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    Re: Fighting the Rise of Bee Rustlers

    From the article:

    "At the same time, backyard beekeeping seems to be growing in popularity, anecdotally at least. The arrival of hobbyists isn’t something that many commercial beekeepers welcome....
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    Re: What's the best Material for Lids?

    Plastic.
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    Re: False Swarm Calls.

    Hi, Brian!

    Yes, it will be impossible to enforce the covenant or the verbal contract. I did lose some money while doing cutouts, in fact. But most of the people I have dealt with have honored...
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    Re: False Swarm Calls.

    >>>Your questions should isolate the fact whether we are dealing with a swarm or a living nest, first. If it is a swarm and you do not want to charge within your city, for example, tell the caller...
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    Re: Is is bad to put on too many supers?

    Certainly one should but only with DRAWN SUPERS or DEEPS.
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    Re: Cut out questions

    I double the charge.
  7. Re: Abandonment method for clearing supers: Just pulled boxes. I'm worried. Need advi

    Your location is in SC where the temperature is just too warm for this method to work; this method seems to work better in the northern climate. As others have pointed out, it is highly likely to...
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    Re: What Should I Do With Extremely Hot Hive?

    Another method is to "divide 'em and conquer" : split into many nuc's. That will demoralize them quickly. And calm down.

    Earthboy
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    I am super-glad to see we Okies are starting to pick up swarms. I believe due to recent semi-drought, we have not seen as many swarms here in Oklahoma; when we do, they are small, about football...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    Have you not heard about miticide-resistant mites yet? (Here, list all the "treatments" we beekeepers have done and, yes, the I-Pee-Em methods)

    Please don't tell me you have not heard about...
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    Re: Big swarm help please

    When the swarm is on the ground, it is much easier to locate the queen, usually in a small cluster protected by her retinue. (That the swarm is on the ground means the queen is either injured or...
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    Re: Time to grow.. but where?

    Generally speaking, OK is not the best place to keep bees for the following reasons:

    1. Its nectar flow starts around mid-April till early July; unless you have your own alfalfa fields, there is...
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    Re: Texas Summer Heat

    Hi, I live in Shawnee, and I keep mine on screened bottoms all year round, and when it is hot, I gave them a screened top, with the telescoping cover jacked up with trash-lumber 2x4's for their...
  14. Thread: soybeans

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    Re: soybeans

    When there is a dearth, after a flow, bees do work soy fields, usually in the afternoon when the soy starts to bloom, but the honey quality is third-rate in my view: white sweet clover, alfalfa, and...
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    Re: 37 million bees dead

    I am a long time beekeeper, much longer than even this forum, and I learned never to put my bees near GM corn fields, ever. If you have lost dozens of colonies as a result of keeping your bees near...
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    Russians Warn Obama

    My apologies if the following information is an old news: a student of mine has just sent me this information, having heard during my lecture, why I have lost 13 colonies near a corn field, treated...
  17. Re: Feral Bee Rescue in Tornado-hit Areas in Oklahoma

    One more pic.6102
  18. Feral Bee Rescue in Tornado-hit Areas in Oklahoma

    Friends,

    Some of you might have wondered as to "What happens to feral honey bees in tornado-hit areas?" Well, here are some pics showing how I have been called to rescue some of the survivors...
  19. Re: $20 Billion Declining bee populations may lead to significant agricultural losses

    I'd say more specifically, it is not the money but the human GREED that greases the world to go around. I'd rather be an alarmist rather than a naysayer.

    Not everything is "created" for humans...
  20. Thread: Angry bees

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    Re: Angry bees

    Yup! Divide and conquer!
  21. Thread: A bad spring

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    Re: A bad spring

    :shhhh:Here in Oklahoma, my crimson clovers I had planted last fall is in full force now, about a month late, I think. My bees are all over the bloom. I think we are skipping psuedo robinia acacia...
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    Re: Almonds just around the corner

    Greetings,

    Normally I would not venture out to talk about an issue; however, this one is an exception. In this instance, the gentle person from Nevada is correct. Under normal circumstance,...
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    Love Thy Hot Bees

    To say the obvious, a virgin queen will mate up to 13 or more drones; as a result, the hot temperament may not be the uniform trait of all the drones she has mated with. Let the hive bee (sic) for a...
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