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    Re: What Should I Have Done?

    Pictures are not in correct order.
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    What Should I Have Done?

    I have already been through 17 of my 20 hives and not seen the first hint of any type of queen cell. Tonight I was going to inspect the last three hives. The first one I took the cover off of, there...
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    Re: Best Topical for Bee Sting

    clobetasol propionate foam, .05%. works pretty good on fire ants, too.

    Prescription only. Dermatologist will prescribe.
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    Re: 2015 Traps are set!!!

    The directions that came with my Nasonnov swarm lure said don't put your trap within 250 yards of the hives you are trying to trap. Anyone had success with a trap near their bees?
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    How Far From Apiary for Swarm Trap

    I have some Nasonov lure for swarm traps. The directions say to place your trap at least 250 yards from your bee yard or you will not catch your swarms. You would have to own a sizeable piece of...
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    Re: How to Split This?

    No swarm cells. I thought there would be with the hive in that condition - but I found none.
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    How to Split This?

    I have a hive - four ten frame mediums - the bottom three full of brood, the the top full of honey. No room for brood or honey. Plan on doing an even two from one split, but I know they need some...
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    Use SHB Damaged Frames?

    I had a hive become infested with SHB. Had three med supers 75% full of honey - some capped, some not. Some slime on the frames. Put those supers in a freezer, and left the bees with frames not...
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    Re: $$ dollar value of hive

    I have sold a few in the past few weeks - bottom board, migratory cover, two mediums with 20 frames, full of bees, brood, and honey for $175. Customers were glad to get them and I think that is a...
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    Moving Bees in Heat?

    I started three 5 frame nucs a couple months ago. They are each now hived in two medium supers with solid bottoms and migratory covers. A fellow wants to buy a couple and move them now. He lives...
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    8 Frame Equip on 10 Frame Box

    Anyone ever put an 8 frame super on 10 frame equipment. Can you make a spacer for each side of the 10 frame box to fit an 8 frame box going on top? I am getting older and those 10 frame supers are...
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    Re: Nucs Looking Good

    I started with caged queens.
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    Nucs Looking Good

    Just installed three nucs into hive boxes today, that I started five weeks ago. A ton of bees in each one. Three full frames of capped brood in each one. Hopefully, they keep progressing.
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    Re: Insurance for Bee Keepers

    Trying to protect against the sue happy state America seems to have fallen into. I sell maybe 500 - 1000 lbs of honey per year - someone may have a reaction, contaminated honey, etc. Probably will...
  15. Re: What do you use for your tools at the bee yard?

    I like to wear those pants with the smaller tool pockets on the side. Hive tool slides right down in one of them, as does a lighter. I carry the smoker in one hand, and I also like to carry a frame...
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    Insurance for Bee Keepers

    I know there are a few places that offer insurance specifically for bee keepers/selling honey. I think cost is around $400 per year. Is this the best way to go? Or do some of the small time folks...
  17. Thread: Queen or No?

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    Re: Queen or No?

    It has been about a month since I inserted the second honey super.
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    Queen or No?

    Inspecting some hives today. Most of my hives are made up of all medium supers. One currently has 5 supers - three I consider brood chambers and two honey supers. About a month ago, when the hive...
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    Re: Best Way to Sell Bees

    I would most likely split end of june after harvest, using medium supers as hive bodies. By the time i would want to sell next spring, they would probably be hives made up of at least two mediums,...
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    Re: Best Way to Sell Bees

    I only expect three or four to die, leaving me a dozen or so hives that i dont want. Just figured i could pick up a little extra money selling some bees to help cover the cost of everything else.
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    Best Way to Sell Bees

    I have 20 hives and want to stay right there. However, I know I need to go into winter with more hives than that to have 20 hives left when spring arrives. After making splits, I will probably go...
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    Capping Tank Ideas?

    A couple of us went together and bought a 20 frame Maxant extractor this year. Little short on cash now for a capping tank. Any good homemade ideas out there where you can decap, let the cappings...
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    Med Supers or Deeps for Hive Bodies?

    I have been using medium supers throughout my hives. I consider the bottom three the hive bodies/brood area. A lot of bee keepers use the deeps for the brood chambers. Three medium supers is...
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    Re: Maintaining 20 Hives

    Why would you not split the best hives? I feel the best hives are the bees that suit my area the best - so I thought it would be those bees that I would need to split to keep this line of bees going.
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    Re: Maintaining 20 Hives

    Enjoyment and honey. Any more than 20 hives and I don't think I could give them the proper attention. I tried 8 or 10 hives, and it seemed between winter losses, other mortality, dry years, etc - I...
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