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    "They will be interested in investigating...

    "They will be interested in investigating everything searching for food."

    Well said.
  2. Thread: Smokeless?

    by Jim Calhoun
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    Some colonies are better worked with smoke,...

    Some colonies are better worked with smoke, others are not. Some days smoke works fantastic,other days it does not work as well.

    I find that having the smoker lit and handy is the best plan, if...
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    Make your own bee feed with 1:1 sugar and water....

    Make your own bee feed with 1:1 sugar and water. It works great, the bees like it and is less expensive to make than the 2:1 sugar and water type.
    The Karo is too thick IMO and the extra ingredients...
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    To me it soundsd like either suffication, they...

    To me it soundsd like either suffication, they may have overheated or you may have grossly oversprayed them and drown them.
    How hot was the day they died? Is the hive shaded? How air tight do you...
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    I am very gentle in handing bees and rarely get...

    I am very gentle in handing bees and rarely get stung on the hands and do not wear gloves, but, I do have one hive that I re queened because I suspect some African blood in the old queen. If I don't...
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    I lost count at 3, the little critters move...

    I lost count at 3, the little critters move around alot don't they!
  7. Thread: Feral Bees

    by Jim Calhoun
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    I split them mostly because I trhink that there...

    I split them mostly because I trhink that there is no queen but there must be a laying worker type that they are responding to. I have put in eggs and unsealed brood several times and they actually...
  8. One other suggestion that I forgot about, cut out...

    One other suggestion that I forgot about, cut out the bottom of the barrell and make an adaptor so you can set the barrell on top of a hive body, then plug the hole in the barrell and give them a...
  9. What I would do is look carefully at the...

    What I would do is look carefully at the situation and either but a tube from the hole in the barrell and attach it to a hive body by drilling a hole through the end of the hive body the same size as...
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    You know you were a beekeeper if your tombstone...

    You know you were a beekeeper if your tombstone is marked the same as you mark your hives, is shaped like a hive and has frames.
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    I do wear a veil when the bees seem to want to be...

    I do wear a veil when the bees seem to want to be cranky, I have guessed wrong a time or two but most of the time I can read the bees correctly.
    The time of day, time of year, the weather etc.......
  12. Thread: Feral Bees

    by Jim Calhoun
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    No eggs, simply combs full of pollen and bee...

    No eggs, simply combs full of pollen and bee feed.
    I have seen many queenless colonies and can usually tell by the sound they make fanning if they are in trouble. These bees act completely normal...
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    I guess I will never learn. I rarely use as much...

    I guess I will never learn. I rarely use as much as a folding veil, and they have to be real upset before I put it on.
    Usually, if you work the bees slow and steady just a puff of smoke to let them...
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    If I were you I would check the colony for queen...

    If I were you I would check the colony for queen cells. They will swarm sooner than later, so I would divide the colony in two, leaving half with the old queen and take the best queen cell along with...
  15. Thread: Feral Bees

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    I have been with Africans, these are close but...

    I have been with Africans, these are close but not quite at that level.
    These bees are in a very secure area, no domestic or wild animals can get to them, nor children etc....
    I just pulled the...
  16. Thread: Feral Bees

    by Jim Calhoun
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    I have a colony of feral bees that has got me...

    I have a colony of feral bees that has got me perplexed. They are meaner than hell but seem to be functioning normally except one brood chamber is always plugged out with bees and they will not move...
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    I would use a drag harrow to work the seed in. A...

    I would use a drag harrow to work the seed in. A disc would likely put the seed too deep. If you do not have a drag harrow, pulling a chunk of chain link fence about 10 feet long would work it in.
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    Back in the 19th century, some of our leading...

    Back in the 19th century, some of our leading beekeepers thought that there were up to 5 different types of bees residing in the hives.
    Queens, workers, drones plus a larger worker and a black...
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    My 2 cents.... Bees will fly earlier if they...

    My 2 cents....

    Bees will fly earlier if they are warmed up. I have been experimenting with double walled hives and find much earlier activity in those hives as compared with the single walled...
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    Chiggers are awful, the best way to relieve the...

    Chiggers are awful, the best way to relieve the itch is to paint the area bitten with clear fingernail polish. It really helps!
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    I am planning to expand to keep a few colonies...

    I am planning to expand to keep a few colonies off of my property. What is proper to offer for rent. Money, honey, both? How much?
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    I have been stung so many times I couldn't count...

    I have been stung so many times I couldn't count them. My worst was stepping out of the truck in a bee yard of 50 colonies, unfortunately one of the hives had a colony of Africanized bees, I was...
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    I am a new beekeeper, but back in the 1980's I...

    I am a new beekeeper, but back in the 1980's I did help a commercial beekeeper with harvest and extracting for several years.

    I have one hive of bees that I bought at an auction selling old...
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    I am new to this forum and have never heard of...

    I am new to this forum and have never heard of the TBH idea. I have a few question, first, do you super them or are they long hives and you add more top bars as you need them by removing a division...
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