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  1. Re: Hives with possible roundup contamination - comb ok to reuse?

    Ok. I just saw it and thought it may have some relevance. I did find a queen and a handful of bees in one. Also had some brood in the process of hatching. The other two had a handful of bees too...
  2. Re: Hives with possible roundup contamination - comb ok to reuse?

    http://www.naturalnews.com/046769_Roundup_honeybees_colony_collapse_disorder.html
  3. Re: Hives with possible roundup contamination - comb ok to reuse?

    Thanks for the feedback. I'm sure it wasn't mites. Why could it not be CCD? It is odd to me that all 3 hives at that location disappeared. The 5 hives at my other location 10 miles away are all...
  4. Hives with possible roundup contamination - comb ok to reuse?

    I have 3 hives on a levee on the edge of a field. The farmer sprayed roundup at dusk one night late last August. I fed the bees up until cold weather set in and they seemed strong. I went back in...
  5. Re: First cutout - what to do with bucket full of bees??

    I tried venting the buckets by putting screened windows in the sides. Some things you don't know til you try.

    You forget your happy pills today Larry?
  6. Re: First cutout - what to do with bucket full of bees??

    Larryh-
    I helped some people and I learned a lot!

    I get tons of great advice and help in these forums...but there's always that bitter guy that insists on being negative.

    Thanks for the...
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    Re: Sept cutouts

    It clouded up and even started raining while we were doing the cutout and they never tempered up...guess we got lucky...
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    Re: Sept cutouts

    I did a cutout yesterday here in central Illinois and got zero stings. They were barely even landing on me...very docile. Genetics must have as much to do with it as time of year.
  9. Re: First cutout - what to do with bucket full of bees??

    The buckets had screen windows in them to help ventilate. I scraped all comb and wiped wall cavity out with a towel and plugged hive entrance. I vacuumed some before removing comb, some during and...
  10. Re: First cutout - what to do with bucket full of bees??

    The cutout was a success - mostly:)

    I got all the bees and comb removed. Rubber-banded 8 frames of brood and 2 frames of honey/pollen....and got stung zero times! I was amazed at how docile the...
  11. Re: First cutout - what to do with bucket full of bees??

    I suppose my position is a bit different than some of yours. I have a full time job outside of beekeeping that pays the bills. This is a hobby to me. I enjoy it. I've never done a cutout, so this...
  12. Re: First cutout - what to do with bucket full of bees??

    It's all in perspective I suppose. To me, the experience itself is some sort of payment. I would not feel comfortable charging someone for services I've never performed before. In addition, I know...
  13. Re: First cutout - what to do with bucket full of bees??

    Thanks all. I realize timing is bad, but the home owners need the bees gone. I am helping them out and getting some learning experience under my belt. I'm not charging them, but if I continue to...
  14. First cutout - what to do with bucket full of bees??

    I am going to do my first cutout this weekend. The bees are in the wall of an old abandoned house. I've built a bee vacuum out of a shop vac and a 5 gallon bucket from some plans I found on-line. ...
  15. Re: Queenless splits - what is best way to reintroduce to original hives?

    I had introduced a caged virgin 2 weeks ago. Released her from the cage about 10-11 days ago. She seemed accepted just fine. I did the same thing with 5 other nucs and saw queens and eggs in 4 of...
  16. Queenless splits - what is best way to reintroduce to original hives?

    I have two 5 frame nuc splits I attempted to make that ended up queenless. One has a couple wimpy capped queen cells. It's been 2 weeks and I don't see any eggs or queens....but each have good...
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    Split with no queen

    I made a few 5 frame splits with caged virgin queens I got out of a hive that was getting ready to swarm. Today I released two of them successfully, but the third queen was dead in the cage.
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    Swarm Story - YOU GOTTA READ THIS!!!

    I still can't believe this...

    I had a strong hive swarm on me yesterday...and they got away :(.
    I went through the hive afterwards, and there were 15-20 queen cells still capped, so I made four...
  19. Brood in 4th medium - manipulate frames?

    I have a hive of 3 mediums for brood chamber and I had added a honey super a couple weeks ago. I checked it this weekend and all four mediums have brood in them. The top box (4th one up) probably...
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    Re: How long till I close up my swarm trap ?

    Good for you!!! I'm no expert here either, but I have read a bit about them. I'm on my second spring with setting bait hives but no luck yet for me.

    I do remember reading that you should...
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    Boxes of drawn comb in car all day

    I need to take a couple boxes of comb with me tomorrow to put on some hives after work. With a black car, temps in mid 60s and it being a sunny day tomorrow, do I need to worry about comb melting? ...
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    Deadout with smelly bees

    I was cleaning up a deadout the other day and I came across a couple frames with pretty good size clusters of bees that were dead and covered with white and green mold. It smelled really bad...one...
  23. Re: Can you extract capped honey from a deadout for human consumption?

    I guess I should have mentioned there are only a few frames dripping...and it is light colored syrup/honey which makes me think that is sugar water they stored that didn't get capped. I looked at...
  24. Re: Can you extract capped honey from a deadout for human consumption?

    Thanks D Coates. That's what I was thinking as well. I don't want to extract anything but pure honey.

    I also agree that it would be easier to leave the honey in the comb...my problem is I have...
  25. Can you extract capped honey from a deadout for human consumption?

    I have 3 deadouts I tore down and I have quite a few frames of capped honey. I was planning to leave some as is and put them in splits or with swarms later this year. The rest I thought I would...
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