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    Re: Price for a rotted out hive with bees?

    Unmanaged hives are a massive headache. I've taken 2 hives of 4 deeps each from someone that were unmanaged for years. They were rotten and propolized to the point where frame removal was near...
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    Re: Dead Out Numbers/Winter Losses

    2 of 4 survived. Lost one in early January. Checked the others and they looked great. I actually pinched myself for the good fortune. Then winter raised its ugly head for one last arctic breath that...
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    Re: Dead Out Numbers/Winter Losses

    3/4 made it to February. But February was pure brutal. Anxiously awaiting for cleansing flights. My others were not flying today with windy 50+ degree weather...but neither were some feral hives I...
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    Re: No longer a Virgin. With Pictures

    +1 on adding a frame of brood. Bees rarely abandon open brood.
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    Re: Drumming a trap out

    Also post an update with what you decided to do and how it went.
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    Re: Drumming a trap out

    Drumming a trapout is described in Roger Morse's writings...but usually involves a bee tree that has been sawn down to the point where they reach the upper most point of the cavity that houses the...
  7. Thread: Hive removal ?

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    Re: Hive removal ?

    More difficult. But it's still a thrill.

    I'm in my 2nd year. Here's what I've learned so far:
    -Free bees are never free. Ever. This has been a hard learned lesson. All of my hives were swarms,...
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    Re: Adding room to NUCs

    I have a 4 frame nuc that caught a tiny swarm from early June. All frames were foundationless. I added a 3rd box onto a couple weeks ago. The 3rd box is completely drawn out already. I'm tempted to...
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    Re: Human Made Feral Hives

    That's what I assumed they had done.
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    Re: Human Made Feral Hives

    Is this true? I wasn't aware. I have neighbors that have upright logs capped with boards on top and bottom with a natural entrance. Interesting...
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    Re: Overwintering Nuc Question:::

    My setup is a deep bottom with a divider feeder thus allowing 4 frames on either side of the divider. I custom made my own nuc boxes that fix 2 wide on top of the deep with space for 4 (maybe 5)...
  12. Re: Stupid question: how many beekeepers are scared of bees?

    This year I've just gone with a veil and ditched my gloves and jacket. Too hot. I've enjoyed working the bees much more. But, when bees start lining up on the top of the frame like jets on an...
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    Overwintering Nuc Question:::

    Quick background: I lost all my hives last winter in the first deep freeze in December. I decided this year to only manage wild local swarms that survived last winter. After studying Michael Palmer's...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    07/10/14 Troy, MO
    Large swarm on tree limb. 4-5lbs. Owner wasn't sure how long they had been there. Stormy weather earlier in week. 80-90 degs.
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    Re: Swarm trapping/collecting etiquette

    To better answer your question, we'll need the exact coordinate of these orchards and driving directions.

    Sounds like you found 2 geese that lay golden eggs. Make sure you smile every time you...
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    Re: The 150 rule (heat plus humidity)

    90 with 100% humidity here next to the Mississippi River.

    The bee jacket is awful. I'm soaked to the bone in 30 minutes. Can't afford a ultra breeze. But...

    I've tried to be braver this...
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    Re: How's the Illinois swarm season going

    I think this is pretty accurate. Add to this the winter we just had. I had my eye on 2 feral colonies that didn't survive the "arctic vortex". I knew if any swarms were caught this spring, they'd be...
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    Re: How's the Illinois swarm season going

    Saw another beekeeper get two in Quincy the last week of May.
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    Re: How's the Illinois swarm season going

    I had one in Quincy on 6/2. 3lbs in a tree.
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    Re: 8 Frame Equip on 10 Frame Box

    I was curious about this too. The scab idea sounds real good--and probably looks good. But a strip of wood makes sense for access to hive/feeder. Im going to have to give this a try. I have too much...
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    Re: The cheap cardboard box swarm trap

    Congrats! Beekeeping doesn't have to be overly expensive when we're resourceful.
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    Re: Need advice on bee tree.

    Sounds like you have a couple hives that are primed to build really fast. My only thought is I'm not sure I would have put them on the deep until their population filled the medium box. Might be too...
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    Re: What's damaging my hive?

    That doesn't look like chewing to me. By the looks of the cracks and large splinters it seems as if something fell on it and knocked a chunk of wood off.

    I'd say it was a meteorite. It's a better...
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    Bees' response to varnish odor

    I recently made some divider feeder frames from Michael Palmer's design. I found some tempered masonite at Home Depot (yes, the dark stuff) to use it for the sides.

    The tempered masonite was a...
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    Re: Cleo Hogan Trap Out with a twist

    Cleo, your advice is invaluable. Just small question here: I was under the assumption that if you modified the entrance to a hive mid-day (connect the hive to transition) you risk losing the...
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