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    Re: Merry Christmas to all of you!

    Thanks Vance. Hogs in tuxedos, I'd like to see that. Good day here, up in the upper 50's so the girls were flying.
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    Merry Christmas to all of you!

    Merry Christmas to you all! This is such a great site, so full of helpful information, and so welcoming. Hope you all have a wondrous Holiday Season!
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    Re: Hive insulation wrap

    That's a great idea! Politicians are good for something after all. :lookout:
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    Re: Hive insulation wrap

    Thanks emjambres! Well I got a new table saw this past summer so started making my own equipment. Believe me I'm no carpenter, but I'm learning.
    Good idea about covering the top exposed surface. One...
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    Hive insulation wrap

    Last Winter in our first year of keeping, I wrapped 2 of our 3 hives. Those were the only two that made it. I used 1" think foam board insulation as a wrap. This year I am wrapping our 7 hives with...
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    Re: Empty hive in October?

    Dave Burrup, how do you treat for mites? And is there treatment that can be done this late in the season, West Central Illinois where winters can get harsh ... (like last year).
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    Re: Empty hive in October?

    We lost a hive recently too. Population was huge, good stores, some capped brood and larvae, but they also had high mite infestation. We were in the process of treating them as best we could. I kept...
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    Re: Need help with situation

    Thanks Vance. No, I did not do a mite count, but had treated all colonies about 4 weeks ago. Just powdered sugar for what that's worth. I have a board I slide into my SBBs that essentially turns them...
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    Need help with situation

    Double deep, with medium super on top. Last inspection 3 weeks ago. Noticed at that time that the queen had been up in the Super laying, capped brood, larvae, all in the Super. Minimal activity in...
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    Re: New to Beekeeping and need some Guidance

    Hi Remist, welcome to Beesource. Finding this site is one of the best things you can do. Lots of great info and people here. I'm only into my 2nd year, but understand what you are talking about when...
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    Bees raiding local dumpsters

    I've received two reports recently about "swarms of bees" in a couple of local businesses. In both cases it was indeed thousands of honey bees, foraging in local dumpsters. (I didn't get to witness...
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    Re: Combining Hives

    I've done 3 newspaper combines this season. One sheet of newspaper on top of the recipient hive, and set the donor box right on top. I've done mine in the evenings when bees were in. Closed off...
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    Re: Hornets killing my bees

    We had a bit of a problem last year. Hornets hanging around the hive, sometimes grabbing a bee and flying off. We tolerated it but kept an eye on them to make sure things didn't get out of hand. This...
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    Re: Introducing bees to an exisiting hive

    I don't know the answer, but have the same situation. I'll watch this thread for suggestions. My thought was what you had mentioned, doing a "newspaper" combine, putting a box on top of existing...
  15. Re: Does venom immunotherapy (VIT) work? (I need real world advice)

    Odd, I just got notified today of your response.
    In answer to your question. Yes. I've captured and housed two swarms, done some regular maintenance, feeding, pulling supers, etc. All in complete...
  16. Re: The Wife Says That, "A Tornado of Bees as High as the Second Story Window..."

    yea, sounds like swarming to me. I've seen it twice unfortunately. This last time they came back and settled back into their hive after 30 minutes or so.
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    Re: NEED ADVICE! Bad reaction to sting!

    I had a bad reaction, was taken to the ER. I did get the scrip for an Epi pen which I now carry with me everywhere as bees can be everywhere. I chose to continue with bee keeping. So the first thing...
  18. Re: Tomorrow's removal (going to be a tough one) pic

    Take it nice and slow so you don't strain anything, LOL!

    My wife and I actually did an exposed comb extraction like that one on a soffit last year. This was in September with Fall/Winter...
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    Re: Are they replacing the queen?

    Thank you for the responses. We prefer the newspaper combine as we've had good luck with that before.
    The winters here are usually long and cold. Last year EXTREMELY long, harsh, and very cold....
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    Are they replacing the queen?

    Photos from a swarm captured nearly 4 weeks ago. Rather small, less than 2 lbs at that time. Still only occupy 5 frames in a 10 frame Lang. Tempted to put them in a Nuc so they don't have so
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  21. Re: Looking for decent inexpensive extractor!!-- have only 2 hives...

    I built one of these for less than $35. http://www.democraticunderground.com/1182619

    Or there is always crush and strain. Check out Fat Bee Man on YouTube, extraction on the cheap.
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    Re: Beekeeping conversions/rules of thumb

    "a swarm in May is worth a load of hay; a swarm in June is worth a silver spoon; but a swarm in July is not worth a fly"
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    Re: How can I seal up the end of this log?

    This is what I did with a log hive I had last year. Planned on using it for trap outs this year. I stood it up and put this "rain roof" over the top of it. Chainsaw to a flush flat end with a board...
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    Re: Sting to Shock

    Pete, glad to hear your ordeal turned out OK. Sounds like it could have been a lot worse.
    I had a bad reaction to a sting recently. I did go to an Allergist and was diagnosed with an allergy to...
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    Re: Hive swarmed in front of my eyese today

    LoL! That's one helluva way to get a swarm down. We had ours swarm out yesterday, went about 40' up an Oak tree. While I'm spending time plotting and planning how to get a ladder, climb the tree and...
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