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    Once again a swarm has moved into a stack of hive...

    Once again a swarm has moved into a stack of hive bodies I had sitting about 10 feet away from the stack that the swarm moved into 2 weeks ago. So I promptly went to my shed pulled out another stack...
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    My Laziness Paid Off!

    Going into my 5th year keeping bee's started out rough. 100% loss of 18 hives. Instead of putting away all those deeps, covers and bottom boards I picked out several of the best and used them for my...
  3. Thread: Winter kill?

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    Out of 14 hives I have thus far lost 6. All of...

    Out of 14 hives I have thus far lost 6. All of them were wintered in 2 deep hive bodies, and were very well stocked with pollen and honey. Going into the winter they had been bursting with bee's but...
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    So far I've hived 3 swarms, all from my own...

    So far I've hived 3 swarms, all from my own hives. I have also removed one colony from a Historic home in a nearby State Park. My first experience with using a cone and bait hive and it worked very...
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    It's still experimental as I have yet to...

    It's still experimental as I have yet to introduce bees's and a queen. But the ventilation issue had crossed my mind. Also of course the time it took to constuct this box might have been better spent...
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    I was interested in making a few mating nucs for...

    I was interested in making a few mating nucs for some of the extra queens that I have gained from swarm cells. I removed the screen from one side of the box,removed the inner supports for the syrup...
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    2 weeks ago while giving one of my hives a...

    2 weeks ago while giving one of my hives a complete going through, I found capped swarm cells. I have been trying to increase to about 20 hives so I figured this was a fine opportunity. The hive was...
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    I find the queens most often in my peripheal...

    I find the queens most often in my peripheal vision. Generally if I am looking intently at the comb I have a hard time locating her, but if I pull the frame away slightly it seems I usually pick out...
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    I like to use a five gallon plastic bucket. All I...

    I like to use a five gallon plastic bucket. All I do is make a very small hole near the bottom with a tiny finish nail. I then place the filled bucket somewhere elevated a few feet with either a...
  10. Thread: dwindling?

    by ctackett9
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    Sounds like your hive has swarmed. Drone brood...

    Sounds like your hive has swarmed. Drone brood takes the longest to mature that is why you still have some emerging. When the hive gets in the swarming mode egg laying dwindles and stops. The good...
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    Only having started keeping bees I don't have a...

    Only having started keeping bees I don't have a lot of comparison to draw from but I did notice a big difference between the way my Italians and this 1 Russian hive defended their hives. The Russian...
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    On May the 18th I purchased a five frame Russian...

    On May the 18th I purchased a five frame Russian nuc, it was loaded with bees. The following day I introduced them to their new home which was a standard size brood box. Six days later I opened the...
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    They do seem to spend a lot of time at the...

    They do seem to spend a lot of time at the enrtrance feeder that I spiked with vodka. Of course the drones seem especially fond of it.
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    I think power lines must have a really powerful...

    I think power lines must have a really powerful effect on my bees, in particular my Russians. Twice in the last month I have watched as a bee took off from the hive entrance, began circling and...
  15. Thread: ants

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    I don't currently have a problem with ants, of...

    I don't currently have a problem with ants, of course I only have one colony of bees. But when watching my bees as I try to do at some point daily I have had great fun watching the occasional ant try...
  16. Thread: Morrels

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    It's best to cut and eat poke while it's still...

    It's best to cut and eat poke while it's still small. After it's tall and thick it really needs to have the tough outer skin removed or it will be real stringy and tough. Used to really enjoy the...
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    Great post Gunner!! I have enjoyed almost...

    Great post Gunner!! I have enjoyed almost everything you mentioned (except the duck blind) and reading those well worded thoughts calls to my mind how fortunate I have been to treasure those memories...
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    I buy and sell on Ebay occasionally. But I am not...

    I buy and sell on Ebay occasionally. But I am not always in a position time wise to be at my computer as an auction ends. So if I see an item I want I kinda like the chance to bid on something 5 days...
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    Does the description I gave sound like the bees...

    Does the description I gave sound like the bees are just getting chilled, has anything like this ever happpened to you? And please excuse my ignorance but the branch you talk about, is this just...
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    I noticed this evening a large amount of bees in...

    I noticed this evening a large amount of bees in the grass in front of their hive. Most of them are loaded with pollen of various colors, and there is a lot of activity from the hive, the temps are...
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    Temps hit 80 today so I opened my hive to see if...

    Temps hit 80 today so I opened my hive to see if all is well. I am absolutely amazed!! Found my queen alive and healthy, 2 frames already mostly drawn and many eggs layed. Got my first sting, had...
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    The weather on Saturday was cool, 50 maybe....

    The weather on Saturday was cool, 50 maybe. However the fellow I purchased my package of bees from was nice enough to give me a frame of drawn comb with honey. So late Saturday evening I gave them...
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    Would feeding them honey be any improvement over...

    Would feeding them honey be any improvement over syrup?
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    I live in northern Kentucky and am expecting my...

    I live in northern Kentucky and am expecting my first package of bees this Saturday 3/29/03. We have recently had terrific weather 60's and 70's, however the forecast high for Saturday is mid 40's in...
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    I don't even have my first package of bees yet...

    I don't even have my first package of bees yet and they still have consumed my thoughts and actions for the past 2 months. I've read every book in the 2 local libraries, checked every web site I can...
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