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    Re: How To Go Fulltime?

    Interesting reading Rader. Well I guess I'm not going to become a millionaire from bees. BUT, I would like to be able to someday use this as my "work from home business". Is it safe to say that you...
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    How To Go Fulltime?

    Hi All

    I've got a curiosity question for you seasoned beekeepers? How many hives would it take to become a full-time beekeeper?

    Thanks for any input :digging:
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    Re: Bees Changing Homes

    Thanks BigG!!! That's some really good info. Much appreciated.
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    Re: Bees Changing Homes

    Well I guess I'm going to have to split this hive to keep it from swarming out in the Spring. Soooo, when would you guys suggest splitting my full hive and how do you suggest I do it? I was thinking...
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    Re: Bees Changing Homes

    Yes the empty hive is 1 that i split back in August or September of 2014.
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    Bees Changing Homes

    I've been beekeeping for about 3 years now and noticed something weird. I have 6 hives and noticed that 1 of my hives recently became empty. I thought that the bees had died from cold weather but...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    Thanks for the tip Santas. I'll try the axel grease. That sounds like it may work better that the denatured earth.
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    So what do most seasoned beekeepers use underneath their hives to fight ants? I've used denatured earth in the past. (trying to be organic). Haven't had any problems till this year when I used...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    The pictures that I posted showed wax that had a bit of honey still. I think the ants were after the honey and just took over.
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    I'm not sure if the ants actually come into the hives to kill or not. My theory is the ants came in droves and disturbed the hive enough that the queen packed up and left and took MOST of the hive...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    This was a bitter lesson for me to learn. Normally I'm pretty good about treating the ground underneath my hives but this year I just didn't even think about it. Focused too much on queens, splits,...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    Just wanted to follow up real quick. I was out the other night and remembered that I had left some wax near the empty hives that I had cleaned out. Here's what I found.

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    Fall Bee Packages

    I was just curious. Does anyone know if you can purchase bee packages this time of the year? If so, what are the chances of them making it through the winter? If the chances are the same as an...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    Nope. No honey at all....
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    I've had these same hives for about 3 years now and they have been doing pretty good up to this point. I'm going to have to get new packages this spring to replace these hives. They had brood about 2...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    Hey gang I took a few more pics today . I tried to get as closeup of a shot as I could without blurring the shot. There doesn't seem to be anything in any of the frames that I can see. Does anyone...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    I checked the third hive and looks exactly the same. Pollen and nothing else. Well this is a hard lesson learned. Treat the ground underneath your hives with something and "Don't Neglect It". In the...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    Nothing in the first two. I'm currently going through the third and so far it looks the same. Just a few frames that look like pollen is half way packed in. I've place denatured earth around the...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    Here's a few more pics from some other frame.

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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    Hi All

    I was able to look closer at more of the frames after the freezer took care of the wax moths. I noticed that some of the frames still had what appeared to be pollen packed about halfway...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    Ok gang. I was able to get inside the hives and there was no brood, no honey, NUFFIN!!! I took the frames and put them in the freezer because wax moths had already started to move in. I noticed in...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    You know that is an interesting point!!!! I have noticed ants during the day but just brushed them off and kept going. This is also the first year that I have not used anything on the ground...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    I didn't see any signs of mites but I may have missed something. I'm going to break the empty hives down later on today and do a closer inspection. In my neck of the woods wax moths and hive beetles...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    I'm starting to think the bees swarmed out. I checked all three hives and noticed only a few bees in each hive. May have been robber bees cleaning out what was left. I didn't notice anything out of...
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    AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    Well right when I thought I was starting to get a handle on beekeeping, I checked my hives yesterday and noticed that 3 of my good hives were completely gone. 1 hive in particular was doing really...
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