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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    A swarm has taken up residence in one of my swarm traps (medium nuc); they ignored a ten frame trap a few feet away. Both traps were baited with old comb and "swarm commander". Another nuc trap...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Second swarm from the observation hive at 10:45 this morning. They landed on a hedge, by 11:30 they were in a nuc.
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Tuscarawas County, Ohio May 8, 2015

    I was vacuuming my car in the driveway at 2:00 this afternoon. Shut off the vacuum and thought I heard a buzzing sound; my observation hive was swarming. The...
  4. Re: Installed my first hive. It could have gone better......

    Don't despair, it's probably not as bad as you think. The first couple of times in a hive can be intimidating... it will get better.

    If you got the queen inside along with some of the bees it...
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    Re: looking for PLANS on a OB HIVE

    I built a Bonterra "SwingView" from plans, with some winter feeding these hives are large enough to be sustainable year round. Since I use only medium frames, I did a few adjustments and made mine...
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    Re: Overwintering medium nucs

    I over-wintered four medium nucs this year (3 were 2-high and one 3-high). All had top along with small bottom entrances. All came through a very cold Ohio winter, are now in 10 frame mediums and...
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    Re: Keep an empty hive in the beeyard?

    If you have undrawn plastic foundation the wax moths won't be interested.
    I like to keep a spare hive and a nuc or two in the yard, you never know when you'll need something.
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    Re: Cotton coveralls and tie on veil

    The coveralls and veil are an option, but there are some others you might want to consider. I bought a full suit my first year, it was cotton with a zip-on veil. For me, it seemed pretty warm and a...
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    Anniversary cut-out... plus 2 swarms!

    Yesterday afternoon I got a call to the local Scout camp for a hive in the wall of a shower house. When I got there they had also discovered a swarm in a white pine about 1/2 mile away. Rain was on...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    The Safety Dept called this afternoon and reported a swarm in the plant. Last year I was told it was too dangerous... today they just wanted them gone They said' "Just don't get stung... we don't...
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    Owl pellets around hive?

    After cold nights I have had a number dead drones and some drones in various stages of development in front of the hive. Since I only see these hauled out after a cool evening I assume that it is...
  12. Thread: Water...

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    Re: Water...

    Mike,
    I have a hive in my garden and there is a pool next door. In an effort to prevent unwanted guests from swimming in the pool, I have water about 5 feet from the hive. My water source is the...
  13. Thread: Drones

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    Re: Drones

    Did an inspection on March 11 and had capped drone brood. None flying yet... that I've seen.
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    Re: mediun frames in deep nucs

    Michael Bush or another long-time beek can chime in and explain why this happens, but I notice this with almost all my bur comb. Also, I added foundationless frames when I open up my brood nest last...
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    Re: Any drawback to putting out swarm traps early?

    I don't plan to actually hang the traps until closer to swarm season. Using use lemon grass oil in all and swarm lure in a few... also some old brood comb as far as my small supply will go. With...
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    Re: Who has an Observation Hive?

    I have built a 10 frame medium Bonterra "Swing-View", it is going into the spare bedroom. I plan to stock it with either a split or a package.

    Thanks for all the good responses so far! ...
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    Who has an Observation Hive?

    Just wondering, how many Beeks out there have observation hives?
    If you do, how long have you been able to continuously maintain a colony?
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    Re: Word to the wise - Check your Hives!

    Paul,
    I'm about 100 miles due west of you in New Philadelphia, Oh. It was just shy of 70 yesterday and I took a look in my hive in the back yard.

    Found the queen on the first brood frame I...
  19. Re: Tri-County Beekeepers Assoc 34th Annual Spring Workshop

    Looking forward to seeing everyone there. Still struggling with which break-out sessions to attend... too many good choices!
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    Re: Lots of Maple pollen coming in today in Ohio

    This afternoon I was in my hive just out side of New Philadelphia, first time I've see the queen since fall. The girls were bringing in a lot of light yellow pollen... probably maple. Also saw...
  21. Thread: Alive and well...

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    Alive and well...

    I hadn't seen the queen since last fall, it was 66 today when I got home so I took a quick peak. She was on the first frame I pulled!

    The girls were bringing in gray/white pollen like crazy this...
  22. Thread: Bees flying today!

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    Re: Bees flying today!

    Also flying here out side of New Philadelphia. Hauling in water like crazy, I have watering pan with rocks beside the hive stand (to keep the girls out of the pool next door) and I counted 40...
  23. Thread: swarm trapping

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    Re: swarm trapping

    Charlie B.

    A rubber mallet will work, your bends might not look perfect but he bees won't care and it will still shed water fine. I have a cheap sheetmetal break that I picked up from Harbor...
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    Re: swarm trapping

    I did a little experiment with one of the Coates nucs built with BC exterior plywood. The box went outside to see how it stood up against the weather. Even with 3 coats of a very good quality...
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    Re: Building an observation hive.

    1299After reading through the comments, I'm leaning toward starting with a split and installing a purchased queen in the OH. Mine is a 2 x 5 high medium so I won't have a lot of bees to work with. ...
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