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    Re: Wall Street Journal---CCD Report

    Swarm numbers seem way down here as well, but I'm not sure why. Winter colony survival was good.

    May just be to early to say for sure. I know my own colonies are trying very hard to swarm this...
  2. Re: Is this swarm I caught fixin to swarm again?

    Yes.

    For some reason they are not happy with their new set up and are about to abscond on you.

    Only hope I found is to re-hive them in a different box. If you try to put them back into the same...
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    Re: What made you decide to keep bees?

    They seek me out, I actually hate them by July every year.

    Oops got to go, another swarm call.


    Don
  4. Re: Bayer Spokesperson Talks about Pesticides and Bees on r/science

    I respectfully disagree with my two very knowledgeable friends.

    I've read enough that I can't in good conscious ever buy a Bayer, Monsanto or other pest and weed control product for my own use....
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    Re: What's a swarm good for?

    I would move them into 2 deeps and slip in a foundationless frame every other frame. If it's warm out and you have a flow going on you can't hardly give a swarm that size too much room, I would have...
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    Re: Small Cell Bees

    Not really if you're trying to catch feral bees.

    Size, depending on where you are located can be a good indicator.


    Don
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    Re: What's a swarm good for?

    Here in a decent year an early primary swarm like that would fill up two deeps and net you at least a med. super of honey this year.

    Don
  8. Re: Bee photo wanted for business card, earn a hundred bucks

    Here is ours:

    http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/DSemple/Bees%202011/Bees%202013/bee%20card%20photo%20b_zpslemcua1m.jpg

    And just the picture if you want it:
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  9. Re: 8 swarms captured, only 1 viable colony so far

    1st - no such thing as a queenless swarm. These two more then likely both had unmated virgin queens. Throwing two new swarms, both with queens together will cause them to all abscond.

    2nd - my...
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    Re: Cheapest effective swarm trap?

    Talon,

    You crack me up.

    Bet if you go ahead and write and submit that article they will print it, they are not all that stogy. (Although beekeepers are not exactly known for their sense of...
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    Re: Cheapest effective swarm trap?

    Cleo, your right of course. Sometimes though "free bees" aren't exactly free if you add up all the incidental costs to catch them.

    Appreciate all your helpful posts over the years.



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    Re: Beesource - What's it good for?

    That was 60 seconds I'd like back ;)
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    Re: Cheapest effective swarm trap?

    Just my two cents,

    I don't set out any traps at all, but prefer to use free ads and word of mouth to get swarm calls by phone.

    Then I go collect them, generally catching 10 - 20 a year and...
  14. Re: Caught a swarm. Any clue as to the type of honey bees?

    Nope.

    But, when I see a split swarm like that one I think multiple queens and box the two groups separately and put them about 6' apart. If there is only one queen they will all join back together...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    66013 Stillwell, KS (South edge of Kansas City) 4-17-15 - Tree bees

    Had a couple other calls the same day that I couldn't get to.

    Don
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    Re: So..what happened?

    Space, heat, and light are the keys I've found to keeping swarms. I've gone the last three seasons without losing a swarm and have caught about 40.

    Here is my recipe on how to get new swarms to...
  17. Re: My 9-year-old retrieving rather large swarm - takes hit to forehead

    and SHOES or better some boots!

    Great job Marshall!


    Don
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    Re: WHAT DEFINES FERAL BEES

    x 2

    Except I wouldn't call mine survivors, they just die slower.


    Don
  19. Re: Conventional Beekeepers Bashing on Treatment Free Beekeepers

    I'm a TF beekeeper but think that the commercial or sideliner beekeepers that treat have a very legitimate concern for damages and we should respect that IF we are impacting their operations.

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    Re: JP The Beeman videos

    roflmao

    like them also :applause:
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    Re: Management Strategy Impasse

    #1, but cut back down on hive counts to what ever hive level the bees will thrive at, or

    You are a smart guy pick a different hobby/sideline. Not your fault, some places just don't support a lot...
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    Re: Lawnmower and bees...problem

    Smells can get bees going also, they hate WD-40 for an example. Washing my dog in the backyard with flea and tick shampoo also gets them going.


    Don
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    Re: Mark's new Honey Label

    Best picture I have ever seen of you Mark. :thumbsup:
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    Re: WHOOO HOOOO No more mowing!!!

    Wife doesn't care what the yard looks like? :scratch:
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    I thought the lead shot used to hunt waterfowl was considered the culprit in the eagle decline here?

    You mean we have been shooting the high priced steel loads for decades now when it was DDT all...
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