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    Re: Just a quick question

    I thought I would post a followup - I did a thorough inspection last Friday and everything seemed in order, I even caught a glimpse of 'Her Majesty'. Kind of strange though, I saw lots of eggs/young...
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    Re: Just a quick question

    I would agree, I'm not in a rush to do anything. The closer inspection last night showed no sign of hatched queen cells or really any signs of queen rearing (which it what threw me off base).

    If...
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    Just a quick question

    We were fortunate enough to catch a nice 3# swarm two weeks ago. During last week's inspection, I only pulled one or two frames and saw eggs, which proved to us that the queen was in the hive and...
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    Re: Will a swarm, swarm?

    Gezellig – We prefer to move caught swarms as close to sundown as possible as it allows us to collect almost every bee in the swarm. Couple twilight with a 30 minute drive and it was DARK by the time...
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    Re: Will a swarm, swarm?

    To complicate matters...I have another hive next to it with a recently mated queen (no brood, yet) and my thought was if the new queen (in the neighboring hive) kicks it into road-gear and gets busy,...
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    Re: Will a swarm, swarm?

    It would surprise me if they didn't like the box that I put them in, it was 9 frames of drawn comb (2 frames of honey + pollen, 1 of brood) and a feeder full of 1:1 syrup (just in case they wanted...
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    Will a swarm, swarm?

    Here's the story: I caught a massive 4-5# swarm a week and a half ago and when I placed them in my nursery, I added a frame of brood to help anchor them into their new home and give them a headstart....
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    Poll: Re: Do you Build or Buy your Hive Bodies?

    Box joints are actually incredibly simple (once you make a jig). Here's a quick tutorial on how to make the jig:...
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    Re: vacuum seal comb honey

    Being as tight as I am, I thought this looked like a more cost-effective option compared to the Kelly system:

    http://www.beebehavior.com/romanov_comb_sections.php

    I plan on trying the Romanov...
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    Re: Old Cedar for smoker ok>?

    On the topic of smoker fuels, we've recently discovered that pin or aspen pet bedding works wonderfully. Lights quick and easy, produces smoke for a quite a long time, and is cheap! The $4 bag from...
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    Re: Swarm prevention not management

    makes sense to me - thanks for the advice.
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    Swarm prevention not management

    The Mann Lake catalog arrived yesterday and I noticed on page 35 they offer an “Entrance Guard with Excluder” (item # WW-186). In the description it says “Avoid swarming and ensure your queen and...
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    Re: Wax Moths Attack!

    That's a pretty good idea, but then what do you do to get rid of the ants? I see an endless progression, wax moths->ants->birds->cats->dogs->then what? bears? velociraptors?
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    Wax Moths Attack!

    Went out yesterday to check the girls and was going to combine 2 weaker hives in order to try to get one that will survive the winter. Both of the small hives were splits, one of them was a split in...
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    Re: Two Swarms in one day

    we'll try again with bigger pictures
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    Re: Two Swarms in one day

    I noticed in your original post that it took 3 tries to get them to stay in the box and I thought I would share my secret with you. When I hive a swarm, I spray whatever they were on with OFF – it...
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    Re: Completely stumped

    Right or wrong, this is our plan:

    I spoke with another experienced beekeeper (kind of a contradiction of terms, don't you think?), and he said to be patient; let the capped queens hatch and split...
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    Re: Completely stumped

    Oldtimer - What you said about taking the queen when spitting makes perfect sense, live and learn. As for the flow, we are in full swing right now - they the brood chambers are have several frames...
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    Completely stumped

    A little background, then the problem.
    Background: We're 2nd year beekeepers, started 2012 with 2 packages ended with 4 strong hives. Started 2013 with 4 hives, between splits and swarms we're...
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    Re: A swarm call emotional rollercoaster

    Sorry, must have been thinking it and not typing it. Yes, I do believe that the swarm originated from the big maple tree. We were there (at the same tree) last year and there was an active cololny...
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    Re: A swarm call emotional rollercoaster

    Any ideas why they went back home? Was Her Royal Highness just out for a stroll? Did they swarm and then change their mind? The whole thing is very curious to me.
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    Re: A swarm call emotional rollercoaster

    Thanks for the advice, I was curious if there was any way to tell!
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    A swarm call emotional rollercoaster

    To some spring means flowers, green grass, and thunderstorms. To me, spring means SWARMS! Of all of the beekeeping activities throughout the year, swarm wrangling his by far my favorite.
    I...
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    Re: Frame filling "machine" update

    I believe that the challenge you are facing with filling the frames completely can partly be attributed to the surface tension of the water. If there was a bee-approved oil that you could imulsify...
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    Oh the horror!

    This really stinks, first a late spring and now this:

    http://journalstar.com/news/local/buzz-kill-snowstorm-wipes-out-nebraska-bound-bee-shipment/article_1c5ad8ba-2b97-51d1-92d6-419f90c8b13e.html...
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