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    upper entrance question

    I have figured a way to create a small upper entrance for my bees for winter. It would be directly under my quilt box and right by the bee food. Would that be to cold for the bees while they are...
  2. Re: Help with yellow jackets - don't understand making hive entrance smaller

    I remember my brother telling me his hive was attacked by yellow jackets last year. He sat by his hive for hours killing yellow jackets with a fly swatter wearing a Hawaiian shirt and shorts! lol ...
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    What I found worked for me with the yellow jackets and I rarely see them any more. Took a liter pop cut the top off about 1/3 way down and flip the top so it is inside the bottle pointing down. ...
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    Re: New Member from Wisconsin

    I'm also from Walworth County. Just a hop skip and a jump from the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn Wi. I also have one have and plan to up it to two next spring. Welcome. You can get a lot...
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    Re: first year, warre 3 boxes full??

    Thank you all for your input. The idea of the cluster not being directly in line with the cold drafts is something I had thought previously but I wasn't aware that they didn't have to keep the whole...
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    Re: first year, warre 3 boxes full??

    Thank you Teabag. Thursday will be in the low 60's for us. Last of the nice days so I will remove the bottom box then. I believe it will be a little more cozy for them with two boxes and because...
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    Re: first year, warre 3 boxes full??

    I also have 3 boxes on my Warre hive. The bottom one has comb but not a lot of honey. Should I take off the bottom box and save it for next spring? Top 2 boxes are full. Also I have an old...
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    Re: It Was Like Alfred Hitchcock's "The Bees"

    WOW! That would have been totally crazy being in among bees that were bum rushing you! When you grabbed a leaf blower I would have grabbed my camera! I would love to have seen all the commotion...
  9. Thread: TF until today

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    Re: TF until today

    Knew my hive was loaded with mites in July. Did the powder sugar once a week for 6 weeks as suggested by a beekeeper on her website. Didn't do a lot for getting rid of the mites but did make them...
  10. Re: Why the heck does my bee look charred by a fire?

    Johnnie I agree the mites need dealt with. Did the powdered sugar on the bees but after a few weeks it didn't seem to make a lot of difference only made the bees agitated and mean. Did a lot of...
  11. Re: Why the heck does my bee look charred by a fire?

    Thanks for the responses. You all have given me something to think about and also look into. I'm hoping I wont see more tomorrow morning and this will all be a bad memory!
  12. Why the heck does my bee look charred by a fire?

    My hive in a nut shell. Purchased this spring. Grew rapidly and swarmed 3 times early July. Three weeks ago it swarmed again. Went into the hive Saturday to see if there was brood. Minimal and there...
  13. Thread: Yellow Jackets

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    Re: Yellow Jackets

    I've had really good luck with using coke bottles. Cutting off the top and inverting it to go in the bottle and using a few inches of pop to attract the yellow jackets. I have 4 separate bottles...
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    Re: Mouse guard question

    I just ordered a couple mouse guards but my question is how do the bees get rid of dead bees in the winter with the mouse guard covering the entrance?
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    Re: yellow jacket near my hive

    Thank you taacomabees. Only got a handful of ground wasp in two days with 2 pop bottles so I went to Walmart and got their last container of Rescue which catches wasp, hornets and yellow jackets...
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    Re: Why does one hive beard and other not

    That's really an awesome picture! That's just crazy how many bees are even hanging over the ledge!
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    Re: yellow jacket near my hive

    Thank you both for the suggestions. Have made up the bottle of wine mixture and set it out tonight. Hoping to get a lot of them that way, thanks. Will see what happens and if I need to I will try...
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    yellow jacket near my hive

    Yellow jackets have been around the hive for a few weeks. Only a few at a time and they don't seem to bother the bees. They are starting to be annoying to me because they hang by the gate to my...
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    Re: What is it you love most about beekeeping?

    Really enjoyed reading all these responses! Love to hear people talk about their bees. :)
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    What is it you love most about beekeeping?

    My answer is very simple. Never seen but a handful honey bees the 7 years we've lived at this house, I love looking out my kitchen window and my seeing my honey bees flying to and from the hive. It...
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    Re: How did you get into beekeeping?

    Went to Olbrich Botanical Gardens. My husband went near some hives, bees chased him out and I got a bee stuck in my hair and thankfully got she out. On the way out we stopped at the gift shop and...
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    Re: Yellow jacket hanging around hive

    Thanks for the responses. They are still hanging around some of the day, morning mostly but they tend to be after anything dead on the ground. Bees don't seem disturbed by them so I will just keep...
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    Yellow jacket hanging around hive

    Saw several yellow jackets hanging around my hive this morning and closer look some of them were trying to fly off with a couple dead drones on ground. Do I need to worry about them bringing back...
  24. Re: Stupid question: how many beekeepers are scared of bees?

    I'm not totally clueless :) I have a veil and fully suit up when I go into the hive. My grandson also has a full bee suit when he's here with me into the hive and a bee hat as well. I would not...
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    Re: new place to get stung

    Jonathan has his own veil and full beekeeping suit/with veil. Wouldn't purposely put him in harms way. He got his sting the first day when bees were super gentle and he had the opportunity to touch...
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