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  1. Thread: Guard bees

    by DanielD
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    Re: Guard bees

    29 days could be a little short on maximum time before you could have a new laying queen. Some puzzling things are the drone brood and the queen cells. They would be all gone before 29 days if...
  2. Re: Re-queening at hot hive on a hot stormy day and then...

    Glad your alive one eye. One of the best things about beekeeping is that there's always something exciting coming around the next corner. I am guessing making the queen headless was a real joy.
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    Possible swarm trap success

    I have a swarm trap in a tree on the property and it's been inspected by a couple dozen bees for a few days. I didn't think there's a swarm in it yet, but a few bees were lined up in the entrance...
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    Re: Bee's favorite flower

    We purchased land and started with bees about the same time. It's amazing how certain plants, like burdock and thistle, are such a conflict of interest. You want to get rid of the invasive things,...
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    Re: Neighbors destroying colonies

    Burns, you're endangering a lot of people there. :eek: I would say your approach is good with your neighbors. They can become more of a supporter of your bees than you.

    Chris, I also think...
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    Re: Life after a Swarm... Now What?!?

    I didn't see any mention of drone brood before. If there is a laying worker, there would also be eggs, possibly multiple eggs in each cell. Is this drone brood capped? What is really being seen is...
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    Re: Life after a Swarm... Now What?!?

    It can take up to a month after a swarm for the new queen to lay. There are plenty of threads on this site where someone has the same scenario and all hope is lost. Then, 3-4 days later there's...
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    Re: When walk away splits fail

    A tip off for me if I look too early is finding a frame full of cleaned out cells waiting for the queen.
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    Re: When walk away splits fail

    As I was reading this thread for the first time today I was thinking, just wait a bit longer for a queen in the split. It probably was always in there from the beginning. The hive before the split...
  10. Thread: Bees Hate men?

    by DanielD
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    Re: Bees Hate men?

    I was going to suggest they were camera shy.
  11. Re: Vacation bound and it's been so long we are not sure how.;

    I am not a big traveler to give you any information out east, but I want to encourage you to keep working on the business and as a fellow home school dad, keep it up with the home schooling and...
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    Re: Overwintering with Pop-up greenhouse?

    A darkened or dim location at around 40 degrees and enough stores will keep even small hives through the winter. Think about a crawlspace, unheated but insulated garage, etc. I have kept nuc size...
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    Re: Amazing swarm hive

    With foundationless, I have had bees that would build comb filling the whole frame but the last 1/2", then take a long time (weeks or months) to attach comb to the bottom of the frame. I have some...
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    Re: Queenless Hive after 2 swarms

    If you had a place to store a small colony at around 40 degrees all winter, like a crawlspace, basement in an old unheated house, etc., a small colony or nuc can survive well through the winter if...
  15. Re: One's queenless, the other is getting ready to swarm...what's next?

    Did you end up putting a frame of eggs, etc. in the suspected queenless hive? They may have swarmed if they were going strong and you're in the middle of old and new queen with no brood left. If...
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    Re: Strange Suggestions From Local Bee Inspector

    Good plan on calling another inspector. I think there's a bee inspector who needs to loose their job if all this is happening.

    Lesson to learn, know the landowner well, and/or watch carefully. ...
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    Re: Strange Suggestions From Local Bee Inspector

    Do you have a trusted beekeeper friend in the area? If so, I would have the friend take off the supers, etc. and do what you want with them. Actually, I would have him move the hives somewhere else...
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    Re: tanging a swarm to get it to return

    I once got out of my car and had a swarm of bees above my head. I just stood under them and moved when they moved. They landed nearby at ground level after 5 minutes. That's just my scientific...
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    Re: Neighbors destroying colonies

    Your neighbor did do something damaging and hateful, but to take revenge would be no better and only make your life there worse. Allowing things to be worked out according to the law would be good,...
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    Re: Life after a Swarm... Now What?!?

    Yes, bees naturally swarm and aren't let down when they do. You might be though. It would take as long as a month or so to get eggs from a new queen after swarming. There can be a week or two...
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    Re: Robbing and top entrances

    I have top entrances and use a regular type robbing screen that I make except that the exit is on the side opposite the real entrance, which is only about half the width of the 8 frame box. They...
  22. Re: Rain Rain GO AWAY! Amazing Flash Flooding Video

    There's a lot of that rain going around the midwest. Here in Northeast Missouri I measured 9 1/4" for one overnight rain a week and a half ago, and there was over 20 inches in a week that week.
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    Re: How many hives?

    Probably as many as he would let you put there since they cover up to 2 miles.
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    Re: Hive Not Opened for 10 Years!

    Maybe I missed the answer to my question, but who gets the bees when everything is all restored and going well?

    I like the idea of letting them expand into new equipment and eventually...
  25. Re: Loss of land access has me selling, but I'll be back.

    How about checking for orchards, or other commercial food growers nearby to see if you can find a place that would appreciate pollinating services for free. There's a couple listed in your county...
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