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    Some advice please.

    I have split a hive which was a package last spring.Several queen cells were found,some on sides of frame,some on bottom.I assume they were intending to swarm.They did seem somewhat crowded in 2...
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    Re: Greeting from North Central Missouri

    Another Show-Me State welcome! I'm about 50 miles south of you near Harrisburg. Good luck!
  3. Thread: Glad to be here

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    Re: Glad to be here

    greetings Mackelby! A fellow boone countian here. we'll have to compare notes. Happy New Year to you and good luck with your bees!
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    Re: Official Launch of Hive Tracks

    Interesting site. The problem of to few options has been addressed. The issue I have is in the "history" heading.It shows everything with todays date.It should show chronological order of when the...
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    Re: opportunity to expand

    I think I have plenty of nectar sources in the area so I'm not really counting on the beans. If they do produce however,it will be icing on the cake! Thanks for the replies!
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    Re: opportunity to expand

    OE, after rereading your post I see you didn't ask about winter:doh:!I assume you were referring to the summer dearth of which I know little about.We have been receiving ample rainfall if that makes...
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    Re: opportunity to expand

    Thanks Mike and OE! I think I'll save my money and see how my single hive does. Maybe split in the spring. OE I think you're right about the hive being weak.My 3# package also started in mid April is...
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    opportunity to expand

    Hi everyone! I'm a first year keeper with one hive which is doing very well (started with two but one absconded). A gentleman in a nearby town has offered a split made in April which is in a 10 frame...
  9. Thread: Hey Guys

    by bigd
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    Re: Hey Guys

    Hello fellow Missourian! It's great to have you here! Sounds like you're off to a good start!:)
  10. Thread: Happy News!!

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    Re: Happy News!!

    Congrats! It's a girl,and another,and another,and...:applause:
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    Re: Newb in Excelsior Springs, MO

    Good luck Wolfie,and welcome! The Missouri contingent is growing! I'm not close enough to you to be of much help,but if you're ever touring central MO.give me a holler!
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    Re: Add another Missouri member

    Welcome aboard! Always good to see a friend from the show-me state! Hope your weather is fair and your bees productive.
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    Re: feeding packaged bees

    Though I'm far from experienced,I think it helps to feed as long as they are drawing comb.
  14. Thread: Hi From Illinois

    by bigd
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    Re: Hi From Illinois

    hi neighbor! Best of luck to you! What kind of set up are you looking at? Package bees? Nucs?
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    Re: Newbee hive inspection disaster

    Way to go Breakfast! Sounds like you and your bees are on your way...
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    Re: Newbee hive inspection disaster

    Good luck Breakfast.Hang in there!
  17. Thread: I have eggs!

    by bigd
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    I have eggs!

    Two packages installed april 17.One absconded shortly after queen release on the 20th.The other showed normal bee behavior but no eggs after one week.Several good people on this forum told me to be...
  18. Thread: Lost Package

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    Re: Lost Package

    Having lost a colony myself to absconding,I know the feeling.What bothers me is that I followed the instructions to a tee.They said to manually release the queen after three days in the hive.No candy...
  19. Re: No eggs one week after queeen release.Should I be concerned?

    Thanks for the feedback.I have not seen the queen-she is unmarked.I don't think there are eggs I haven't seen.I started with two packages but my other one absconded. Ironicly,they left behind...
  20. No eggs one week after queeen release.Should I be concerned?

    Title sums it up.I released the queen one week ago today,after 3 day acceptance period.Comb is being drawn,pollen is coming in,nothing unusual.I've been feeding 1:1 sugar syrup,pollen patty.With the...
  21. Thread: tbh pics

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    Re: tbh pics

    I see what could possibly be the queen in pic 3115 on the far left about halfway down.Extended abdomen and lacking the dark bands.Regardless,nice pics!
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    Re: bees gone.What happened?

    Only the outside of the hives were painted.I did start with 2 hives for that reason(comparison),also if one failed I would still have one.Now I realize how good a move that was! My other colony seems...
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    Re: hello from new beek in central mo

    Thanks for the suggestion.I was also wondering if my other colony built up large enough,would I be able to do a split at some time later this year?
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    Re: bees gone.What happened?

    Thanks to all for your input.The queen cage had only a cork in one end,no candy.Here are the instructions as written by the supplier for the "direct release method":"leave the cork in queen cage and...
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    Re: hello from new beek in central mo

    Here is the procedure I used.I had a 9 frame deep brood box using no foundation. I shook the bees into the box.The queen cage was secured to a frame and the hive was closed.No problems,bees were very...
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