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  1. Thread: bee vac ??

    by Cox89XJ
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    Re: bee vac ??

    I built mine very similar to what Barry has, the bushkill. I used an old Kelly’s plastic bottom board with some modifications. The hose that sucks the bees up is a 1 1/2 inch pool vac hose. Works...
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    Update on moved bee tree

    Update on the bee tree that I moved to my property back on December 28th. The bee tree had fallen on the fence on my friendís farm. He moved the bee tree off his fence with his backhoe. After moving...
  3. Thread: Mean Bees

    by Cox89XJ
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    Re: Mean Bees

    Mine were getting mean before they swarmed Mar. 27th. I think because they were crowded? It's not bad around my 3 hives now.
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    Re: Is a dog close to hive a major concern?

    Usually black and bees don't go together. I've got a mostly black Mountain Curr. The bees get after her all the time when she gets close to the hives. They don't like my black Farmall cap either. I...
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    Re: How far will a swarm travel?

    The swarm I got on the 27th of March was only about 70 feet from the parent hive. Like mentioned above, the big fat mama didn't go far. I hope she is more satisfied in her new home than she was in...
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    Re: Question about swarming

    Weed killer from the local Co-op. I don't know the brand, but it doesn't matter. I'll clean the fence row by hand and not spray close to any hive again.
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    Re: Question about swarming

    We are busy building a building on our property and have little time for my bees. One of my now three hives was really full of bees. I did manage to check inside a few weeks ago and there was plenty...
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    I had a swarm March 27 in TN

    My wife was mowing the field and had just mowed around our little building close to the garden. When I went to get a tool from the building I saw them in a small dogwood tree we had just put out this...
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    I moved a bee tree Dec. 28th.

    Back in the late summer a friend of mine called saying he had a bee tree in a fence row that I was welcome to. I tried a trap out, but there were to many entrances the bees could use for that to...
  10. Re: What is the best advice when building a bee vac?

    I built one that sucks the bees into a hive body that is going to be used. It's got just barely enough flow to pull the bees into it. Very, very few dead bees. Works good in cut outs. I probably...
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    Re: My wifes anniversary present.

    Well now. I've been married to the same woman for over 41 years. One year I bought a new 4 wheeler for me (I mean her) for her birthday. That's been several years ago and she still reminds me and...
  12. Thread: Bee Suits

    by Cox89XJ
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    Re: Bee Suits

    I have a full suit and it’s getting wore out, but I usually just wear my veil unless I'm getting deep in the hive or something similar. Would you suggest a full suit or and hat and veil combo?
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    Re: hives and high winds question

    If flooding is a problem. Move them up. If not you could strape them down.
    I guess people have noticed that some people post because they have something to say....... others because they have to say...
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    Re: Honey press sighting

    Looked like a very happy family. Great job and nice clean looking devise.
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    Re: Killed a hive yesterday

    I’m not going to Monday Morning Quarterback you. I think with your circumstances, you did the correct thing.
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    Do I requeen this Sept?

    Iíve gotten back into beekeeping this year with 3 cutouts. The first cutout I got the queen. The next two cutouts, I did not get the queen, but they ended up making one from the egg, brood comb. Well...
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    Re: Could it be the Moon?

    Typical ladies.... Maybe a skunk or some critter has been molesting them.
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    Re: Trap Out Question

    If you will check post by Wallibee, he is a master. He says 6 to 8 weeks average. When you no longer see any bees come out, wait 3 more days then remove the trap. Keep a watch on the old hive. If you...
  19. Re: Did not get the queen on the first cut out.

    Update: It has been over 28 days since I did the cut out and I still did not see any sign of brood, eggs, or the bees bringing any pollen in the new hive. So I’m thinking their attempt at raising a...
  20. Re: Did not get the queen on the first cut out.

    I missed some comb and brood that was above my cutout. I got it all this time, but I'm not sure about the queen. I may have mashed her? Or she might have run and hid some where else? Cut outs are...
  21. Did not get the queen on the first cut out.

    I did a cut out on the 14th of this month and I did not get the queen. I had put some of the brood in frames and tied it in with rubber bands. Good thing I did. Deciding I did not get the queen I...
  22. Thread: Why?

    by Cox89XJ
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    Re: Why?

    Why? I would like to know also. Most of the time I could work my bees with no shirt on, but "most" is a tricky word. One time years ago I had all my equipment on and it's a good thing I did. I opened...
  23. Thread: bee vac

    by Cox89XJ
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    Re: bee vac

    I built one using an old Kelly's plastic bottom board. Made a riser out of 1 by 3's and fastened it from the bottom of the bottom board with screws. Drilled a 1 1/2 inch hole in that for the bee vac...
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    Hi from Tennessee

    Hi,
    I just joined today. I’ve been lurking for awhile though. I’m sixty years young and I started bee having in 1985. Back then about all you needed was a smoker and a hive tool. Foul brood and wax...
  25. Re: Help revamping old! Kelley 2 frame extractor ... rusty

    My first post.
    I have the Kelly 2 frame reversible that I've had for years. Is there a way to convert it to a 9 frame radial?
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