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    Re: Feeding Question

    I gave them more brood and some nurse bees, but this has not sped up the amount of wax they built on the original frame, which was drawn out over the course of three days about half way down---...
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    Re: bait hive swarm

    I'd hive the bees and look for the queen in the process. If you can find her cage her momentarily inside the box. If you can, put some kind of excluder on the front so that they take the box and not...
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    Re: What is this?

    I would doubt that if it was capped honey that it would start fermenting. That's really what the rendering of nectar into honey and the process of lowering it's moisture level to 18 % and below is...
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    Feeding Question

    Hived a small swarm and gave them a frame of honey. The queen is laying and they are drawing out comb, but since there are not many in the swarm it is a slow paced hive so far. Was wondering if...
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    Re: What is this?

    Now this has happened to me quite a few times, including yesterday evening. Every time it is a very small cluster. I've only found a queen once and it was a tiny one. Yesterday, there was no queen....
  6. Re: Swarm Trap... in the back of TRUCK BED?

    Tried it today, no visitors, or no permanent ones. Did let out a moth though. Maybe tomorrow!
  7. Re: Brand Newbee - Day 3 - Two Questions.

    Hello and welcome! Your questions are all good one's and pretty similar to mine when I first started. I will just take experience with manipulating frames with bees on them in order not to crush too...
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    Re: Sources for treatment free bees

    If you were closer to S. Fla I would say me. Being treatment free definitely requires a different learning curve and is contrary to a lot of the contemporary literature. Follow the wisdom of Michael...
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    Re: Thoughts on trap/cut out.

    Go on youtube and watch some videos with JP Beeman he's done a few like this, but I think all cut outs.
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    Re: What is this?

    Looks like pollen to me. Honey is a preservative because of it's low viscosity and antibacterial compounds. You have several options-- harvest and let it sit and see if it begins the process of...
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    Re: Dead Hive!

    Robbing or Absconding-- this would be my guess.

    I've lost hives to both, but usually due to absconding. Once pests and critters are moving around and there aren't sufficient bees to protect open...
  12. Re: Hive Stand or Screened Bottom Board?

    Welcome to the forum and to a very educating but rewarding hobby. It's hard to say for sure, but typically the bottom board will have the screen permanently affixed to the bottom. A corrugated...
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    Re: Traveling Bees?

    It's 64 right now in Miami, FL-- Jacksonville is slated for 58 this weekend. This hardly classifies as warm weather. Where are you traveling to-- north? Or south?
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    Re: Need to clean foundation

    Could be a good opportunity to phase out old brood comb.
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    Re: Traveling Bees?

    I've traveled many times with nucs for 4 hours and longer. The heat is not an issue right now in Florida, just make sure they are ventilated.

    After a two hour trip I hived a nuc. They were...
  16. Swarm Trap... in the back of TRUCK BED?

    The idea just struck me.

    I work long hours, and I have my truck parked from 7AM to 7PM most days. Thought that it could be a perfect opportunity to put a swarm trap in the truck bed with old brood...
  17. Re: Methods for Finding the Queen in a Swarm

    I think it helps to find her and I usually cage her and place her in between one of the frames in the box. I have rarely found swarms attached to tree limbs or removable objects. Most of the time I...
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    Re: Swarm lures

    Alright Scott. Going to go ahead and give your product a try. Ordering Now!
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    Bees ignore garden offerings

    I got bees for pollination if fruit trees and garden plants. After three years of experience my bees tend to ignore what is available in the yard and go elsewhere. I know the obvious is that there is...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Small 1 lb swarm captured on bottom of garage 6" off the ground-- Center of Miami, FL. Not from my hives.
  21. Small Swarm Capture.. Too Small?

    Two days ago a neighbor alerted me to a small swarm of bees that had landed in an old building on his property. Long story short I captured queen and all and moved to my bee yard. There are only...
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    Moth Ridden Frames

    I've had a few losses and have been stacking up some moth infested frames. I have found it incredibly difficult to scrape off the old come and clean them up. Any advice or tips and tricks on how to...
  23. Re: Have a swarm caught the queen help

    Thanks for the replies. The lumber was 4x4s that I had about 3 ft long just placed ontop of a hive weighing down the lid. I put two frames of sealed brood in the box with the swarm with the caged...
  24. Have a swarm caught the queen help

    Just caught the queen to a small swarm but the bees aren't really moving toward their new home. They keep returning to a piece of lumber they landed on. What should I do, will be sun down in a few...
  25. Newly established hive, help with supering

    I picked up a nuc in march that has taken off like a monster. It had filled up two deeps by the beginning of may so i put on a medium super for honey collection. I went in last week and they hadn't...
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