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    Re: Removing bees from honey supers

    I grab the super and put it on the tailgate with a cover on the top and bottom. Then use a fume board and lift one side by sliding a screwdriver under it to let them escape.after five minutes I...
  2. Re: FWIW - dealing with those pesky follower bees!

    I just brush them off no wok into the house. They will head for the light near the open windows and you will be rid of them quickly enough. Don't sweat the small stuff...
  3. Re: Southern Illinois my hives are bringing in pollen by the truck load!!

    Tough winter for my girls... lost 35 percent here in Southern IL. But I did notice that they were bringing in pollen and had some nectar set up in there! For the life of me I don't know where it is...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    5/26 in Southern Ill
    LArge aggressive swarm....
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    Swarm on the ground...

    I came out to a swarm over the south end of the bee yard. The ladies lighted in a tree so I climbed a ladder and attempted to cut the branch and put them in a new box with frames. But in the process...
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    Bees drink blood?

    Ever see a bee land on a bloody wound or a deer carcass and drink blood? A friend says this has happened to him more than once.
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    Re: Multiply My Hives

    If you expand to rapidly you will severely hamper your honey production. Slow and steady wins the race...
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    Re: How do you react to a sting

    got stung last week in the eye... it swelled shut after about 5 hours but the swelling began to subside overnight. I didn't do anything for 5 hours (probably a mistake) but I was in the garden with a...
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    Re: Making my own boxes

    If one has to buy wood, the savings is marginal in making your own. If you are culling wood from crates or have otherwise obtained free wood, making your own is both educational and a cost savings. I...
  10. Thread: Angry Bees

    by dtinberg
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    Re: Angry Bees

    I have noticed that when I am near the hives with a mower or a weedeater they come out aggressive. So I no longer use the 4 wheeler to visit the hives and have had a much more pleasant reception....
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    Re: 3 mediums bulging with bees

    Why not? if the weather is mild enough and the hive is active enough I would do it. It is likely more dangerous to wait too long than start too early. Maybe transition them to deeps, though.
  12. Thread: Poly tops

    by dtinberg
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    Poly tops

    Opened up the hives today. Had some over winter losses like others BUT I noticed they were in the hives that had plastic lids. (I bought a few of these to find out how they would work) I am wondering...
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    Re: Bee suit vs. jeans and ls shirt

    I use a white sweatershirt and a veil when I am doing manipulations of the hive (ie., especially disassembly). I have gone in my hives without a veil on occassion but during the drought last year i...
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    Re: kelley woodenware

    I have to agree that the folks at Kelley are very accomodating. I have been satisfied with their boxes and woodware
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    Re: Bees for Haiti

    There are many flowers and USAID's program has mentors to teach them in Creole. But I haven't figured out how to get the bees in there without being fleeced at the port.
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    Bees for Haiti

    Anyone involved with the USAID's farmer to farmer apiary program? I just returned from Haiti and there is such a vast need there. I don't know how many harvests you'de get in the carribean but am...
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    Re: Race identification?

    That would be my guess
  18. Re: Brushy Mt., Dadant, Betterbee jackets...anyone have two or more of these?

    I too have yet to purchase a jacket. I just use the veil and a pith (it is very cool). I usually wear a white long sleeve nylon shirt (one of those champion brand work out shirts). I have yet to get...
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    Re: hello from Illnois

    My hives are in Hardin County (south) and it has been very hot. I think that the heat is definitely affecting my girls. they are bearding every night, and while they are bearding i don't think that...
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    Re: Is skunk a serious problem?

    I raised my hives up about 12 inches off the ground, this exposes their belly to the bees, and that seems to allowed the girls to defend themselves
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    Re: BRRRRRRRR! Will bees be ok?

    I wrapped my hives with home insulation that was inside garbage bags. when the sun hits the black bags they heat up quite a bit. seems to help a bit.
  22. Thread: skunk problem

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    Re: skunk problem

    Once again I am amazed at the wisdom of the forum. Thanks for the info fellas...
  23. Thread: skunk problem

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    skunk problem

    My healthiest hive has signs of skunks digging around the landing board. I reduced the hive entrance and put an upper level exit. Any other suggestions? (besides kill the skunk- which I am working...
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    Can't find the queen

    i have two hives this year... both have a two deeps. I am feeding until the second deep is completely pulled out. Today i was unable after great effort to find either queen. I see brood, larva, etc....
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