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  1. A quick setup just before dark the other night....

    http://s646.photobucket.com/albums/uu181/mhoeting/bees2012/?action=view&current=setup.mp4
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    "B" students at commencement....

    Thought this was a great story. So many lame jokes in this it isnt funny....

    http://www.bu.edu/facilities/2012/05/21/honeybees-crash-commencement/

    Irv
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    Re: About to swarm?

    Here is how they were as the sun set this evening. Will go through them first thing tomorrow.
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    Re: About to swarm?

    I'll look open the hive either late this evening or tomorrow morning. This hive is going into its third year, original queen. Been a great producer, and if it's about to swarm, I definitely want to...
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    Re: About to swarm?

    The cluster hanging from the bottom board is growing....this is about 1 hour later....

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    About to swarm?

    This is one of my best hives. They are always hanging out on the outside of the hive in warm temps, but never hanging in a cluster from the bottom board.

    Any chance that they are about to swarm?...
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    Small swarm pickup last night

    Picture of my son and I picking up a small swarm at place in town last evening.
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  8. Re: First swarm capture, couple of follow up questions

    Thank you for the reply. I got out there tonight at 10pm and did the transfer. Was quite easy in the dark, actually.

    I put a jar of 1|1 sugar water on the nuc to entice them to stay until I can...
  9. First swarm capture, couple of follow up questions

    So I got my first swarm call today that did not require heavy equipment for retrieval.
    Lots of lessons learned is such a simple project.

    In removing the swarm from a low limb, while cutting the...
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    How would you go about this one?

    I got a call today from a lady with bees in a catawpa tree. I think that the comb has been there from past years, as she indicated that the bees "were there two years ago, not last year, but back...
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    Re: Selling nucs

    With frames at .72/ea, it seems more trouble than it would be worth when you calculate in the overhead involved with receiving old frames back, the risks of disease (and subsequent treatments) caused...
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    Re: Queen Cells in new nuc

    I have been contemplating starting a new hive from scratch anyway. Just didnt plan to do so under these conditions..... I may make the leap and go for it, given the queen cell situation.
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    Re: Queen Cells in new nuc

    Will the hive recover through raising its own queen?
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    Re: Queen Cells in new nuc

    They are capped. I did not open the cells.
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    Queen Cells in new nuc

    Just transferred four 5-frame nucs to hive boxes this evening. These are new nucs bought from a reputable operation.

    One of the frames in one of the nucs had 4 queen cells on it. :/

    Any...
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    Length of time in a 5-frame nuc box

    I am picking up 4 additional nucs in the morning. Despite my best efforts at planning, the schedule for picking up and installing has not worked in my favor... :(

    So my question is this: how long...
  17. Thread: Mean Bees

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    Re: Mean Bees

    Steve,

    Out of curiosity, where did your hives/quees come from, and are they all the same age? And, are they italians, buckfasts, or other?

    Thanks

    Irv
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    Re: Ants...Tons of them

    Thank you for the replies. I will definitely try tilting the lid first. No doubt this hive can protect the extra entrance...... :/
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    Ants...Tons of them

    Good evening.

    I opened one of my hives today to do a spring check in and to add my excluder and a super. The inner cover was covered in ants. Ants and eggs on the top of the cover. Does anyone...
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    Re: Keeping an eye out for other beekeepers!

    I have stopped at the places with hives around my parts here and struck up great conversations with fellow bee keepers. I have found that the side-liners and hobbyists like myself are generally more...
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    Houston Article on Bees & Drought

    This showed up in the Houston Chronicle today. I was alerted to it since one of the references in the story is a man I knew growing up. Thought you guys might enjoy it.
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  22. Re: Setting up hives at other peoples houses?

    I am doing the same as you describe. I spread the word through various sources that I was wanting a place to set hives. Had more locations that I had hives. I maintain the "yard" like it was my...
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    Re: Spring super build started...:)

    People make fun of my old clunky craftsman tablesaw but it still does a great job. It doubles as a work table, as it did here.
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    Spring super build started...:)

    My new and improved version of my honey super.... 16 more to go.
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    Here's to wishing and waiting for spring.....
  25. Re: How much do you spend per year just on wooden ware?

    Im a hobbyist, both beekeeper and woodworker. I build my own woodenware. Its a break-even deal, not counting my time. It would be a losing proposition if I were a sideliner or commercial. I do both...
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