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    Dog tuned in to bee venom?

    A little Yorkie-mix dog came into our lives this spring. He LOVES chasing and eating honeybees...stalking them in flower beds, leaping at them in flight, and chewing them up and spitting out their...
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    What might these bees be doing?

    Any ideas what's going on here?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhsBMAgx0WA&list=UUQe6b7z2jH_DmhJb5I2ey3A&index=1&feature=plcp

    These bees don't appear to be clustering in any traditional sense,...
  3. Time from swarming to new queen laying?

    Second-year beekeeper. My hive swarmed April 29.

    I noticed yesterday (10 days later) that no pollen is coming in, though there's plenty available. I'm assuming a new queen is being raised. What is...
  4. Re: First swarm, making a mess of it and looking for advice!

    Thanks for the help! I feel better about it. I'll straighten it up tonight...and one of my bee school instructors is going to come retrieve it Tues or Wednesday and he said he'll deal with the...
  5. First swarm, making a mess of it and looking for advice!

    Rookie beekeeper dealing with first swarm looking for advice:

    Noticed the swarm at dusk last night, wrapped around a small birdhouse and several small branches in the crotch of a tree. Racing...
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    Re: Bees in downed tree

    Here are some photos and a bit of a narrative from the rescue. My plan is to staple a tin pie plate over the knothole, leaving only a small opening to help protect them from the Michigan winter.
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    Re: Bees in downed tree

    Here's a link to some photos: http://bit.ly/uS4UgG
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    Re: Bees in downed tree

    Thanks for the advice. I finally saw it this morning, about 8-foot section of hollow log....yellowjackets were robbing from the top. I'm going to seal top and bottom with plywood, leaving the...
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    Bees in downed tree

    Rookie beekeeper in Michigan here....got a call from a friend who discovered bees w/honeycomb in a tree he's just cut down. Is there any way to rescue this hive (like you can a swarm), or is it a...
  10. Re: Add a super this late in the season?

    Thank you Toms...I'm going to leave the existing super for the winter. I'll check next couple days to see if we're full, or if there's some room left to try a fourth box. Yeah....Michigan...
  11. Add a super this late in the season?

    First year beekeeper in southern Michigan, one hive with three mediums….a brood box, a mix of honey and brood and a honey super on top.
    Do I add another medium at this point in the season? And if I...
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    Re: Michigan newbee blundering along!

    Yell jacket showed on the doorstep first thing.....shoulda given it the hive tool treatment?
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    Re: Michigan newbee blundering along!

    Thanks all! Successfully moved hive to backyard this morn! very relieved!
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    Michigan newbee blundering along!

    Finishing a fascinating first summer under the direction of the old hands from the Southeast Michigan Beekeeping Assn. class for beginners. My hive was far less productive than most, but going to...
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