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    Re: Ok, when I catch a swarm, then what?

    You only need to leave them where they were caught until they all settle in, then you can move them.

    Don't worry about them drawing comb, what you gave them is a good starter. If you can put a...
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    Re: Winter feeding question

    You can feed them whether they have stores or not. If they don't need it, they won't eat it. Sugar can be messy to handle and if it's dry and loose they will often carry it out and dump it in front...
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    Re: Africanized Beekeeping in Utila, Honduras

    Dude, what are you talking about? I didn't say anything about them not staying in the box. I realize that they will abscond for no apparent reason from time to time.
    I just spent 5 days wrestling...
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    Re: Africanized Beekeeping in Utila, Honduras

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    This year is off to a good start. I have three swarm catches so far.
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    Re: Frame feeder VS top feeder

    Guys, I think that you are making it far too complicated. I am now in the middle of my second rainy season and have just outfitted all of my hives with frame feeders. I made them myself for about a...
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    Re: Africanized Beekeeping in Utila, Honduras

    Well, the drought has taken it's toll on the island, there will be no honey harvest this year.:ws:

    On a brighter note my hives are healthy and strong for going into the rainy season as we don't...
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    Re: Africanized Beekeeping in Utila, Honduras

    Well, the drought has taken it's toll on the island, there will be no honey harvest this year.:ws:

    On a brighter note my hives are healthy and strong for going into the rainy season as we don't...
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    Re: Africanized Beekeeping in Utila, Honduras

    Well, the bee season has kicked in and is running wild this year. It seems that the cleaned and stacked equipment still has a strong wax smell in it because the swarms will just not leave me alone! I...
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    Re: Africanized Beekeeping in Utila, Honduras

    Phoebee, I'm glad you touched on the parasite issue. My bees don't suffer from any mites or SHB, our invasive concerns are mainly the wax moth, ants, and this huge beetle that eats the wax and drives...
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    Re: Africanized Beekeeping in Utila, Honduras

    hvdmerwe Sure, I'm open to share notes with you. It'd be interesting to see the similarities between our bees since our bees here are mixed with local genes and yours are the original strain.

    I...
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    Re: Top hive feeder

    I have found that top hive feeders attract too many ants and they will run off the bees and tear up the brood. Keep an eye out for this. I prefer the open feeding method because if one hive needs...
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    Re: Work bees under canopy in rain?

    I work with Africanized bees in the tropics and we get a lot of rain, I have worked my bees several times in the rain and as long as they are wet, they don't fly! I would worry more about the...
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    Re: Africanized Beekeeping in Utila, Honduras

    The bee season has taken off with a bang this year. Although it's still a bit early in the season the jungle is starting to explode with blooms. In December the Magic Cacow bloomed and held the bees...
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    Re: Africanized Beekeeping in Utila, Honduras

    Well. the 2014 bee season here on the island has started off with a bang. I have already captured seven swarms and got another call this morning. I had to recover from an unexpected flood that wiped...
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    Re: Cleaning Beeswax Question

    I would never filter my wax through anything more than a screen. I don't double boil either, just put some water in the bottom of the wax pot, melt your wax, pour it through a screen into a bucket...
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    Africanized Beekeeping in Honduras

    After taking a hard hit in December I am entering 2014 with fewer but strong hives. The area I had put 10 new hives was close to a water source and I thought that was a good thing. It turned out that...
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    Re: Reversing hive boxes

    If the bottom box is empty then there are no stores to consider. You should remove the empty box so that the colony is more clustered. That will allow them better protection of the hive for pests.
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    I don't really care for the escape boards. Even after 48 hours there can still be bees inside the supers and I don't like surprises. I do find them handy to put an extracted super from the apiary on...
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    Re: Africanized Bees - Are they really that bad?

    Another option is to get a ventilated suit. Yes, they are a bit costly but you stay cooler and don't get stung. I find the hard part of working with ahb is to trying to ignore all of the noise and...
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    Re: Grafting Attempt

    I used the smallest larvae that I could see and get a hold of, which means that they were all definitely 'C' shaped. I did not put anything in the cell cup for moisturizing. What would be good to use...
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    Grafting Attempt

    I recently grafted 30 larvae in my first attempt at the procedure. When I took a look at them 4 days later I was surprised to find that all of the plastic cell cup that I had treated were empty! I'm...
  22. Thread: Angry Bees

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    Re: Angry Bees

    shannonswyatt,

    My question wasn't really about how to do the trap out, although I do like your thinking, but how long will it take for the top box with the queen in it to die out enough so that I...
  23. Thread: Angry Bees

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    Re: Angry Bees

    I have a hive that is worse than the one in the video, the bees get so thick on my veil that I have to smoke my face to see what I'm doing. I'm not able to find the queen because I can't work the...
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    Re: Ultra Breeze suit question

    I got my suit from PM and love it to death! I'm working with Africanized bees and have one hive in particular that is mean and this suit lets me get my work done and I stay cool while doing it.
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    Re: Wooden Top Feeder Beespace Question

    Personally, I would welcome the extra harvest of wax.
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