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    Re: extracting outdoors at night.

    I've done it outside after dark. I used a screen tent. I also used extension cords run into it to "wire" utility lights. It was nice and bright. A couple of bugs got in. But they were easily strained...
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    Re: I wonder how many other beeks have had this idea.

    a large wasp nest properly located makes people wary also. Dead of course. Add a couple of preserved wasps (killed, pinned and dried) onto the outside of it.
    Presto.
    No more front door visitors....
  3. Re: increasing from 5 to 10 hives - how much more work?

    Daniel Y,
    Yes I've noticed that. Over the last 3 years I have got quite a bit more streamlined in my inspection process.
    One method I've developed that helps is that I write all pertinant info on...
  4. Re: increasing from 5 to 10 hives - how much more work?

    Yup, equipment and extracting were my main concern. Time was third on the list. I have 2 jobs and work 7 days a week. I also have a 1 yr old and a 1 mo old at home. So I'll have to be sure to put in...
  5. Re: increasing from 5 to 10 hives - how much more work?

    The kid analogy just about knocked me off my chair. Ahhhh, the fond memories of being single and childless. I could have handled 100 hives then.
    I like your response too Mr. Bush. I frequent your...
  6. increasing from 5 to 10 hives - how much more work?

    I've recieved on offer I'm finding hard to refuse. The orchard where I keep my hives wants me to expand. They are even willing to purchase some packages of bees to offset the price of increasing. (I...
  7. Re: Beekeeper demographics - Ratio of male to female keepers

    Texnana,
    Thats cuz a smart husband keeps quiet when he sees his wife is happy and busy with a hobby like bee keeping! At least thats what I try to do so I can sneak more equipment into the garage!...
  8. Re: The difference between an overwintered hive and a package

    The big hive is actually an overwintered swarm that moved into some empty equipment next to my house last year.
    Free and very productive. Just how I like my bees!

    I agree with you Stella, the...
  9. Re: The difference between an overwintered hive and a package

    Yes, they use the super entrances. They were a little bearded up because of the heat on the bottom deep.
    Package was started May 12th. I always give my packages drawn comb whenever possible. It...
  10. The difference between an overwintered hive and a package

    7111

    I think it might be time to pull a super or two off!!!!! They've been going gang busters up here in MN and i haven't had time to extract. And I thought 1 medium full on a new package was...
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    Sigh....what the?????

    Maybe someone else has an explanation. But nobody I've talked to yet does.
    I've got about 20 frames of honey (both wet & crystalized) from deadouts. Doesn't appear that it is fermented, but some...
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    Re: What Have You Learned This Season?

    I learned that repairing(putting back together) a single deep hive destroyed by a bear is MUCH easier than 4 triple deeps destroyed by a bear.
    In my defense I had things under control until the...
  13. Thread: First Sting story

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    Re: First Sting story

    I didn't completely close my veil the other day while putting back together a bear destroyed hive. One got me on the adam's apple when she crept through the little opening. I was glad my throat...
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    Re: What am I looking for when inspecting?

    It's only my second year, so take this with a grain of salt until a more experience beek chimes in.
    My first year I went in about once a week. Mostly because I viewed my first year as a learning...
  15. Bears, Bees & German Shepards-"warning" long post

    Sigh.......
    Well I learned some valuable lessons yesterday.
    My friend's hives have been hit by bears twice this year. The first time she got everything back together and all was well with both...
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    Bears, Bears, Bears!

    Sigh....yesterday a bear got into my friend's hive. It was fenced off, but it reached through the fence, pulled the hive over and destroyed 6 frames of brood. Unfortunately that was all there was in...
  17. Thread: What the????

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    What the????

    So i'm going through one of my hives yesterday and now I'm really confused. It's a swarm that moved into one of my empty boxes in March. It's 3 deeps and I just put a 4th of undrawn plastic.
    They...
  18. Thread: Bachelorette Pad

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    Re: Bachelorette Pad

    I had a similar situation. It started out as 15-20 bees checking out an old deep full of drawn comb, so I poured some honey into the box on top of the frames just to see what would happen. The next...
  19. Thread: Stepping on toes

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    Re: Stepping on toes

    Yes I took out the empty queen cage. He had it wedged inbetween two frames, but it had fallen into the bottom of the hive.
    The inner cover was used simply to place the inverted jars of syrup over...
  20. Thread: Stepping on toes

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    Re: Stepping on toes

    Thats exactly what I thought. In the very least I knew it wouldn't hurt them. If they did't need/want it they wouldn't take it.
  21. Thread: Stepping on toes

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    Stepping on toes

    The question is did I step on this beekeepers toes.
    He helped a buddy of mine set up a hive. A 2 lb package of italians on 10 frames of undrawn plastic foundation. Dumped 'em in, put a pollen patty...
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    Re: New queen not laying

    That was my thought. I went through both deeps and every frame looked the same. Spotty brood with varying stages of brood. My initial thought was that it was due to Carnies tendancy for strong...
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    Re: New queen not laying

    I sure hope that's whats happening up here in MN too. I had a hive that was going gang busters last time I looked (3 weeks ago) Then yesterday I did an inspection. Very random brood, some capped,...
  24. Re: Is it too late to convert to a top entrance hive.

    go for it. I just converted one over last week. You'll notice some confusion at first, but the girls will figure it out.
  25. Thread: Sudden Mad Bees

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    Re: Sudden Mad Bees

    What can I say, I noticed some trends. I did fail to mention "why are they bearding?" cuz that answer is pretty cut and dried. Most of the time anyway! :rolleyes:
    In the end it is an intensly...
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