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    Re: Queen cells in swarm nuc

    Thanks Mike. That's what I was thinking too, but I wanted to draw on the thoughts of the collective wisdom of the Bee Source gang! :-)
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    Queen cells in swarm nuc

    We captured a swarm a couple of weeks ago, and it consists of about 3 to 4 frames of bees in a 5 frame nuc box. On Monday, we moved the frames to a 10 frame deep to give them expansion room. When...
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    Re: Inner Cover - Home for Ants?

    I have had the small ants on the inner cover a few times, and I sprinkled a little Cinnamon on the inner cover, and I never saw the ants again. I have done this on several hives, and it always works...
  4. Thread: What to do?

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    Re: What to do?

    This hive is not a late bloomer, as it was a strong, 2 deep colony last fall, with a medium of capped honey left on for the winter. They were light going into winter, but there were 2 deeps full of...
  5. Thread: What to do?

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    What to do?

    All of my hives are 2 deep brood chambers, and I use Medium boxes for supers. I overwinter with 2 deeps, and a medium with honey on top for added insurance. It works for us, as we have never had...
  6. Thread: advertising?

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    Re: advertising?

    I always ask a few questions so I know what I am up against before I respond to any swarm call:

    1. How long has the swarm been at the location?
    2. Where exactly is the swarm located on the...
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    Re: Paint or not, Entrance Reducer.

    I don't paint my entrance reducers, and I don't think I have ever seen any that are painted. I see no reason to do so.
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    Re: Where to buy VSH Queens?

    Get in touch with Greg at Z's Bees in CA. Great folks to deal with, and they have very good, quality VSH queens.
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    Re: SHB in Central IL

    We collected a couple of swarms this summer that had drawn some comb, located in the open on the side of houses. The comb was crawling with small hive beetles.......so much so that we burned it and...
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    Re: SHB in Central IL

    We live a couple of hours south of you, and we have had SHB for several years now. With screened bottom boards and oil trays, they are seldom a big problem. They are annoying, that's for sure!
  11. Re: Dadant 12 frame extractor.. should I buy or not

    We currently have 6 hives, with the intention of growing to no more than 8 or 10 until we are retired and have more time. We purchased a 20 frame Dadant extractor, knowing it was probably way more...
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    Re: They Call Me Godzilla!

    Hi neighbor! I was born and raised in Edwardsville, and now reside in Troy. I know what you mean about the the feeling you are causing carnage when you inspect your hive(s). So long as you are...
  13. Re: What are you doing today to be ready for next spring?

    Feeding 2 swarms and a split, trying to get them built up through this crazy heat and drought. Also, keeping an eye on sales for sugar so we can stock up for the rest of the year. Other than that,...
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    Re: Locust trees and honey

    You have Honey Locust if they have big, nasty thorns. They usually bloom in mid to late June, and the flowers aren't as "showy" as Black Locust. I don't see any bees on Honey Locust blooms around...
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    Re: Locust trees and honey

    What you have are most likely Black Locust, and yes, in our part of the country the Locust is one of the first things to bloom, and it provides the first major flow of the spring. You will know...
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    Re: Easy Cutout I did this afternoon

    Great photo's, and a nice clean job. If all cutouts were like this one, they sure would be more enjoyable! Thanks for sharing the pictures and story!
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    I guess I do need an excluder?

    After reading over the winter, and talking with a few of the very experienced beekeepers in our local association, I decided to give it a go without queen excluders this year. Today, after...
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    Nucs to full boxes, and relocate

    I have 2, 5 frame Nucs that were splits about the first of April. They are getting packed full pretty good, and I think it's time to transfer them into full sized deep boxes. I also want to move...
  19. Thread: Z's Bees

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    Z's Bees

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    We received our VSH Queens from Greg and his family today. Beautiful, vibrant, healthy Queens, and packaging and attention to detail that is second to none. The communication throughout...
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    Re: bottom board directly on ground

    If they were my hives, I would want to get them elevated with some sort of stand as soon as possible. Direct ground contact will deteriorate your bottom boards much faster than if they were elevated.
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    Re: Nosema Treatment

    If you trust their word, and I see no reason not to if they are a reputable supplier, then I wouldn't treat for Nosema. If you encounter a problem down the road, address it then.
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    Re: Check logo

    A quick Google search, using the "Google Images" search for "Honey Bee Clipart" will yield some very nice images you could use for your checks. When you find something you like, right click on the...
  23. Re: How to melt/apply wax to plastic foundation?

    I melt the wax in my shop, using a Coleman propane camp stove, and a double boiler pot configuration. (Place one pot inside another, with the outer pot containing water, heated to melt the wax.) ...
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    Re: Vetilated jacket

    Thanks for the positive review Chip. Yesterday was my birthday, and inside the card from my wife was a picture of the Mann Lake ventilated jacket. She was hoping to have the real thing, but they...
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    Re: To install or wait?

    If tomorrows weather will be better, I would wait. You can spray them with some 1:1 syrup, but they will be OK if you choose not to.
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