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  1. Thread: No swarms here.

    by Sarge
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    No swarms here.

    This year we haven't had a single swarm call or even seen or trapped one.
    I'm guessing that the hard winter finished a good many hives.
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    Re: Black Honey Bees ??

    I have a hive full of them. Mine are ferals from a swarm some 6 years ago, and what has been said is true. They are more protective, the sting gets more of a reaction, and in my case they produce...
  3. Thread: Trap out

    by Sarge
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    Re: Trap out

    As workers stop bringing in food the queen thinks there is a dearth and stops laying. The bees use the stores to feed the remaining brood.
    The hive will hold out until the food is all but gone...
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    Re: Not to be a negative Nelly, but...

    About 30 years ago I turned my hobby and interest into a business. I was and am a trapper. I knew the skills of a trapper as well as any, but I did not really understand the Office part of running a...
  5. Thread: "Survivor bees"

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    Re: "Survivor bees"

    One major problem facing feral bees is the same one facing so many other species, loss of habitat. Specificaly nesting sites and forage areas.
    For most city dwellers, current AND former, a nest of...
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    Re: Heads-Up for Vigo County Indiana

    As far as I know there have been no bee related problems. In fact,the main theme around here has been protecting them.
    This is one of those "getting ahead of the curve" ideas. That and the...
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    Heads-Up for Vigo County Indiana

    The County Council will take up a new zoning ordenance this comming year that will effect beeks.
    The entire County is now being re-zoned by the Area Planning Office to bring the zoning into line...
  8. Thread: EPA Lawuit

    by Sarge
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    Re: EPA Lawuit

    A noble thought. However, if we ban every chemical that may harm an endangered or benificial species we will ban all of them.
    We have a tendancy to have tunnel vision when it comes to things like...
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    Re: Cutting out end bars

    The bars don't need that taper all the way down. Just a gap big enough they won't glue them together. I use a Dado blade and nibble away the sides of a 2x4.
    I cut the bottom end slots first then...
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    Re: Open air colonies?

    I see them every few years in west central Indiana. There is a hive now on a dusk to dawn light pole not far from here.
    I wonder how folks can overwinter a nuc but not a late swarm, or small hive...
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    Re: What's all the hubbub bub?

    40K a year is more than I made working full time for most of my life, and we raised 4 kids on that.
    So I have to say that I agree in part. Alot depends on your view of what you need to feel...
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    Re: Why do you keep bees

    I was going to start a Skunk Farm but the town said I wasn't zoned for one.
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    Re: Screened Bottom Board Question

    Around here Ace Hardware is the only source.
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    Re: Home Made Wood Frames

    I make my own top and bottom bars, but just can't master the ends.
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    Re: Maintaining feral hives

    If all you want to do is provide a home hang some duck boxes with reduced entrances.
    As long as you don't try to manage them you are no different than the hundreds of people who put out food for...
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    Depending on many things this can be a very...

    Depending on many things this can be a very common thing. Some breeds of bees build alot of Burr comb between frames. They just like having little walkways to get around.
    Some believe that how the...
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    Easment

    Make a visit to the Area Planning Office, and ask for the specifications on lot sizes and setbacks. Drop across the hall to the Plat Office and have them pull the legal descriptions for your, and...
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    Go past the post office or library and get a copy...

    Go past the post office or library and get a copy of the small business handbook, the instructions for farm profit and loss, and the forms that go with them. look them over and you will get an idea...
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    Bat death

    We started getting calls about bat deaths about 4 years ago. At the time the County Mosquito Control programs were changing from conventional pesticides to the "Greener" bio based agents.
    They...
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    The active ingredient is an irritant. It would...

    The active ingredient is an irritant. It would act like Bee Quick I'm afraid.
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    Bag worm ?

    Bag worm ?
  22. Thread: Escape boards ?

    by Sarge
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    Escape boards ?

    Just wondering how good they work for you folks? I have heard of bee escapes that drop into an inner cover, but not these.
    How long does it take to clear the super? How many supers should you...
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    I've done several of these over the years. Alot...

    I've done several of these over the years. Alot depends on how long its been down, how it hit in relation to the combs, and if the queen survived the fall.
    In many cases the bees you see are...
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    Around here we have a dry spell and little to...

    Around here we have a dry spell and little to nothing comming in. That would make them cranky by its self.
    If you switched them out to a new set of boxes you may have lost the queen. I would let...
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    I know a couple old beeks that rubbed down the...

    I know a couple old beeks that rubbed down the extractor with parafin wax before extracting. One had a wooden tub on it and the other galvanized steel.
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