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    Re: Lost my first hive

    I lost the first hive i ever bought :( Don't know the whys and wherefores, but they did have VM...... not sure of the load count as i was in no condition to do regular inspections. There was some...
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    Re: Carniolan Bee question

    Only my second year with bees, but i like the Carni/Russian bees. (not positive of the breed of mine) but they're one of the 2.

    I bought a package of bees this year with an Italian queen and boy...
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    Re: Cut out - from the inside?

    Sounds like the exact plan i had, seeing as how i didnt wanna be standing on a steep pitched roof, 15' off the ground when the siding was torn off. (Old home, plank built, and by using a...
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    Re: do bumble bees and honey bees fight

    Never seen them fight on clover and such, but let a bumble or mason try to enter a hive........... WHAM, my ladies aint ladies no more......they kick butt!! :lpf:
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    Re: How to do sugar-dusting?

    I have an old window screen that i replace the inner cover with for a few weeks (i dust them 3 to 4 times a week for 4 to 5 weeks). I dump the powdered sugar on the screen and brush it through. It...
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    Re: Let them die, or clean-up dead out next spring

    Did the combine on thursday. Havent been back into the hive since but it wasnt a problem. They were amazingly calm considering they have been queenless, homeless, and definately hungry. (helper...
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    Re: Let them die, or clean-up dead out next spring

    Well, they seem healthy enough. I have decided that IF i can get them into a med, i'll do a newspaper combine with my swarm hive.. I know at this point mites are a non-issue.

    Wish me and my girls...
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    Let them die, or clean-up dead out next spring

    I posted a few days ago that i was losing the 1st hive i ever bought.

    Since then, I decided to open that hive, and place the empty frames and boxes on their sides and let them fly off. (that was...
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    Losing my 1st ever hive

    The hive i started off with last year is not looking like it will make this winter. I was out today doing a long overdue inspection on all 3 of my hives

    1) my pride-n-joy that got me going in...
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    Re: nice Frame

    SWEET!!!! My 1st hive from last year does that fairly regularly, always full and seems near busting. A lucky swarm catch this year, and a #3 package from this year arent quite a prolific queens, but...
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    Re: My hive keeps "bearding" -- Cause for concern?

    Not to worry, with the heat and humidity they will fan the entrance and beard quite a bit. You have given them the ventilation they need, now let them do what they do........make honey and keep you...
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    Re: Need suggestions on moving hive

    I would do whatever i could to keep the hive(s) in one piece. Near dark, smoke them in pretty good, and screen the entrance. Staple or use a ratchet type strap to hold the stack in one piece. Use a...
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    Re: using powdered sugar

    I use the window screen method, and my bee brush. I know that powdered sugar isnt the final answer for getting rid of VM, but it does knock down the numbers quite well. The treatment must be repeated...
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    Re: Worst sting i have ever got

    Worst sting i ever got was pertty much ALL of them. Only been stung 3 or 4 times in 2 years, but they all hurt. My ear was the worst i guess, unless you count the one on my eyelid........that one was...
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    Re: Low honey producing

    Not so well for me here. Rain all month of June and now most of July, boxes are light and yes i am concerned.
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    Re: In need of a queen? Maybe?

    Thanks Ray, I did consider checkerboarding, but as you said, i didnt want to break up the brood nest. I never thought of reversing the boxes... now I know what i'm doing when i get home. Thx again.
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    Re: In need of a queen? Maybe?

    Ok let me explain better. Sry for the incomplete posting. :doh:

    The package was hived in early May. The queen was of the Italian "mated and laying" variety.

    At first i was feeding, i use a...
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    In need of a queen? Maybe?

    In early May i hived a #3 package. The queen was accepted, and all seemed fine. In recent weeks, i have looked in many times, and given the weather so far this "non-summer" (low temps and rain rain...
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    Re: what to do about bee harrasment

    inconclusive yes, but it sure makes sense. Seems HIS bees are quite calm, may be a swarm in someones attic or nearby tree or something
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    Re: Drones Everywhere

    I too have seen tons of drones being chased form my hives. I was told that most likely there were just too many, and the lazy bums were getting the boot........... Seems to have slowed considerably...
  21. Thread: Free bees

    by WayneW
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    Re: Free bees

    As long as you have the queen in the box, the rest will almost always go right in to be with her. Also, i dont think my neighbors would have appriciated me cutting their tree since the swarm was so...
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    Re: Free bees

    In this case the bottom of the swarm was only about 4, amybe 4.5 feet off the ground, by the time i set the box on a concrete block, the box was within 8 or so inches of the swarm. No need to do any...
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    Re: Free bees

    grass was a bit high, and not sure when i can move this hive to a more suitable location. They didnt seem to mind the climb lol.
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    Re: Free bees

    Pics are up now, have a look. They are impressive (to me at least) lol.

    I will be adding some feed and another box tomorrow. I can definately add a frame of brood from my big hive, never thought...
  25. Thread: Free bees

    by WayneW
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    Free bees

    While walking back to have a look at my biggest hive today, my friend called my name and said "I think you better come back here."

    She pointed to a smallish pear tree that was about 15 ft from my...
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