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  1. Given your options, sounds like you've picked the...

    Given your options, sounds like you've picked the best IMO.
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    Commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution will...

    Commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution will take care of the resto of the world...... That will require a trip to the Supreme Court as I'm certain the Ninth Circuit court in CA will rule it (this...
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    One "tool" for swarm catching that I have is a...

    One "tool" for swarm catching that I have is a very handy rascal but obtaining one can be a trick. What I have is an old lineman's "hot stick". This is the expandable fiberglass pole that elctrical...
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    To expand on this theory for the benefit of the...

    To expand on this theory for the benefit of the purists in our midst.....How about any neighboring beekeepers within forage range of your hives? How about neighbor's throwing out soda cans in their...
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    Man.....88 degrees and 55% RH......I can only...

    Man.....88 degrees and 55% RH......I can only DREAM of such MILD weather. Maybe I'll get some of that in mid October........
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    Very similar thing happened to me on a swarm call...

    Very similar thing happened to me on a swarm call this spring. Large tree in the back yard that swarms several times a season for as long as the owner can remember (we're talking YEARS here) and...
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    This thread kind of makes me want to re-think my...

    This thread kind of makes me want to re-think my choice of clothing on swarm calls. Last two I showed up in shorts, no shirt and simple sunglasses for the face.......People think you're crazy anway-...
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    Nothing to worry about. Remember- wax is produced...

    Nothing to worry about. Remember- wax is produced by "new bees" too.....sometimes they just get careless and drop a bit.
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    I had rarely seen a bobwhite off the ground until...

    I had rarely seen a bobwhite off the ground until I began raising them. My pen birds always seem to attract a few lovesick males who didn't find a mate. They will fly in and perch on the house, in...
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    Not trying to be a smart #$@ but have you...

    Not trying to be a smart #$@ but have you considered a honey gate installed on your bucket? Draining is much easier than pouring....

    David
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    As Newbie said, I'd do a full exam of both brood...

    As Newbie said, I'd do a full exam of both brood boxes to determine "where" you are. Rearrange some frames between the two medium boxes. Move some filled frames "up" placed together in the top box...
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    I can only offer my first hand experience with my...

    I can only offer my first hand experience with my first swarm this year. I intentionally allowed my four frame observation hive to swarm and happened to be present the day it happened. My...
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    Could be simply hygenic behavior and a GOOD...

    Could be simply hygenic behavior and a GOOD thing. I caught a feral swarm this spring that I've noticed has a habit of doing that. This feral swarm came from a tree that has been continously...
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    If all your boxes are the same size you can move...

    If all your boxes are the same size you can move the brood filled frames down into a lower box and if a lower box contains capped honey, move that up. I've got the same issue in a couple of my hives...
  15. I started with zero experience and did ok. I...

    I started with zero experience and did ok. I started with Beekeeping for Dummies, a hive, smoker,veil and bee brush.....I still use everything regularly except the bee brush which still sees...
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    Interesting observation Ross. I haven't noticed...

    Interesting observation Ross. I haven't noticed the drone slaughter, if anything there are quite a few more. New queen hasn't started laying and we've had real good weather for mating flights,...
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    If they get it wrong (I've had plenty of issues...

    If they get it wrong (I've had plenty of issues with collapsed starter strips and bowed wired wax as well) I just cut it out and let them start over. I don't worry about the resource useage on making...
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    Smell of a swarm

    Well my OH finally swarmed and I just happened to be home to witness. What a sight. I know I said on here that I was just going to let them go, but when the time came I couldn't resist as they were...
  19. 31. Go collect a swarm wearing shorts, T shirt...

    31. Go collect a swarm wearing shorts, T shirt and sunglasses. Great way to earn respect from neighbors.
    32. After doing the above, don't be surprised if they are reluctant to let their kids play...
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    I wonder if that doesn't happen more often than...

    I wonder if that doesn't happen more often than we think.
  21. Could just as easily be a business...

    Could just as easily be a business decision.....Scenerio: A large commercial beekeeper suffers losses from CCD and calls up his "buddy" who happens to be a supplier asking if he can come up with oh...
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    That was a tough trip through the bee yard for...

    That was a tough trip through the bee yard for sure. I will tip my hat and say you are by far waaaaaay tougher than me. Depending on my attitude at the time I would either; (A) Five gallon bucket...
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    If she didn't, the bees you put in the hive would...

    If she didn't, the bees you put in the hive would have gone back out to find her and created another ball. My bet is that you got her back in the hive. Keep your fingers crossed that she isn't...
  24. Nothing qualifies the statement "all beekeeing is...

    Nothing qualifies the statement "all beekeeing is local" better than the referenced thread and this one. We have had more rain than what we've experienced in the last several years and while it has...
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    Just don't pull a trick that an old timer...

    Just don't pull a trick that an old timer recently told me about that he pulled 20 years ago.....One of those "seemed like a good idea at the time" thingys. He caught about 20-40 drones and put them...
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