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  1. Thread: Hello from Idaho!

    by jan
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    Re: Hello from Idaho!

    Welcome! I am your neighbor in Meridian. Third year with 7 hives. Bee careful it is addictive!
  2. Thread: Hello Form Idaho

    by jan
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    Re: Hello Form Idaho

    Welcome! I'm also in my third year and just down the road from you.
  3. Re: Cut out last Friday, August 16, 2013 with pics.

    That is really awesome! You dont hear about trees like that around here. Beautiful country you live in. You are blessed!
  4. Re: New Swarm in Hollow Tree - Is there a Time Window to Work with?

    What do you have to loose? I would give it a try. If they do take to the hive, I would feed, feed, feed. They would stand a better chance of making it through the winter.
  5. Re: The bees are dealing with this california heat pretty good!

    It was 97 at 1000 am this morning, where I have a couple of hives out in the desert. They are handling the heat alot better than I am. Popsicle sticks make great shims. Limited bearding, big hive...
  6. Re: Take the honey and run or beef up swarm-caught hive?

    I'm only a 2nd year beek with 9 hives, so take my advice for what it is worth. If it were me I would beef up the swarm hive and have 2 strong hives going into the winter. If you get honey, then...
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    Re: Caught number 15 swarm

    Congrats. I had that kind of luck last year. I'm not trying to catch swarms this year. I am up to my limit on hives. Also, there dosnt seem to be as many swarms around here as last year. Swarm...
  8. Thread: Combining Swarms ?

    by jan
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    Re: Combining Swarms ?

    Yes! I got my start last year by catching swarms. I combined quite a few. By the end of the summer, I had 5 booming hives. Just do newspaper combines. All of my hives survived a long cold Idaho...
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    Re: catching a swarm with a young beekeeper

    Awesome! That boy will never forget that time spent with you! These are the moments that memories are made of. He is really quick too! Quite athletic!
  10. Thread: Capture Techniques

    by jan
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    Re: Capture Techniques

    Sealed brood in a nuc box. Get the nuc as close to the bees as possible, on top of ladder, fence post---ect. Then scoop a couple handful of bees into the hive. They will almost always gravitate to...
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