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  1. Thread: Swarm Story

    by Dave1958
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    Re: Swarm Story

    I always put a frame of brood. Has to have open brood, not just capped. It's more important to keep the swarm, because queens coming or not that is a significant amount of bees to lose if they leave....
  2. Thread: Buckwheat

    by Dave1958
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    Re: Buckwheat

    This is my second year with buckwheat. I'm told buckwheat is a dark honey. My honey is dark. Deer eat a tremendous amount of stems and Turkey devour the seeds. I got to disk it under once last year,...
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    Re: Need help moving bees

    Sad part about the guy wanting to help you by helping himself to the bees. Since you told him you wanted the bees
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    Re: Why a cell starter and finisher?

    That explains much. I've tried grafting repeatedly. I'm always light on bees can't get my numbers up because of winter losses. The cell builder I made was 3 frames of bees that were not flying on...
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    Re: Confessions of a first time grafter

    I grafted for the first time last year. Here's what I learned. I went to hobby lobby and bought a table top magnifying glass. Table top so I don't have to hold it. Then look for age appropriate...
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    Re: Bee / Hive Cameras

    Issues are gloves with propelis holding a $1200 camera. Then you have to focus. I use a cheap camera from Nokia, and also my iphone
  7. Re: Got my nuc installed...messy, stuck together frames?

    Walk the old frames to the edge gradually. As you inspect(assume the frames are 4-5 position) pull the frame in position 1( you pick left or right in position 1). Then as you inspect and pull frames...
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    Re: What is "Aggressive"?

    If i don't use smoke all aggression is on me if I use smoke and they are that way twice with smoke I'm breaking that hive up and either letting them make a new queen or purchasing one. I won't let a...
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    Re: Hive Placement with lots of shade

    Shade is for the benefit of the beekeeper. That said it mAkes it tough to work in the middle of the day in a full suit. I had to take a break working bees and it was only 80. I did my grafting in the...
  10. Re: Small cell bees can crawl through the venting slots in my helmet.

    If I feel them sting my suit, it will itch but no issue. If they get through and I feel the bite it will take a month before it goes away( itch and scratch)
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    Re: Putting hive in pasture with a horse

    Horses( and cows) see bee boxes as scratching posts.
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    Re: Growth and Potential Split

    If you split, move the queen into the split. She will continue to lay, and foragers will return to main hive to keep it strong till it makes a queen. Don't make the split weak. It needs adequate...
  13. Re: Am I really not supposed to open/look in brood nest at all?

    I went into a new hive that was made April 1. Queen was over wintered. Started with 6 frames. Would not move bees into super or draw comb. Found swarm cells today, but has eggs, so I moved the frame....
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    Re: robbing continues, need help

    Small opening and robber screen that relocates going and coming at least 5" from entrance. Somewhere in Beesource is an article that is a researched how to stop robbing. That is what I got out of it....
  15. Thread: nuc prices?

    by Dave1958
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    Re: nuc prices?

    I heard someone say 140 for 5 frame, in a plastic box. I also think I heard another keeper quote 125, transferred into your equipment
  16. Re: Strange comb being drawn out, do I remove?

    Sometimes bees won't draw on the frames with wax, or they draw crosscomb. It's one of the perils of plastic
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    Re: Natural Beekeeping with Treated Bees

    TF is one reason I had 90% losses 2 years ago and 75% last year. That said I also had 2 of the worst winters in the last 40 years. In April I started thinking how I'm going to go through the winter....
  18. Re: Bee Hive as Security While Away From Home?

    I would think it would be a terrible liability. I would rate it as an accessible loaded gun with children in the house. Too many people are stupid about things like bees. If someone came to the door...
  19. Re: Robbing slowed but not stopped, now what?

    I had massive robbing last year. I made robbing screens that are at least 5 inches from the opening. Takes a couple of days for the tenants of a hive to learn to go in and out. Their sisters help...
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    Re: Stupid NOAA rant

    While I'm not getting temperature like you I made splits Friday. Going to probably fail stinks
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    Re: Alternative to beekeeper gloves

    I forgot my regular bee gloves, so I improvised and used deerskin work gloves. BIG MISTAKE, the bees absolutely came unhinged. Smell or whatever, took wall to wall bees over almost instantly. Just...
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    Re: Swarm Percentage

    It's normal for healthy hives to swarm. It's their way to reproduce.
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    Re: Question on brood and pupae

    The more advanced way of looking at queen efficiency and brood pattern is to look before capped and to look at eggs, and through all stages to capping. Once capped a hygienic hive could potentially...
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    Re: Who Re-Queens After the Summer Solstice?

    I wanted to make queens earlier than the next couple of weeks, but I had so many loses from winter, and bees haven't built up. It takes bees to make bees. I have only one yard due to aerial spraying...
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    Re: Lost first hive ever to SHB

    Space is not necessarily issue with SHB. It's drawn comb that they can lay eggs. So if you have drawn comb, only give 1- 2 frames more than the bees can cover. Make the rest foundation and when you...
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