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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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    Hive cover question

    So, here's the skinny:
    We were given two hive pallets last year to start our apiary with and they were typical 'free' shape - weathered, worn and barely holding together. Early last fall I...
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    Re: Bleach won't kill AFB - Proof?

    I'm not sure if this helps or not, but I thought I would throw it out there.

    I recently had the opportunity to visit with a super wicked smart scientist/biologist that developed a safe, effective...
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