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    Re: swarms and catching swarms.......

    The bees at Menard's is a good chance yours. However with bees as close by as 6 miles, pretty good chance you've got wild swarms as well as domesticated. lol. All you can really do is set up a box...
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    Re: swarms and catching swarms.......

    Prior to getting your hives, Did you ever see honey bees on any flowers?

    If so you can be guaranteed that there are other hives around, which in turn means there are swarms.

    Best to place a...
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    Re: Anxious new beekeeeper

    It's typical for a package of bees to use about 1 to 1.5 quarts of 1:1 each day. If they are dawing wax it may be higher yet. As for how many bees you see on the outside, nothing to worry about...
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    Re: Looking to start a very small hive

    Welcome to Beesource! As for information .. Join a local Bee Association, read, read, read, and read some more. There's a great group of people on here that has lots of experience with beekeeping...
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    Re: Swarm cell questions

    You say there were only 2 Queen Cells in that second hive? How populated was the hive and were they backfilling the broodnest? Those may not be swarm cells at all if the conditions weren't right...
  6. Thread: Dandelions

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    Re: Dandelions

    I'm not sure about the higher elevations, but here we get on average 3 good flows each season with about 2 to 3 weeks between them. Get a good spring flow for the most part unless we get rained out,...
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    Re: How far to take the bees after a split?

    There's really no need to move the hives so far away when doing a split. Really you should understand why it is that those directions are being given by the elders of the hobby to begin with.
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  8. Re: Video of Queen Acceptance - Ready or Not Ready?

    Don't look to me like they are being aggressive at all toward her. No stinging, and biting. Seems accepted to me.
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    Re: virgin vs. original queen

    Harley, There is something to what you're saying here. I've had that same type of reaction between hives here in my apiary as well. I thought back to something an old timer once told me and...
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    Re: virgin vs. original queen

    I don't agree with this. One of the simplest ways to requeen is to place a cell in the honey super and let her emerge there. She will either hunt down the queen and get rid of her, or if she can...
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    Re: Newb looking for supplies

    Cutouts can be very challenging at the least. Watch plenty of videos and ask questions prior to getting into it. Plan ahead and be ready for a day long project being your first. Good luck and have...
  12. Re: my 1st year experience., my bees died now what.

    Gus, Sorry about your first round at beekeeping. Welcome to BeeSource! Lots of great folks on here that can give help.

    As for your questions. The yellow stuff on the bottom board is wax...
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    Re: Newb looking for supplies

    Double deep setup means two of the 9 1/2 supers.

    Excluders can cause you pains when starting out. The bees tend to see it as a false ceiling and for the most part ignore the foundation above...
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    Re: Newb looking for supplies

    If I were in your shoes, with the plans for 3 hives, Go with a double deep setup and at least 3 supers each. You may not need all the supers this year, however after they are established hives, in a...
  15. Re: what do you do with Burr Comb removed from your hive?

    :thumbsup: Exactly..
  16. Re: Shaking foragers and a Queen-will she fly back to original hive given a few hours

    I think that may depend upon a couple other factors.
    Was she at fly weight? A queen with an enlarged abdomen due to laying may be able to lift up and fly a bit, but not much.
    Was she an original...
  17. Re: what do you do with Burr Comb removed from your hive?

    Put mine in a bucket if there is any, and end of season melt it down.
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    Re: temp. for making nucs

    Really the only thing that you need to worry with is if the bees on the frames can adeqately cover and keep warm the brood on their own. This is one reason early season NUC's are given an extra...
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    Re: Wax moth larva, or is it something else?

    Sounds like wax moth. I've found a couple in one of my hives. Kill them out and check to make sure there's no more. About all you can do till the hive is healthy and robust enough to ward off the...
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    Re: Hygienic Behavior?

    Sometimes it's easy to tell if a queen is failing, sometimes not. In most cases if a queen is failing the brood pattern becomes very disorganized. Some watch the frames of capped brood, but really...
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    Re: Question about swapping hive placement

    Yes, but for what reason would you want to?
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    Re: Question about swapping hive placement

    Boxes of the hive can be swapped from one hive to another as well. Provided they don't have a queen in them. The newspaper is put in place more of an insurance policy for these combines. Foragers...
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    Re: Tragedy Strikes the BeeBee Tree World

    :( The Shame they put upon their self for cutting down such a wonderful food supply to the bees :(
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    Re: keeping just nucs

    I've done it, and plan to do it again this year. Package bees will build up like crazy given the correct amount of feed/room.
    Using the dead out's frames from last year, put your package bees on...
  25. Re: Assembling brood boxes with 1/4"X1-1/2 staples and no glue

    I've frames that are put together the same way, 6 staples total with 4 from the top bar down and 2 from the bottom bar up. No glue used, frames hold together great so far at 3 years in. This is...
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