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  1. Re: Booming to Broodless in 3 weeks! Buckeye or something else. Help!

    Mostly Italians, I found some backfilling, a few empty queen cups. We actually had a swarm a couple of days ago which we captured. The hives have plenty of room. I also found just empty comb where...
  2. Booming to Broodless in 3 weeks! Buckeye or something else. Help!

    Full inspection on 18 hives yesterday. Last inspection on 4-15, all were booming with brood, pollen, nectar. After inspection yesterday, some hives completely normal, good brood, honey, nectar...
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    Re: Buckeye is blooming hard.

    Same here, lots of buckeye, luckily I live by Sutter Creek and there's tons of other stuff blooming. I'm going for a hike this morning, and see if the bees are working the buckeye or not. I just got...
  4. Re: Two newly installed packages behaving completely different

    WRLCPA,
    Keep your head up. I am a complete newbie. I installed six packages for the first time this year and they are all booming. The best advice I can give you is try to accumulate some frames...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    April 19th here. Had a wild bunch move into an oak tree on my property that had had a colony living in it for the last 9 years, swarmed and didn't make it last year, and the neighbors had another...
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    Sticky: First Wild Swarm

    Neighbors called with a swarm high in an oak tree yesterday. I put a trap out , scouts were checking it out. Hopefully they'll move in today. Happy Easter everyone!
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    Re: Bees and Turkey Hunting (slightly graphic)

    Bison,

    You are in good company. I have a turkey freeway behind my house. Two mornings ago, bunch a big Toms came cruising by..... I was still in my jammies and slippers. Waited until they just...
  8. Thread: Hives Stolen

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    Re: Hives Stolen

    BB, going to Fresno tomorrow down Hwy 99,I'll keep an eye out; I would scan Craigslist up and down CA looking for anyone selling Hives.
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    Re: 8 Frame Hives for Pollination vs 10 frame

    Thanks Guys for your replies!
    RayMarler, yes I had read that also.

    Keith, thanks for the phone call, it got me off the fence!
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    8 Frame Hives for Pollination vs 10 frame

    I'm sure this question has been beat to death at times but here goes.... Any downside to using 8 Frame equipment for commercial pollination? I had to go to Fresno last week and saw most of the...
  11. Thread: Self Taught

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    Re: Self Taught

    Well said Lauri!
  12. Thread: Apiary Names

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    Re: Apiary Names

    We're also thinking about starting a line of bee calls. Handy when your bees disappear and want them to come home:D!
  13. Thread: Apiary Names

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    Re: Apiary Names

    We're going to get started this year and are kicking around going with " Bee Commander" and are going to paint all our hives Camo!
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    Re: Would you use used drawn out frames?

    Based on what I've heard I'm going to use them to jump-start my packages. I agree..... if the frames work out I don't see why they wouldn't stay.
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    Re: Would you use used drawn out frames?

    Thanks all for your comments, I really appreciate it!

    Grant.. good point regarding Virgins after swarming.

    Thanks!
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    Would you use used drawn out frames?

    I was given about 50 frames that are drawn out from a large commercial outfit in CA to help me get started in Beekeeping. I guess I'm a little worried about using them after reading about pesticides,...
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    Re: Breeding Stock, Help

    Hi Phil,

    Thanks for your reply.. I feel better. I spent a second morning helping ol' blue boxes feeding and yes count my self blessed. It's obvious the man cares a great deal about his bees and...
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    Re: Breeding Stock, Help

    Hi Phil,

    Thanks for your reply.. I feel better. I spent a second morning helping ol' blue boxes feeding and yes count my self blessed. It is obvious the man cares a great deal about his bees and...
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    Re: Breeding Stock, Help

    Phil,

    Please accept my humble apologies for slaughtering your first name and referring to you as Paul. Keith tactfully corrected me today on my mistake. I'm hoping my egregious oversight was not...
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    Re: Breeding Stock, Help

    JRG13,

    I got on the VSH.org site and asked a few questions and received an overwhelming positive welcome and a lot of private messages with great references for getting stock. Regarding local...
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    Re: Breeding Stock, Help

    Thanks a lot AstroBee, I really appreciate your input. Yes I am a complete green newbee with so much to learn. I like your advice and again really appreciate it. My goal is just that, to get started...
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    Re: Breeding Stock, Help

    Thanks Keith! I'll be there!
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    Re: Breeding Stock, Help

    [QUOTE=Honey-4-All;1036628]Little interpretation on what I stated earlier.

    Key to reading the remarks below.

    "--------" sign means this is not in your favor. "++++++++" sign this is in your...
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    Re: Breeding Stock, Help

    Wow Paul,
    Thanks for all the warnings and your encouragement. Keith said you were a nice guy? JRG13 ... as far as management strategy; still a work in progress. First priority is to decide on what...
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    Re: Breeding Stock, Help

    Thanks Rusty, yes I've been on VSH Breeders site a lot. As soon as I get the ok to join the site, I will be asking the same questions there as well. Luckily there are quite a few reputable Breeders...
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