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    Re: disney swarm traps

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    I have been given the task of providing bait hives for an apartment complex here in central Florida which has numerous swarms
    move into their buildings throughout the year. I already do their...
  2. Re: My 9-year-old retrieving rather large swarm - takes hit to forehead

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    I inspected this hive today and it is completely booming !!!

    I have inspected it previously, but it seems this past week they have gone on a rampage.

    That hive is already about 3/4 built...
  3. Re: Just built this cedar hive with viewing window (video)

    oops, double post.
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  4. Re: (video) Removal - Lakeland, FL - 3-31-15 - Queen release at end gets interesting

    HAHAHA, I was waiting for someone to notice that !!

    Yeah, I was still shell-shocked from how mad they were on the actual removal. I got stung eight times even though I was suited-up.

    But yeah,...
  5. Just built this cedar hive with viewing window (video)

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBgd4wQ8qXA


    http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss99/LakelandRainBarrels/Bee%20keeping/cedar%20hive%20window_zps8f8txyvm.jpg
  6. Re: (video) Removal - Lakeland, FL - 3-31-15 - Queen release at end gets interesting

    Well, I did have to maneuver that somewhat heavy hive off the ladder.

    I may have to start putting the bar guards on these hives again for doing cut-outs. Such a pain though.

    It's side rails I...
  7. (video) Removal - Lakeland, FL - 3-31-15 - Queen release at end gets interesting

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    All went well.

    Got the queen.

    They were on the feisty side.

    The queen-release into the hive at the end of the video is quite hilarious because I'm looking for her to emerge
    out of the...
  8. Re: My 9-year-old retrieving rather large swarm - takes hit to forehead

    Yes, I concur 100%.

    You are exactly correct.

    But you have to admit, when they knew they were being moved into a top bar hive, they were as content as could be !!! :D

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  9. Re: My 9-year-old retrieving rather large swarm - takes hit to forehead

    LOL, I knew that was coming.
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    Barry, I'm open to suggestions.

    Admittedly I'm mainly experienced with cut-outs - not swarms.

    Since I couldn't shake the branch or cut the branch, what could I have done, or had Marshall do...
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    Yes, that's good advice !!!

    So my dad calls this morning paranoid that CPS will see the video and attempt to investigate and/or confiscate Marshall for "child neglect" because
    Marshall only had...
  12. Re: My 9-year-old retrieving rather large swarm - takes hit to forehead

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    Thanks so much for all the great and positive comments.

    My son enjoyed reading them.

    :applause:
  13. My 9-year-old retrieving rather large swarm - takes hit to forehead

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    My 9-year-old son has been regularly helping me on swarm calls lately. Here's a rather large swarm we picked up a few evenings ago of which he did most of the work. He got stung on the...
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    Re: Why I Like Cedar.

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    What about cedar roofs?

    I'm starting to make cedar hives and they are turning out beautifully, but I'm running into a dilemma as far as the top of the roof.

    Cedar can get expensive and...
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    Re: Latest top bar removal here in Florida

    The overheating wasn't the issue the other day. I do removals during the heat of summer here in FL and never a problem. It wasn't even remotely hot
    the other day when this disaster happened. It...
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    Re: Latest top bar removal here in Florida

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    I definitely see both sides to this issue regarding the usage (or not) of bee vacs.

    I don't know. Even as I type this right now I'm struggling at justifying using a vac any longer after...
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    Re: Latest top bar removal here in Florida

    I don't use them nearly as much as I used to.

    If I had to do it all over again, I would have NOT used it, obviously.

    Anyhow, sometimes they are a necessity, but if I have to use it again in...
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    Re: Latest top bar removal here in Florida

    Sadly, today I had a vacuum that I've used many, many times kill a bunch of bees. The suction
    was much too heavy. I've used the same setting many times before. I still have no clue why it happened....
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    Re: Latest top bar removal here in Florida

    It's gotta perform, it's gotta perform.

    Also, there's a chance kids could find it and 'take care' of it.

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    Re: Latest top bar removal here in Florida

    Thanks so much for the kind words.

    I don't take for granted when they go well.

    Believe me, things can go south really quick if you aren't careful and throw the whole removal completely off.
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    Re: Latest top bar removal here in Florida

    Nah, I'd rather not get stung unnecessarily at this point in my career...lol.

    Regarding repairs after the removal, I give them the option. Obviously, if I don't have to repair
    anything, they get...
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    Latest top bar removal here in Florida

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    It was a very new arrival in between floors of an apartment building with minimal comb.

    I've done a number of removals for this same apartment complex over the past year-or-so. Each one
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    Re: Started trap-out yesterday here in FL

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    Lol, that WAS a chicken.

    Next time I do a trap-out, I'll try the Cleo method.

    And as far as taking queen cells/hive, etc and replacing it, I live too far away to be doing all these...
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    Re: Started trap-out yesterday here in FL

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    Cleo,

    They went into my trap AND are building queen cells from the frame of eggs/larvae I brought at first !!

    Cleo, I really need to study better all your methods, but check out the new...
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    Re: Started trap-out yesterday here in FL

    I just had a whole reply typed up and hit the wrong button and lost it.

    I'm going to bed.
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