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  1. Re: Caging Queens to Induce a Brood Break: pre Mite Treatment

    Letting her go at day 14 will allow her to start laying again so that the colony can start to regain population. After day 6 of letting her go (which is also day 20-21 from first caging her) there...
  2. Caging Queens to Induce a Brood Break: pre Mite Treatment

    How have YOU done this? What kind of cage/cages do YOU use? Will a two week period of being caged negatively affect the queen's laying ability?
    My goal is to let all of the capped brood hatch...
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    Re: What is chewing on my hive?

    I couldn't stand it any longer. I'm going to say that it's a raccoon. It's too high for a skunk. A possum isn't that tenacious. Wood peckers don't shred wood unless it is rotten (usually).
    The...
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    Re: I just watched one come in!

    Now that's odd. I guess they were dead set on building comb...
  5. Re: OD Frank finally honors his agreement but with a catch

    Yall are crazy!
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    Re: I'm Thinking EFB Please Confirm

    If it is indeed EFB, don't beat yourself up too bad. A good honey flow could clear it up, but Requeening is almost a sure fire way to take care of it for good. It could be worse....
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    Re: Comb building

    I have had large swarms fully draw out 16 deep frames in 3 weeks. I caught a large swarm 4 days ago, and they are now on their 5th deep frame. Magic happens when you keep em fat and happy. :)
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    Re: Cheapest effective swarm trap?

    I've had similar experiences. I have another thread started for this very subject so we don't high Jack this one.
    As far as cheap traps go, free is best! :)
  9. Re: Swarms: pheromones, lay lines, weather conditions, oddities, and unique occurence

    I have a place where I have caught 5 large swarms in the past year. There IS a colony in the home of whose place I'm trapping on. However, I know that 3 of the swarms I caught were not from the...
  10. Swarms: pheromones, lay lines, weather conditions, oddities, and unique occurences

    Some observations and neat stories were in another thread. I don't think a thread like this has been started yet. So, instead of high jacking that one, I started this one.
    This thread is simply for...
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    Re: Cheapest effective swarm trap?

    Well, the cat is finally out of the bag! I thought no one was going to say it.
    I've been conducting a study with neon lights (don't laugh, I'm serious). I found a supplier who makes custom signs...
  12. Re: Since 1980 this is the worst April Non-flow I have every seen...

    Same here
  13. Re: Since 1980 this is the worst April Non-flow I have every seen...

    When was the last time you fully inspected them and what did their food stores look like (both nectar and pollen)?
  14. Re: Since 1980 this is the worst April Non-flow I have every seen...

    Tell me about it. It's the same way here UT. Two weeks ago the bees were booming and bursting at the seems with plenty of nectar and plenty of pollen. Populations were going gangbusters. Now, after a...
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    Re: Small Hive Beetles and Swarms

    Ok, point taken.
    Survival aside, how do small hive beetles detect that a swarm is being issued?
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    Re: Small Hive Beetles and Swarms

    Would it really double the survival if the parent colony becomes weaker due to less bees? Just think, all that pollen and honey stored away in a large amount of comb unattended by the bees. It seems...
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    Small Hive Beetles and Swarms

    Ok, so I'm fairly sure that most of us know that SHB can and will fly with the swarm once it issues. Obviously the SHB can detect the bees while flying whether by pheromone, smell, frequency of wing...
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    Re: Scout Bees

    This has become one of the working philosophies of my life!
    I'd have to agree with just about everything I've read in this thread. There is clearly competition among colonies for new nest sites,...
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    Re: Beekeeping in 20 years?

    I didn't even think about that, but you're right! :lpf: :ws:
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    Re: Beekeeping in 20 years?

    In 20 years, people will come back to this thread and say things like "see, I told you so" or "boy, that was a silly idea now that I think about it".
    Of course, that's if Barry doesn't sell the site...
  21. Re: Small amount of light in top of traps

    I've started using polyester feed sacks. I place it between the top and the frames, and it functions as a makeshift inner cover. It also shields against rain if you have small cracks in the top and...
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    Re: Swarm in my chimney

    Keep in mind that beeswax is a hydrocarbon. Hydrocarbons and fire don't exactly mix unless you like a good fireball :D.

    Yes, a cutout is the right way to do it because you want the comb removed as...
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    Re: Snake Repellent

    Mr. Bush is correct about the mice. The flip side to that token is if you truly see snakes as a problem, then remove all of the rodents from the area as well as places for them (the snakes)to hide....
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    Re: WHAT DEFINES FERAL BEES

    Hard to know about "feral" until you know what "domesticated" means. A few years ago.....when humans began keeping bees, all bees were wild. Soon after, I imagine very few feral bees existed. Fast...
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    Re: Swarm commander: Does It Really Work?

    That right there is the name of the game. :thumbsup:
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