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    Re: I think I caught a swarm today!

    The other day I drove over an hour to get a softball size swarm. I chuckled. I love it so much more when they come to me.
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    Re: swarm retrieval ideas??

    I'd smile and wave it goodbye. It stinks when a great swarm is so close yet so far away. Maybe they'll go for the larger trap. 10' high is my limit for swarm calls.
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    Re: Swarm caught in my truck ... now what?

    You should verify if you have a swarm in there first. Open it up. If no swarm, then I would take it out of the truck and leave it in close proximity to where the scout bees were active--if possible.
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    Re: Michael Palmer nuc plans.

    In Michael's video on The Sustainable Apiary (YouTube), I belive he said he was moving away from using the divider feeders. I wish I had known this before a built a bunch of them. :) I used tempered...
  5. Thread: double nuc

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    Re: double nuc

    You can. Use what you've got. I custom made my own nuc boxes for the side by side 4 over 4. I didn't want to make twice as many to have them on bottom, too.

    It's easier to use a single box below...
  6. Thread: double nuc

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    Re: double nuc

    Palmer has a couple lectures on YouTube about having a sustainable apiary. He discusses these in the videos.
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    Re: OK I screwed up big time.

    Make sure you have a sense of humor about this! This is something I could see myself doing. If you were closer, I would give you a few frames of bees/brood to help out. I'm sure other beekeepers in...
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    Re: Would you take this free hive?

    yep. take it with a smile.
  9. Thread: Stung again

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    Re: Stung again

    That's the joy of opening up a box filled with 50,000 poisonous insects. My stings used to swell badly and itch crazy for 2 weeks. After about 20 stings, the swelling and itching were reduced...
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    Re: any tips on doing a cutout

    Here are a few thoughts from my first cutout that might be of help.
    1) It will take twice as long as you expect it to.
    2) I didn't take enough buckets. I rubberbanded the brood comb into frames....
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    Re: Bees and Chickens

    My chickens ignore the bees and visa a versa. I thought they would hang out at the hive entrance and go to town on eating them. But they don't.
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    Re: No Appologies for Being New: My Perspective

    I'm a new beekeeper too. 3 years new. Over that time I've killed 5 of my 6 hives. I've been force-fed some humility. ha :) Here's my advice:
    1) Don't be dogmatic about a management style. Most of...
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    Re: Can you work your bees at night?

    I wouldn't do it if there were other times I could work them. If not, I would work them at night. Some times you have to manage your bees when it's convenient for you, not them--even if it hurts a...
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    Re: Do bees prep a new home before swarming

    I have never thought about this before. But it is an interesting read. This would also be my experience. I notice a many busy bees around a bait hive a day or so prior to a swarm moving in. I never...
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    Re: Package yesterday, Hive invasion today

    Perfect.
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    Re: Package yesterday, Hive invasion today

    Whoa, that's a few hundred dollars down the drain. You can make all your entrance reducers and robber screens for less than $10. (probably way less). 3/4"x3/4" wood strip, some window screen, and...
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    Re: Package yesterday, Hive invasion today

    Reduce the entrance immediately. Move the hive if possible.
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    Re: 4 over 4 nuc design question

    Here is Michael working a 4 over 4 double wide nuc: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3QlLUcT2SQ
    The bottom box is a deep, but it's divided into 2 compartments with entrances on opposite sides of...
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    Re: 4 over 4 nuc design question

    I run 4 frame nucs side by side in a 10 frame deep with a divider feeder in the middle--the way Michael Palmer does (although I don't think he uses the divider feeder anymore). I use a bottom board...
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    Re: Price for a rotted out hive with bees?

    Unmanaged hives are a massive headache. I've taken 2 hives of 4 deeps each from someone that were unmanaged for years. They were rotten and propolized to the point where frame removal was near...
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    Re: Dead Out Numbers/Winter Losses

    2 of 4 survived. Lost one in early January. Checked the others and they looked great. I actually pinched myself for the good fortune. Then winter raised its ugly head for one last arctic breath that...
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    Re: Dead Out Numbers/Winter Losses

    3/4 made it to February. But February was pure brutal. Anxiously awaiting for cleansing flights. My others were not flying today with windy 50+ degree weather...but neither were some feral hives I...
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    Re: No longer a Virgin. With Pictures

    +1 on adding a frame of brood. Bees rarely abandon open brood.
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    Re: Drumming a trap out

    Also post an update with what you decided to do and how it went.
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    Re: Drumming a trap out

    Drumming a trapout is described in Roger Morse's writings...but usually involves a bee tree that has been sawn down to the point where they reach the upper most point of the cavity that houses the...
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