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  1. Re: oops... Swarm control gone wrong... Help... Suggestions?

    Swarming is reproduction at the colony level, you can practice prevention but can't always prevent it. Some years more swarming takes place than others, if you want to increase your hive numbers...
  2. Re: bees agitated by the smell of rotting fruit

    It's possible that something else has them agitated, skunks or raccoons molesting them at night will make them more aggressive the next morning. Check which direction the bees are flying out of the...
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    Re: Queenless Swarm Cought

    Sometimes when catching the swarm the queen gets missed and fly's to a different location, the rest of the swarm will abscond most often finding the queen and will re cluster around her. This could...
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    Re: What to do after a swarm?

    If the cells are located along the bottom of the frame they are swarm cells. I usually knock down all but one that looks the best. This will discourage after swarming which will decrease your hive...
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    Re: Aaargh! Swarm madness!

    Can't wait for the weather to warm up here so the swarm season can start, love free bees. A couple years ago I was catching swarms four per day at times.
  6. Re: Foragers go to right hand hive even after swap - what now?

    I have only seen this right after I have installed packages, in cold weather. Not a year later, I leave about three feet between hives and only experience robbing from a strong hive. Something else...
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    Re: need to mow grass in front of hive

    just like mentioned, make sure the discharge is pointed away, or you will get an immediate war path response, found that out the hard way when I mowed in front of a row of ten very strong hives. And...
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    Re: Trying to decide about hives

    if you don't mind assembling equipment buy form Mann Lake. I make my own and save a lot more money. the only thing I buy is frames and foundation. You can buy them cheaper than buying the wood and...
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    Sticky: EZ-Flow Beehive, boom or bust?

    I have had several people in the last week tell me that they have thrown down over $600 to have a beehive with a honey tap. They asked me if I thought it would work. Having only heard and not really...
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    Re: Hive near woods

    Chances your neighbors won't even notice your bees unless they have a swimming pool closer that a reliable water source. We get a lot of U-Pick people from Chicago and are surprised when I tell them...
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    Re: DID I MAKE A MISTAKE?

    In the good old days a person could start a couple of hives on the back 40 and harvest the honey, other that adding supers to collect more honey and some equipment maintenance not much else. Perhaps...
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    Re: Hive near woods

    They will fly in the direction of the food source, trees and bushes provide some of the biggest nectar flow in my area, Black Locus, basswood, maple if the weather is warm enough. also wild dogwood,...
  13. Thread: Salt

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    Re: Salt

    I have to disagree with this, after using salt around hives that I have moved. grass and weed start growing back in a couple of seasons. Also if this were accurate the ditches along our roads would...
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    Re: Ready for my new bees

    Sound like you have contracted Bee Fever. A few years back I was talking to one of the commercial beekeeper in our club, and mentioned that I think I could manage 30 hives and still work my full time...
  15. Re: installed new bees and temperature drops! how to feed them?

    A lot of good advice, at 50 degrees I see a lot of flying activity, in your area maple trees are in bloom and you may see light brown to grey pollen coming into the hive. They also get nectar from...
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    Re: Salt

    I have had good luck using rock salt the kind used to melt ice on roads and sidewalks. I put it under the hive stand and around the base about 1-2 inches wide and it helps keep ants out, they hate...
  17. Re: What birds or insects have you seen eating bees?

    Praying Mantis and Turkeys, however once the bees taught the turkey's about stinging they stay away.
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization hurts bees?

    Ok I stand corrected Bee Culture, however according to the article vaporizing the easiest method was the most effective. I vaped all of my hives in mid December and all came thru the winter with...
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    Re: Hive beetles?

    Using ground drench for SHB have proved to be ineffective, when the bees get hold of a SHB larva they drag in out of the hive and drop it 50 to 100 feet away from the hive. The beetle thankful for...
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    Re: Package Gone

    Don't take the setback to hard, we learn the most by having to work thru problems. You still have all of your bee except the queen in one hive. The remaining hive will build up quickly with the extra...
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    Re: Package Gone

    Question one, if the queen was dead or injured then failed, hive 2 may have joined up with hive one. Did hive 1 seem to have additional population? Question 2 If you make a split out of your...
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    Re: Hive beetles?

    I have had them on and off for years. For northern beekeepers they are more of a nuisance, I have never seen them overrun a hive or force one to abscond. they can be a problem in stored equipment...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization hurts bees?

    American Bee Journal either the either the March or April edition had a published article, on all the methods. vaporizer method was the most effective.
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    Re: Swarm on the ground...

    If you have brood comb available for your nuc, lay the frame gently over the bees they will quickly climb on the comb. When the frame is full look for the queen. If you were lucky on the first frame,...
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    Re: What Happened to My Bees???

    Was the hive strong then suddenly dwindled down to no one home? Could be CCD. Since this happen in the spring they could have gone queenless and just dwindled down to the point that they could not...
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