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    Closed on new land caught swarm

    Closed on 2 acres of land 2 weeks ago, put a swarm box in a tree just for the sake of doing it. Went to the land today and to drop some wood off, checked the box and to my surprise there were bees...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Noticed bees in one of my swarm boxes today 03/31/2014. Mid-East Oklahoma.
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    Re: Hello from central Oklahoma.

    Welcome Leroy,
    Not to far from you, Tulsa. Happy to help if I can.
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    Re: Experiments You want to try this year?

    Here is my experiment for the summer. Last year I over wintered one nuc for each hive I have, which is not a lot, I only keep five hives. So this year I wanted to come up with an easy queen rearing...
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    Re: lemon grass oil for traps

    Vitacost is probably the cheapest
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    Re: Stimulating Groweth

    I am planning on splitting a couple of the hives, but I agree , I think I will just leave them to there own devices. Thanks all
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    Stimulating Growth

    Simple questions that may not be so simple.

    What is the best way you have found to stimulate spring build up?
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    Re: Located a feral colony in a tree trunk

    I place swarm traps within about 200 yards from the trees. I place the traps about seven feet off the ground. I also use nuc boxes that have housed bees (bees will find these nucs because they smell...
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    Re: Located a feral colony in a tree trunk

    I know of two trees with hives and I catch swarms every year and have been doing so for about five years. I know some will not agree with me on this but all of my stock is now from these hives. The...
  10. Thread: If you were me?

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    If you were me?

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    Hi all,
    We had a real nice day on Monday, went to see the hives again, All four were flying. It was warm enough for my first inspection, all the hives are two deeps. Although they looked like...
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    Few bee pics here on Valentines day

    Warm here today in Oklahoma, 59. So, I went to see how the bees are fairing. I have 3 full size, 2 nucs that over wintered. Very happy to see all alive and well. This is my first year wintering nucs,...
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    Re: I want to attempt to attract/catch a swarm....

    He is my two cents.
    If at all possible find where a feral hive is. I know of two trees with bees in them. If you cannot, a good place is around open fields.
    Use equipment that you have had bees...
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    I would love to see you beehive innovations

    One of the thinks I love about bee keeping is trying new things, building new ideas into my bee hives. What have you done that really worked for you? What box tweaks have you made that you like? what...
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    Re: Moving Bees in February, info needed.

    Thanks for all the info. I am going to move them tomorrow, temps should be around 40.
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    Re: Moving Bees in February, info needed.

    I have moved bees, just never in the winter
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    Moving Bees in February, info needed.

    Due to circumstances I may have to move my bees in a few weeks. I was planning on moving them in the spring, but my hand maybe forced to move them sooner.
    So, I need advice on moving them. I will...
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    Beeswax waterproofing

    Has anyone ever used beeswax to waterproof boots? If you have, how did you do it? How did it work?
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    Re: Expenses of beekeeping?

    It can depend on many factors.
    - are you going to buy all you equipment, or do you have the tools and some basic wood working skills to make your own?
    - are you going to buy nucs, or packaged bees,...
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    Re: Hive ventelation for winter

    Hey Acebird/Brian,

    Interested in your tag line at the end, "practicing non-intervention beekeeping." I'm not sure if I have ever seen that before. I have seen chemical free, natural. Can you give...
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    Re: Hive ventelation for winter

    I'm going to try a modified Warre hive top for three hives this yr. I think the 3-4 inches of shavings plus the top vents will help. We will see.
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    Grub control under hives-anyone tried it?

    Had a large battle this summer with hive Beatles, more then I have ever had. I was able to manage them, but it just ticks me off having to deal with them all the time.
    Since the larva live in the...
  22. Thread: Hive stands

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    Re: Hive stands

    I'm switching mine over in the next few weeks. I'm going to use 16 inch 4x4s on the ends and pressure treated 2x4s for rails.
    The reason I am doing it is so I can put grease on the legs. I'm hoping...
  23. Re: Oklahoma bee keepers-what, when, and how long fall flow

    Thanks for the reply. Goldenrod is blooming like crazy, is there not a honey flow with goldenrod in OK?
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    Re: Oklahoma - recommended stores for winter?

    Thanks ldaxon,
    I also run 8 frame.
    I have three hives, one with the second box completely full of honey, I'm figuring that's good. Second box has five frames of honey. The third has only one frame...
  25. Oklahoma bee keepers-what, when, and how long fall flow

    New to OK, what plants, and how long is the average fall honey flow in OK. I'm in Wagner county, near Tulsa.
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