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  1. Re: Our latest removal 50 + feet off the ground! HONEY B GUYS

    Why did they want them removed? Was the tree about to be cut down?
  2. Do swarms ever mistakenly pick a site that's already occupied?

    I hung a swarm trap in a tree above my hives. I noticed it was occupied about ten days ago. On Thursday evening, before I had a chance to hive them, the trap plunged to the ground. The bees were...
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    Re: Slug baits and bees?

    Thanks! That's good to know. The slugs destroyed my young swiss chard. I have some more started, but didn't want to put them in the ground without a solution for the slugs.
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    Slug baits and bees?

    Has anyone used the newer, non-metaldehyde slug baits around their bees? There are both iron phosphate and sulfur-based products that are listed as non-toxic to pets, wildlife and beneficial...
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    Re: Mann Lake ProVent Jackets?

    I've had the same experience with the ProVent fencing veil. I've been stung on the chin on three occasions already. A ball cap or visor worn under the veil helps, but that's one more thing to...
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    Re: a billion bees, but no brood

    It won't hurt to put in a frame of eggs from your other hive in as insurance. However, I had a similar situation this spring with a very strong hive that had no eggs or larvae visible, and with no...
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    Re: placing 2 hives on city lot

    I wouldn't hesitate for a moment to add another hive or two, or more. A privacy fence works wonders. Mine are 8 feet from a sidewalk, but passers-by are unaware and unmolested. Good luck with your...
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    Re: Attacked For No Apparent Reason

    It sounds like an especially ornery guard bee. It happens to me with my backyard bees every once in a while. It's the same kind that might follow you after a hive inspection long after the rest...
  9. Thread: Jester's EZ NUC

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    Re: Jester's EZ NUC

    I used some for splits this year. I cut a small hole in the side so that I could use the long, narrow "entrance" feeders that can be found on Ebay, etc. Since they were in the side and fit snugly,...
  10. Thread: wax moths

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    Re: wax moths

    They could also be maggots from flies feeding on larvae and bees killed during the cutout. Either way, I think you'd want to manually clean out all that you could.
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    Re: Swarmed colony quennless, dying off.

    Do you have hive beetle problems in your area? If so, you should probably harvest most of that honey, as you won't have enough bees to defend it. The hive might get slimed just as your new queen...
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    Re: Hive beetle problem

    From the Novodor material safety sheet - no information on hive beetle effectiveness, but it doesn't sound promising with bees:

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    ECOLOGICAL...
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    Re: New Observation Hive

    Very nice design! I'd pay $300-$400 for a set of 4 units, maybe with additional cells sold separately. What is the area of each hexagon? Is it equivalent to a deep frame?
  14. Best way to salvage a comb-filled box with no frames?

    I received a small hive from a beek who was job hunting and getting ready to move this spring and had no time to tend his bees. It consists of a bottom board, two 8-frame medium boxes, inner cover...
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    Re: What to do with extra frame of honey?

    Freeze it, but wrap it carefully and try not to damage it. Honey flows slowly at 0 degrees, but it flows, as my sticky freezer will attest.
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    Re: Opinions wanted - how do SHB enter the hive?

    Through the front door. I've seen them fly straight in. No entrance large enough to admit a bee will deter them!
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    Re: Queen success! (So far)

    That's darn good for only your second attempt - I'm jealous! Did you change anything based on your first experience that would explain the higher success rate?
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    Re: Lost queen. Nervous new beekeeper!!!

    Packages sometimes supersede a queen right away, as bees & queen were thrown together and don't have the bond of an established hive. They can also build queen cups without filling them. As you're...
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    Re: Dropped the queen but found her

    Very lucky! Glad you found her. I once closed up a hive and was packing to leave, only to notice the queen sitting on my hive tool [I]in[I]my tool bucket.
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    Re: Still waiting on April 18th packages

    After one good experience, I have had the same problem with Hardeman's for the second year in a row. I ordered directly from them as an individual. Last year I believed the weather excuse, as there...
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    Re: association near Lubbock

    Lubbock is pretty dry - what do your bees rely on for their main nectar source? Cotton?
  22. Re: Long Hive with Lang frames-multi use. Production or queen rearing

    In a 2-queen production hive, are you using 1 or 2 excluders to separate the queens?
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    Late packages from Hardeman

    After a good experience last year, I ordered 3 packages from Hardeman Apiaries on 1/3/14. I shortly received an invoice listing a ship date of 4/22 (later than I'd hoped for, but okay). I called...
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    Re: Am I doing a stupid thing?

    Note that Wolf Creek bees aren't strictly treatment free. John Seaborn advocates organic treatments including essential oils and powdered sugar for mites.
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    Re: eBay observation hive

    Dealing with population swings has been the hardest part, but that's to be expected in such a small colony. Last year I had trouble settling on a good way to feed them syrup; this year I've used...
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