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    Re: Turns out I'm allergic...

    I wear the jacket and gloves to prevent stings. I can handle one or two stings, but more than that and I am in trouble.

    Part of my bee kit is an epi pen and some Benadryl. Better to have it...
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    Re: Pacific northwest swarms?

    I live in a sparsely populated area along the Oregon coast and get more swarm calls than I can handle each year.

    Just caught my first swarm of the year a couple weeks ago. Bees moved into a...
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    Re: Fanning or about to swarm/abscond?

    I hear you on that.

    Other than changing the lid and adding some more wax to the bars, I left it alone. Checked this morning and they are slowly moving back into the hive. The beard on the...
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    Re: Fanning or about to swarm/abscond?

    Ok, after a quick consult in the chat room, I removed the black cover and replaced it with some scrap plywood I had around. I also rubbed some more wax on the inside of the hive while I was there.
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    Fanning or about to swarm/abscond?

    Caught a swarm yesterday and put them into my top bar hive. Just a few minutes ago, I was outside and saw a lot of bees flying around by my hives and thought "Oh crap, they are leaving!"

    I went...
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    Re: Combining Swarms ?

    How would you do something like this?

    I have a very small swarm I caught last week and it would be nice to boost their numbers if I get the chance. Do you just remove a queen and put them...
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    Re: Anyone read this book?

    You can borrow it for free if you have Amazon prime.
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    Anyone read this book?

    Got this for free during a promo last month.

    http://www.amazon.com/Free-Bees-ebook/dp/B00ASPBAXI/ref=cm_pdp_rev_itm_title_1

    Anyone else read this yet and what did you think? Seems to have a...
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    Small swarm caught in Ashland, Oregon

    Been trying to get a swarm for a month or so now. I am only set up for clusters in trees and such, but have received nothing but extraction calls for the last few weeks. Been turning the...
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    Anyone else keep rabbits?

    Just curious if anyone else keeps bunnies?

    I got 2 bucks and 2 does currently with 16 young buns from three litters. First group will be ready to butcher in a couple weeks.

    Pretty easy to...
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    Swarm or leftovers?

    Got a call 30 minutes after I went to bed last night. Woman reported a "huge" swarm of bees on a fence post.

    Earliest I could get out there was after work today. Arrived at the location around...
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    Re: Beekeeping is a very cheap hobby

    I am just getting started, but so far I have a little over 50 bucks invested.


    Lang hive and assorted gear (smoker, tool, veil)- free from guy who was getting out of beekeeping and wanted it out...
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    Re: Confused

    I am wanting to go as natural as possible, but have been debating on if I should go treatment free or use natural treatments on my bees. This thread has been able to clarify a few things for me.
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  14. What do you use for a swarm capture/transport box?

    My first swarm I used a couple cardboard boxes because that is what I had on hand. Used a medium sized box to shake the bees into and then placed that box inside a larger box for transport. Figured...
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    Re: How to control vegetation around hives?

    I use salt water.

    I quit using Roundup after reading some of the stuff Monsanto, the company that makes it, has done to farmers who refuse to buy their products. Monsanto owns the patent on...
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    My girls left me!

    Well the swarm I caught 13 days ago seems to have left me.

    Yesterday morning they seemed fine. Watched them for awhile coming and going as usual. Late Saturday evening, I walked past the hive...
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    Re: Scrap wood Top Bar Hive

    Yeah, I was thinking that it was a bit on the shallow side. Most designs I see are a couple inches deeper, maybe a couple wider depending on what site you are looking at. Figured it would require...
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    Re: Scrap wood Top Bar Hive

    Good idea. Will stop by on Monday when the foreman is around. He has been pretty cool with letting me haul away their garbage. :D

    So far I have made a few rabbit nesting boxes, chicken nest...
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    Re: Swelling remedy?

    Time is your best friend.

    When people ask what happened, there are two correct responses:

    1. Bar fight.

    2. Prison riot.

    One of those two will usually stop any further questions. :)
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    Scrap wood Top Bar Hive

    Construction site near me was tossing some perfectly good lumber the other day so I helped myself to the pile and have managed to construct several items to use around the farm with it.

    Today, I...
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    Re: Think I made a mistake.....

    Was fascinating watching them work while I was checking them over. Watched one worker grab hold of a larva that fell out of the comb and onto the top of a frame. Not sure if it was trying to put...
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    Re: Think I made a mistake.....

    Nope- I was just new and too excited about catching the swarm to remember to remove the upper deep before I dumped them into the hive.

    Had my first inspection today! You guys were right, I had...
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    Think I made a mistake.....

    Got a swarm 9 days ago. Put them in the hive and have not checked on them yet- going to do that tomorrow on my day off.

    Just saw that I forgot to put three or four frames back into the hive when...
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    Re: How many keep epipen on hand

    What do you experienced beekeepers have in your sting kits?

    Epipen
    Benadryl
    anything else?

    Trying to put a little kit together and would like to cover my bases.
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    Re: How many keep epipen on hand

    I am getting one on Thursday. Had a reaction to stings last week and made the appt with the doc in order to have one on hand just in case a reaction turns nasty.
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