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  1. Re: Did I catch two swarms or one big one?

    i had this happen yesterday too. within a few minutes of each other swarms issued from two different hives. one of them appeared to have changed their mind and i thought i saw it return to the...
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    Sticky: Re: First Wild Swarm

    yesterday's first swarm of the year was followed by #2 and #3 today. i managed to coax one of them into a box, but the other one didn't stick around long enough to catch.

    scottsboro, al
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    04/19/2014

    scottsboro, al 35768

    swarm issued from longest running colony (five years), caught and soon to belong to flatrockboy.
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    Re: Split Questions

    nice move dude, that nuc should take off very nicely. i've harvested in the first year from nucs made up like that. be sure and check for eggs in the parent hive in about a month from now.
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    Re: they just disappeared.

    same question as ff, when was the last time you saw bees in that hive?
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    Re: Split Questions

    agree with tenbears, move the queen out with your split. this simulates swarming, the stronger hive can do a better job at making a new queen, plus the new queen has a good chance of being as good as...
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    Re: Painting hives in Alabama

    i set mine facing southeast, and just behind them is a treeline that protects them from the cold northwest winds in the winter. that treeline also gives them a couple of hours of shade at the end of...
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    Re: Painting hives in Alabama

    it get's really hot and humid here in the summer. if you paint them white your bees will have to work less (and be more productive) foraging for water to keep the inside of the hive cool. being...
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    Re: Wild Bee Issue

    welcome to the forum breeze.

    i've no experience with this, but here's what i would consider were i to give it a go:

    1. buy the best protective gear that i could afford
    2. meet up with those...
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    Re: flatrockboy

    you bet man.

    i went over to my neighbor's place this afternoon to help him go through his hives. they had not been inspected yet this spring. we found a couple of colonies that were well into...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    no swarms yet, but found some queen cells in a neighbor's hive that were almost capped.
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    flatrockboy's swarm trap stand

    please take a moment to welcome flatrockboy and his wife to the forum, they have just started their beekeeping adventure and set their first swarm trap yesterday.

    the stand design is great. ...
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    Re: flatrockboy

    way to go frb and welcome aboard!

    give me a call if you want to and i'll talk you through posting a photo, it may take a day or two because the moderator has to set your permissions.

    this...
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    Sticky: Re: Post your bloom dates 2014!

    autumn olives
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    this is within a couple of days from last year, and swarming last year started about a week after that.
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    a most important consideration and one that i feel isn't factored in for the most part.
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    instead of focusing on one man and his results why not take a careful look at a cross section of apiaries and attempt to glean common denominators.

    not trying to blow any trumpets, but i published...
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    Re: My TF Trial is over - for the time being

    juhani,

    i see from your march blog entry that you are estimating 20% overwintering loss this year. not bad.

    that's about what i had this time, but anticipate being able to recover easily this...
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    Re: My TF Trial is over - for the time being

    i'm not sure it would be all that easy to produce what i have on a large scale. i'm putting a fair amount of effort in trying not to get to many colonies around here from the same lines. i am...
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    Re: My TF Trial is over - for the time being

    nope, i really think you have it backwards.

    i'll bet you the beverage of your choice that my supermutts have more diversity than weaver's.

    (i'm not claiming that they could perform as well in...
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    my short list of places not to keep bees:

    1. the north pole
    2. the south pole
    3. new york, new york

    :)
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    zactly.

    "I fully realized the great amount of apicultural meaning stored up in that one little word--locality." --W.Z. Hutchinson, Advanced Bee Culture "
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    Re: My TF Trial is over - for the time being

    since you are artificially requeening your experimental hives wlc, i don't consider them comparable to the colonies that survived multiple generations for a number of years like the ones we are...
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    Re: Checker boarding with medium or shallow?

    the pollen box maneuver was an afterthought to walt's already proven nectar management scheme that took checkerboarding one step further.

    coming out of winter the cluster is almost always in the...
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    that's the beauty of being a squarepeg, i already don't care about mainstream.
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    Re: removing dead bees with compressed air

    shhh! :)
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