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  1. Re: My 9-year-old retrieving rather large swarm - takes hit to forehead

    Yes, I concur 100%.

    You are exactly correct.

    But you have to admit, when they knew they were being moved into a top bar hive, they were as content as could be !!! :D

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  2. Re: My 9-year-old retrieving rather large swarm - takes hit to forehead

    LOL, I knew that was coming.
  3. Re: My 9-year-old retrieving rather large swarm - takes hit to forehead

    Barry, I'm open to suggestions.

    Admittedly I'm mainly experienced with cut-outs - not swarms.

    Since I couldn't shake the branch or cut the branch, what could I have done, or had Marshall do...
  4. Re: My 9-year-old retrieving rather large swarm - takes hit to forehead

    Yes, that's good advice !!!

    So my dad calls this morning paranoid that CPS will see the video and attempt to investigate and/or confiscate Marshall for "child neglect" because
    Marshall only had...
  5. Re: My 9-year-old retrieving rather large swarm - takes hit to forehead

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    Thanks so much for all the great and positive comments.

    My son enjoyed reading them.

    :applause:
  6. My 9-year-old retrieving rather large swarm - takes hit to forehead

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    My 9-year-old son has been regularly helping me on swarm calls lately. Here's a rather large swarm we picked up a few evenings ago of which he did most of the work. He got stung on the...
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    Re: Why I Like Cedar.

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    What about cedar roofs?

    I'm starting to make cedar hives and they are turning out beautifully, but I'm running into a dilemma as far as the top of the roof.

    Cedar can get expensive and...
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    Re: Latest top bar removal here in Florida

    The overheating wasn't the issue the other day. I do removals during the heat of summer here in FL and never a problem. It wasn't even remotely hot
    the other day when this disaster happened. It...
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    Re: Latest top bar removal here in Florida

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    I definitely see both sides to this issue regarding the usage (or not) of bee vacs.

    I don't know. Even as I type this right now I'm struggling at justifying using a vac any longer after...
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    Re: Latest top bar removal here in Florida

    I don't use them nearly as much as I used to.

    If I had to do it all over again, I would have NOT used it, obviously.

    Anyhow, sometimes they are a necessity, but if I have to use it again in...
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    Re: Latest top bar removal here in Florida

    Sadly, today I had a vacuum that I've used many, many times kill a bunch of bees. The suction
    was much too heavy. I've used the same setting many times before. I still have no clue why it happened....
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    Re: Latest top bar removal here in Florida

    It's gotta perform, it's gotta perform.

    Also, there's a chance kids could find it and 'take care' of it.

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    Re: Latest top bar removal here in Florida

    Thanks so much for the kind words.

    I don't take for granted when they go well.

    Believe me, things can go south really quick if you aren't careful and throw the whole removal completely off.
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    Re: Latest top bar removal here in Florida

    Nah, I'd rather not get stung unnecessarily at this point in my career...lol.

    Regarding repairs after the removal, I give them the option. Obviously, if I don't have to repair
    anything, they get...
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    Latest top bar removal here in Florida

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    It was a very new arrival in between floors of an apartment building with minimal comb.

    I've done a number of removals for this same apartment complex over the past year-or-so. Each one
    has...
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    Re: Started trap-out yesterday here in FL

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    Lol, that WAS a chicken.

    Next time I do a trap-out, I'll try the Cleo method.

    And as far as taking queen cells/hive, etc and replacing it, I live too far away to be doing all these...
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    Re: Started trap-out yesterday here in FL

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    Cleo,

    They went into my trap AND are building queen cells from the frame of eggs/larvae I brought at first !!

    Cleo, I really need to study better all your methods, but check out the new...
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    Re: Started trap-out yesterday here in FL

    I just had a whole reply typed up and hit the wrong button and lost it.

    I'm going to bed.
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    Re: Started trap-out yesterday here in FL

    LOL, DARN !!!

    I guess you have me beat !!!

    Well, we have to compare whose is most successful.

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    Re: Started trap-out yesterday here in FL

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    Here's a more detailed video.



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKR1vSe9i2A&list=UUmF1ihku292_i3ym-PF5nkg
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    Started trap-out yesterday here in FL

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    I know it's not fair, but can I claim the first trap-out started in the United States for 2015?

    I will have video footage soon.

    I did post a short clip on my Facebook page, though. More...
  22. Thread: Top bar nucs

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    Re: Top bar nucs

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    I just put 'Nuc Hive #1' into commission this past week. Here's a brief clip of them doing orientation flights (Dec 19th, 2014).

    I looked inside today and they already have at least one...
  23. LOL...somebody made top bar hives in video game

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    So my son plays on an online game called Roblox. He was walking around the different scenes and someone had placed top bar hives on their scenery....lol.

    My son goes, "DAD, LOOK...SOMEONE...
  24. Thread: Top bar nucs

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    Re: Top bar nucs

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    I just made these 4.

    I'm teaching my bees to count.

    http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss99/LakelandRainBarrels/nucs_zps1309f369.jpg
  25. Re: NewBee looking for advice on top bar barrel design

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    I have four barrel hives currently in operation in addition to my normal top bar hives.

    I love them and all, but they can be a bit cumbersome to work - especially closing them up and/or...
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