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  1. Re: Is this normal? First complete hive check since November

    Yes, sadly that is normal - bees die throughout the winter and accumulate at the bottom - this is one very good reason to have a small entrance above the bees - not only does it help with moisture,...
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    Re: Scout Bees

    I think if bees are flying by and "smell" either old comb or some kind of scent - lemongrass oil / queen juice they will stop to investigate.

    But as for them seeking new homes all the time? No. ...
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    Re: Scout Bees

    I think if bees are flying by and "smell" either old comb or some kind of scent - lemongrass oil / queen juice they will stop to investigate.

    But as for them seeking new homes all the time? No. ...
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    Re: Pinch or keep?

    I say "Pinch her". There are several holes she missed!!

    Get some daughters from her and see if they are great layers too. Very nice.
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    Re: So..what happened?

    I think at one time or another, all beekeepers have had this happen. My guess would be be between the time they went into the hive, quite a few scouts had come back from hunting their prime site and...
  6. Re: Price for a rotted out hive with bees?

    Will you even be able to pack up the hives and move as is, or are you going to have to transfer them into new boxes? For no one in the hives for several years, you can pretty much expect that the...
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    Re: Lost Big Swarm

    casper, while it's disappointing to lose a swarm, one way to look at it is your bees are creating colonies out in the wild.
    If they survive next year, some of your progeny may be back to move into...
  8. Re: Trapout side of hill. Looking for advice. **Picture**

    I think I wouldn't mess with them anymore. Add an extra hive body on and let them move up into it. Once the queen is up in it, put a queen excluder between the boxes and once the bottom box (with...
  9. Swarm traps - how do you hang / install

    My swarm traps usually consist of a 10 frame deep. I've duct taped the bottom board and lid to the hive when having to install up high. (Tree stand, porch roof, etc.) Taking them up empty is alot...
  10. Re: Swarm commander: Does It Really Work?

    Now guys, if we are really going to be scientific about this, I believe you need to have 3 traps - all 3 traps the same size, same height, with the same amount of drawn frames / empty frames in each...
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    Re: Dead Out Numbers/Winter Losses

    Checked the other hive which was one deep hive that a swarm had moved into last year. Sadly they were dead - but there is still honey in the hive. There were dead bees out in the snow in front of...
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    Re: Dead Out Numbers/Winter Losses

    Out of 11 hives, I've checked 10 - only 1 has died. I need to check the one other one in a different location.
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    I just checked my hives yesterday here at home since the weather had warmed up and I could walk to the hives. I have a total of 8 hives here at home. The one single lonely hive that it sitting out...
  14. Re: How much to charge for drone brood?

    I'm not so sure I agree with your statement. The queen is going to lay drone brood regardless. If you do nothing - they raise them and the drones only job is to find a virgin and attempt to mate.
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  15. Re: For those who do a lot of cut-outs

    Just put ads in your free horse trader and such magazines saying that you want bee swarms.

    That's what I do and the majority of calls I get are from people with hives in their house / shed / barn...
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    Re: So excited

    Don't count your bees before winter is over. Many colonies survive up to now - but the queen will starting to lay soon and that means using up more food. And if we get several days or weeks of...
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    Re: Confused bees

    I'm being told the reason for all the late swarms is the weather. At least here in Pennsylvania, July and August are usually dry - we don't get much rain and things dry up. With things drying up...
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    Downed tree "cutout"

    I was notified a week ago about a colony of bees that was in a small hollow tree, that the tree came down in a storm and part of the comb was showing.

    I found the place where they were and sure...
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    Re: Bee hive rescue

    It seems really late in the year. Since they have been there all summer, why not tell the homeowner it's too late in the year to get them. But in the meantime, build a "box" around them. (2 pieces...
  20. Will have to do a cutout / combine

    Was just notified by a man from church that he found a colony of honeybees in a tree that blew down. The colony is exposed to the elements, so there is no way they can survive a PA winter.

    I...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    I got into the hive that the last swarm moved into - I knew it didn't have all the frames and I was afraid of the mess they may have created. I only had two frames in - one on each of the sides. ...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    The bees that were checking out the eves of the house on 09/03 moved into one of my swarm traps sometime in the last week or so. Of the 4 traps they had to choose from - 2 on the roofs, 1 on the...
  23. Re: Opinions Needed (Bee Kill vs Trap-Out)

    With a hive entrance 8' tall, I usually tell the people that the bees won't hurt them and there was really no need to remove the bees.

    If the homeowner insisted they be removed - due to someone...
  24. Re: Losing queens like crazy! A puzzler...

    I would have to say your hives swarmed too. I collected my last swarm last weekend. I was then called out on Monday about bees checking out the eves of a house. They were surely scouts looking for...
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    Re: Bees held for ransom

    Give the guy a call and tell him you will take them off his hands right before he kills them, saving him much time.

    If he is willing to kill them and get nothing for them - then he should be...
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