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  1. Re: Constant Rain Delays Swarm Season in Oklahoma

    Hello, AHudd!

    A while back, when California started to experience the drought, I did (naively) write an email to the White House to the effect that instead of building this Canadian dirt-oil...
  2. Constant Rain Delays Swarm Season in Oklahoma

    My bees are on yellow sweet right now, but constant rain has prevented them from working it. How has this constant rain affected your bees in your area?

    Read more here:
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Constant Rain Delays Swarm Season in Oklahoma:

    https://www.facebook.com/YSKHoney
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    Re: Queens for sale ($18,$16ea)

    Are your queens also available around mid-July for, say, summer splits?
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    Re: Bee Rescue Mission Pics

    I have added a few more pics of bee-removal and safety:

    https://www.facebook.com/YSKHoney

    Thank you for visiting!
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    Re: Bee-Rescue Mission Pics

    Added in the post "How to Prevent Bee Infestation" and "How to Rescue Feral Bees Safely"

    https://www.facebook.com/YSKHoney
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    Re: Bee-Rescue Mission Pics

    Here in Oklahoma, we often joke ourselves that we say Oklahoma is OK because we just don't know how to spell mediocre! Ha, ha, ha!

    Earthboy
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    Bee-Rescue Mission Pics

    Dear Forumites, novices and experts alike:

    For your entertainment, I have posted a good number pictures I have taken in my long career of bee-rescue mission:

    https://www.facebook.com/YSKHoney
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    Bee Rescue Mission Pics

    Here is the url:

    https://www.facebook.com/YSKHoney

    Thank you very much for your visit and input.

    Respectfully,

    Earthboy
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    Re: cutouts- free, or who pays to repair

    Yes, I do charge. My time is valuable not to be wasted for a volunteer work except for a bee-removal in a church, for which I have never charged.

    People often want to fool me by saying whether I...
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    Re: Question about a split

    Switch the location: place the split where the original colony is located and vice versa.

    Earthboy
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    Re: Fighting the Rise of Bee Rustlers

    From the article:

    "At the same time, backyard beekeeping seems to be growing in popularity, anecdotally at least. The arrival of hobbyists isn’t something that many commercial beekeepers welcome....
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    Re: What's the best Material for Lids?

    Plastic.
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    Re: False Swarm Calls.

    Hi, Brian!

    Yes, it will be impossible to enforce the covenant or the verbal contract. I did lose some money while doing cutouts, in fact. But most of the people I have dealt with have honored...
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    Re: False Swarm Calls.

    >>>Your questions should isolate the fact whether we are dealing with a swarm or a living nest, first. If it is a swarm and you do not want to charge within your city, for example, tell the caller...
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    Re: Is is bad to put on too many supers?

    Certainly one should but only with DRAWN SUPERS or DEEPS.
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    Re: Cut out questions

    I double the charge.
  18. Re: Abandonment method for clearing supers: Just pulled boxes. I'm worried. Need advi

    Your location is in SC where the temperature is just too warm for this method to work; this method seems to work better in the northern climate. As others have pointed out, it is highly likely to...
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    Re: What Should I Do With Extremely Hot Hive?

    Another method is to "divide 'em and conquer" : split into many nuc's. That will demoralize them quickly. And calm down.

    Earthboy
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    I am super-glad to see we Okies are starting to pick up swarms. I believe due to recent semi-drought, we have not seen as many swarms here in Oklahoma; when we do, they are small, about football...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    Have you not heard about miticide-resistant mites yet? (Here, list all the "treatments" we beekeepers have done and, yes, the I-Pee-Em methods)

    Please don't tell me you have not heard about...
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    Re: Big swarm help please

    When the swarm is on the ground, it is much easier to locate the queen, usually in a small cluster protected by her retinue. (That the swarm is on the ground means the queen is either injured or...
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    Re: Time to grow.. but where?

    Generally speaking, OK is not the best place to keep bees for the following reasons:

    1. Its nectar flow starts around mid-April till early July; unless you have your own alfalfa fields, there is...
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    Re: Texas Summer Heat

    Hi, I live in Shawnee, and I keep mine on screened bottoms all year round, and when it is hot, I gave them a screened top, with the telescoping cover jacked up with trash-lumber 2x4's for their...
  25. Thread: soybeans

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    Re: soybeans

    When there is a dearth, after a flow, bees do work soy fields, usually in the afternoon when the soy starts to bloom, but the honey quality is third-rate in my view: white sweet clover, alfalfa, and...
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