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    Wanting to try a TBH

    I have a ton of langs frames and boxes I inherited from my mentor. My question is can I use a top bar from them and put a starter stripe in them? I would take the side and bottom bars off is my...
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    Re: Cut out this late

    Well got em home now. They were very active yesterday. Today opened em up and put SC foundation splitting the brood nest. Seemed a lot less bees today but was some on the brood so not sure what was...
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    Re: Reaction to Bee Stings

    Interesting subject for sure. I do something weird on the stings LOL. Seems I specialize in weird at times. If I get hit on the right side I swell up. Hits on the left seem to only make a small welt....
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    Re: Cut out this late

    No these are from about 10 mile apart. I do believe they were both late swarms though. Both had about same amount of comb built.
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    Cut out this late

    I did a cut out last week or they would of been pushed up and burnt. They had brood but no capped honey. Seemed weird to me. Today I got a call and went to look to find another that looks to be about...
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    Re: Wire Embedder for almost nothing?

    I like my embedded wire as well. I use the trickle charger as well and to keep it all flat I mad ea board that fits the inside of the frame then got 2 pieces of glass one on either side. Once...
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    Re: Yesterdays Episode

    I had a reaction several years back. Got hit on the right wrist and within a few minutes was feeling like would black out. Since then I carry an epipen. I have found that when stung on my right side...
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    New nesting site to me

    Just had a farmer stop by and took me to a colony that is building a nest in a small hedge tree. Never saw that before especially here. Will get pictures tomorrow when I go to hive them. I know will...
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    Re: multiple swarms

    I have one that did 3 swarms on me. Opened them up to find 10 more queen cell. Only 1 was a superceduer. Pulled out 2 frames of sealed brood leaving 2 queen cells intact and put into a new hive with...
  10. Thread: late swarm

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    Re: late swarm

    They done lit out while I was sleeping . I put another 2 lbs a honey into the hive and they started going for it . I went to bed as I work nights. They had lit out by the time I had to get up again....
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    late swarm

    Had a late swarm come find me. Problem is they don't like my bee condo. I hived them only to have them return to the tree almost at ground level. The real strange part is it is now 50 degrees out and...
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    Ours are all but done now . Hated to cut my grass...

    Ours are all but done now . Hated to cut my grass as the white clover was up real good .

    Drifter
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    flat foundation

    Here is what I have found works well for me to keep the foundation flat when embedding the wire . I use a piece of glass one each side I had cut for it . Place a piece on each side when heating the...
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    Poll: After loosing 17 out of 22 hives to a wierd...

    After loosing 17 out of 22 hives to a wierd weather pattern I have to vote no . They made brood down below the honey super and stayed on it and starved even though was 30+ lbs of honey left in the...
  15. Thread: tree bees

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    They absconded on me . Never saw em abandon brood...

    They absconded on me . Never saw em abandon brood like that before . Live and learn I guess .

    Drifter
  16. Thread: tree bees

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    Would spraying them down some with sugar water...

    Would spraying them down some with sugar water help in handeling them ? I think the queen has been running back into a hole when i try to gather them up .

    Drifter
  17. Thread: tree bees

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    tree bees

    I have a tree that the storms here took down and cracked it wide open at the nest site . I cut out all the brood I could find and rubber banded it into frames . Placed in a deep hive body with a...
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    Sticky: 2ore swarms in last 2 days . One came to my honey...

    2ore swarms in last 2 days . One came to my honey house and another on a fence post . Both good size swarms . 7/14/07 mid 80s today . West central illinois .

    Drifter
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    hives sprayed by a crop duster

    I have my last 2 hives in one yard that I saw a crop duster do a direct hit on with a fungacide . I haven't gotten brand name of it yet . What has others experiances been with this ?

    What report...
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    Sticky: Hiving one today 7/8/07

    Went on a swarm call today 7/8/07 was a large swarm but probably be a honey eater if the big boys saying holds true .

    Drifter
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    winter losses

    I wentinto winter with 21 hives . I have been able to check on 12 so far and lost 10 of those . All had brood and died away from stores . Each hive still had around 20 lbs of stores left .

    Sure...
  22. Thread: Epi Pen

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    I get mine thru the VA along with my pre...

    I get mine thru the VA along with my pre expossure rabies vacination . There is a co pay but well worth the peace of mind .

    Drifter
  23. Thread: lost my bees

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    All I know from the Joliet area beeks as some...

    All I know from the Joliet area beeks as some thought their bees were being stolen . They would open the hives up find a queen and some brood but no field force when they were strong a couple weeks...
  24. Thread: lost my bees

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    Just checked my 2 yards that can get to . Sad day...

    Just checked my 2 yards that can get to . Sad day lost 10 out of 12 . All still had honey too , lots of it . They were dead below it and had even started to eat into some . I am guessing the new CCD...
  25. Thread: Feral Hive

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    Swarm traps are great if in right area . I get...

    Swarm traps are great if in right area . I get calls for swarm pick ups in my area now that folks know I am willing to get them . The county extension office is a good place to leave your contact...
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