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    Re: Greetings from Northwestern Illinois

    Welcome to the forum from a cheesehead! This is a great resource for information. Make sure you become familiar with the search function of the message board. JUst about everything has been covered...
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    Swarms and Queens

    My Italian hive threw off a large swarm last Friday, roughly 8#, and as I understand it the laying queen goes with the swarm. Just this morning the hive threw off another swarm, much smaller about...
  3. Re: Hello from Jason in Forest Junction, Wisconsin

    I find it a lot of fun to capture your own swarms. It sounds like you did. Funny thing is, I was just checking on my hives (I am fortunate to work from home) and one of them started to swarm. I just...
  4. Re: Hello from Jason in Forest Junction, Wisconsin

    Hello Jason welcome to the forum. Did you catch your own swarm?
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    This just chaps my hive!

    It sounds like the New York apiary inspector has never had bees himself, if that is who is doing the inspection. Just one more reason to keep your hives out of sight.
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    Re: Hello from Bristol, WI

    Oh Roger, there is nothing like a juicy, spicy brat cooked on the grill with some nice aged cheddar, mustard and home-made sauerkraut. With one of those little darlings in your hands, who cares about...
  7. Re: An Awesome experience! Swarm from start to finish.

    Wow, Marlon, I bet it was fun to watch the swarm, but not so fun when it clustered that high up. Even that is a little too high for me.

    Adam, it really is amazing, I hope you do get to see it...
  8. An Awesome experience! Swarm from start to finish.

    I just went out to check on my Warre hives, I have two. As I was standing there, bees started pouring out of the hive. A swarm was on!!!!! As it was just starting I ran to get my swarm kit, sent the...
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    Re: Hello from Bristol, WI

    Welcome to the forum from the other side of the state! Is there any cheese that isn't a favorite?
  10. Re: Is there a best time of day to retrieve a swarm?

    I can attest to that. Lost one of my own swarms this weekend. 15 minutes from when I figured out what it was to being back on location with my gear and they were gone.
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    Re: And there they go!!!!!

    I am definitely going to try that method the next time this happens. If anything it will confirm to the neighbors that there just isn't something right about us!. On a side note, this afternoon both...
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    Re: And there they go!!!!!

    Interesting concept, but it does make sense. I will have to try that.

    Thanks!
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    And there they go!!!!!

    I hived a package of Italians on May 10th into two boxes of a Warre hive. 5 weeks later I added two more boxes to the hive as they had filled the top box (with cross comb) and were ready to move into...
  14. Re: Do Italians slow down in cooler/wetter weather?

    I hived two packages this year, Italians and Russians. Today the high was 56 degrees, with overcast and drizzle and both were flying today, although the Russians had less population in the air, but...
  15. Thread: First year

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    Re: First year

    Hello from NW Wisconsin. You'll find this to be a wonderful forum for information. If you go to the main forum board, pick your subject that your question would fit into and ask away!
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    Re: Help ID this Tree

    The pictures would not open
  17. Thread: Robbing woes

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    Re: Robbing woes

    Attached is a video I took today, just before 4:00 central time. Unfortunately I can't make it to the hive everyday to watch this, but I have seen it before. Is this what it looks like?
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    Re: Question from a Newbee

    Another newbie here, I had the same thing happen to me on Sunday just after 4:00 cst, which would be the same time as you. It was quite an amazing sight to see. Bees flying everywhere around the...
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    Re: Hello from Livermore, CA

    Welcome to the forum. There are lots of wonderful people here.
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    Re: Hello from a newbee member

    Welcome! You will find many many people here that are willing to help. You can find the Top Bar forum on the main forums page, scroll down the page just above the business category, labeled Top Bar...
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    Re: new to top bar

    Now that would be something toexperiment with. I play music for the vegetable plants, they reward me every fall.
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    Re: Attempted first check

    I do have a smoker and am getting pretty good at keeping it lit and producing cool smoke. That really seems to calm them down quite a bit. I am at the point where I only need a veil but no gloves so...
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    Re: Attempted first check

    Per Oldtimer's request, here is an update on my Warre hive at the 1 month mark of my first package install. The girls had built burr comb connecting all the bars together so inspection is from below....
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    Re: Installed a my second package

    I did get a little concerned the second day. Around lunchtime the Italians showed no activity whilst the new package was getting used to their new home. Then all of a sudden it was like they woke up...
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    Installed a my second package

    I installed my second package of bees last night, just as it was starting to sprinkle. All went well and I was able to do it with just a veil on :applause:Here is a picture of what is transpiring in...
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