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    Re: A cut out question

    If your existing hive equipment is 10-frame deep then get the same setup. Cutting out for medium frames is a waste of time and effort. If they don't fill up a 10-frame deep then they'll have room to...
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    Re: Question on Extracting

    One thing to consider, are you putting in frames with foundation. If the bees in your strong hive feel they have enough brood comb they may draw honey storage comb with larger size cell that may not...
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    Re: Swarm distance from hive

    I've collected swarms and get calls from the homeowner/resident days later that there are still remaining bees where I collected the swarm from. My experience is once they've decided to leave, they...
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    Re: Emergency Cut-out in a Felled Walnut

    Fantastic! Thanks for the photos and congrats on the successful cutout.

    I've found trying to save honey comb to be more trouble than it's worth if there's a lot of it. I usually grab honey comb...
  5. Re: Are stings supposed to feel good, almost addictive

    Well remember a "normal" reaction is localized redness, inflammation, swelling, itchiness. That's what most people would experience with a bee sting. Working with swarms and wild bees here in west,...
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    Re: Swarm trap locations

    You can try putting an ad in Craigslist offering local swarm collection. Anywhere you get called out to collect a swarm is a reasonable spot to put a bait hive, either immediately or next year.
  7. Thread: Our Swarm Queens

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    Re: Our Swarm Queens

    Most of my hives are from local sources, either from cutouts or swarms I captured. Since a swarm is proof of the vigor of the parent hive I've had great luck with them surviving without any...
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    Re: Another 1st cut out post

    If you have another hive get a frame of brood with eggs and larvae. If you didn't get the queen they'll be able to make a new queen with the eggs and larvae. Having open brood with also help by...
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    Re: What type of foundation

    I've had poor luck getting bees to use/draw plastic foundation. They've show more interest in foundation or drawing their own free-form foundationless where I've left too much space in the hive.

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  10. Re: Moving a hive, in two sections? (too tall for the car)

    Just go spend a couple hours doing that work there at the outyard. Less hassle than a whole hive move.


    2 miles is close enough that his genetics are already in your mix if you're letting your...
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    Re: Help! Cone trap out gone crazy!

    No telling with a trap out. If the nectar flow was good they filled all available cells, shutting down the original queen's laying. The first swarm was probably when the original queen left with the...
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    Re: My first Swarm call

    Glad they've stuck around. Any more swarms or is this your only hive? Is that all the comb they've built after 3 weeks? You really should reduce the size of their hive to a 5 frame medium so they can...
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    Re: How do you get a caught swarm to stay put?

    In my experience in west central Texas the biggest reason for bees to abscond is that ants invade. I've had to resort to placing hives on stands with legs I can limit ant access with. Once a hive has...
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    Re: 3 swarms in 3 bait hives in 1 day!

    re 1) I'd give the virgin queen swarm a week. The virgin queen was fit enough for flying, but will now need a good weather day and drones available in the DCA to get mated. She may fly a couple days...
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    Re: How to? Swarm just went in

    What was the result? Given the drywall already had screws in place from a prior removal I'd have strongly suggested immediately opening the drywall and using a cup or bowl to scoop up the festooning...
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    Re: How big do these things get?

    I had a terribly difficult time last year trying to get a swarm off a trunk of a tree in a similar situation (10-12 ft tree). I now have Bee Quick and I think in a similar situation where I didn't...
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    Re: Bummer from a removal last night

    I've gone to using a larger diameter and longer hose. The larger diameter allows the bees a bigger column of air to move with and seems to result in fewer bee deaths. I can only guess with the...
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    Re: part of swarm is outside the hive

    Sounds to me like the queen never got into the main box. Either there's more than one queen, possibly two virgins, or the sole queen ended up hanging out on the bottom. In either case I think you did...
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    Re: Got first swarm need help

    If they're bringing in pollen then they're established enough to close them up and bring them home. By Saturday they will be anyway. Just go after dark, close the entrance and get them home. Do you...
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    Re: Starting my first trap out from a tree

    Well about a week after I got the nuc onto the tree I went back and gave them a frame of capped brood with some honey and bee bread on it.

    I noticed the bees were able to enter/exit the tree...
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    Re: Starting my first trap out from a tree

    In this case the homeowner wants the hive removed from the tree.

    I do have brood frames available but just wanted to get the chamber/nuc installed and bees moving through it before I add a frame...
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    Starting my first trap out from a tree

    http://www.youtube.com/user/abilenetxbeekeeping

    Thoughts, comments?

    Thanks,
    Erik (near Abilene, TX)
  23. Adaptation of Cleo Hogan trapout method nuc design

    I just built and installed my first Cleo Hogan-inspired trap out nuc. I added a little twist to the one-way cone as described in the video. Would love any feedback or thoughts as to my theory for...
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    Re: Advice on moving VERY hot colonies

    Sounds like the bees where I live (near Abilene, TX). I usually do cutouts at night to minimize innocent victims of the angry bees. The bees will try to attack any white light. If I'm doing something...
  25. Re: This year's Odfrank Swarm Trap Models - 2013 year model #1

    I love "oops" discounts and the bees don't seem to have the color restrictions the DW does.
    -Erik near Abilene, TX
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