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    Re: How to capture a misguided colony?

    Oh, got it, Daniel. Yeah, not likely honeybee location fer sure.
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    Re: How to capture a misguided colony?

    That's true, Daniel, but I have actually been stung by a honey bee and no stinger was found. May have stuck in the clothing or something, but not in my skin, so that wasn't enough evidence for me....
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    Re: How to capture a misguided colony?

    Why, dsegrest, I believe you are correct!
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    Re: How to capture a misguided colony?

    Ok, as my tagline says, still a beginner. In the bee world, I don't get out much. I dropped by this place this morning to have a look-see. Abandoned house. Carpet in the back under an old wood open...
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    Re: How to capture a misguided colony?

    Some other folks are thinking yellow jackets & bumblers too. Going to try to get in to see them today - before I get too excited. :)
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    Re: How to capture a misguided colony?

    Cleo, Doubt owner will let me leave them there. He was in a rush to go buy some insecticide. 2x4 is a great idea, made a note there. I might be able to leave them in my garage till spring though....
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    Re: How to capture a misguided colony?

    Ok, so be careful about bending... That's noteworthy. The guy said he jammed a broom stick into the hole and got 3 stings for his efforts. May already be collapsed comb.

    From what he said the...
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    How to capture a misguided colony?

    Apparently some bees have taken up residence in some rolled up carpet in a person's garage. I'm wondering how I might capture this colony. As far as my logic takes me is to tape off both ends of the...
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    Re: honey bees and sweet clover?

    So do we have a final vote on the scientific name of the sweet white clover that is best for bees?
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    Re: Confining bees in a new nuc??

    DeepSouth, I had read not to use any smoke but to set the smoker in front of the hive, so that's what I did. I was amazed at how the girls were so sedate, just hanging out on the comb. Really cool....
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    Re: Confining bees in a new nuc??

    I've confined the 2 nucs I just made. Only 64 high today, so I'm thinking it should be fine. I also when I make a new hive put something strange in front of their entrance, almost as if blocking it...
  12. Re: Responsible thing to do - to sting or not to sting?

    I asked my doctor for a epipen scrip. I keep one at all times, just in case. Many people don't know they are allergic. And sometimes those who weren't, develop the allergy. BTW, it is not a simple...
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    Re: Quiet, Too Quiet

    Windy, cold, and late in the day - they do get quiet. Gilligan - brilliant! Oh yeah, just give a stiff rap on the box. You should get a "whirr!"
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    Re: New hive - no comb?

    Yes, what they said. Bees can actually abscond if you mess with them too much. They will think something is "not right" with their new home. (That would be you. :) ) Congrats on your new-found love.
  15. Re: Queens coming but may have queenless nuc.

    Michael, checked my notes. I saw the QC on 4/7, so one week ago, As you say, sounds like I won't know for another week or two. I'll just sit tight then with that one. Good to know about the old wax....
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    Re: Will soapy water kill SHB

    Oil will kill them. Soap may kill the beetles but it doesn't seem to affect the larvae. They kept crawling out of a tray I had pulled. There was no oil or water. I added water and soap. They...
  17. Re: Queens coming but may have queenless nuc.

    Lowe, that helps a lot - knowing the laying worker is a brood thing, not a queen thing. I will know before long and now know my options. Thanks all!
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    Bill, I don't "think" I have a laying worker, just trying to imagine what possible scenarios I might encounter in hopes of being better prepared for what to do when I open the nuc. I know one can...
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    Re: Feeding advice on two nucs

    Keep a watchful eye, especially when there is a drought on. I start my nucs with an opening wide enough for only one bee to fit through. I used to have major swarming issues, but have been trying to...
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    Re: Feeding advice on two nucs

    Me either, GO, not as an entrance feeder anyway. I will use them inside an empty hive body. That does not seem to set off robbing and does not leave me with a useless piece of equipment.
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    Re: Feeding advice on two nucs

    True, feeding during a drought could cause robbing, but NOT feeding during a drought could cause starvation if the hive doesn't have enough stores. A new hive should have its entrance reduced until...
  22. Queens coming but may have queenless nuc.

    I have a nuc that was queenless. I added a frame of eggs and they built a queen cell. I haven't been back in since I saw the cell (a week or two ago). My only concern there was that the cell was very...
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    Re: Feeding advice on two nucs

    Typically, a new nuc needs help building comb the first year. Most people feed, sometimes through to fall, to get them in position to overwinter. I would start feeding and you can monitor as the...
  24. Re: Overwintering singles (when and where to add the second brood box)

    Awesome, cristian! Beautiful mountains in the background too! :)
  25. Re: How far in advance can I split before queen arrives?

    Well, yes! Doesn't that make complete sense, Mike! Excellent point!
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