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  1. Thread: Propolis

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    I’ve searched through the forums and haven’t...

    I’ve searched through the forums and haven’t really found an answer to this one.

    How much consideration do you give to removing propolis when working hives?

    I have 3 hives of Italians and 2...
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    I received a response from Doug Dear at the Dept....

    I received a response from Doug Dear at the Dept. of Agriculture.

    He provided me with a contact number for someone to send me a copy of an older beekeeping law (which is no longer in effect?) for...
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    I imagined somthing like this would be happening...

    I imagined somthing like this would be happening soon here in Oklahoma.

    I will be curious to see if and/or when they start up an inspection program and how that will affect us.

    By the way, have...
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    “If you find the image of a spoon or shovel...

    “If you find the image of a spoon or shovel inside the seed, there will be lots of heavy, wet snow. A fork means you can expect a mild winter with powdery, light snow. A knife-shaped kernel...
  5. Thread: Goldenrod

    by VenDexter
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    Persimmon trees are abundant in this part of the...

    Persimmon trees are abundant in this part of the country and are one of my favorite wild fruits.

    Watch out for the unripe ones they are extremely astringent and can make you pucker like a...
  6. Thread: Swarm War!

    by VenDexter
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    No, our queens are not clipped. The fact that...

    No, our queens are not clipped.

    The fact that it was a new queen and we were relatively sure up to that point that the old queen was still present was yet one more confusing piece of this strange...
  7. Thread: Swarm War!

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    Well, we spent about 3 hours going over all the...

    Well, we spent about 3 hours going over all the hives with a fine tooth comb.

    Rotating the supers helped a great deal as they are no longer honey bound and have begun to move stores around as...
  8. Thread: Swarm War!

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    I think that was the most frustrating part. ...

    I think that was the most frustrating part. There was no straightforward explanation for any of the behavior we observed other than a new queen meant some type of swarming behavior but we had just...
  9. Thread: Swarm War!

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    This evening was a confusing, frustrating mess! ...

    This evening was a confusing, frustrating mess!

    I went to fog my bees and when I got there, there was a war happening at one of the hives. There were at least 1000 to 1500 bees on the ground dead...
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    Whenever the grass starts to get tall, we take a...

    Whenever the grass starts to get tall, we take a weed whacker and shave the grass down. So far, they don't seem to mind.

    The bees have been very cooperative with letting us work around the hives...
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    Our bees have been going like gangbusters all...

    Our bees have been going like gangbusters all summer and a couple of weeks ago, I took some more pictures:

    www.vendexter.com/HiveGallery4/

    You can see in the one picture that we did find a...
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    Since this was our first year of beekeeping, we...

    Since this was our first year of beekeeping, we have experimented with different smoker fuels.

    We started out with the compressed cotton/cotton hull fuel commercially available. While it did...
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    The only thing about this whole story is that...

    The only thing about this whole story is that there is no confirmation as to whether or not these are true africanized bees.

    Check the following article:
    ...
  14. Thread: Hive Update

    by VenDexter
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    I wanted to post an update last week but did not...

    I wanted to post an update last week but did not get a chance before leaving for a quick family visit/vacation/fly-fishing trip to New Mexico.

    We checked the hives last Thursday, the 20th, and...
  15. Thread: Hive Photos

    by VenDexter
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    Thanks everyone for such nice compliments! My...

    Thanks everyone for such nice compliments!

    My OCD always gets the best of me. http://www.beesource.com/ubb/biggrin.gif http://www.beesource.com/ubb/wink.gif

    Where we set the yard is on the...
  16. Thread: Hive Photos

    by VenDexter
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    Here's a link to some photos I took this...

    Here's a link to some photos I took this afternoon:

    www.vendexter.com/HiveGallery2/

    We used two mediums on one hive as an experiment to see which we preferred when hiving packages.

    You can...
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    This is our first year beekeeping and we had...

    This is our first year beekeeping and we had ordered three 3-pound packages of bees from Wilbanks back in early January. As many of you know, the weather was very uncooperative for them and they had...
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    Michael, Thanks for the answers. As always,...

    Michael,

    Thanks for the answers. As always, you're a great source of information.

    Steve
    steve@vendexter.com
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    My soon-to-be beekeeping family members and I...

    My soon-to-be beekeeping family members and I were discussing installing our 3# package bees which are due to arrive the first week of May.

    We have decided to use all mediums and my brother-in-law...
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    My sister and I finally completed all our hives...

    My sister and I finally completed all our hives and frames!

    We spent the last couple of days painting them and enjoying the great weather here in eastern Oklahoma. We used primer and applied...
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    I agree Bill! Some of my family and I are...

    I agree Bill!

    Some of my family and I are getting ready to start into the world of beekeeping and I recently bought a PocketPC to help.

    I have been working on setting up some spreadsheets for...
  22. Thread: Welt Cord

    by VenDexter
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    I did not realize the off-the-shelf corn syrup...

    I did not realize the off-the-shelf corn syrup would harm bees. I will certainly remember this.

    Right now I'm leaning toward going ahead and using honey in my emulsion this first year....
  23. Thread: Welt Cord

    by VenDexter
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    Hello everyone! This spring will be my first...

    Hello everyone!

    This spring will be my first year beekeeping and I have decided to use FGMO and screen-bottomed boards as part of my IPM.

    I have a two part post:

    First:

    I have been...
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