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    Re: The trouble with Russians

    Standard disclaimer: Im new and dont know much :)
    Are we assuming nucs = $200-ish?
    Pkg. = $120-ish?
    Is the price of a nuc that much more than a package when you...
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    Re: Useless tools or beginners luck?

    My first year also.
    Smoke is your friend.
    Veil, Hive tool, pocket knife, are most used in that order.
    Had to get out my leather gloves a few days ago to reduce an entrance. Robbers were...
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    Interesting "other" bee i saw today

    Watching the bees on the "live forever" plant yesterday. I saw this bee. A few pictures I thought i would share. I don't have a positive id. Im in south central Kansas, near Wichita.
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  4. Re: Setting out drained crushed comb for bees to clean up

    This is my first year. Forgot to mention that.
    I thought they would go back home at dark and I could pick up a cleaned frame. I was a little shocked when I picked up a frame covered in bees.
  5. Re: Setting out drained crushed comb for bees to clean up

    I set an empty out one evening last week for bees to clean. There was about 100 bees still on it two hours after dark.
    Checked the next morning and there were 500 more there and quite a fight had...
  6. Thread: 20 ACRES

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    Re: 20 ACRES

    You forgot Matthews, Bear, Diamond, etc.
    With my luck more likely to be Toyota, jeep, Subaru, Dodge ....

    I have 1 1/2+/- acres I could plant for bees, is that small a lot seen as insignificant...
  7. Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    Im a new guy and I'm a little confused now. If AFB doesn't show any outward signs how do you know if you have it? Should i be sending samples to a bee lab at regular intervals?
    From the...
  8. Thread: New Swarm

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    Re: New Swarm

    http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/oo313/Highlooker/2014/DSCF0356.jpg

    Another picture of capped worker brood.
    Notice the one cell that looks bubbled, that's a drone cell.
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    Washboarding

    Took a walk out to the hives this evening and got to watch the bees doing a wash boarding dance for the first time. They seemed calm and intent on learning the correct steps. Couple steps forward,...
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    Re: dead bees in front of entrance

    No mosquito trucks around me. There is a soybean field, corn and Milo all within three miles. Soybeans are closet and their entrance IS the only one that faces that direction.
    There's also a 4...
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    dead bees in front of entrance

    Found them in a pile right below the entrance. Looks like undertaker bees are hauling them off.
    Maybe 100-200. All look to have their stingers intact, tongues are hanging out.
    They look...
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    Re: Comb outside the trap!

    What a mess! They had quite a bit of nectar stored in those combs already. The comb just fell apart as I cut it down. I did find eggs and larvae, there's definitely a laying queen somewhere in...
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    Comb outside the trap!

    Two weeks ago I checked this trap and found 6-10 bees milling around inside. Trap is a double medium, top box has foundation (one frame partially drawn) , bottom is foundationless frames. Strapped...
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    Re: Newby and smoke and mean bees ...

    I've used grass, weeds from the fence row, pine needles/cones, and smoker pellets. More than once a combination of those. I haven't noticed any difference in the bees reaction.
    From a first...
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    Re: Something i havent seen before.

    Looking at my picture and I realize my mistake. The way its set in the tree may be the reason I have mice getting in. That little landing board swings up to close off the entrance, but it also...
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    Re: Something i havent seen before.

    Weekly.
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    Something i havent seen before.

    Went to check the last trap and found a pile of bees in front of the trap on the ground. They were under siege from fire ants and were pretty ticked off. Quick run to get suited up and scooped as...
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    Re: Black Honey Bees ??

    Honeydew, this hive seems to be pretty calm. They are also my only Topbar hive, the others are one horizontal Lang and 4 langstroth hives.
    The topbar style inspections, only having one bar open at...
  19. Re: Hey Newbees, who started this year, got a hive you want to brag on?

    Not the best hive we have but our experimental hive.
    http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/oo313/Highlooker/2014/2014-05-11_19-56-37_458.jpg
    Picked up this swarm on may 11. Shortly after hiving...
  20. Re: Why the tall stacks of supers, why not take some and process??

    We've pulled two frames, two weeks apart, they are slightly different.
    Box #5 is drawn and 90% full but only about half capped. Last week was rainy and humid. They are drawing #6, im hoping this...
  21. Re: Why the tall stacks of supers, why not take some and process??

    Because I giggle inside every time my wife says "I can't see anything!"
    http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/oo313/Highlooker/2014/2014-07-12_18-51-19_263.jpg
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    Re: Black Honey Bees ??

    Started 6 hives this year, these are the only package bees we've purchased the other 5 are local swarms. So far my wife and I have one sting a piece. I don't have much to gauge against but they are...
  23. Re: Ooops, I cant be the first one to do this...

    I decided to cut them off at 16 1/4 and turn them into short sides. Stopped and picked up another 1x12 and remade the long sides.
    Now I have 4 deeps instead of 2, and I don't have to worry about...
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    Re: Black Honey Bees ??

    Saw quite a few of these girls orientating this afternoon. Maybe 10% of the hive looks this dark.
    http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/oo313/Highlooker/2014/2014-07-14_16-46-01_355-1.jpg

    And...
  25. Ooops, I cant be the first one to do this...

    Last night I was making some more boxes, listening to the music, had the router singing along. Stopped when i noticed I had routed two deeps and a medium all the way around. These boxes will be box...
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