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    Re: Vanished Colony - Best Care for Frames?

    I should probably know this but - BT?

    Maybe because I never use chemicals with my hives?
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    Re: Vanished Colony - Best Care for Frames?

    Ants, roaches are in. Looks like moths are starting. Some of the frames are black - guessing foulbrood. All of the frames have been drawn out and are ready for honey/brood.
    Only solution to burn?...
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    Vanished Colony - Best Care for Frames?

    I've had one of my older colonies "disappear".

    No honey or brood in the frames. Starting to get pests in there.

    What is the best way to care for/keep the frames/foundation for future use?

    I...
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    Success. The hive in the log ended up being 9...

    Success.

    The hive in the log ended up being 9 feet long. Glad the backhoe was there to set it in my truck. They were pretty calm during all of the cutting but after I got them home and pulled...
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    Possible solution. Tree is coming down today. ...

    Possible solution.

    Tree is coming down today. I went out early this morning and was able to wrap the opening in the tree with screen and secured it with several wraps of duct tape. Probably a...
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    Quick Capture Help

    I was contacted to remove what appears to be an established colony from inside a cherry tree. The opening is about two feet off of the ground, it is in the middle of an empty lot within a...
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    Bees Gone-Reclaim Frames?

    Long story short, I'm contracting the building of our new home so the bees have been fending for themselves. Finally got a chance to do some maintenance and I found my captured feral swarm gone...
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    I captured a swarm earlier this spring and they...

    I captured a swarm earlier this spring and they are exploding. The feral bees are amazing! They have already passed two of my overwintered hives. I would go ahead and put a super on. I am about to...
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    I had a bad problem with SHB last summer. I...

    I had a bad problem with SHB last summer. I almost lost one of my hives to them. My solution was to remove any extra space - force the bees to occupy what was left to eliminate hiding places for...
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    Metal. We are going to try and run without...

    Metal.

    We are going to try and run without them for a while and see if our bees cooperate.
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    We put it between the wintering super and the...

    We put it between the wintering super and the spring super
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    Queen Excluder Beheadings

    We opened up our best hive yesterday and found many decapitated bees on top of the excluder. Never noticed this before - is this common? We removed the excluder and we're going to try it that way...
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    Feral Swarm Capture Success

    I captured a feral swarm about four weeks ago and placed them in a nuc.
    Well yesterday I moved them to a deep super since they had drawn and filled all frames with the exception of a side of one. ...
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    I've done something similar with a hive-top...

    I've done something similar with a hive-top feeder. One thing that I like about it is that the ants that are attracted to the syrup no longer find their way to the hive.
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    We noticed 3 swarms within 100yds of each other. ...

    We noticed 3 swarms within 100yds of each other. Two were 80-100 ft up and one was about 30 ft up. We didn't have any lure so I grabbed a couple of long 1 1/2 in PVC pipes and put them together...
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    Swarm Capture Success

    We captured our first feral swarm a couple of weeks ago and today we opened the nuc for the first time. We were thinking we had caught the queen because of the fanning and dancing that was going on...
  17. Thread: Smoker Fuel

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    Pine needles and Spanish Moss. Spanish moss...

    Pine needles and Spanish Moss. Spanish moss retains enough moisture that it makes a nice dense, cool smoke.
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    Sounds like they're trying to recreate "fat lighter". That's the heart of the pine once used to build many houses down South. That part of the pine was insect proof, hard as a rock and wouldn't...
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    Understood. The bees only need one of the...

    Understood. The bees only need one of the components of Thyme Oil (Thymol). I'll alter my method. Thanks.
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    Thyme Oil vs Thymol

    I've started to use the FGMO fogging in my hives. When creating my mix for the fogger I decided to go with Thyme Oil instead of Thymol. Reasons? Thymol is derived from Thyme Oil, easier to find in...
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    There were 3 swarms that appeared at the same...

    There were 3 swarms that appeared at the same time. The one I was able to get was 30 ft off the ground, the other two were 80-100 ft up and I had no luck with those before they headed elsewhere. I...
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    Thanks. I gave them a patty and a jar of syrup...

    Thanks. I gave them a patty and a jar of syrup and moved the nuc to a place where plums and azaleas are in bloom. I'm afraid to borrow from my first-year overwintered hives so they will have to...
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    Captured Swarm - When to Check

    I captured my first swarm this weekend. How long should I let them settle in before I break open the nuc and check on their progress?
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    Three Swarms within 100 yds

    We were breaking open our overwintered hives for the first time yesterday. Our two full hives did very well and our nuc did better than expected. I decided to put the nuc in a regular brood box...
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    SHB and Overwintering

    I still have a while before I will need to close up the hives but a problem has presented itself and I'm not sure of the solution.

    We've had a terrible time with SHB this summer and finally got...
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