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    SHB increase in the moist mid-west???

    Last year here in KS we were experiencing drought conditions and I never saw one small hive beetle. This year, we have had tremendous rainfall, which has been great for the nectar flow and terrible...
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    My latest swarm grab in Kansas

    Go and check out my latest blog video post of a swarm that I caught a few days ago at: johnshoneybees.com

    Feel free to subscribe to my blog, leave me a comment or both. I try to have at least a...
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    Re: Moving hive a short distance

    Okay bison... going to check out that link right now. I will do that tomorrow morning or late evening. Although I'm not crazy about dumping bees in the dark after reading up on it. I may just move...
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    Moving hive a short distance

    I recently caught a swarm of mine from an adjoining property. I had gone unprepared for a swarm grab so I used the only thing I had. A 5 frame nuc with 2 drawn out frames. It was very full for...
  5. Help! Beekeeper friend lost queen rearing operation in AR to tornado

    A fellow beekeeper friend, Richard Vardaman has just lost basically his whole queen rearing operation of 11 hives in the recent tornado that passed through Pearcy, AR. His home and family are fine,...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Grabbed two today around 3pm here in the Wichita, KS area. Such a beautiful day, and very gentle and cooperative swarm grabs. Reminds me why I keep bees. God is good!

    - John
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    Re: Walnut leaves to control ants?

    Well, thanks for the reply Chemguy. I do have lots of respect for the long-time beekeeper who swears by this practice. I just cannot find anything in the scientific journals to back it up. It's an...
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    Walnut leaves to control ants?

    Has anyone tried using a small twig from a walnut tree on top of the inner cover of the hive to control ant infestations? I have read that Walnut trees contain something that can kill insects and...
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    Tough trap-out ** Need Advice **

    I have been attempting a trap-out of the crawl-space of an old house with little results. There is no access to the crawl space as it has all been sealed with concrete. The bees found a way in...
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    Honey Predicament

    The situation: (Hive 1) Started in early spring from a large cut-out. (Hive 2) Started late spring from a purchased package and added a swarm after 1 month.

    Hive 1: Grew very quickly. I added...
  11. Re: Adding a queenless swarm to an existing hive ???

    Okay, thank you for the recommendations. However, I forgot to mention that this nuc does not have a removable bottom board. It's built for easy transport with a permanent bottom. So it sounds like...
  12. Adding a queenless swarm to an existing hive ???

    I have an existing hive that was a pkg. install late this season (mid-May) which is doing okay but not building up as quickly as I'd like. I also have a small swarm that I grabbed a week ago that is...
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    What is this purple wild flower in KS?

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    Do any of you know what this plant is? It is growing wild all around my bee yard and I just wondered if it was beneficial to my bees. I haven't actually seen them working it, but strangely,...
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    Re: Angry girls

    I am very sorry to hear that your bees are acting up. I have been acting some similar questions as I have witnessed bees singling me out in a group of beekeepers. My theory is that after several...
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    Re: Missed a swarm with my nuc/trap

    Bevy, that is a great approach to beekeeping philosophy. I guess I should give the bees more respect and quit expecting them to act like textbook robots. I've already seen that they are...
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    Re: Missed a swarm with my nuc/trap

    Thanks Rick. That makes me feel a little less like an amateur. lol. Hey, I really enjoy your videos by the way. You have some good stuff on queen rearing. That's my goal when I get established in...
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    Re: Missed a swarm with my nuc/trap

    I totally forgot to try that approach. I've even read about it. Duh! When I see bees, it's like getting Buck Fever. I get all excited and I forget the basic fundamentals of what I'm doing. I...
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    Missed a swarm with my nuc/trap

    Man. I got a swarm call last night after dark. It sounded easy enough to shake into a box. When I showed up the "small" limb was 12 ft. off the ground and 4 inches in diameter, right next to the...
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    Re: Wax foundation... Arrrrgghhhh!!!

    Yeah Cleo. I have seen the FatBeeMan use the bobby pin trick. I may try that next time if I don't go with plastic. Thanks.
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    Re: Wax foundation... Arrrrgghhhh!!!

    Thank you all very much for your input. I believe that you have solved my problem. This is my first season as a beekeeper and what I now realize is the fact that the gentleman who built my hives...
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    Wax foundation... Arrrrgghhhh!!!

    Okay, so I spent too much time reading and listening to podcasts instead of getting with beekeepers in my area with lots of experience. I bought into the whole "natural" beekeeping aspect that spoke...
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    Re: Why do the bees single me out?

    Heaflaw, I love this idea. I would be willing to try that. It's pretty hard to work bees in KS in the summer time and not get all sweaty. I will try your idea! Thanks!
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    Re: Why do the bees single me out?

    Nope, no beard. I'm even fair skinned. The only thing I can come up with is that I have pretty oily skin and maybe they pick up on some scent in the oil that I produce. I dunno. I did go out and...
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    Re: Why do the bees single me out?

    Yeah, JStinson, I figured I would get some comedic answers on here. :lpf: but I am in search of serious answers for the most part.
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    Re: Why do the bees single me out?

    Thanks curios1, that makes me feel a little better I suppose. It almost seems to me that some people are more naturally suited to beekeeping or doing outdoor activities. My stepson and I can go...
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