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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    1 swarm on April 30th, and 1 swarm on May 13th. 01453, Leominster, MA
  2. Re: I Need Advice:Is the queen cage placed in between the frames correctly?

    The screen should not be facing the foundation or the comb. It should be perpendicular to it.
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    Re: Photo Chronology of a Swarm

    That is great. My only question is, how did you know that they were going to swarm, so that you were able to bait the branch, and take the time lapse?
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    Re: Pledge to be a BSA Beekeeping Mentor

    I pledge to be a mentor if they reinstate their beekeeping merit badge
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    Re: Moving bees one mile: HELP? See link

    I have only 12 colonies to move.
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    Moving bees one mile: HELP? See link

    http://bit.ly/ca86JV

    I will be moving my hives to a new location this year. It has a better wind break, great forage opportunity, and room enough for expansion.

    Is there a way to move these...
  7. Re: Honey Bees in large tree cutout?catch swarm?

    Set a swarm trap for those bees, and spend your energy on other opportunities, which will be abundant and far far easier.

    To trap a potential swarm, set out a deep super with one frame of drawn...
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    Re: My idea, what do you think?

    Whether or not I charge for a swarm depends on how much time I have. (I typically don't have much time and if I take time to get it, I'm losing money from my regular job. I have a 4 kids to feed).
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    Re: Raising queens for a beginner

    For simplicity, take a look at this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVKLgBgYPok

    Alternatively, whatever Michael Bush says. lol.
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    Re: Raising queens for a beginner

    There are many ways, but that is a great way to do it. Wait till there are ample drones. Don't do it until then.
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    Re: Raising queens for a beginner

    Rob, that electric fence is 2 Joules. I don't get into that by accident. No way.

    The stands are just sitting there. 16" tall, and very easy to make. I need to make about 15 more pretty soon. ...
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    Re: Raising queens for a beginner

    Rob, Here is a link to some photos that I threw together for you. Nucs are kept in a deep. Two 4 frame nucs in a divided deep, them placed on top of a production colony (with a solid board between...
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    Re: Spring Inspection

    What major flow will there be in a couple of weeks in PA? The lower super would likely be empty and could perhaps be reversed prior to the addition of a super to allow the bees to utilize, if you...
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    Re: Raising queens for a beginner

    Depending on where you are, you can overwinter a 4 frame nuc started in August. I have 3 that I made up 8.24 and they are still alive and well now. I started them with a mated queen. I tried to...
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    Re: Medium Frame Swarm Traps

    Budster. What % of swarm traps catch swarms for you? How many do you put out over what sized area?

    I have decided to go with standard medium super sized traps as some of the posters have...
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    Re: Winter Feeding

    TomOB,

    I had a serious back injury last season, and many of my hives went into winter VERY light after a really rainy season and no real care in sept/oct/november. By the time I was able to walk...
  17. Thread: swarm traps

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    Re: swarm traps

    If there are 10 production colonies kept in one location, how many swarm traps could a person put out to catch potential swarms? In other words, would a certain number of swarm traps be put to...
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    Re: lemongrass oil

    I bought mine at a local health food store today. Cost me $7 for a fluid oz. I put 9 drops into each of 10 small capped vials with cotton, and it hardly made a dent in the container. It'll last...
  19. Re: Survey on Russians (Please give your take on them)

    I've had Russian and Italians from my very first hives, and I can tell you that I prefer the Russians, hands down. I've found them to be quiet and gentle, and having a much better temperament than...
  20. Re: Pesticide spraying in orchards: how to keep bees safe

    Well folks, this is a lot of great fodder to sort through. Thank you.

    It is true that the orchard wants the hives there to offset the $1700 that they pay now to truck in 26 hives for the first...
  21. Re: Pesticide spraying in orchards: how to keep bees safe

    Thanks for the reply. My friend and I have talked about the placement of hives and he's ok with it, so we're good there. We do a lot of beekeeping together. Do you really think that 170 acres will...
  22. Pesticide spraying in orchards: how to keep bees safe

    I've been asked by an orchard to keep my bees there for pollination. I'm inclined to do it as there is serious forage for bees. In fact, it is 1.5 miles from my house, so the bees probably work...
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    Re: Adding supers

    I use the 7/10 and 8/10 rules, as previously stated.

    When running Russian queens, add another super when 70% are in use, and 80% for other races.

    Don't stop feeding your bees sugar syrup until...
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    Re: Medium Frame Swarm Traps

    McSpadden,

    I don't mind your asking at all. Its what we're here for, lol.

    I bought a 20 frame extractor ($1000) and the following list, cut from my excel spreadsheet:

    supplies (misc)...
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    Re: Medium Frame Swarm Traps

    Thanks guys. I want to keep my supers for supering, but I suppose I could do that. I just don't want to spend any more money this year after dropping 5K last year. The bleeding has to stop for a...
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