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    Honeybound question

    Evidently, the flow is still going here.

    I've got two hives on watermelons down the road. I checked them tonight and one of the hives is becoming honeybound. It has a deep over a medium for a...
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    Re: Would you do this cutout?

    I always loved that song.....
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    Re: Would you do this cutout?

    Update -

    I cancelled the cutout and didn't feel the least bit guilty about it. After much consideration, I was trapped. There was no amount of discussion that would convince me that they had not...
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    Re: Ground swarm....

    Haha! I actually kind of loathe Facebook. I have been using it sparingly recently for farm marketing purposes.

    Actually, the only reason I did it that way is because it's the first video I've put...
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    Ground swarm....

    I think they fell out of the tree above. The narration is geared for our website...


    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10152516505314253&id=158094187731386
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    Re: When should I worry if a split failed?

    Queen hatches in 16 days +- a couple of days. Then a few days to firm up her wings etc., then a few days for mating flights. Weather can delay that.

    Total you're looking at 16 days to make a new...
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    Re: Reasons for hive not to requeen?

    It might be that the frame you
    put in doesn't have eggs.

    You may have missed the queen. I'm very good at spotting them, but miss them all the time as well.

    I've found them on the third full...
  8. Re: PLEASE HELP: Slightly Confused and Panicked New Beekeeper

    That's pretty funny with the names. I name my hives as well. The cutouts at least. I name them after the road where I got them. Long Cane hive, etc.

    For bait hives, you want to put them a little...
  9. Thread: Caveat emptor

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    Re: Caveat emptor

    That's ridiculous. Haven't had that around here yet. Makes me appreciate what we have.

    I've grown out colonies from three deep frames, but it takes forever and I'm not too worried if it doesn't...
  10. Thread: Caveat emptor

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    Re: Caveat emptor

    I'm not going to touch that one because I STINK at gardening! :)

    In all seriousness, I agree. The responsibility is always on the buyer. With the first hive, it wasn't the sellers
    responsibility...
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    Re: Caveat emptor

    They bought them from a beekeeper who has a stand locally where he sells his honey. That's how they met him. I don't know him, or his name, or where his stand is. They said he won't call them back so...
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    Caveat emptor

    So I have a couple of hives rented out on a vegetable farm down the road. The farmers told me that they had purchased a hive two years ago for $200, but it died out. It was a 10 frame deep. At its...
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    Re: New and bad experince in bee keeping

    I'd leave it corked on both ends. If they release her, they could ball her even if the old queen really is gone. It's usually recommended to leave them queenless for 24 hours when making splits,...
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    Re: Question about buying Established Hive?

    That ups the ante. The woodenware is worth about $100-$120 brand new. I didn't factor in frames and foundation with my first response, and now there is an inner and outer.

    As intheswamp mentioned,...
  15. Re: PLEASE HELP: Slightly Confused and Panicked New Beekeeper

    Pics 3 and 5 are queen cups, not cells. Nothing to be alarmed about if they were there by themselves, but they're not.

    The others are most likely swarm cells judging by the number of them, and...
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    Re: congested bottom box

    Possible yes, better, I don't know. I think you did the right thing. You can always split later if necessary. Cutouts are traumatic on the bees and I've found on the ones I've done this year that I...
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    Re: May packages swarming

    Folks with Warre hives will add boxes under (nadired vs supered), but everyone I know running langs goes up. I've never had a problem with them going up and haven't had much luck the other way...
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    Re: Swarm prevention - when to act

    Italians. One of the swarms ended up being queenless. They were high in a tree and I kept shaking them and breaking off branches trying to catch them. Would have been a great bee vac capture, which...
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    Re: Question about buying Established Hive?

    Sound like a good deal to me. Nucs in my area are $115 which is a little on the low side. I've seen them for $150. That includes 5 frames, which I don't have to replace, but no woodenware. The value...
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    Swarm prevention - when to act

    So 80% of my first year hives swarmed. Epic fail. Had some questions. First, I did want to point out some silver linings (maybe I'm just trying to make myself feel better) -

    - all happened after...
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    Re: Watermelon pollination

    Thanks for the vote of confidence Riverdewent. I'm not sure that I should be offering the advice, but I can say that I learn best through doing. I find that I can come up with all the reasons in the...
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    Re: Watermelon pollination

    All great points and I agree. If these folks come back next year, it'll be hard to go up on my price. For this first one, the way I look at it is that I traded some $$$ for some experience. Did the...
  23. Re: All mediums, no QE, when to stop feeding?

    The hives in question are either a deep and a medium, or two mediums full of drawn comb. As usual, a mix of brood, pollen, and probably syrup. So do you monitor weight, then feed dry sugar as needed,...
  24. Re: All mediums, no QE, when to stop feeding?

    I like the idea of not feeding and actually followed your advice and didn't feed any of my hives during the flow. Less expense = more profitable business model and better for the bees.

    However,...
  25. All mediums, no QE, when to stop feeding?

    Got some hives where I'm running all mediums. Honey flow is done for the most part. I usually run a deep and a medium and take the feeder off when I add a third story.

    For those who are running...
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