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    Re: Summer Heat and the Bees...

    Thanks for responding! It makes me feel better. I'm a beginner beekeeper and I think I worry too much about the bees...
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    Summer Heat and the Bees...

    Hi all,
    Chicago (and most of the country) is heating up. It will get to about 97 on Thursday with the heat index at 110. It will be in the 90's before and after. Should I be worried about the bees?...
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    Re: A sad day for a beekeeper

    Good news!
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    Swarm trap question...

    Hi all-
    I'm a newbee in Chicago. I started this spring with two hives 6 stories up. On the 4th of July one of my hives swarmed. Miraculously (and I mean that), I was able to capture them, hurry and...
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    Re: Slackers in the super?

    Okay, Here is the hive report... All comments and opinions welcome! They actually had begun to draw out the honey super a very little bit. Before they had not worked in it at all. When I got into the...
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    Re: Slackers in the super?

    Hey all-
    I'm heading up (6th story roof) to my hives later today. Thanks for your questions and responses. I'll know more tonight. Here's the basics... I reduced to 9 frames in the bottom hive body...
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    Re: Slackers in the super?

    Both hive bodies are almost completely filled. I reduced the bottom one to 9 frames. I've been feeding since I installed the packages on May 2nd. I stopped feeding last week when I put on the honey...
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    Slackers in the super?

    Newbee question....
    I've had a super on my strong hive since July 5th (exactly one week ago). Absolutely nothing is drawn out. Just a few bees standing around. Is this normal? Is their something I'm...
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    Re: Moving a hive...

    Thanks for your suggestions, guys. I'm just going to move them tomorrow and see how they do. My hives are on the roof, Charlie B, do you have a black or white surface? Mine is black and gets stinking...
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    Moving a hive...

    Hi all, I just started beekeeping this spring. I began with two hives on the roof (in Chicago) and one of my hives swarmed last week. I captured them but in my hurry to get them into another hive I...
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    Re: Bees just standing around...

    Thanks, Peter! This is exactly what I was hoping to hear! I would enjoy NOT having to capture another swarm since I've only been beekeeping for three months! Not good for the nerves...
    Thanks again!...
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    Re: Bees just standing around...

    Not really. It's been high 70's low 80's. They look lost.
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    Bees just standing around...

    I have a hive that swarmed on July 4th, captured and rehived. The original hive had one queen cell that I heard trumpeting on July 5th. The remaining bees are just standing around on the entrance...
  14. Re: Newbee needs advice about bees left after the swarm....

    Yes, I have two hive bodies on the original hive that swarmed. The bottom has brood and the top is full of honey, uncapped. I was thinking I needed to put some frames and foundation in the top hive...
  15. Re: bees "grooming" front of hive - whats going on ?

    Tom,
    Your answer sounds better... like I said, I'm new to beekeeping : )
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    Re: First capture, now what?

    I can relate! One of my hives swarmed on the fourth of July while I was standing in the beeyard. They landed on a nearby playground (yes, a playground) and I was able to capture them and they lived...
  17. Re: bees "grooming" front of hive - whats going on ?

    It looks like they are facing the entrance. Are they raising their abdomens in the air and rotating them around? They may be releasing a pheromone (nasonov) signaling other bees to return to the...
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    Re: A sad day for a beekeeper

    I agree. See your doctor and make sure you are referred to an allergist or immunologist. The blood tests can give false positives so ask for a venom test. These take about 5 or 6 hours and it can be...
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    Re: interesting quote on bees - your thoughts?

    Great thoughts! Thanks for sharing it...
  20. Newbee needs advice about bees left after the swarm....

    Hi all! I'm a brand new beekeeper who witnessed my own hive swarming and captured them and rehived them in a new box. Pretty crazy! I felt like I'd been thrown in the deep end of the pool! The good...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    I guess they just wanted their independence!
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Swarm in the big city. Chicago, Today (July 4, 2011), to the neighborhood playground, captured and brought back. The weather has been about mid-eighty. Can't figure out why, no swarm cells, no queen...
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    Opinions about swarm....

    Hi! I am a newbee, starting out with two hives this spring. Today I was visiting the hives and after a routine inspection, my weaker colony began to swarm. I didn't know what I was seeing at first...
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    Question regarding mice..

    Hi all! I'm a newbee, I just started this spring with two hives and I'm having a great time staring at the bees. When I went to check on them today I noticed about 20 mouse droppings behind one of...
  25. Re: two supercedure cells in 5 week old hive

    Thanks for your response, Ray! It's a relief to know that it's unlikely they are really considering swarming right now. I'll keep an eye on those cells, though. And thanks for the advice about the...
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