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    Re: Poor little dudes never had a chance!

    I've got one hive that has more drones and drone brood now than they had in the spring and they're queen right. It's going to take half the hive a full week to boot all the boys out the door.
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    Re: What is up with this? Really, upside down?

    One of my hives has built something similar as they are moving into a new foundationless super, not so much upside down, more like burr comb on the bottom bar.
  3. Re: Help! Need to move two hives in Hampshire IL Area

    If close to the ground I'd just strap everything together and use a hand truck/two wheeled dolly (strap eveything to the dolly too).
    Otherwise you're stuck with disassembly and using some means...
  4. Re: Thesis documents broad scale adoption of VSH lineage by queen breeders

    A bit more anecdotal evidence but I received two packages this spring and split them once they built up. The donor hives retained the Italian queens while the splits received two locally bred VSH...
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    Re: Feral Hive Continues to fall

    Since they are obviously being stressed, I wonder if putting the "falling" pieces in a bait box could entice them to move in? If I remember the previous post correctly, the nurse bees were staying...
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    Re: Foundation Less Frames

    Same concept as wiring but using fishing line, some go straight across between the holes in the side of the frame, some make an "X" or two depending on the frame size. It adds more stability to the...
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    Re: Foundation Less Frames

    I do string the frames to provide a bit of extra support during hot weather
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    Re: Foundation Less Frames

    I'm going foundationless and the frames I use have a 45 degree bevel on the top bar (Comb Guide Top Bar by I believe Kelly). I went foundationless last year and so far the bees build right on the...
  9. Re: Phrases I just wouldn't have expected to say till I started beekeeping

    Anybody seen my veil?
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    Re: My first year beekeeping enemy

    I see the bees go after SHBs all the time but I've never actually seen a SHB killed. Can the bees actualy kill the beetles on a regular basis?
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    Re: Orientation Flight???

    Had a hive doing exactly the same last night. A mass of bees hovering in front and over the hive while a couple of doz were washboarding. No one too excited except when one of the orientating bees...
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    Re: What size opening for beetle trap?

    1/8 " works for screened bottom boards
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    Re: Hives in a circle for varroa?

    How would varroa know if it should dial back its paracitic behavior because it was occupying a single hive or pursue host distruction because there was multiple hives?
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    Re: Are they drinking the neighbors' Kool-Aid?

    I did hear/read about bees finding some of the discarded coating for M&Ms and storing an interesting array of colored honey.
  15. Re: Not seeing much discussion on harvests- how's everyone doing?

    Southern IL, the girls are doing OK but all the early cool, wet weather seemed to be detrimental. Like cg3 I'm not seeing much to write home about. Hopefully fall will better.
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    Re: Trying out foundationless

    Facing south has more to do with "solar gain" for the cool morning start; most of mine face east, catch the moring sun and do fine. Winter north winds are also a consideration but not this month.
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    Re: Bees clustered on front of hive by entrance

    Mine beard less when the top is ventilated with a couple of shims, less "cooling buzz" too.
  18. Thread: Pollination

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    Re: Pollination

    I'm in the middle of 40 acres surrounded by agricultural fields; I can’t tell you what mine are working. They’ve left everything around the house and surrounding area alone (blackberries, red &...
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    Re: Little beetles in top of hive

    i don't mean to highjack the thread but I've watched bees chase and attempt to kill SHBs but never realisticlly seen one killed. Can the bees actually kill the beetles? Assuming they do, do they use...
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    Re: Trying out foundationless

    I'm completely foundationless using comb guide top bar frames and I haven't had a problem with them building any cross frame comb (maybe just lucky). Had a swarm move into a bait box that I couldn't...
  21. Re: Problems keeping city bees...some thoughts from a *rural* (newbie) beek...

    Concern about the "traffic and collisions" because the water haulers would have to fly across and close to my main shed door seems trivial to what the city dwellers deal with on almost every side
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    Re: Stung below the eye - Should I be worried?

    I prefer stating I have a hearing problem and confused shut up with stand up.
  23. Re: I would like to start beekeeping. Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated.?

    What part of Illinois are you located?
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    Re: Bee sting me under the veil

    Worked a couple of hot hives before their attitude was adjusted. If the veil came too close to your skin they would sting you in the back of the neck and under the jaw line. Keep the collar turned...
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    Re: inspection technique - move bees!

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