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  1. Re: Caught a swarm. Any clue as to the type of honey bees?

    Nope.

    But, when I see a split swarm like that one I think multiple queens and box the two groups separately and put them about 6' apart. If there is only one queen they will all join back together...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    66013 Stillwell, KS (South edge of Kansas City) 4-17-15 - Tree bees

    Had a couple other calls the same day that I couldn't get to.

    Don
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    Re: So..what happened?

    Space, heat, and light are the keys I've found to keeping swarms. I've gone the last three seasons without losing a swarm and have caught about 40.

    Here is my recipe on how to get new swarms to...
  4. Re: My 9-year-old retrieving rather large swarm - takes hit to forehead

    and SHOES or better some boots!

    Great job Marshall!


    Don
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    Re: WHAT DEFINES FERAL BEES

    x 2

    Except I wouldn't call mine survivors, they just die slower.


    Don
  6. Re: Conventional Beekeepers Bashing on Treatment Free Beekeepers

    I'm a TF beekeeper but think that the commercial or sideliner beekeepers that treat have a very legitimate concern for damages and we should respect that IF we are impacting their operations.

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    Re: JP The Beeman videos

    roflmao

    like them also :applause:
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    Re: Management Strategy Impasse

    #1, but cut back down on hive counts to what ever hive level the bees will thrive at, or

    You are a smart guy pick a different hobby/sideline. Not your fault, some places just don't support a lot...
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    Re: Lawnmower and bees...problem

    Smells can get bees going also, they hate WD-40 for an example. Washing my dog in the backyard with flea and tick shampoo also gets them going.


    Don
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    Re: Mark's new Honey Label

    Best picture I have ever seen of you Mark. :thumbsup:
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    Re: WHOOO HOOOO No more mowing!!!

    Wife doesn't care what the yard looks like? :scratch:
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    I thought the lead shot used to hunt waterfowl was considered the culprit in the eagle decline here?

    You mean we have been shooting the high priced steel loads for decades now when it was DDT all...
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    Re: Walnut or Butternut for hivebodies

    I built this walnut door salvaged from a 14' long 10" x 14" beam out of a Missouri Mule barn that was built in the 1860's.

    The beam was cut well out from the center of the tree and had no sap...
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    Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Thanks Dick

    That is far and away the most complicated paragraph I have ever read.

    Cheers.


    Don
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    Re: Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast

    Good job on the first two, will listen to the others, thanks.

    Say how come you sound like a great guy in your podcasts, but come off like a prick on beesource? ;)

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  16. Thread: Mite levels

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    Re: Mite levels

    :thumbsup:



    If you figure that one out let the rest of us know how.




    You've done well Mike, you've got a good plan and have also executed it well.
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    + 1, Great advise Peg
  18. Thread: Mite levels

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    Re: Mite levels

    I think what your seeing in your bees is just the normal shut down thrifty colonies/queens make in response to a dearth. Probably has been going on for a million years. Just so happens these brood...
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    Re: Mite levels

    Why are your bees on a "natural brood break"?


    Don
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    Re: Mite levels

    Sorry Mark, you're right. Don
  21. Thread: Mite levels

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    Re: Mite levels

    Responding to the original post.

    I have mites.

    Early July natural fall mite counts generally run 10 - 20 in a 24 hour period. Sugar shake samples generally show a 1 - 5% infestation.

    Then...
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    Re: Mite levels

    I think you are correct.



    It's called production. Population is where it's at when it comes to maximizing honey production or pollination.


    Don
  23. Re: Gotta vent about customers' expectations of charges

    I've found it works best to always quote the total job so there are no surprises when finished. I know I lose a job now and then upfront to somebody cheaper, but I hardly ever have any issues getting...
  24. Re: Local absence and local extinction, a confounding factor in TF prescriptions

    Thanks for taking all the abuse and hanging in there Michael.


    Don
  25. Thread: Hive swarming

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    Re: Hive swarming

    Frank,

    Trying to force bees doesn't work so well, works a lot better if they want to stay.

    Here is what works for me, in no particular order:
    Shade
    Wide open entrance, don't confine them...
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