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    Re: Bees "Bearding"

    I have 20 hives and two of them have been bearding for a month. These bearding bees have not made any honey. There are a lot of bees, there is a lot of brood, they appear to be strong, healthy...
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    Re: What made you decide to keep bees?

    I had a lot of yellow and white sweet clover growing around my place. An old man - long time bee keeper - asked me if he could set a hive on my place. I said sure. He placed it about 75 yards from...
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    Keeping a Strong Hive Strong

    Usually I make splits and nucs out of very strong early spring hives. I use all mediums and have a hive that is made up of five mediums - brood and Some honey in the lower four and honey in the upper...
  4. Thread: Hive Price?

    by SwampCat
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    Re: Hive Price?

    Local nucs usually go for around $100. I have not seen any hives for sale around here in the same configuration that I sell them. I only sell 5 to 10 per year. The problem I see with what I am...
  5. Thread: Hive Price?

    by SwampCat
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    Hive Price?

    I try to stay around 20 hives, but end up making some nucs and splits and catch some swarms
    every year. After I replace my losses, I usually have several hives left over. I typically sell the extras...
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    Re: Price for a rotted out hive with bees?

    3 lb packages come to you with no work involved. You are going to WORK to get these bees. I would not consider them the same price as 3 lb packages.
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    Re: What Should I Have Done?

    Those swarm cells are not facing up - that is just how I was holding the frames. The roaming queen was in one hive - that I did not go through and the queen cells were all in another hive.
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    Re: What Should I Have Done?

    Yes, I left the big hive at least a couple of supercedure cells - there were quite a few in there.
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    Re: What Should I Have Done?

    Pictures are not in correct order.
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    What Should I Have Done?

    I have already been through 17 of my 20 hives and not seen the first hint of any type of queen cell. Tonight I was going to inspect the last three hives. The first one I took the cover off of, there...
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    Re: Best Topical for Bee Sting

    clobetasol propionate foam, .05%. works pretty good on fire ants, too.

    Prescription only. Dermatologist will prescribe.
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    Re: 2015 Traps are set!!!

    The directions that came with my Nasonnov swarm lure said don't put your trap within 250 yards of the hives you are trying to trap. Anyone had success with a trap near their bees?
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    How Far From Apiary for Swarm Trap

    I have some Nasonov lure for swarm traps. The directions say to place your trap at least 250 yards from your bee yard or you will not catch your swarms. You would have to own a sizeable piece of...
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    Re: How to Split This?

    No swarm cells. I thought there would be with the hive in that condition - but I found none.
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    How to Split This?

    I have a hive - four ten frame mediums - the bottom three full of brood, the the top full of honey. No room for brood or honey. Plan on doing an even two from one split, but I know they need some...
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    Use SHB Damaged Frames?

    I had a hive become infested with SHB. Had three med supers 75% full of honey - some capped, some not. Some slime on the frames. Put those supers in a freezer, and left the bees with frames not...
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    Re: $$ dollar value of hive

    I have sold a few in the past few weeks - bottom board, migratory cover, two mediums with 20 frames, full of bees, brood, and honey for $175. Customers were glad to get them and I think that is a...
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    Moving Bees in Heat?

    I started three 5 frame nucs a couple months ago. They are each now hived in two medium supers with solid bottoms and migratory covers. A fellow wants to buy a couple and move them now. He lives...
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    8 Frame Equip on 10 Frame Box

    Anyone ever put an 8 frame super on 10 frame equipment. Can you make a spacer for each side of the 10 frame box to fit an 8 frame box going on top? I am getting older and those 10 frame supers are...
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    Re: Nucs Looking Good

    I started with caged queens.
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    Nucs Looking Good

    Just installed three nucs into hive boxes today, that I started five weeks ago. A ton of bees in each one. Three full frames of capped brood in each one. Hopefully, they keep progressing.
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    Re: Insurance for Bee Keepers

    Trying to protect against the sue happy state America seems to have fallen into. I sell maybe 500 - 1000 lbs of honey per year - someone may have a reaction, contaminated honey, etc. Probably will...
  23. Re: What do you use for your tools at the bee yard?

    I like to wear those pants with the smaller tool pockets on the side. Hive tool slides right down in one of them, as does a lighter. I carry the smoker in one hand, and I also like to carry a frame...
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    Insurance for Bee Keepers

    I know there are a few places that offer insurance specifically for bee keepers/selling honey. I think cost is around $400 per year. Is this the best way to go? Or do some of the small time folks...
  25. Thread: Queen or No?

    by SwampCat
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    Re: Queen or No?

    It has been about a month since I inserted the second honey super.
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