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  1. Re: First cutout - what to do with bucket full of bees??

    It's all in perspective I suppose. To me, the experience itself is some sort of payment. I would not feel comfortable charging someone for services I've never performed before. In addition, I know...
  2. Re: First cutout - what to do with bucket full of bees??

    Thanks all. I realize timing is bad, but the home owners need the bees gone. I am helping them out and getting some learning experience under my belt. I'm not charging them, but if I continue to...
  3. First cutout - what to do with bucket full of bees??

    I am going to do my first cutout this weekend. The bees are in the wall of an old abandoned house. I've built a bee vacuum out of a shop vac and a 5 gallon bucket from some plans I found on-line. ...
  4. Re: Queenless splits - what is best way to reintroduce to original hives?

    I had introduced a caged virgin 2 weeks ago. Released her from the cage about 10-11 days ago. She seemed accepted just fine. I did the same thing with 5 other nucs and saw queens and eggs in 4 of...
  5. Queenless splits - what is best way to reintroduce to original hives?

    I have two 5 frame nuc splits I attempted to make that ended up queenless. One has a couple wimpy capped queen cells. It's been 2 weeks and I don't see any eggs or queens....but each have good...
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    Split with no queen

    I made a few 5 frame splits with caged virgin queens I got out of a hive that was getting ready to swarm. Today I released two of them successfully, but the third queen was dead in the cage.
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    Swarm Story - YOU GOTTA READ THIS!!!

    I still can't believe this...

    I had a strong hive swarm on me yesterday...and they got away :(.
    I went through the hive afterwards, and there were 15-20 queen cells still capped, so I made four...
  8. Brood in 4th medium - manipulate frames?

    I have a hive of 3 mediums for brood chamber and I had added a honey super a couple weeks ago. I checked it this weekend and all four mediums have brood in them. The top box (4th one up) probably...
  9. Re: How long till I close up my swarm trap ?

    Good for you!!! I'm no expert here either, but I have read a bit about them. I'm on my second spring with setting bait hives but no luck yet for me.

    I do remember reading that you should...
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    Boxes of drawn comb in car all day

    I need to take a couple boxes of comb with me tomorrow to put on some hives after work. With a black car, temps in mid 60s and it being a sunny day tomorrow, do I need to worry about comb melting? ...
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    Deadout with smelly bees

    I was cleaning up a deadout the other day and I came across a couple frames with pretty good size clusters of bees that were dead and covered with white and green mold. It smelled really bad...one...
  12. Re: Can you extract capped honey from a deadout for human consumption?

    I guess I should have mentioned there are only a few frames dripping...and it is light colored syrup/honey which makes me think that is sugar water they stored that didn't get capped. I looked at...
  13. Re: Can you extract capped honey from a deadout for human consumption?

    Thanks D Coates. That's what I was thinking as well. I don't want to extract anything but pure honey.

    I also agree that it would be easier to leave the honey in the comb...my problem is I have...
  14. Can you extract capped honey from a deadout for human consumption?

    I have 3 deadouts I tore down and I have quite a few frames of capped honey. I was planning to leave some as is and put them in splits or with swarms later this year. The rest I thought I would...
  15. Re: Newbie wanting to acquire my bees by swarm trap

    And try you should! One of the first things I was told when I started looking into beekeeping was if you ask 3 beekeepers the same question, you will get 3 different answers.

    Two\ springs ago I...
  16. Re: Newbie wanting to acquire my bees by swarm trap

    Something else to consider - join a beekeeper's association if you have one in your area. The one I belong to has been good about helping new beekeepers get established. Some seasoned beekeepers...
  17. Re: Newbie wanting to acquire my bees by swarm trap

    The swarm catcher pole is a great idea. After watching the videos and thinking about some of my challenges I experienced the first year I caught swarms, I have some ideas on possible design...
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    Sugar syrup - 4:1 ratio?

    I made some 2:1 sugar syrup today and was thinking about the ratio of sugar to water. 1:1 ration means the syrup is 50% water. 2:1 would be 33% water. Since bees need to get honey down to 18.6%...
  19. Feeding bees old honey from spring deadouts

    I have about 40 frames of honey that I pulled off deadouts this spring. I want to feed it back to some of my hives now for winter stores. Is there a certain way to feed this back to them or can I...
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    Bottom brood box full of honey.

    I have a hive consisting of 5 mediums (3 for brood, 2 for honey). It's been a strong hive all summer, and actually swarmed on me in early July. For some reason the last couple times I've inspected,...
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    Low entrance activity - should I feed?

    My 4 hives all seem to be very inactive. Not much flying - at least not when I check on them. Assuming this is due to low/no nectar flow at this time. Should I be feeding syrup right now? I have some...
  22. Re: Is this honey OK to feed back to the bees?

    Survival of the fittest.
  23. Re: Is this honey OK to feed back to the bees?

    I thought wax moths went after brood comb. I have them sealed tight on top, bottom and I taped the seams just to be safe. I don't think there's a way for moths to get in. I am going chemical free...
  24. Re: Is this honey OK to feed back to the bees?

    Thanks Knisely.

    No Fouldbrood. They both made it through the frigid cold winter and I lost them both in March. I think my problem was condensation. I'm going to try putting quilt boxes on top...
  25. Is this honey OK to feed back to the bees?

    I have 20+ frames full of honey that was left from a couple deadouts from this Spring. Some are leaking quite a bit and it is runnier than ripe honey. I'm not sure if it is fermented or what...the...
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