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    Re: tomorrow is the big day....

    Looks like You got it covered, but I'm curious why wouldn't you use smoke? It will keep the bees calmer making the cut out less stressful.
  2. Re: Planning my first vacuum retrieval. Advice needed.

    When I built my Vac I put a piece of plywood slanted up from the tube entrance up to the back bottom of the frames. that way the bees have a sliding stop and a built in ramp for walking up onto the...
  3. Re: Planning my first vacuum retrieval. Advice needed.

    My wife and I just did a cutout with our home built BushVac.https://youtu.be/-7UxyXWi8Ug We vacuumed up at least 5lbs of bees, at the end we added a second box and we maybe had a couple of hundred...
  4. Re: Newbee question- Putting second brood chamber (deep) today

    There are a lot of different ways to add a second brood chamber. My favorite way is to put a box with drawn comb underneath the 1st box. I never tear apart the brood nest of a developing colony and...
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    Re: newbee from Calgary Canada

    It could be that your Nuc was started with a 2lb package of Italians from N.Z. and 3 frames of brood were added from over wintered hives to make the Nuc. The emerging brood would then be a different...
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    Re: Help!!!!!!!!!!! How to upload a picture.

    I made a quick 7 step tutorial for a bee buddy on here who was having trouble uploading. If you don't have a bunch to upload you can use the basic uploader to load them one at a time without...
  7. Re: Why do Male Drones Bees Die after mating mating

    Bees do not reproduce like mammals, think more like how an apple tree reproduces. Watch this video of a lecture given by Jamie Ellis given at the National Honey Show. https://youtu.be/PqoZvVu1E7s
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    Re: Swarm trap equipment overkill?

    I thought the same thing too I generally use 2 or 3 drops and he's slopping it on. But the basic concept is a good one, I've used it and caught swarms, however I didn't leave them on the ground. It's...
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    Re: Swarm trap equipment overkill?

    It's already being done by Ken Davis.
    https://youtu.be/lrDqBBaiQcc
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    Re: First swarm caught !

    Hello:
    If you're going to catch them and the queen anyway why not put them in a new box and leave the trap there for any secondary swarms that may happen?
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    Re: New Problem. Cause for Concern?

    Not quite sure but pic number 3 looks to be an Eastern Kingbird but the photo isn't the best. I have both the Eastern and Western Kingbirds that nest in my yard. They haven't decimated my hives yet....
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    Re: SlumGum… Use it and How?

    What I do is break off chunks of it and throw them in an old food processor to chop it up into granules. From there I have an old crock pot that I put a little water, bees wax and mix in some slum...
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    Re: Very Bad First Experience

    I tried a daylight install once and never again. I'm not sure why more people don't dump packages at night, that is my preferred method. It has to be real dark not twilight and have a bee brush handy...
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    Re: Very Bad First Experience

    Hello CJK:
    Congratulations you are now a beekeeper and you've just gotten some education. Sounds like you handled it really well in spite of some difficulties. Here in Alberta we get our bees from...
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    Re: any tips on doing a cutout

    To locate the brood nest easier use an infrared thermometer. Sometimes there will be a temperature difference even through the wall.
  16. Thread: Baby Swarm!

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    Re: Baby Swarm!

    If you caught a swarm smaller than mine then you win the small swarm prize. Shoot!! I thought I had won. And of course they would be gentle, if it was smaller than my swarm you only have about 12...
  17. Thread: Baby Swarm!

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    Baby Swarm!

    I don't care how small it is, this is unusual to have a swarm this early in Southern Alberta and we got a nice young queen to make a split with. I posted the video of the exciting swarm capture on my...
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    Re: How do you keep yourselves out of the hives?

    Work your hives naked.:eek:
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    Re: Did I Just Poisoned My Girls?

    I think what you are worried about is Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF). If you don't boil your sugar syrup but just add sugar to water that has been boiled and removed from heat you should not have a...
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    Re: Question Going to move frames today

    Think of manipulating frames around as open heart surgery and peeking under the lid as a physical. Every time you disturb the brood nest it takes time for the girls to reset everything. Listen to...
  21. Thread: canola

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    Re: canola

    I discovered by accident that if you strain the honey through a 400 mic. sieve it will naturally cream itself. Also if you put it in the freezer after extracting it will stop crystallizing.
  22. Thread: canola

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    Re: canola

    The Canola varieties they have now do not crystallize that fast. The No.1 Canada White honey we produce is mainly Canola honey. It will turn into beautiful creamed honey if you strain it down to 400...
  23. Thread: Mouse Droppings

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    Re: Mouse Droppings

    I would follow ravenseye's advice to try to eliminate the urine odor as much as you can because it does not only smell but it will attract other mice to that nuc.
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    Re: Purchasing Drawn comb Frames

    I'm not from Texas but I buy drawn comb from my bee supplier and I also buy culled honey frames from a commercial beek. The culled frames generally just need some TLC and cleaning. Once the bees...
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    Re: Comb Building Timeline Approximation Sought

    No your concerns are not unwarranted. This video is by Michael Palmer about packages.https://youtu.be/N_-jNK18aYY All the while your queen is waiting for comb to lay in your work bees are getting...
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