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    Re: Can you change a swarms mind?

    Thanks Riverderwent and umchuck.
    I'll update on any progress made here. These people want the bees out of the tree. I've suggested as a last resort, cutting the tree down. They're even willing to do...
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    Re: Bad reaction to bee sting

    Bigfish, your symptoms sound eerily familiar. I had the similar reaction when I got stung a couple years ago. My wife made me go to the ER for treatment. Not anaphyleptic, just hives,itch, irregular...
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    Can you change a swarms mind?

    Another swarm call this afternoon. This one was on a tree we are told. By the time we get there, the bees have moved into the trunk of the tree, through a gap in the trunk, about 30" off the ground....
  4. Re: She left, then came back and left again, then came back, then left, and then ...

    Yes, I've read about them just flying off when released, or under different circumstances. But nothing like what happened to us. Pretty bizarre.
  5. She left, then came back and left again, then came back, then left, and then ...

    We're in need of some queens for 3 of our hives, so we decided to raid some queen cells spotted a week ago in one colony on the bottoms of a few frames. Upon inspection we found one of the cells had...
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    Re: The girls just wouldn't stay.

    No, not necessarily. I was simply using a 5 frame as a "measurement" citing that this swarm was so large it would not fit into a 5 frame Nuc. All swarms we've captured have been housed in 10 frame...
  7. Thread: First Hive

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    Re: First Hive

    Sounds like you're off to a good start! It is exciting to get them up and going isn't it? Research and observation are going to open a whole new world to you.
  8. Re: First inspection newbie observations/questions

    Sarah is right about the photos. We took lots of photos, both sides of frames, and then look on computer later and could not believe what we would find. Spotting the Queen, looking at eggs, larvae,...
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    Re: The girls just wouldn't stay.

    Thanks gww. I did use LGO in the aforementioned swarm traps, but not in my transfer boxes. So are you saying when you bring the trap to your apiary, you will put LGO into the box you are transferring...
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    Re: The girls just wouldn't stay.

    Thanks Eikel, if a similar situation arises I'll give that a try.
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    The girls just wouldn't stay.

    Had two swarms land in two trees about 20' apart, one 10' up the other 12'. Both were within 50 feet of our apiary, and I'm certain one of them was feral, and very large, 8 or 9 lbs. We captured the...
  12. Thread: Illinois

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    Re: Illinois

    24521 This is the swarm in the Cedar tree. It doesn't get much easier than this one. :)
  13. Thread: Illinois

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    Re: Illinois

    Two swarm captures today, Adams County IL, West Central IL. Temps in upper 70's light breeze, sunny. One located on a Pre-School playground piece of equipment. Second on cedar tree branch 5 ft. off...
  14. Thread: What is this?

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    Re: What is this?

    Looks like pollen pellets to me. Coming and going I know the pollen can drop off the bee carrying it. If you see them packing it out of the hive and dumping it, that is something different. I once...
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    Re: need to mow grass in front of hive

    Most times I get away with a push mower right in front of the hives, discharge and exhaust pointed to the right and left respectively, and come straight in toward the box. I move quickly. leave and...
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    Re: Normal Activity or Robbing?

    Looks normal to me. Do you have your reducer set to smallest opening? Also, I'd turn it with opening to the bottom so bees can easily drag things out of the hive instead of up and over.
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    Cannibalize in observation hive?

    My wife and fellow beekeeper borrowed an observation hive to use at a local "Earth Day" celebration. She loaded it up with two frames of bees, including the queen, lots of open and sealed brood,...
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    Re: Less than Optimal Combining of Colonies

    So last November I was watching this thread and posted my situation. What I ended up doing is combining the Nuc ('suspected LW) into the 10 frame lang that had the non-laying queen. I adding some...
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    Re: Janet From Illinois

    Welcome! Bee Source is a great site.
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    Re: Honeybee Christmas Cards for yard owners

    Bill, this is one I designed last year. I sell this off a site where I have a small shop called Zazzle. It can be customized before print. Or if you like I can customize for you as needed.
    Yes it...
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    Re: Less than Optimal Combining of Colonies

    I inspected my Nuc, the suspected LW hive. I found a small patch of sealed brood which was not Drone brood. Saw some larvae 3 to 6 days old. Maybe 3 x 4 inch area, one side of one frame. I did not...
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    Re: Less than Optimal Combining of Colonies

    I am going to watch this post as I came here with a similar situation and was looking for answers.
    I have a 5 frame Nuc, suspected laying worker (will go out and verify after typing this). Queenless...
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    Re: August swarms?

    ooops! Sorry for the multiple posts. Tried and cannot find how to delete them. The "Edit Post" link does not work with my browser.
  24. Re: MANY, MANY Swarms this year. Would you agree?

    Me again. Another update. Just finished capturing another swarm, that makes 6 for us so far. Heard of at least 6 or 7 more at the club meeting last month. In my opinion there seems to be a lot more...
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    Re: Combing a swarm...is it feasible?

    I can't comment to the TBH situation, bit I just did a newspaper combine with 2 queenless splits and a swarm that had a queen that I had in a 10 frame. I had two queenless splits, one VERY small and...
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