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    Re: Mini Swarms?

    Thanks for the response Jack! I put them in a nuc box and I guess I will look at them in a couple of days if they stick around...... I'm not really sure how to approach this
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    Re: Mini Swarms?

    OK, I guess this question was too stupid to be answered...... is there a stupid prebeginner forum for us complete idiots? teeheehee That would be the place for me I guess.......... just point...
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    Mini Swarms?

    1st year beekeep here. I have had a couple of "mini-swarms" the last couple of weeks. They are about a baseball size group of bees that have collected on branches near the hives. This has happened...
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    Re: Foundationless Frames

    I also started foundationless with all mediums. It is the direction I want to go but I am struggling with a the comb being drawn out too thick on the outer edges (honey) of the frames in the brood...
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    Re: First swarm caught today...what now?

    This was a beautiful swarm, about 5 feet off the ground. Perfect for my first swarm! It really went off without a problem. Placed them this morning, any ideas on how long before I can feel safe? They...
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    Re: First swarm caught today...what now?

    Brood it is! Appreciate the quick responses.
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    First swarm caught today...what now?

    I got a call from a neighbor this evening, she said there were some bees in her tree. I really wasn't prepared for this and I grabbed a medium box, some frames and some cardboard. I found a large...
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    Re: 37 million bees dead

    The sprinkler thing is a pretty good idea, I may try that. I agree, I think we will see some issues with GMO's also, but at the very least I would like to be able to choose the food I buy and that...
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    Re: 37 million bees dead

    My hives are also near planted corn, just after the planting I had quite a few bees on the ground in front of the hives lethargic and then dying.... maybe a coincidence, but the "coincidence"...
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    Re: Foundationless Question

    Thanks again for taking the time to respond!! It is much appreciated. Now I have to get better at finding the queen. Two inspections and still didn't see the queen on either hive. Thank...
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    Re: Foundationless Question

    Thanks for the responses! Lots of help. I am sure foundationless is going to be more of a challenge but I'm really looking forward to having more natural comb. I am going to open them up tomorrow,...
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    Foundationless Question

    OK, some background. I have started two hives from nucs. These nucs had a mix of foundationless and 5.1 cell foundation frames. My plan is to use foundationless frames for everything. It is almost...
  13. Re: New nuc - any ideas what kind of bees these are?

    I see your point on "there really are no honey bees in North America that are purebred subspecies". I am new and was reading a page on the different types of honeybees on this site: ...
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    Thanks for the info. I kind of thought they may be honeybees (not much of an imagination there guys, I'm sure your a riot at a party, yawn. Please think a little longer and try to come up with...
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    Re: beginning beekeeper

    Welcome! I'm new myself and just started about 2 weeks ago. There is plenty of great stuff on this site, and lots of opinions. Very interesting.
    Good Luck!
  16. Re: New nuc - any ideas what kind of bees these are?

    Suspected they were carnies but I wasn't sure. Thanks!!
  17. New nuc - any ideas what kind of bees these are?

    I think these are mutts but not very good at bee type identification. Some are really dark and some are a little lighter, I'm assuming this is due to different aged bees. Carniolans, germans? ...
  18. Re: Installed packages Saturday, how long should I feed them?

    :applause:Thanks Michael, I will pull the feeders today:applause:
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    Michael, Is this also true for a new nuc with foundationless frames? My plan is to add two foundationless frames a week, and I currently have 7 frames in a 10 frame medium box. There seems to be...
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    Re: Diatomaceous earth

    Thanks for the suggestions. I currently have some of the grease filled caps and this works pretty well but I think I made them a little too small and the ants will occasionally find a path through...
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    Re: Frames per Box Controversy

    I am using 1 1/4" frames, I can actually squeeze 12 into a medium box..... don't really want to because I think it will be difficult to remove a frame without injuring bees, so I am going to go with...
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    Diatomaceous earth

    Has anyone used diatomaceous earth around the beehive? I have thought about using it for additional ant control around the legs of the stand? Obviously inside the hive could be a problem........
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    Re: Mowing around hives???

    I mow around mine also. I mow in mid day and always keep the discharge chute directed away from the hives (obviously). I haven't been stung yet, but I do wear a veil if the girls are a bit...
  24. Queen/Hive rating system for hive improvement

    I am new at beekeeping and I would like to begin a rating system for my hives. My plan is to encourage some of the "desirable" traits next spring. This is my first year and I plan on developing or...
  25. Re: New beekeep here - Installed nucs and foundationless frames

    Thanks all for the advice!

    Peter: I have one nuc that is exploding! It seems to be doing great so I will probable wait 10 to 14 days and try to add a couple of more empty (foundationless)...
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