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    Re: Top Entrance ideas

    We made 2 inch high "boxes" and cut a 1/2 inch hole in the front with the hole saw. We leave these on year round. It gives room for a sugar board in winter and provides good ventilation. We had...
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    adding brood to super small swarm

    I caught a tiny swarm last weekend. I probably could have encircled it within my hands. I put them into a nuc and fed them syrup. They are drawing comb, but there are so few bees. They do have...
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    Re: 1st Swarm trap success.

    Wow, that's awesome. I hope my swarm trap someday looks like that. Good score.
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    Re: August swarms?

    We just had a swarm 2 days ago also. I could have almost surrounded it with my two hands it was so small. I put them in a nuc with some sugar syrup. Mostly I hived them because I'm thinking I...
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    Re: My son gave me this last night.

    This^^ Great Job! thanks for sharing.
  6. Re: how to shrink a newspaper combine down to 2 again?

    I thought about taking the frames with something on them and putting them into just the 2 brood boxes when we did the combine, but I was under the impression that they'd fight and that's why you do...
  7. how to shrink a newspaper combine down to 2 again?

    We did a combine last weekend of two weak hives. The strongest one on the bottom (2 deep brood boxes). Then the sheet of newspaper, then the weakest one ( 2 deep brood boxes) then a super that has...
  8. Re: Q-less/laying worker and new queen/smoke ?

    I was planning on doing exactly that, just wanted to understand they "why" of it.

    So do they run her around because they are anticipating leaving the hive due to smoke?
  9. Q-less/laying worker and new queen/smoke ?

    1. Is there a typical amount of time in which a queenless hive will develop a laying worker issue? Is it a guaranteed development or will they just dwindle away?

    2. We've never put a queen...
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    Re: My first bee picture to post

    thanks!
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    My first bee picture to post

    Trying to figure out the posting pictures thing on here. Hope this works out. :)
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    Re: Is it normal to not react to a sting?

    If you have comfrey plant, it's a great thing to put on stings. Take a leaf and cut it in pieces, salt it (to release the moisture from the leaves) and lay it on a sting. I wrap the area with a...
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    Re: Swarm hive trouble

    thank you ruthiesbees!
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    Re: Swarm hive trouble

    Ok, but where do I order a queen? I've looked and everyone says they don't have packages, but I can't find a queen supplier. thanks.
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    Re: Swarm hive trouble

    Bob Anderson: Sorry I misunderstood. LOL
    Where do you buy packaged queens?
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    Re: Swarm hive trouble

    I did find this link and am currently looking through it to find a queen supplier.

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?218154-Bee-Oueens-and-Package-Provider-List&highlight=Gardner%27s
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    Re: When having queens shipped.

    I need to order a new queen. Who do I call to order one?
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    Re: Swarm hive trouble

    I have a really hot swarm hive that's been hived for almost a week. They appear to be queenless. How do I tell if it's just a virgin waiting to lay or actually queenless? I have fed them about 3...
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    Re: swarm retrieval ideas??

    I meant bottom boards and lids and inner cover. Right now they're sitting on a piece of OSB then a screened bottom board, then the deep. We put them up on 2 4X4 posts because it's supposed to rain...
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    Re: swarm retrieval ideas??

    Update:
    My daughter (11) was happy to take her bow and arrow out there and did shoot it over the branch, but it didn't have enough weight to pull the string down. So all she got for her efforts...
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    swarm retrieval ideas??

    We have a very large swarm that settled yesterday afternoon, high up in a tree. I think they're 30-40 feet up there. We have some serious ladders and no way can we reach them "safely" with what we...
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    Re: what to do

    You're pretty much straight north or me, so weather was probably similar yesterday. When the sun came out it got really humid. I'm thinking they're stuffy, too. At least my meat bird chicks were...
  23. Re: The billion little things that make a beekeeper's life easier

    Not that experienced here yet, but learning.
    1. When I started out I would often close up hives and walk away, then remember I forgot to check "something." So I began making a list of things to...
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    Re: Bees and Chickens

    Old kitchen cabinets for nesting boxes. I have a stockpile in the barn. LOL Lay them with door opening to the side long ways, or door on top, cut a hole in the end. Presto. :)
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    beginner mistake on storing honey

    So we had a hive die in October. We took the frames out of the supers and put them in our honey tubs. these are just standard plastic storage tubs you get at Walmart or such. We took them in the...
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