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  1. Re: Nervous... First bees tomorrow. Hope they survive the ride home.

    So , did you let them ride safely in the cab?

    Wayne
  2. Re: Nervous... First bees tomorrow. Hope they survive the ride home.

    Riders on the packages or nucs generally stay put on the box for the most part while you're moving. When you stop, for some reason they seem more prone to fly off. I usually have windows partly open...
  3. Re: Nervous... First bees tomorrow. Hope they survive the ride home.

    Screen them in well and bring them home in the cab of your truck. There's no need for them to be bouncing around the bed of a pickup.

    I've carried 20 packages inside my Geo Tracker the two hour...
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    Sticky: Re: diy oxalic acid vaporizer

    Wouldn't a temp controller extend the charge of a battery, allowing more hives to be treated on a single charge?

    Wayne
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    Re: tips on obtaining land for apiary

    When I expanded up in Maine, I already had two people I knew ask me to keep bees on their land. I also ran a Craigslist ad in the Farm and Garden section and had dozens of replies. I chose two...
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    Re: the bee and butterfies are getting help from the Government finally!

    Interesting article. Glad I got to see the link to the article this time before the government-haters get this thread sent to the black-hole of Tailgater too.

    Wayne
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    Re: Did I do right?

    I often break the brood cluster for swarm control when the population is strong and the outside air temps are warm enough. Opening the broodnest is not uncommon but as colobee said there are mixed...
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    Re: Strange Sight

    It's possible that your bees have discovered all that vacant real estate upstairs and have taken a notion to renovate. Watch for signs of comb building.

    Or, perhaps it's possible they were just...
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    Re: feed too much?

    Very quickly if there are enough foragers to go out and bring back nectar and have a place to put it. Or very slowly if the workforce just isn't up to the task.

    You said that the frames are drying...
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    Re: This is interesting...

    Learned lots from that article. All beekeepers only run a single brood box and all use queen excluders. Learned our frames are replaced with new ones after 3 or so years. Learned that "mitelets"...
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    Re: hive doing nothing

    When you put in a frame of eggs/larvae/brood, did you bring in the nurse bees also from the donor hive? I'm surprised that you say they don't take care of them.

    As gezellig asked, how long have...
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    Re: feed too much?

    I'm not familiar with your area (or with plastic foundation, for that matter,) but your package is starting from scratch, with no pollen, no honey (or syrup) and no cells for the queen to lay in....
  13. Re: screen in flyway to force bees upward?

    I would try the mesh that you bought. If you do find that the bees are all flying through it, you could try adding a second layer, slightly offset to make the actual mesh opening smaller. Ample light...
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    Re: bees and horses

    I've used three feet as my minimum (for electric fence), mainly to have the hives out of reach of bear paws. It also gives me a buffer when working hives that won't place that hive tool in my back...
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    Re: Would this work.

    The problem I could see might be if you have brood in both deeps and the temps are too low for the hives to keep the brood warm. Usually not recommended to split the brood.

    It may be possible to...
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    Re: Would this work.

    When you say honey supers and small frames, what size are you referring to? If you have medium supers, then I would say it certainly will work. I've kept bees (including lots of Carniolans) in three...
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    Re: Putting hive in pasture with a horse

    Here's a current thread about this very topic.
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?311981-bees-and-horses
    Wayne
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    Re: Securing foundation with bobby pins?

    Yes, I use these on every frame that I install foundation. Works well. I bought thousands in bulk for a tiny fraction of the cost of those little split steel pins sold by equipment manufacturers.
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    Re: bees and horses

    Back in Maine, I kept 10 hives in a horse pasture without incident. As Mark said, if the horses are used to a fence, you don't need a charger. I used white poly because it is the fencing the horses...
  20. Re: MANY, MANY Swarms this year. Would you agree?

    Haven't heard of any around here in NE PA either. Worse, I haven't caught any.

    Wayne
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    Re: short frames in a Deep

    I have some medium frames in deep boxes with comb built hanging from the bottom frame. Some of my frames like this are 8 years old. I don't think twice when I see it now.

    Three things to do: 1:...
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    Re: The Generosity of Neighbors

    My daughter lives in a city and got a swarm from a neighbor.

    We country folk have no lock on neighborliness. I've lived my whole life in small towns or rural areas and have seen my share of rural...
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    Re: The Generosity of Neighbors

    I'd be happy as a clam if a neighbor caught a swarm from my hives. I have bait hives all around the farm but better that a neighbor that can use them catches one before they are gone forever.

    Bee...
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    Re: Swarm commander: Does It Really Work?

    So you're dumping between 15 & 30 bucks worth of bait into a single trap when it's been made clear that too much is counterproductive? Well, it's your money.

    I think I'll be trying the couple of...
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    Re: Bees are ignoring dandelion

    I think the time of day you are observing the dandelions plays a part. I'm seeing more bees on the dandelions today but it is just after Noon now. I had not been able to check them all week until...
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