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  1. Re: Do the Descendants of the Package Queen Produce Successively More Irritable Hives

    One reason many beeks use commercially produced queens is to keep young queens in the hives but they do not want or don't have the resources to make their own, or for convenience. The usual debate...
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    Re: When Will You Start Nucs And Splits

    Possum, I'm out around Bardstown, KY, my earliest splits using purchased queens are done on Apr. 15th depending on weather conditions. If I am doing walk away splits and letting them raise their own...
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    Re: Migratory covers

    I first heard of Advantech from Cleo Hogan. I have 2 year old unpainted tops made of it. I also soaked a piece, submerged for 6 months and it didn't even get soft. No warping on my tops and no cleats.
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    Re: Can I put fish in a water source?

    You could always put a small fountain pump in to keep the water agitated.
  5. Re: Critter Eats Bees and Defecates in Front of Hive

    As a licensed nuisance wildlife control operator I like to deter the critters instead of trapping or killing them. With skunks, some states require that you euthanize them if trapped, I suppose it is...
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    Re: When should I put out swarm traps?

    When I see pollen start coming in but I start putting them out no later than mid March here.
  7. Thread: Hi! I'm Kim

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    Re: Hi! I'm Kim

    Welcome to the forum.
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    Re: Strip Mine Beekeeping

    Here's my take on the whole testing idea. If you think testing should be done, I personally think it should be honey from urban areas. I have watched honeybees in urban areas getting water from...
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    Re: General Questions Before I Get Started

    Mattse,
    I can relay my own experiences to help answer some of your questions.

    1) I have kept as many as 35 hives in my back yard within 50' of my home and have always had small children....
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    Re: Beekeeping clubs?

    I belong to our local and state bee club.
  11. Re: Pros and cons on Sharing a bee yard with another beekeeper

    I agree with Cleo, most beeks I know are honorable people. It wouldn't even cross my mind that another beekeeper in the same yard would do something detrimental to my hives or steal resources, but I...
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    Re: Trapping bees Ideas

    The first thing would be to plug any other holes except for their entrance, then do a trap out. Check out the Hogan swarm harvester, sold through Walter Kelley bee supply. There are many threads on...
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    Re: Prince of Pint Jar of Honey

    I sell out every year at $10/lb., I'm only harvesting 300-500 lbs./yr. so am in no big hurry to sell out, at this price I can usually have honey until Dec. or Jan. I don't do pints and quarts anymore...
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    Re: Yellow jackets

    Put about 1' of water and dish liquid in a shop vac. Place the shop vac hose next to the entrance and stomp the ground near the entrance, as the YJ;s come out they are pulled into the vac. Once you...
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    Re: Cutout in wall

    I only did 3 that high up this year, but one had three separate hives in the same eave. I see you had one that let you do it in shorts. I like those kind of cutouts. Invest in a stethoscope it makes...
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    Re: How did you get into beekeeping?

    I was doing an addition onto a beekeeper's home when his 6 year old grandson came around the corner with a bee on his finger. I was concerned he would get stung because he kept grabbing the bee. He...
  17. Re: Gotta vent about customers' expectations of charges

    We have a lot of free swarm removal ads on craigslist here too, there is even one offering to pay for swarms. There is an upswing in these ads due to many new beekeepers starting in the hobby in our...
  18. Re: Gotta vent about customers' expectations of charges

    I run a bee and wildlife removal business so I don't do free removals. I remove any stinging insects without chemicals. I do all repairs and exclusion once I have the bees out. Most people don't...
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    Re: Golden Rod & Golden Honey

    I was just across the bridge in Indiana last week and saw GR blooming, haven't seen any around here yet but won't be long from the looks of it. It does seem early for it to be blooming.
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    Re: Question about buying Established Hive?

    I'd check the brood for diseases then snatch it up if things look good,
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    Re: Bee removal ideas

    I do interior cut outs pretty often, I put up walls of plastic sheathing and use a bee vac, never have any problems. Keep the light low or off and uncover a window, the bees will go toward light if...
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    Re: Honey suckle as nectar source

    The honey from bush honeysuckle is great, My bees work it like crazy. I almost never see them on vine honeysuckle. The honey light amber to water white and very light flavored. It blooms about the...
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    Re: What is going on ?

    I'm with Johng on the after swarms. Give the nucs time for the queens to get mated and they should take off well at this time of year.
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    Re: Bees entering between brick and siding.

    That will be an easy cutout as far as no honey dripping. If your have carpentry skills it will be a piece of cake. They will be between the joists as was stated before. Use minimum smoke so you don't...
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    Re: Adkins Bee Removal

    They are basically an advertising and call center that charge per call you receive through them. They are using email to pick up new people to do the removals.
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