames were completely covered in bees. That's why I didn't bother trying to locate the queen.
  8. Absconding Queen and Subsequent Split

    I installed two packages on April 19th using 7 frames of foundation, 2 frames of drawn comb, and a frame feeder in each hive. In the process, I watched one of the queens fly away while I attempted a...
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    Re: Adding New Queen to Split

    Thanks for the quick reply. One other question. I have a lot of frames from a dead out that are already drawn. Are there any cons to filling the single deep box (containing the aforementioned split)...
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    Adding New Queen to Split

    Yesterday I helped my friend split one of his hives. I took three full frames of bees including two frames of capped and upcapped brood and one frame of honey. We left his hive with roughly the same...
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    Re: Did you get honey your first year

    Yes. Approximately 20lbs harvested (and consumed) with a lot left on the hive for winter. Italian bees on the bank of a canal. I attribute the surplus honey on their ability to forage up and down the...
  12. Will Queen excluder keep yellow jackets out?

    Last year I had a yellow jacket problem late in the year. I blame them for the eventual death of that particular hive, but I recognize it may not have played a part at all. My question is, can...
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    Re: Spring is here, now what??

    You shouldn't need to wait for 70+ degrees. You can check on them at 50 degrees. It sounds to me like you were one of the fortunate ones if you only lost 1 out of 6. Then again, you never know what...
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    Re: Newbee excited

    I read BeeSource for months and months before I got my first package last year. In the beginning, I only understood about 10% of the questions on BeeSource... let alone the answers. I started...
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    Re: Swarm Trap using OSB

    Thanks everyone. I remember reading a thread several months ago from someone who had installed a package into a homemade hive. The bees would abscond and he'd catch them and put them back in. Then...
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    Swarm Trap using OSB

    I have some scrap OSB. I'd love to make some swarm traps, but I'm afraid the scent might dissuade them. Will lemongrass cover any other scents they may not like? Any thoughts?
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    Re: Switching boxes in the spring

    Thanks for the replies. This is my first year overwintering bees so I'm not exactly sure what my hive should be looking like at this point. Based on the replies so far, it seems like I should be...
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    Switching boxes in the spring

    I've noticed that people feel differently about this practice. I opened my hive (two deeps) last week when it hit 60 degrees. There were a few hundred bees taking care of three small patches of brood...
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    Is 58 warm enough to inspect?

    This is my first winter keeping bees. When I began winterizing my two hives last November, I took a lot of honey from my strong hive and gave it to my weaker one as a last ditch effort to keep them...
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    Re: Dead Bees below entrance normal?

    I've noticed several dozen (maybe hundreds) of dead bees on the ground outside my hive after a cold night. It was a little disappointing at first, but the hives still seem to be okay. Maybe a rapid...
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    Re: Swarm catching question

    I finally read through the information in that link. Lots of incredible and useful information in there. Thanks, Rader. Much appreciated.
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    Re: Swarm catching question

    Any insights on how far away the traps should be from known hives? And how far away the traps should be from each other.
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    Re: Swarm catching question

    I'm curious about that, as well. I'm not trying to hijack this post, but I have a couple of follow up questions. Is there a trick as to where the best place is to put the bait box? Heavily wooded vs...
  24. Re: Yellow Jackets casually coming and going

    Update: A few days ago, it got up to about 60 degrees in my area. The yellow jackets were still trying to get in, but the guard bees were out and doing their job surprisingly well. But yesterday it...
  25. Yellow Jackets casually coming and going

    While refilling the frame feeder in my weaker hive on Saturday, I noticed no less than six yellow jackets casually land in front of the entrance reducer (approximately 3/4 inch opening) and stroll...
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