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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    If you have a bee vac (or if you can borrow one) you can use it. Attach some PVC pipe to the end of the hose. To go 30' you'll probably need at least 2 lengths of PVC pipe. Get the lengths and a...
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    Re: swarm takes over nuc?

    sounds like robbing to me. If they're fighting and they're balling your queen those could be the robber bees. That's my first thought. Just before dark see how many bees are in the hive. That...
  3. Re: Bigger IS better for mating nucs - or so the numbers seem to indicate...

    Check out this method. I used it 2 years ago . (I hope to use it again this year) using a top bar only. This year I hope to make special frames to build 3 rows of queen cells, but I think it would...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    I'd at least give them a frame of open brood before combining. It'll go much better. Give them the open brood (including eggs) wait a week or at least 4 or so days, then combine. in my experience...
  5. Re: Bigger IS better for mating nucs - or so the numbers seem to indicate...

    I agree with the concern here as well. However I can see the wisdom of moving them so that the foragers don't all leave. Perhaps a remedy. . . Move whatever hive / hives you're going to be using to...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    John I have no idea what it comes from, but mine has always tasted that way. I've chalked it up to being "raw" and not pasturized which kills and removes all of that flavor that is actually good for...
  7. Re: Bigger IS better for mating nucs - or so the numbers seem to indicate...

    "more chances" presupposes that there are multiple queen cells in the larger hives. Is this the case? I had one hive where I found several queen cells (2 were bad / drawn on old comb) but the...
  8. Re: Should I give new swarm a full super to eat?

    Justin, I assume that you still have a flow on there right? If so there's no need to feed. They're bringing in plenty. I would get in there and check things out though. They may be making a mess...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Nice eye!!! Congrats on your first for the year. Any idea where it came from?
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    One of my larger hives had queen cells a few weeks back. I took the queen and split off the cells into mini nucs and left one with the large hive. I still wanted to get honey from this hive. Well I...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    caught a tough swarm tonight. It took 3 times catching the queen in a clip before I finally just gave up and left her in there in the bottom of the box. They're now nicely at home. Swarmed this...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Last Thursday there was a swarm in Oxford. I only was told about it yesterday because the home owner wants them removed.
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Thursday 5/15 Oxford, Pa. a swarm took up residence in a house. Could be a job!!!
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    Re: best place to buy honey jars?

    the link worked for me.
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    Re: Bee Tree Trap Out HELP

    If there's no queen in the outside box then they're a "queenless hive" and will be quite ticked off. If you put a frame of open brood in there they'll calm down a little, however the best way is to...
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    Re: Bee Tree Trap Out HELP

    TO do it as Cleo Hogan mentions you only put the funnel on once the queen is out and if you want to kill the hive. The queen under normal circomstances won't go through the funnel into your box.
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    Re: Same swarm 3 times!

    For me the few swarms that I have caught I have moved them far enough away and that made them stay. There was a swarm last year where I couldn't get all of the bees so I left the box at the bottom...
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    Re: Cutout question - cable junction box

    It looks like the top portion will just pop off. It seems like there's a spot to get something to pry it up. Perhaps a screwdriver or something similar. The only thing I've seen like this is a...
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    Re: multiple eggs in cells in new package

    Thanks Michael!!! I learned something today. I had no idea that they would make a "queen" out of a drone egg.
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    Re: multiple eggs in cells in new package

    If they're superseding her then that's good if she's a bad queen. I've read that they will often do this to a package regardless of if the queen is good or not. If you take the frame with a queen...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    My first cut-out had comb that was like that. The comb was the "normal" size, but there wasn't enough room for the queen to lay in it for the brood to be full length. This hive had been there for...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Glock, What's "SPM"? Swarm prevention management? if so are you refferring to a specific aspect or the general concept that may be relative to the area?
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    Re: multiple eggs in cells in new package

    This is the same thing I've found. A caged queen or a new queen will "sputter" sometimes in the beginning. I'd give it a week or so and then take action. The capped brood will tell you if you have...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    The red pollen is most likely dead nettle. We have a TON of that around here. I have been surprised to see dark navy blue pollen come in for 2 or 3 years now and I have no idea what that would be. ...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Well all I can say is mine aren't using any stores and are building up very nicely. I just checked the other day. There's a small ammt. of nectar stored in a couple frames and I don't think it's...
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