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    Re: Advice on moving VERY hot colonies

    i just want to say to all who contribute here on beesource , i dont post much but have spent countless hours reading here , i dont have a mentor and even though i am a few years into it one can never...
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    Re: Advice on moving VERY hot colonies

    thanks for the advice people , so sorry didnt post pocs , didnt think about the difficulty of taking pics with an iphone and gloves on :(

    yes got all the bees , turned out tyo be seven colonies...
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    Re: Advice on moving VERY hot colonies

    Well got two moved so far started at 5.30 am in the dark and by 8 am I had as many as I could- I cut the brood comb and put it in empty frames and at each site suspended one of these frames from...
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    Advice on moving VERY hot colonies

    Hello people ,
    I live on grand bahama island and as you can imagine its been pretty hot here the last few weeks !i regularly do cut outs and swarm removal as a service to a pest control company...
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    Re: half a trap out ...what should i do next

    people , thanks for the replies , heres how it ended up ..

    the hole i cut in the roof worked well and 24 hours later my deep was filled with bees , i carefully removed it and sealed it for...
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    half a trap out ...what should i do next

    i was called to remove a colony from inside a roof , it was a very narrow cieling space so i went in from the top ..
    as oon as i got it open i realised that without tearing the whole roof off i...
  7. Re: how do i know if there is a queen or not ?

    unfortunately none on the island , i have been in touch with all the local pest control people to call me if they get asked to remove a swarm so we will see ....thanks
  8. Re: how do i know if there is a queen or not ?

    thanks ross , as i mentioned i am in the bahamas and no way to order a queen , stateside would have been no issue , thanks again
  9. Re: how do i know if there is a queen or not ?

    thanks ross ,
    this is the first colony that i have here and so no eggs otherwise it would have been an easy fix , thanks for the replies people ....
  10. how do i know if there is a queen or not ?

    last week i removed a huge colony from inside an old water heater that was on a scrap heap , there were a LOT of bees but i had to push my hands through a hole and so had to brek out the comb one...
  11. new colony possibly no queen what should i do/look for

    last week i removed a huge colony from inside an old water heater that was on a scrap heap , there were a LOT of bees but i had to push my hands through a hole and so had to brek out the comb one...
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    bearding 24/7

    should i be worried?
    i have one hive that is one of my stronger hives and the bees are bearding all day and all night - the hive has a full super of honey on top and a second added last week -
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  13. Re: bees "grooming" front of hive - whats going on ?

    thanks mr russel -
    one day we will inspect some african hives together(wink)
  14. Re: bees "grooming" front of hive - whats going on ?

    thanks for the replies - they have a new super on - so i dont think that they are overcrowded- they are filling that super pretty fast. i backed my inner cover a few millimetres for better...
  15. bees "grooming" front of hive - whats going on ?

    Each afternoon as it gets hotter they all crowd out of the hive, coat the front and spend the rest of the day like that - the two hives either side of this one dont do this and business continues as...
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    Re: homeless queen !

    funny !!!
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    homeless queen !

    well , i was just sitting in front of one of my hives taking some iphone video opf behaviours when i felt an insect on my toe , looking down , it was a queen bee !!!!

    she was exhausted and today...
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    what swarm lure

    people ,
    well late spring and the girls are ...well...busy as bees !!

    i have three nucs that i would like to use as traps - i have placed three old "black" drawn out frames in them and a dab of...
  19. excellent communication and customer service from russel apiaries

    people ,
    i have just received my new sunkist queens -

    i am a small hobbyist with just a few hives but the level of communication and service was like i was their biggest customer !!

    not only...
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    strachan apiaries

    I just wanted to say what excellent customer service I have received from them , prompt replies to my emails and in spite of the fact that I am a tiny customer (just bought three NWCs from them )I...
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    Re: varroa sticky boards

    bee dee tee

    thank you that is very helpful and is what i will strive for

    my worts hive is 205 in 48 hours ,
    best hive is 75 in 48 hours

    as soon as i get my supers off i will treat -
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    Re: varroa sticky boards

    yes please elaborate , why three sets of numbers for each month - i presume thats 1, 2 and 3 days ?

    i appreciate the help ,

    thanks
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    Re: varroa sticky boards

    okay here we are 24 hours later - worst case is 105 mites on the sticky - best hive has 29 -

    what should i do , what are the best treatments , seems like most subjects there is a lot of different...
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    Re: varroa sticky boards

    i live in central michigan , its late summer , fall will be in 4 - 5 weeks
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    Re: varroa sticky boards

    :) thats why i thought i would ask here !

    thanks people for your help so far will see what others have to say -
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