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    Re: Combining Hives

    I've done 3 newspaper combines this season. One sheet of newspaper on top of the recipient hive, and set the donor box right on top. I've done mine in the evenings when bees were in. Closed off...
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    Re: Hornets killing my bees

    We had a bit of a problem last year. Hornets hanging around the hive, sometimes grabbing a bee and flying off. We tolerated it but kept an eye on them to make sure things didn't get out of hand. This...
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    Re: Introducing bees to an exisiting hive

    I don't know the answer, but have the same situation. I'll watch this thread for suggestions. My thought was what you had mentioned, doing a "newspaper" combine, putting a box on top of existing...
  4. Re: Does venom immunotherapy (VIT) work? (I need real world advice)

    Odd, I just got notified today of your response.
    In answer to your question. Yes. I've captured and housed two swarms, done some regular maintenance, feeding, pulling supers, etc. All in complete...
  5. Re: The Wife Says That, "A Tornado of Bees as High as the Second Story Window..."

    yea, sounds like swarming to me. I've seen it twice unfortunately. This last time they came back and settled back into their hive after 30 minutes or so.
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    Re: NEED ADVICE! Bad reaction to sting!

    I had a bad reaction, was taken to the ER. I did get the scrip for an Epi pen which I now carry with me everywhere as bees can be everywhere. I chose to continue with bee keeping. So the first thing...
  7. Re: Tomorrow's removal (going to be a tough one) pic

    Take it nice and slow so you don't strain anything, LOL!

    My wife and I actually did an exposed comb extraction like that one on a soffit last year. This was in September with Fall/Winter...
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    Re: Are they replacing the queen?

    Thank you for the responses. We prefer the newspaper combine as we've had good luck with that before.
    The winters here are usually long and cold. Last year EXTREMELY long, harsh, and very cold....
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    Are they replacing the queen?

    Photos from a swarm captured nearly 4 weeks ago. Rather small, less than 2 lbs at that time. Still only occupy 5 frames in a 10 frame Lang. Tempted to put them in a Nuc so they don't have so
    much...
  10. Re: Looking for decent inexpensive extractor!!-- have only 2 hives...

    I built one of these for less than $35. http://www.democraticunderground.com/1182619

    Or there is always crush and strain. Check out Fat Bee Man on YouTube, extraction on the cheap.
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    Re: Beekeeping conversions/rules of thumb

    "a swarm in May is worth a load of hay; a swarm in June is worth a silver spoon; but a swarm in July is not worth a fly"
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    Re: How can I seal up the end of this log?

    This is what I did with a log hive I had last year. Planned on using it for trap outs this year. I stood it up and put this "rain roof" over the top of it. Chainsaw to a flush flat end with a board...
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    Re: Sting to Shock

    Pete, glad to hear your ordeal turned out OK. Sounds like it could have been a lot worse.
    I had a bad reaction to a sting recently. I did go to an Allergist and was diagnosed with an allergy to...
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    Re: Hive swarmed in front of my eyese today

    LoL! That's one helluva way to get a swarm down. We had ours swarm out yesterday, went about 40' up an Oak tree. While I'm spending time plotting and planning how to get a ladder, climb the tree and...
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    Re: Swarm and return, what a sight!

    Thank you Tenbears and Lburou.
    We did the double split with this hive. Lots of bees in this hive, I wish some of the others looked this good. Lucky to see this swarm happen.
    Last evening we also...
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    Swarm and return, what a sight!

    I discovered our oldest and largest hive in mid swarm yesterday. Stood and watched the "Bee-Nado" as they left the box, and flew in the cloud until they settled onto a branch some 40' up on an Oak...
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    Re: Bees using backdoor

    I'm no equipment expert but something doesn't look quite right with that hardware arrangement. My SBB does not provide any opening to the back, it's all closed off on 3 sides where the box sits on...
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    Re: How's the Illinois swarm season going

    I've got Missouri bees in my yard. They pack a good sting. Love mushroom hunting and fishing in Saverton, that's good land. Good luck with your traps.
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    Re: How's the Illinois swarm season going

    Well if one of ours decide to throw another swarm, I'll tell 'em to head SouthEast ... :)

    I remember last year it seemed there were all kinds of swarms being talked about in our club meetings, on...
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    Re: How's the Illinois swarm season going

    Well I don't know if that was my wife and I or not getting the swarms in Quincy that you mention. We got two in one week, one of those on 5-29, the other in early June. Small swarms, 1.5 pound, and...
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    Re: Dang the luck ... allergy verified.

    Thanks! Yes, it has become a passion for sure!
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    Re: Dang the luck ... allergy verified.

    Thanks for the tip, I hear enough about the Ultra Breeze to perhaps check it out. I have not been stung when suited up (knocking on wood). I usually have on full length jeans under bee pants, and at...
  23. Re: Does venom immunotherapy (VIT) work? (I need real world advice)

    I just went to an allergist today and took the series of shots to verify that I am allergic to Honey Bee venom. After discussing the desensitization treatments with the doctor, I cannot wait to get...
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    Re: Dang the luck ... allergy verified.

    Now that must have been some swelling. Sounds like the suit I have, jacket and pants separate. Luckily my big head keeps the hat on tight, so there's not so much slippage.
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    Re: Dang the luck ... allergy verified.

    About a dozen times. The last 4 stings were different than all the previous. The amount of swelling increased with each sting, healing took longer, the redness seemed to linger. The last three times...
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