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  1. Thread: Honey too dry

    by Colino
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    Re: Honey too dry

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    Hello Vance:
    We had some pretty dry weather too and I had 1 frame with a 3" diameter area that was thick, whitish and gooey. It wasn't crystallized just very thick. I had to spin it about 4 times...
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    Re: Another post about mites...

    Listen to Vance!
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    Re: Frames After Extracting

    All the big commercial guys don't return their supers back to their hives it would be a logistics nightmare and yet they are not decimated by disease, in fact they see it less than us small...
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    Re: Frames After Extracting

    AFB is everywhere, just putting your supers back where they came from is not going to protect you. There could be AFB in your frames already. You would be better off learning how to identify...
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    Re: Frames After Extracting

    That's nonsense.
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    Re: Frames After Extracting

    I just take my wet supers and stagger them piled up about 50 ft away from my hives and let the girls clean them up before they go into storage. Because there is a row of trees in between them and my...
  7. Thread: beevac how to?

    by Colino
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    Re: beevac how to?

    I built mine like this.
    https://youtu.be/922gkjV3iqA
    I have done numerous cut outs with it and bee mortality is always low. I have vacuumed up the queen a number of times without killing her.
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    Re: tomorrow is the big day....

    Looks like You got it covered, but I'm curious why wouldn't you use smoke? It will keep the bees calmer making the cut out less stressful.
  9. Re: Planning my first vacuum retrieval. Advice needed.

    When I built my Vac I put a piece of plywood slanted up from the tube entrance up to the back bottom of the frames. that way the bees have a sliding stop and a built in ramp for walking up onto the...
  10. Re: Planning my first vacuum retrieval. Advice needed.

    My wife and I just did a cutout with our home built BushVac.https://youtu.be/-7UxyXWi8Ug We vacuumed up at least 5lbs of bees, at the end we added a second box and we maybe had a couple of hundred...
  11. Re: Newbee question- Putting second brood chamber (deep) today

    There are a lot of different ways to add a second brood chamber. My favorite way is to put a box with drawn comb underneath the 1st box. I never tear apart the brood nest of a developing colony and...
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    Re: newbee from Calgary Canada

    It could be that your Nuc was started with a 2lb package of Italians from N.Z. and 3 frames of brood were added from over wintered hives to make the Nuc. The emerging brood would then be a different...
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    Re: Help!!!!!!!!!!! How to upload a picture.

    I made a quick 7 step tutorial for a bee buddy on here who was having trouble uploading. If you don't have a bunch to upload you can use the basic uploader to load them one at a time without...
  14. Re: Why do Male Drones Bees Die after mating mating

    Bees do not reproduce like mammals, think more like how an apple tree reproduces. Watch this video of a lecture given by Jamie Ellis given at the National Honey Show. https://youtu.be/PqoZvVu1E7s
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    Re: Swarm trap equipment overkill?

    I thought the same thing too I generally use 2 or 3 drops and he's slopping it on. But the basic concept is a good one, I've used it and caught swarms, however I didn't leave them on the ground. It's...
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    Re: Swarm trap equipment overkill?

    It's already being done by Ken Davis.
    https://youtu.be/lrDqBBaiQcc
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    Re: First swarm caught !

    Hello:
    If you're going to catch them and the queen anyway why not put them in a new box and leave the trap there for any secondary swarms that may happen?
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    Re: New Problem. Cause for Concern?

    Not quite sure but pic number 3 looks to be an Eastern Kingbird but the photo isn't the best. I have both the Eastern and Western Kingbirds that nest in my yard. They haven't decimated my hives yet....
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    Re: SlumGum… Use it and How?

    What I do is break off chunks of it and throw them in an old food processor to chop it up into granules. From there I have an old crock pot that I put a little water, bees wax and mix in some slum...
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    Re: Very Bad First Experience

    I tried a daylight install once and never again. I'm not sure why more people don't dump packages at night, that is my preferred method. It has to be real dark not twilight and have a bee brush handy...
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    Re: Very Bad First Experience

    Hello CJK:
    Congratulations you are now a beekeeper and you've just gotten some education. Sounds like you handled it really well in spite of some difficulties. Here in Alberta we get our bees from...
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    Re: any tips on doing a cutout

    To locate the brood nest easier use an infrared thermometer. Sometimes there will be a temperature difference even through the wall.
  23. Thread: Baby Swarm!

    by Colino
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    Re: Baby Swarm!

    If you caught a swarm smaller than mine then you win the small swarm prize. Shoot!! I thought I had won. And of course they would be gentle, if it was smaller than my swarm you only have about 12...
  24. Thread: Baby Swarm!

    by Colino
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    Baby Swarm!

    I don't care how small it is, this is unusual to have a swarm this early in Southern Alberta and we got a nice young queen to make a split with. I posted the video of the exciting swarm capture on my...
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    Re: How do you keep yourselves out of the hives?

    Work your hives naked.:eek:
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