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  1. Re: How do you seal the entrance when relocation a swarm box?

    I bought some of those as well. After the second year they are warped enough that they have very limited use. When they are flat they are great! I've since seen metal discs offered by a few of the...
  2. WTB smaller radial extractor - deep frame capable

    Looking for a radial extractor in good condition and accepting deep frames. Crank or motorized.

    I'm in the DFW area, can drive a few hundred miles, or it may have to be shipped.

    Respond via...
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    Re: ARGENTINE ANTS!!!!

    Thanks to Rader Sidetrack, who pointed out my brain fart, I meant to write that the ants were taking the poison,not the 'bees'. Doh!
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    Re: ARGENTINE ANTS!!!!

    jrbees, the bees have taken the poison at a rate that did not allow the typical mold build up. I suppose the lack of sunlight helps too. Let us know how the glass jars work.

    FWIW, in the...
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    Re: ARGENTINE ANTS!!!!

    We've had those argentine ants in abundance the last few years. I live along a major Texas River and the ants are at home here. Ant bait stations have worked for well us.

    Here is a University...
  6. Re: Pay your state bee fees! I was a fugitive from justice

    One of my Club members wrote this recently:

    "A slave asks if its legal or illegal,
    A free man asks whether its right or wrong."

    lance corporal Larry Hough
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    Re: Kelley vs Dadant smoker

    Bought this in 1978. Guards and such were available, but this was cheaper. No identifying mark anywhere.
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=16718&stc=1
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    Re: I should Combine Much more aggressively

    My best honey production from a single hive (11 gallons) was a combination of two weak NUCs with a new queen the prior fall. :)

    FWIW and if its too far off topic, forgive me David...A beekeeper...
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    Re: Can't find my green marked queen

    Don't know if its the same queen, but my queens do get darker with age. :)
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    Re: Bradford pear trees

    Bradford pears have been blooming one week already here. Not much else blooming now, so the bees are always on them. Glad to have them in the neighborhood! :)
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    Re: OAV Finally registered

    Sounds good. Where can one read an official announcement? :)
  12. Re: Making nucs with Pseudo strips until having a queen

    It is well known that brood pheromones suppress laying workers. I was experimenting after reading John B. Free and his reports by Voogd and later Melojevic, referenced here...



    In these mating...
  13. Re: Making nucs with Pseudo strips until having a queen

    About the pseudo Queen strips. I called the manufacturer last year and spoke to one of their experts (don't remember the expert's title if it was mentioned). I was told the strips are good for at...
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    Re: Splits -Tips for Finding the Queen

    Michael Palmer posted a video bearing on the question of which box has a queen...I've tried this a few times. Sometimes there is no doubt, but sometimes I'm not sure. More experience interpreting...
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    Re: Splits -Tips for Finding the Queen

    Have you ever seen one of those pictures where you see one thing at first and then another thing by changing your focus? My method is to scan the frame for the one bee that is different. Usually...
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    Re: Lost Hive: Looking For Comments/Thoughts

    I don't mean to 'pile on' with monday morning quarterbacking advice Cyan......But, the cluster seems to have stuck to that patch of brood, and their unwillingness or inability to move to the small...
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    Re: Lost Hive: Looking For Comments/Thoughts

    I don't mean to 'pile on' with monday morning quarterbacking advice......But, they seem to have stuck to that patch of brood, and their unwillingness or inability to move to the small honey reserve...
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    Re: Best type of feeders..

    Depends on the strength of the hive. Strong hive, no problem. Weak hive, may be a problem. A robbing screen, adapted for the upper entrance might help. :)
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    Re: Best type of feeders..

    The number of holes depends on your purpose for feeding. If they have enough stores and you are just stimulating brood production you can use fewer and smaller holes. If you want to feed a lot in a...
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    Re: Best type of feeders..

    If you must use the frame feeder, there are ways to refill the feeder without disturbing the bees. I have done it like this:
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=16279&stc=1...
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    Re: MY HIVE FELL OVER

    FWIW, I had three hives scattered during 100 mph winds and driving rain, they all lived. :)
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015

    Squarepeg, reading the link in your post #115 was like the dawn of a new day for my understanding of why some bees just never prosper. I lost three NUC sized colonies of bees this winter that just...
  23. Re: Moving hives to a sheltered place during frigid weather

    Welcome Peri :)

    You can take Rader's advice as sage advice.

    I had a weak Nucleus (NUC = half sized hive) last year. I brought it inside my shop during the cold and fed it all winter,...
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    Re: When to give the boot

    Great point Ray!

    This week I'm looking at hives to decide which queens I'll graft from. The Italian based VSH line is going strong (and using a lot of stored honey in the process), but the...
  25. Re: Oxalic Acid ... soon approved for use in beehives

    Can't express how optimistic I feel about seeing this express action by our govt! We are used to slow, feckless action patterns from a polarized nation -I welcome this type of action. Don't want...
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