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    Re: What size opening for beetle trap?

    1/8 " works for screened bottom boards
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    Re: Hives in a circle for varroa?

    How would varroa know if it should dial back its paracitic behavior because it was occupying a single hive or pursue host distruction because there was multiple hives?
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    Re: Are they drinking the neighbors' Kool-Aid?

    I did hear/read about bees finding some of the discarded coating for M&Ms and storing an interesting array of colored honey.
  4. Re: Not seeing much discussion on harvests- how's everyone doing?

    Southern IL, the girls are doing OK but all the early cool, wet weather seemed to be detrimental. Like cg3 I'm not seeing much to write home about. Hopefully fall will better.
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    Re: Trying out foundationless

    Facing south has more to do with "solar gain" for the cool morning start; most of mine face east, catch the moring sun and do fine. Winter north winds are also a consideration but not this month.
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    Re: Bees clustered on front of hive by entrance

    Mine beard less when the top is ventilated with a couple of shims, less "cooling buzz" too.
  7. Thread: Pollination

    by Eikel
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    Re: Pollination

    I'm in the middle of 40 acres surrounded by agricultural fields; I can’t tell you what mine are working. They’ve left everything around the house and surrounding area alone (blackberries, red &...
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    Re: Little beetles in top of hive

    i don't mean to highjack the thread but I've watched bees chase and attempt to kill SHBs but never realisticlly seen one killed. Can the bees actually kill the beetles? Assuming they do, do they use...
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    Re: Trying out foundationless

    I'm completely foundationless using comb guide top bar frames and I haven't had a problem with them building any cross frame comb (maybe just lucky). Had a swarm move into a bait box that I couldn't...
  10. Re: Problems keeping city bees...some thoughts from a *rural* (newbie) beek...

    Concern about the "traffic and collisions" because the water haulers would have to fly across and close to my main shed door seems trivial to what the city dwellers deal with on almost every side
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    Re: Stung below the eye - Should I be worried?

    I prefer stating I have a hearing problem and confused shut up with stand up.
  12. Re: I would like to start beekeeping. Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated.?

    What part of Illinois are you located?
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    Re: Bee sting me under the veil

    Worked a couple of hot hives before their attitude was adjusted. If the veil came too close to your skin they would sting you in the back of the neck and under the jaw line. Keep the collar turned...
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    Re: inspection technique - move bees!

    +2
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    6-16-14 zip 62278 South Western Illinois
    Weather has been rainy most of the week

    Moved a bait box with no activity to where I had captured a swarm earlier this month. Had a small swarm,...
  16. Re: Trap out? Or drive them out and hope I get the queen?

    Just my $.02 worth, I've never did a cutout or trap out from a tree. If they don't mind you driving a few nails into the tree I'd use a light piece of luan plywood cut to fit the opening, tack it...
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    Re: How far apart to place split?

    Beware of the potential for robbing, either just the syrup or their weaker hive's stores. I did two 60/40 splits and adding queen cells to the 40 portion over the weekend. Had to use boardman type...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Discovered a swarm occupied one of the bait boxes 5 June, hadn't checked this box for about a week so I'm not sure how long they've been in residence.

    SW IL 62278, 5 June 14
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    Re: Built my first hives today!

    I refer to working wood and bees as part of my mental heath therapy. Both can leave me scratching my head trying to figure something out but they're still good stress relievers.
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    A local beek caught 4 swarms one afternoon last week (two from his hives) that's the only swarm action I've heard around SW IL.

    Hill's Hivery, if those swamp get to be too much for you let me...
  21. Thread: Comedy of errors

    by Eikel
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    Re: Comedy of errors

    You might want to try selling a few cuttings from that dwarf "swarm magnet"
  22. Re: Funny phone converstaion with potential new beek

    I bet McDonalds has fun when she wants a hamburger
  23. Thread: Feeders

    by Eikel
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    Re: Feeders

    Definately not the economical way to go but mathesonequip approach has a certain appeal.
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