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  1. Re: Help my bees REALLY want to swarm! WIth video

    Progress update:
    So far so good. Both hives have very healthy activity levels, but I have not been deep into them again quite yet. I see no indication that they are antsy/swarmy anymore, so I am...
  2. Re: Help my bees REALLY want to swarm! WIth video

    I was working myself on little sleep and forgot to take pictures. :( Why cut out the extra queen cells? Should I stick one or 2 onto a frame in the new hive?

    Not sure how to estimate number of...
  3. Re: Help my bees REALLY want to swarm! WIth video

    An entry from my bee journal:

    Fearful of them swarming into another neighbor’s house, I did some research and decided that a Taranov swarm would be worth trying. I only made the legs about 7...
  4. Re: Help my bees REALLY want to swarm! WIth video

    Hey JWcarlson - I watched your videos on youtube. How do you get the bees to go into the hive below your ramp? The video cuts off while they are still on top of the new hive.
  5. Re: Help my bees REALLY want to swarm! WIth video

    If they are still around, I will try it tomorrow morning. Sounds genius!
  6. Re: Help my bees REALLY want to swarm! WIth video

    Yeah I think you are right- take the queen and put her in another hive/nuc. Also, after posting this, I went and put another medium of empty frames in between the bottom 2 levels and the third. I...
  7. Help my bees REALLY want to swarm! WIth video

    So this happened just now and I want to do anything I can to prevent it at this stage. I know my hive is overfull of bees but I can't seem to reduce it enough yet even with a split from each. My...
  8. Re: Need advice - my bees moved into my neighbors house

    Thanks guys - still trying to contact the guy to tell him I agree- extermination midday and sealing the hole is the best answer. They are in the mid level soffit.
  9. Re: Need advice - my bees moved into my neighbors house

    Positive they have moved in - they are now coming and going into a hole and are not visible like this. This pic was taken last Sunday. :cool:

    Yeah, I am gathering materials for a bee vacuum now. ...
  10. Need advice - my bees moved into my neighbors house

    I have 2 established hives in the back yard that have been chock full of bees this year. I ordered 2 queens and started 2 new hives and shook many frames full of bees into the new hives and took...
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    Re: Plan B - backup swarm control measures

    Were those swarms from your hives or elsewhere?
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    Re: Plan B - backup swarm control measures

    Full sun eh? I guess I am babying mine too much!
  13. Re: Colorado Front Range - February, 2016 - Off to a roaring start

    Congrats Colobee on the new beek! Thanks for the advice last fall, all 3 of my hives survived, even my small late season walk away split. I moved that hive to Parker and it will be pollinating my...
  14. Re: How many times can I treat with Oxalic Acid per year without hurting the bees?

    Soarwitheagles - I 100% agree about (harmful) parasites of any kind. Scorch the earth! As far as your initial problems of continued high mite counts, I see the opposite so far in my 3 hives, all...
  15. Re: Is my new hive large enough to treat for mites?

    Thanks all for the replies. Seems like OAV is the way to go, and much cheaper actually overall. Found a vaporizer for 52 bucks, now to wait for it to arrive!
  16. Re: Is my new hive large enough to treat for mites?

    Could I reduce the dose by halving a pad maybe?
  17. Is my new hive large enough to treat for mites?

    3 hives, 2 established from swarms early in the season and doing very well. I have seen signs of mites (mites on bottom boards and under top lid sometimes), so I treated with MAQS on the 2 main...
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    Re: Yellowjacket success!

    maybe it just barely got me or something, but I just brushed it off and kept spraying. This is the only time I have been happy to kill a queen :lookout:
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    Yellowjacket success!

    Yesterday I saw a bunch of yellowjackets flying around and inside the newest split I have. Today I hunted them down, and found a large nest in the hot tub insulation. One of them stung me as I...
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    Re: All Mediums: Was Brother Adam wrong?

    Colobee - yup, elk are yummy! Heading up to archery hunt in 3 weeks! :)
    As far as bees, I totally agree that results in Colorado vary greatly. I had 2 top bars from packages that I lost last...
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    Re: It's harder than I thought...

    Totally agree: Relax, have a home brew, and let the bees do what they do.
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    Re: TBH to Langstroth split question

    So yeah, I split into a new location with no queen. Doesn't appear to be going well, bees are dwindling in numbers, which weren't high to start with. They have attached the comb a little to the...
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    Re: TBH to Langstroth split question

    That's a great point. She is hard to spot with so many bees in there now, but that totally makes sense. I only had the start of maybe one or 2 queen cells when I was looking through comb to choose...
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    Re: TBH to Langstroth split question

    Hopefully my main hive, I looked at the bees I brought over to the new one and didn't see her. My intention was to leave her in the main hive.
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    TBH to Langstroth split question

    I tried a split today, as my TBH is now full. I split into a Langstroth 5 frame foundationless nuc using the rubber band method. I netted a fair amount of honey and left as much brood intact as...
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