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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...
  11. 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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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    4/18/15 - found a swarm presumably from 1 of our 3 hives about 25' from existing hives in a cedar tree. A nice large swarm we were able to put in a box fairly easily. Weather was thunderstorm...
  15. Re: My 9-year-old retrieving rather large swarm - takes hit to forehead

    What a rush it is to get a swarm of bees.
    Marshall, great job. You've done something that millions of adults would be too chicken to even attempt! :)
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    Re: Im like an expectant father

    I was told 10 days. By then you can tell if your queen is laying because you'll have larvae. Larvae is much easier to see than eggs (for the beginner) which includes. me. :)
    It is so exciting...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    First swarm - 5/23, found it about 5:00 pm in a small Oak tree.
    Weather: Impending storm, thundering in the distance.
    Second swarm - 5/25, found them in the apple tree about 4:00 pm.
    Weather: ...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Seeing those pics makes me think I better check mine on the next available day. They may go through this much faster than I expected. We've had bitter cold temps here in KS the last couple weeks.
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    Re: Unsure of next move

    thanks for the clarification on the sugars. Never occurred to me to substitute brown or powdered, so that's not a problem here.
    We do get warm days in Jan & Feb, so I will definitely be taking a...
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    Re: Unsure of next move

    I keep seeing "cane" sugar mentioned. is there anything wrong with using the cheap kind, I presume sugar beet honey?
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    Re: Unsure of next move

    thank you for your guidance.
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    Unsure of next move

    First let me say I did not get my bees checked in October, so I didn't realize they were light of food until Nov. We had nice 50+ weather, so we put feeders on and made fall syrup. I got about 1.5...
  23. Re: Did I do this right? - Winterization West Central IL

    I think our upper hole was 1/2 or 3/4 inch. Just whatever size we had handy.
  24. Re: Did I do this right? - Winterization West Central IL

    Last winter I would be pretty convinced it was due to starvation. The times before that, I was so new at it, that I really didn't have any idea.
  25. Re: Did I do this right? - Winterization West Central IL

    thanks for your reply. I used a top entrance this summer and it seemed the bees liked it, at least they brought in a lot of honey. We just used a hole saw and made a circular hole in the top. ...
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