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    Re: Swarm on the ground...

    If you have brood comb available for your nuc, lay the frame gently over the bees they will quickly climb on the comb. When the frame is full look for the queen. If you were lucky on the first frame,...
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    Re: What Happened to My Bees???

    Was the hive strong then suddenly dwindled down to no one home? Could be CCD. Since this happen in the spring they could have gone queenless and just dwindled down to the point that they could not...
  3. Re: Adding late hive, concerned about robbing

    As long as you are in a strong nectar flow, robbing should not be a problem. I have tried most kind of feeders and have settled on pail feeders you can give them a gallon of syrup and robbing is all...
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    Re: Bee Suit or Boiler Suit and veil

    I normally use a half suit, blue jeans are heavy enough to stop a sting ( most of the time) but I would suggest a regular suit with a dome hooded veil, it’s easier to fold down when you need a drink...
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    Re: Possible lost queen

    Give them a frame of brood of the right age from your other hive then check in about five days to see if they have drawn out any queen cells. If the queen is there they will not have produce any...
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    Re: Wax foundation... Arrrrgghhhh!!!

    I have been using plastic foundation since I started beekeeping, have tried using wax but all of that is long gone, either from dropping it during cold weather and watching it shatter like glass, or...
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    Re: VP Queen Bees on Voice Of America 6/5/2012

    Great story, I purchased several queens from you a few years back, I am starting to realize the benefits of better bees, thanks to you and other breeders that are leading the way to getting our...
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    Poll: Re: How is your crop looking?

    I am already have extracted more honey that I got all last season. But if we don’t get rain soon the flow will slow down.
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    Re: Fact ir Fiction?

    Since the wire queen excluder is surrounded by non conductive material, their couldn’t be any path to ground for a static charge to discharge too. And the bees would be at the same potential as the...
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    Re: More noob questions, with pictures.

    By the looks of the new frames I’m assuming that the colony was recently started? If so things look very good. Nice solid brood pattern both capped and uncapped, pollen and honey around the brood and...
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    Re: new mediums

    I also prefer the exterior handles, a lot easier on the fingers.
  12. Re: Bee swarm/removal calls, what do you ask/tell?

    We have had two calls for swarms only to find bees foraging on a flowering bush and gathering water form a small fish pond. It’s a shame that so many people are that naive about nature. A small...
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    Re: Have others seen more swarms then normal?

    This is a record year for me, so far I have caught 16 swarms. Got four in one day, the highest one was easily reached form a six foot ladder. All were nice size my guess 4 to 6 pounds. I didn’t loose...
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    Re: Can I start a new colony in June?

    Combining two weak hives usually gets you one big weak hive. If a hive isn’t building up when you have abundant forage available, the problem is most likely an inferior queen. What kind of brood...
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    Re: Mann Lake boxes

    I make all my supers out of plywood. Some have been in continuous use for ten years. I get five deeps and two mediums for a 4X8 sheet. Cost at Lowe’s 21 bucks.
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    Re: Mann Lake boxes

    Can’t comment on their boxes because I make my own, but you will need frames to go with those boxes. Mann Lake makes the best frames hands down. They have increased the frame bottom to a full inch...
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    Re: Will tobacco juice harm bees

    Since squash blooms in the morning apply the tobacco juice late in the day. Watching honeybee in my garden they only land in the flowers.
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    Re: workers killing drones?!?!?

    Sounds like hygienic behavior, this is a trait that queen breeders have been developing for many years. The more hygienic lines like Minnesota Hygienic to name a few, will detect varroa mites in the...
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    Re: Is this a sign of swarm?

    Looks like bearding, a means of keeping the hive cooler, swarming activity you will notice a lot of bees circling around in front of the hive. Verses a lot of coming and going when vigorous foraging...
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    Re: hanging out on porch

    When I was a kid ( before the age of air conditioning ) on hot days my mom would kick us out of the house to keep it cooler. That usually wasn’t hard because we could always find ways to entertain...
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    Re: cleaning propolis/wax/honey off gloves

    After you become more comfortable working your bees, remove your gloves and work them bare handed. You will be surprised how few stings you will receive, a little trick smoke your hands first. It’s...
  22. Re: Found a queen on ground, 25 feet from hives.

    Perhaps someone collected a swarm and the queen got left out. I have collected 13 of 15 possible swarms so far this year. Fortunately all have been low to the ground, but not the easy ones where you...
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    Re: Chalkbrood......dang it!

    I attended a queen rearing class at the university of Minnesota in 2010, put on by Dr. Marla Spivack she talked about chalk brood, one never use a queen for producing new queens that have exhibited...
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    Re: Interesting - Difference in Plastic?

    I wouldn’t think the bottle material effects honey crystallizing. The source of the nectar will. Black locus honey never seems to crystals, basswood will start the moment you put it in the bottle.
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    Re: Ants...Tons of them

    I have had some trouble with Argentinean ants, I have good luck putting rock salt under the hive and around the stand. Ants avoid walking over the salt. It also keeps the grass down.
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