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    Re: My low budget honey house

    It is really strange that our experiences are so different. My hives are about 100 yards from the barn. We get wasps and carpenter bees all the time, but no honeybees during extraction! That day we...
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    Re: My low budget honey house

    Nice !! I do think people worry too much about the "bee proof" part. I extract in a farm building with large sliding doors. In places you can put your hand between the doors. I have never had a bee...
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    Re: What do you use for your tools at the bee yard?

    Fortunately, my bees are close. I never seemed to have everything I needed with my 5 gallon bucket, so, I acquired a wagon. I carry an extra super with frames, some deep frames, smoker, tools, beetle...
  4. Thread: Dadant Frames

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    Re: Dadant Frames

    Had a problem with Dadant several years ago. They refused to cooperate. Since then I have bought thousands of dollars in equipment from Brushy Mountain with zero problems.
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    Re: Queen or Laying worker ??

    This bee was as large as any queen I have. She had attendants and when I removed her, many of the bees followed her. She sure did make a mess of the brood area !!

    Ed
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    Re: Queen or Laying worker ??

    DONE !!! There is no backing up now. Thanks to all who responded. I wonder if there is any way to tell whether one is a queen or laying worker by looking at her.

    Ed
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    Re: Queen or Laying worker ??

    Answer to your questions. The original queen was left in the original hive and the queen cells were given to the new hive that is now full of drone brood. The drone brood is centralized and in a nice...
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    Queen or Laying worker ??

    I did a split a few weeks ago. I expected one hive to make its own queen from queen cells present. Almost immediately, I started getting eggs. Turns out they are drones and most of the cells have...
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    Re: Goats cows and bees ?

    I finally did it !! It wasn't as big a deal as I expected since I have an auger for my tractor. It took about $65 in posts, $45 in wire and $60 for a gate, plus a half days work. I consider it like...
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    Re: Did a tree service wipe out my hive?

    IF it turns out that the bees were poisoned, you don't have to prove that the tree company did it to a certainty, only to what is reasonable under the circumstances. Since there is no other...
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    Re: Goats cows and bees ?

    I will go by the supply house today and take a look at those. Thanks.

    Yes, my goats end up at the highest point and would certainly get on top of the hives. I was just hopeful they would do it...
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    Re: Goats cows and bees ?

    Thanks everyone. You know, I "kind of" knew that I should fence the apiary in, but I was just hopeing that someone had a magic solution. My goats will walk under an elecctric fence when the ground is...
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    Goats cows and bees ?

    What can be expected if one turns farm animals loose in the same area as the apiary? Am I going to have to fence the apiary in and the animals out? Sure would like to hear "no". It's a lot of work to...
  14. Thread: Bee Suit ?

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    Re: Bee Suit ?

    Get one that is larger than you would normally buy and it is less likely to pull apart at the seams. They're hot, but cheap and effective.

    Ed
  15. Thread: New Split

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    Re: New Split

    Thanks, so do I close them off at night and haul them the next day to avoid leaving field bees?

    Ed
  16. Thread: New Split

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    New Split

    I did a split and took the split 3 miles from my apiary to prevent the bees from going back to their home hive. I purchased a queen since I was not happy with the genetics of the old hive. They are...
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    Re: Greetings from Florence South Carolina

    We need to get together and share information. My bees are on Sumter St. Don't want to put my number here. Look in the phone book for GE Dixon.

    I installed two hives last year and just installed...
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    Re: Greetings from Florence South Carolina

    My bees had flowers to work all winter !! They took very few days off.

    Ed
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    Re: Greetings from Florence South Carolina

    Thanks for the warm welcome !! Ed
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    Re: Coating of board below SBB

    Thank you gentlemen. Good information. It is amazing how the internet allows the transfer of knowledge !! I can learn in a week what would have taken a year 20 years ago.

    Thanks,

    Ed
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    Re: Swarm then Queenless

    They are now bringing in a lot of pollen. Looks like giving nature time is the key. I will leave them alone for a couple of weeks and then take a look.

    Thanks,

    Ed
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    Coating of board below SBB

    I read somewhere on this website that vegetable oil was not a good thing to use below the SBB because racoons like it and may disturb the hive. In another place I see a mixture of baby oil and...
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    Re: Swarm then Queenless

    Thanks to everyone for the information. I am learning a lot from this. First, it looks like I have jumped the gun with my concern. I will give it more time. I did see bees with pollen on their legs...
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    Swarm then Queenless

    I had a very strong hive swarm about 3 weeks ago. I went into the hive today and bee wise it is still quite strong with loads of honey and pollen. However, there are no queen signs.......no brood, no...
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    Greetings from Florence South Carolina

    Hello,
    I have been lurking for some time and am learning a great deal. I seem to get most of what I need here without posting. A simple search finds a myriad of links, photos and first hand...
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