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  1. Thread: Feral bee's

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    Re: Feral bee's

    See....... I told you there are those that think it's too easy! lol
    Watch the fatbeeman video that addresses this methodology of fogging with FGMO.
    Just fogging. No brood breaks, no nothing else....
  2. Thread: Feral bee's

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    Re: Feral bee's

    No EO's yet. The mite count seems to be sufficient with the FGMO by itself. NEVER used any other treatment... wasn't necessary.
    I know it is contriversial, but it has been working for me and the...
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    Re: SEASONS GREETINGS

    MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR to you as well Glock.. ...... and everyone else! lol
  4. Thread: Feral bee's

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    Re: Feral bee's

    Sugar Shake. Place a few table spoons of powdered sugar in a mason jar and gently "slosh" some bees (about cup) around ensuring they are fully coated. Replace the lid with #8 hardware cloth and the...
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    Re: Combined two Swarms, sort of

    If you had two queens before, you MAY only have one a few days from now.
    FYI, hive them both separate then check for eggs a few days later. Combine (queenless over queenright) then if you have one...
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    Re: Screws, staples and glue........

    I didn't read the entire post to here, because frankily I didn't feel like it, but, pneumatic nails and staples are coated in a glue like substance that will also enhance the holding power of each....
  7. Thread: Dead Bees

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    Re: Dead Bees

    Yes.... although, bees will remove as many dead as they can while they can. Most often, they will un intentionally plug the entrance trying to get the bees out.
  8. Thread: Feral bee's

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    Re: Feral bee's

    I have done many cutouts without any gear whatsoever. You would think these bees would be so aggitated they would sting just because they can. Most of my hives are ferals from removals. STRONG hives,...
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    Re: How many hives did you start out with?

    Started out with two and a nuc.
  10. Thread: Dead Bees

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    Re: Dead Bees

    How many dead bees are we talking here? 30-100-300?

    Screened bottom board is not a good idea for wintering in northern climates. Sorry about the loss.
    Two month of winter though? I've had it...
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    Re: Fischers honey be gone or bee be gone or somesuch

    I also use the FBQ for beekeeping, but for removals only. I found that two bottles is just about what I use in a typical season of removals. For those of you that it didn't work for, send it my way....
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    Re: How many hive bodies to buy

    Buy as many complete hive systems that you would like to have ..... then double it.
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    Re: Viability of swarms?

    In my limited experience, I had four packages and all the rest were "feral" bees. None of my packaged bees made it through a winter where as the "feral" bees did.
    I like the swarm calls. I have the...
  14. Thread: Swarm Queens

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    Re: Swarm Queems

    All of my bees started out as swarms or removals (ferals basically). I hive them and let them do thier thing. They are all strong as all get out and will replace the queen when they feel the need.
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    Re: Sad thing about equipment

    I found that getting together with another beekeeper or two in your area fights off those wintertime blues. Hanging out and making woodenware around the woodstove, mixing protein patties, mixing mead...
  16. Re: Still learning - question about bottom board

    #1) That's a lot of mites.
    #2) How EXACTLY did you place the sugar for your hives? Most times a sheet of newspaper is placed on the top bars under the inner cover then sugar is added. This will...
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    Re: 50 degrees - bees are active

    Yep, dead bees. That is a good sign as is normal. Time to worry when they are not bringing out their deceased kin on a "warm" day.
  18. Re: Liability concerns for removing swarms and cutouts

    I have insurance, but I still have the client sign a waiver of liability or I don't perform the removal.
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    Re: Unexpected Beehive

    Sounds like to me that they are doing just fine on their own. What color was the comb... light or dark?
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    Re: I lost one of my hives...

    They lost the hives already? Winter hasn't even started yet. I am also curious as to why the perished. Were there stores? Froze out? Moisture problems? Mites?
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    Poll: Re: Do you Build or Buy your Hive Bodies?

    I get 1x8x16 for less than 9.00. I can make two medium hive bodies and two inner cover frames with it plus a few entrance reducers.
    I make everything but frames during the winter months.
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    Re: removed wild hive, need help

    That queen is a real fatty! lol
    Sounds like the removal went real well.
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    Re: Foundationless Question

    Myself, I like to use foundationless in the brood chamber and plastic foundation in the honey supers. Not only does this provide a straight system for the bees to start with, it also save the bees...
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    Re: Ouch! That a sucker punch to the kidney!

    Sure looks like mites on the bottom board to me.
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    Re: Ouch! That a sucker punch to the kidney!

    Keep the bees dry. Getting them wet now... you may as well be signing their death sentence. You mentioned moisture in the hives already and a blocked entrance. Ventillation can only occur when there...
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