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    Re: Swarm Trap Worked--- But Now What?

    My opinion, tough early spring when plenty of nectar is available. Bees will not rob out original hive.

    Depends on if you just want bees, I have gotten a deep full of bees in two days from the...
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    Re: Swarm Trap Worked--- But Now What?

    Congrats on the catch.

    Bees flying down here for a couple weeks now.

    USCBEEMAN is right on, move them tonight and put some stuff in front of the entrance so they have to fly around it in the...
  3. Thread: First swarm

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    Re: First swarm

    I have also used 1/4" hardware cloth over entrances.

    Have 3/4" holes in some hives and a TBH and some others with normal entrances.

    Exlcuder under hive bodies work well.
  4. Thread: Swarms!

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    Re: Swarms!

    Well the bees that came back were not in the same spot but in the same area.

    First swarm was on a bird feeder that someone hung up.

    The second was on the fender of a car about 6 ft from...
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    Re: what falls through the screen

    Bees will absolutely get into corn. I have chickens/ducks/turkeys and in fall they get into the cracked corn in large numbers.

    I have even found them in the feed bins if left open while feeding.
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    A Queen rises from the dead....

    The Queen is crawling over the top of the swarm when the old truck pulls in. I see her and she crawls for me in a queen cage. I put her into the cardboard box and her smell will usually speed the...
  7. Thread: Swarms!

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    Swarms!

    Picked up three swarms in last two days and one more this AM.

    Two of the three were in the same place, 5ft from each other and a day apart. A bee tree is 20ft from where the swarms were at. A...
  8. San Diego Beekeeping Meetin Feb 20, Balboa Park

    San Diego Beekeeping Society is hosting a meeting for new and interested beekeepers called the "Introduction to Beekeeping"

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    Feb 20th, 2010

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    1pm-3pm

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    Balboa Park, Casa Del...
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    Re: Q: How do you "make" extra beeswax?

    Amen
  10. Thread: Project Gaps

    by Jer733
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    Re: Project Gaps

    Check out Michael Bush's site for ALOT of Long hive and TBH information.
    http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm

    Barefoot beekeeper has good info and plans as well.
    http://www.biobees.com/

    There is...
  11. Thread: "Trapping" Bees

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    Re: "Trapping" Bees

    Only "tried" once and had a swarms move into a box I set out this past year. Had old comb and a swarm lure from Dadant.

    I have had swarms move hoves that were empty, hives without frames, just a...
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    Swarm at a stripmall

    I live in Southern CA where it was over 80 yesterday so take that into account here.

    First of all I am assuming that this was a hive that was disrupted and absconded. The swarm looks pretty large...
  13. Thread: RAIN!!! Finally

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    Re: RAIN!!! Finally

    Got about 1/8" a couple weeks ago.

    None since April, and it was pretty dry light in winter and spring. Not enough honey this year to speak of.

    Hope
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    Re: Anyone want to pick up a big bee hive?

    Seen nice bees in the strangest places out here in Southern CA.

    Pulled many hives and seen only a few that were memorable (probable AHB). Seen huge hives of bees like lambs in the open air, in...
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    Re: is it to late to do a cut-out

    Batman,

    Good for you!
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    Re: is it to late to do a cut-out

    I have taken more then a few of these types of free hanging hives here in the San Diego area.

    Under the overhang of a shed, on a pine tree, on a orange tree...

    All but one of them were gentle...
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    Re: Treat Minnesota Hygienics?

    indypartridge is right on, first year most bees do not have a problem- that is a package or swarm is normally clear for first year. Bring them into the hive via a NUC or an existing hive is another...
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    Re: article on bee survival in cities vs country

    Tom, I agree. I am out in the backcountry in Northern San Diego County and have been looking for spots with access to all the housing.

    Mostly year round forage there!
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    Re: Attack by Yellow Jackets

    There are several designs that you can make yourself and as many recipes for lure.

    Put them out in spring and if you are lucky you will get the queen.

    In the spring, the YJ nest started with...
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    Re: Foundationless Frames are Looking Great!

    First of all we were all a little apprehensive about getting into a hive like you are faced with. You will do just fine.

    In my limited experience (2-3 times) around AHB's, I knew right away they...
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    Re: Foundationless Frames are Looking Great!

    Cacti,

    You will need to pull one frame that has some brood on it and put it in new super and put it in the middle of the new honey super. Put an empty frame in its place in the lower super. This...
  22. Thread: Close Call

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    Re: Close Call

    brooksbeefarm, glad that your bees came out OK. I am sorry to hear about Linda's losses. I am sure others will be affected as well by all the flooding I am reading about.

    Sure wish some of that...
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    Re: Foundationless Frames are Looking Great!

    I have been foundationless since the beginning. I have Nucs I have dumped swarms into that started with bare frames and a "guide" on the frames. They have filled out the 4-5 frames in short order...
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    Re: Going price for 8oz honey bear

    You have to know what the local market will bear for pricing. That said retail selling is all about marketing- the packaging, good label, informational poster.... You have to tell people why the...
  25. Thread: RAIN!!! Finally

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    Re: RAIN!!! Finally

    Glad you all are getting some, we know you folks really needed it.
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