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    Re: anybody want a free swarm

    Update, I grabbed and old nuc box and put some frames into it. I strapped it to the fence they were on and they all crawled in. I don't know how on earth they fit, but they did. I closed it up and...
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    anybody want a free swarm

    I have a hive that swarmed and am out of equipment. It's on my fence in my backyard. I live in Bartlett Illinois.
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    Questions about my hive that swarmed

    I saw my hive swarm yesterday, it was pretty cool to watch. Anyway, the bees swarmed into a small buckthorn bush about 50 yards from the hive. Upon closer inspection I could see two distinctive...
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    Package Bees in Chicago Area

    I am looking to replace a few of my dead-outs this spring and was wondering if anybody had any recommendations for packaged bees in the Chicago area.

    Thanks!
  5. Re: How everyone's Honey Flow Looking like This Year.

    So far it's been the best spring since I started in 2010. My hive is up over 140 pounds so far this year! The cold winter must have been good for flowers.
  6. Re: How do you know if there is a 'flow' going on?

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    Here is how I tell. The gain in weight correlates directly to what's blooming. I gain weight when the locus blooms, linen blooms, goldenrod blooms. When nothing blooms I don't gain...
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    Re: Unbelievable queen laying like mad

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    Re: Unbelievable queen laying like mad

    Unfortunately, I did not catch the swarm. However, the hive is still pretty active, and has gained 18 pounds in the last two days. I have a medium and deep I am supering with. I am up well over...
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    Re: Unbelievable queen laying like mad

    Well, they finally did swarm. I guess that might have been preparation for their swarming. The video was filmed on the 17th and they swarmed on the 21st. I lost 17 lbs of bees!
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    Re: Unbelievable queen laying like mad

    Same thing againthis afternoon. Hive gained another 6 lbs today. No swarm yet. I will keep you posted.
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    Re: Unbelievable queen laying like mad

    It's been happening every warm day around 2:00-3:00 in the afternoon.
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    Unbelievable queen laying like mad

    I live in the Chicago area and it's been quite a rough winter for me. I lost two of my four hives. But one hive I have is really unbelievable. This hive made it very strong out of the winter. ...
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    Re: Hello From Northern Illinois

    Hi Art, I live in Bartlett and my brother lives in Sleepy Hollow. Both of us keep bees. If you'd like to swing by let me know. I'd love to chat.

    By the way, I'm going to make my first split...
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    Re: Opinions needed on split

    I am really bad at finding my queen, and just don't want to introduce my new queen to a hive with my old queen in it. Is it really that easy to just listen and determine a queenless hive?
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    Re: Opinions needed on split

    I am really bad at finding my queen, and just don't want to introduce my new queen to a hive with my old queen in it. Is it really that easy to just listen and determine a queenless hive?
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    Re: Opinions needed on split

    good comments...much appreciated Jon and Merince!
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    Re: What did you learn this winter?

    Two of my four hives made it.

    I learned that weak hives going into the fall don't make it through the winter
    I learned that strong hives, insulation, adequate ventilation... still might not make...
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    Opinions needed on split

    I am going to be making my first splits. I had two of my four hives die over the winter. The remaining two hives consisting of two deeps are very strong. I would like any comments/opinions on my...
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    Re: Transfer honey frames from a dead hive?

    I just did that. If you add an extra deep on top I would alternate empty comb, frame of honey, empty comb, frame of honey...
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    Re: March Hive Check - post them here

    It's been rough here in Illinois, I lost two out of my four hives. My two hives still alive are very strong and were very light on stores. I made two deeps from the two dead hives with alternating...
  21. Thread: Bad News

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    Re: Bad News

    I'm wondering why you had so much mold. Did you leave an upper entrance on the hives?
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    Re: buzzing in Jamaica

    I get to Jamaica a couple times a year. A few trips ago I purchased some logwood honey. Very interesting! Is this a common nectar source?
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    Re: Hive check (post them here)

    two out of four are dead. One hive was weak going into winter is dead. Swarm hive that seemed strong is dead too. Other two hives seem strong. Dead hives are full of capped honey.
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    am I queenless?

    long story short....treated with MAQS in August and saw some dead brood being pulled out of the hive, so I know I had a queen. I went to pull the super off the hive and could find no evidence of a...
  25. Thread: Yellow Jackets

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    Re: Yellow Jackets

    These type of traps work very well. I have set them in the past and seen them full of yellow jackets. This year, at the end of each day, I was thinking of powdering all the yellow jackets with...
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