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  1. When Hives Swarm More Than Once, How Do They Do It?

    I've always been under the impression that when a hive swarms multiple times, the queens all come from the original/parent queen. In other words, I thought the old queen leaves multiple queen cells,...
  2. Re: Any Boy Souters or former Boy Scouts out there?

    I was not in scouting, but I'm Cubmaster at my younger son's Pack, and my older boy is in a Troop.

    A local scout from Skiatook, OK undertook a big effort to get the Beekeeping Merit Badge...
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    Re: What birds or insects have you seen eating bees?

    A pair of Eastern Kingbirds nest in my little pole barn every year. Until it warms up and more insects are around, they eat my bees. I've also seen Scissor-tailed Flycatchers eating my bees. They...
  4. Re: The Beeinformed Survey Is Now Taking Answers -- Please Complete It

    The people doing this survey have a pretty tough task, so cut them some slack.

    The information they've gathered already provides some helpful guidance about some things.

    I'd suggest that...
  5. Thread: $2000 Nucs?

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    Re: $2000 Nucs?

    Is that with our without frame exchange?
  6. Thread: Is this a queen?

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    Re: Is this a queen?

    That's an oddball-looking bee. In most respects it looks like a not so good queen, but it has eyes like a drone. Maybe its the picture that makes the eyes look bigger than they are. I'd like to...
  7. The Beeinformed Survey Is Now Taking Answers -- Please Complete It

    The Beeinformed Survey is now taking answers. This survey and the related work by the Beeinformed Partnership will eventually lead to a body evidence that will help identify best practices for...
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    Re: Suggestions for children's program

    Also, I like all of Tenbears' suggestions.
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    Re: Suggestions for children's program

    I have a couple of power points, one for younger kids and one for older kids. They like pictures.

    They like to ask questions, so let them. However, if the topic turns to stings, you will very...
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    Re: Tulsa OK - April 1-2, 2016 - Big Bee Buzz

    Sorry, Rte66, I did not see this until too late. It was cash and check at the door. By next time, it will be credit cards too -- we're about to have that set up but not quite yet.

    A good time...
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    Re: Desert Beekeeping

    Can people get a honey crop with the Africanized bees? How does the management differ?

    Jadebees, thanks for that information.
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    Desert Beekeeping

    My wife and kids recently took a trip to the Big Bend area of Texas, and they brought back pictures with a surprising number of flowers, including some mesquite. I understand that people keep bees...
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    Re: Tulsa OK - April 1-2, 2016 - Big Bee Buzz

    This might possibly be a shameless bump of my thread. However, if you were going to wait until the last minute to pre-register, it's now about that time. People are welcome to show up and pay at...
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    Re: Feeding honey from dead hive to new packages?

    Here's my answer to your questions.

    Yes, you can feed the honey to your packages. The only reason not to do that is if your hive died from a brood disease, in which case you could spread disease....
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    Re: i know its bad but what is it?

    It does not look like wax moth damage to me. It's too white, and it's in a blob, and there are no tunnels. It just looks like mold growing where some pollen probably was.

    However, the more...
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    Re: i know its bad but what is it?

    Looks like bee feces on the top of the frame, which suggests either dysentery or Nosema, probably Nosema Apis. The other shows comb with mold, which happens when hives die out or can't maintain...
  17. Re: CRISPR, tidal wave of genetic modifications coming real soon?

    Here's a radio show about CRISPR that explains it and points to some of the ramifications: http://www.radiolab.org/story/antibodies-part-1-crispr/
  18. Thread: Apivar

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    Re: Apivar

    Burning hives with American foulbrood.
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    Re: Tulsa OK - April 1-2, 2016 - Big Bee Buzz

    Here is a schedule for the event, with speakers, topics and times:


    Friday Evening (April 1, 2016):


    5:15 - 5:55 p.m. Registration


    5:55 - 6:00 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks - Ed LeBeau
  20. Re: Dr. Tom Seeley Lecture--cell size, colony spacing

    :lpf:
  21. Re: Dr. Tom Seeley Lecture--cell size, colony spacing

    Mark, you've been put in the beekeeping witness protection program.
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    Re: Deer Rifle thoughts please

    I got a 7mm-08 this year. It has relatively low recoil and perfect ballistics for deer. With the right load would also be fine for elk, although I don't hunt them. With a reduced recoil load, my...
  23. Re: Dr. Tom Seeley Lecture--cell size, colony spacing

    Unmanaged bees live in smaller cavities because they don't need to store so much surplus honey or have a population of bees to gather it. They put the extra resources into swarms. The swarming...
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    Tulsa OK - April 1-2, 2016 - Big Bee Buzz

    The Northeast Oklahoma Beekeepers Assocation (NEOBA) will hold the annual Big Bee Buzz on the evening of Friday, April 1, 2015 and during the day on Saturday, April 2, 2016.

    This is going to be a...
  25. Tulsa, OK Beginning Beekeeping Classes Offered by NEOBA beginning Jan. 16, 2016

    The Northeast Oklahoma Beekeepers Association will hold a beginner beekeeping course on four consecutive Saturday mornings beginning January 16, 2016. Classes will be held in Tulsa at the campus of...
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