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    New swarm, old comb, adding supers...

    I caught two swarms this week and put them in boxes with drawn out comb from my old hives (probably 75% drawn out, and includes some old honey). The bees are already making more comb and repairing,...
  2. Re: Get it now or get it later -- moving a barn hive.

    Yes, the hive is new this year, so I'm not sure if it's a good winter hive. A piece of foam or some such screwed over the hive (I know where the hive starts and ends, etc.) might give me some...
  3. Re: Get it now or get it later -- moving a barn hive.

    Good advice, folks. I'll take my chances that they'll be there in the Spring. What do you think of my idea to place a cover over the barn boards -- they are not tight.
  4. Re: Get it now or get it later -- moving a barn hive.

    Sorry! Just noticed the cut-out forum. Feel free to move this! Thanks!
  5. Get it now or get it later -- moving a barn hive.

    A friend has a hive in his barn -- it's not in a dangerous spot (that is, they aren't bothering anything) and I was thinking about opening up the wall and transferring the comb and hive into some...
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    Re: dead bees in front of entrance

    Whenever we spend a gazillion dollars to send some nuclear powered ice breaker to rescue some whales that got caught in an ice hole too far north, or "rescue" a bunch of beached dolphins, or......
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    Re: Beekeeping is a very cheap hobby

    As a new bee keeper I guess this thread has taught me that while bee keeping CAN BE an affordable hobby, it can also be quite expensive. It has also taught me that beekeepers can be an argumentative...
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    Re: Beekeeping is a very cheap hobby

    I got into bees without spending "one thin dime."

    I told people I might be interested in keeping bees. We had chickens and people mocked us about it and said, "What's next?" And I said,...
  9. Re: 1st year honey harvest total for the class of 2012 newbees. Results?

    I have 4 hives. Three new this year and one I've had for two summers. This year is the first I've taken honey (only off of the oldest hive) and I got about 3 gallons. So what's that... about...
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    Re: Frankinstorm survivors?

    Sandy wasn't the girl everyone thought she was going to be (around here anyway), but at 11:30pm she sounded pretty impressive so I went out to my hives to make sure they were holding together. Mine...
  11. A chink in my armor. But it could have been worse.

    Winterizing my bees, they found a spot in my veil where they could sting my chin (I think the veil was folded up against my skin -- they also stung me through my jeans). They are good at exploiting...
  12. Re: Is it possible to remove the supers too early?

    Tell me more! I'm relatively new to this and have heard I should join a group -- but didn't know the details. Web site?

    Thanks!
  13. Re: Is it possible to remove the supers too early?

    Ah! That is good to know. I'm going to pull the frames this weekend if we get some 50+ weather. The past two winters I have (during the rare feb thaw) given each hive a few pounds of sugar to get...
  14. Is it possible to remove the supers too early?

    I'm in upstate NY and I winter my hives with two deeps and one super full of honey (I'm conservative politically, too). So yesterday it's in the mid70s, but a cold front is on the way and I thought...
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    Re: how to move a hive

    I moved three hives this year. One about 10 yards (split) and two about 200 yards. The 200 yard bees were swarms from a neighbor's hives so they are very near their original home. I put clippings...
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    Re: Collecting Swarm

    The queen leaves her perfume on that spot. Scouts who were out scouting when you got the swarm go back to the original spot. When I caught my first swarm I went back the next day and there was a...
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    Re: Checking hive too much?

    I wonder if that was my deal today. There is still some flow, but we are in the middle of a drought and I took 5 frames of honey (my first ever, by the way) AND WERE THEY MAD! I routinely visit...
  18. Re: beehavior after a split. should I fight this?

    Sorry I didn't make it clear -- I got a Carniolan queen from Kelly in KY and introduced that to the split. I haven't looked for her yet (it's probably time), but I'm fairly confident they have...
  19. beehavior after a split. should I fight this?

    I split my original hive w/ a screen between the split and the new hive. the entrance on the split was to the back of the main entrance. after about a week or so I moved the new hive to it's new...
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    Re: Moving a swarm? Uncooperative bees.

    Lotsa bees going back to the old entrance. I set up a box there to see if I can entice them in and then move them to the new home. Of course, this may have been happening w/ the swarms I got, I...
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    Re: Moving a swarm? Uncooperative bees.

    Today was day two in the new location and the hive just seems as busy as ever. And despite the second box, they still like to hang outside on the porch. I can live w/ that.

    Tonite I took my...
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    Re: Moving a swarm? Uncooperative bees.

    Welp. I added the box today, but when I went out tonite there were still bees on the porch. Not as many, but enough to give me trouble But the neighbor was anxious about the bees on his property so...
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    Re: Moving a swarm? Uncooperative bees.

    Done! Added another box this morning. Thanks for the feedback.
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    Re: Moving a swarm? Uncooperative bees.

    That's what I wondered/thought. I just didn't want to give them too much space and cause them to leave.

    So clearly I need a new box, but I'm wondering... since it's only 3/400 bees outside the...
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    Moving a swarm? Uncooperative bees.

    I caught a big swarm couple of days ago. They like the hive I gave them apparently -- they've stayed two nights. Now I want to bring them home, which is only 500 yards away on a semi-friendly...
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