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  1. Re: Had an interesting thing happen yesterday when retrieving a swarm

    It was a lesson to me. I won't make the same offer again. I will help someone that wants to get into swarm catching, but they will do the work and provide the equipment next time.
  2. Re: Had an interesting thing happen yesterday when retrieving a swarm

    Yeah I know. Like I said I should have expected him to say yes, but I was surprised that he did because I wouldn't have the balls to do that after watching someone else hive the swarm in their own...
  3. Had an interesting thing happen yesterday when retrieving a swarm

    A friend called me mid-morning yesterday to tell me of a swarm that he and a friend of his had stumbled across. I had helped the friend of mine get his first hive setup last year, and his interest...
  4. Re: Would like to hear from those of you that moved your bees with you across the cou

    I was thinking of making a fully screened top to replace the inner cover and just leaving off the telescoping cover.
  5. Re: Would like to hear from those of you that moved your bees with you across the cou

    Don't really want to leave. Love Fort Collins and the surrounding area, but my wife and I need to be there for our parents as they get older and need help with things. We'd also like our kids to...
  6. Re: Would like to hear from those of you that moved your bees with you across the cou

    12-14 hrs
  7. Would like to hear from those of you that moved your bees with you across the country

    My wife and I are moving a few states away to be closer to our parents as they age, and I'm considering taking my hives with me as I have a pretty good stock of bees going from wild swarms or...
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    Re: Best swarm control method w/o splitting?

    Should have stated that I added the 2nd deep about a month ago when dandelions kicked into high gear. When I last checked on them (last Weds or Thurs), they were well on their way to filling out...
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    Best swarm control method w/o splitting?

    Backstory: have a hive that was started from a swarm last year that overwintered in a single deep. The hive is doing great now, so much so that I wonder if I will be able to keep it from swarming...
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    Re: Ventilated Suit for Daily Use

    I like my Mann Lake vented suit. This will be the 3rd year I've used it, and it's still going strong.
  11. Feed back honey frames from dead colonies?

    What do you all do with honey frames from colonies that died out over the winter? Feed them back to nucs/swarms/etc., or extract and save the drawn comb for the next hive? You find that the...
  12. Re: What is the current consensus on best bee vac design?

    bumpity bump
  13. What is the current consensus on best bee vac design?

    I had a robo-style vac that I used successfully on removals for a couple of years. I somehow broke the bottom of it last year, so I made a new bottom last week. I used it on a removal on Friday and...
  14. Has anyone ever washed their Mann lake vented suit?

    I've been wearing this suit for 3 or 4 years and have never washed it. It's disgusting. Has anyone ever washed theirs? If so how did you wash it?

    Thanks.
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    Re: Do you ever feed swarms?

    Update -fed them on Friday night after I got home from work and then again last night. They very quickly drank about a gallon and a half of feed. They're out flying today and will have good weather...
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    Re: Swarms I Have Known

    Great story for the ages!
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    Re: Swarms I Have Known

    I think we all need to hear the story on the speaker cabinet.
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    Do you ever feed swarms?

    Caught a swarm and brought them home on Tuesday evening. They were out flying for a little bit on Wednesday, then the weather took a dive yesterday and is expected to stay crappy through Monday with...
  19. Thread: Colorado

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    Re: Colorado

    Fort Collins checking in here.

    Dandelions, tulips, crocus, all sorts of wild fruits, some tame fruits such as plum and peaches, etc.
  20. Would like some feedback on how you deal with neighbors and lawn spray companies

    Hi folks.

    A couple of neighbors use Lawn Doctor to spray and presumably fertilize their yards. I don't know what Lawn Doctor uses for chemicals, but I'd wager a small sum that it's not bee...
  21. Best way to clean up a bunch of old frames?

    Howdy folks.

    I have several frames that need to be cleaned up and started from scratch. Some have moth remnants in them. Some have old honey in them. Others were drawn incorrectly or...
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    Re: What to do, what to do?

    bump
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    What to do, what to do?

    One hive is in a double deep with two supers on top. Super 1 was full of honey, so I pulled it off and set another one on top of the 2nd deep, putting the first super back on top.

    Checked in...
  24. Re: How do you keep robbers out of your hive-top feeders?

    The type of feeders that I use have a screen that prevents the bees from the hive being fed from entering the "food chamber."

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  25. How do you keep robbers out of your hive-top feeders?

    I filled up a couple of feeders this morning and was bummed to see the number of dead robber bees in one of them. It has an inner cover with the hole screened over, so they can't get in that way. ...
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