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    Re: Top bar hive gone feral

    My top bar hive was built to attract feral bees out of my birdhouse. They built perfectly straight comb with nothing but a guide of beeswax on each bar. I don't understand why wayward comb equates...
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    Re: anywhere near Port St. Lucie FL?

    Thanks Deb. I may just take you up on it, if I can find another reason to visit Bradenton and justify the gas! The Palm Beach group referred me to Anarchy Apiaries in Vermont, I guess because I'm...
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    anywhere near Port St. Lucie FL?

    I am doing my best to understand honeybees and learn how to keep them. If there is a beekeeper reasonably close to me in Port Saint Lucie, FL who would allow me to visit, I would be very grateful....
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    Re: Excitedly buzzing around hive

    I know of one swarm for certain, only because I didn't have a clue why they were all over the outside and took pictures. the next day they were gone and the other mailbox was engaged. A queen (I'm...
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    Re: Excitedly buzzing around hive

    Thank you very much for your reply. I am getting very interested in bees but ignorance abounds. This mailbox "hive" is 8 feet in the air on a pole (which moves some with the wind). There is no way...
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    Excitedly buzzing around hive

    For three days now (after two of heavy rain and wind) my mailbox hive has bees flying very erratically around the outside of the box. I see no signs of fighting, like bees together or falling to the...
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    by LoriBurris
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    Re: Tree ID?

    Might it be fiddlewood?
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    Origin of tiered round hive symbol

    I'm curious about the the symbol for honeybees; the tiered, round hive. Is there a hive of this configuration? Is it still in use?
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    Re: How long will they stay agitated?

    Thanks for the advice and reassurance. Everyone was calm this morning and I assembled the hive. Very happy they're not africanized. Now I'll wait for them to move in. When I put up the second...
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    Re: How long will they stay agitated?

    I do not have a suit. I've never worn any special clothes and never been stung before. I am hoping to finish assembly in the morning when, hopefully, they're calm again.
    I guess I'm a pre-beginner!
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    How long will they stay agitated?

    I'm in Florida, it's hot. I am setting up my first top bar hive and placing it under two bird house hives that spend most of the day clinging to the outside of the house. My husband, who is afraid...
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    Re: Maintaining feral hives

    I am concerned that the signs are there. What makes me think that they are EHB is that I can work under the hive and, while they will buzz around me a bit, I have never been stung.
    I hope that I...
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    Re: Maintaining feral hives

    Many thanks to all. I will join the WPB group and learn a bit more. I am intrigued with the whole idea. The front of my new box is still covered with a thick layer of bees. I don't know if...
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    Re: Maintaining feral hives

    Please tell me more about Africanized bees in Florida. Can my docile honeybees "bring in" africanized bees? Should I be looking for some warning sign?
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    Maintaining feral hives

    Help! (please)
    I know almost nothing about bees, but now have two feral hives that I would like to maintain. The first hive is about a year old. I put a second box (old wooden mailboxes with 2"...
  16. Thread: Hello

    by LoriBurris
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    Hello

    Hi. I live on an acre surrounded by new development (destroyed habitat). Yesterday a had a bird house full of bees, today I have two. These are feral bees and I want to encourage them to stay. ...
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