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  1. How quickly will I know if they have a queen, cut out.

    I got a call late yesterday from a friend who cut a tree with a hive in it. Me and a friend went today to get them (first cut out for both of us). We ended up using his bee vac then cut the comb...
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    Re: Thoughts on trap/cut out.

    All done, The log itself had about a 8-10 inch diameter hollow spot in the middle that was about 2-2 1/2 feet long (high). There was only one small entrance they were using. One of the logging guys...
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    Re: Thoughts on trap/cut out.

    A couple other questions have come to mind. Assuming I don't find the queen (likely wont but who knows) and there are eggs, or new larvae that could make a queen should I close the box up as soon as...
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    Thoughts on trap/cut out.

    Friend of mine is in the logging business. He just called me and they dropped a tree a little bit ago with a hive in it. Still pretty early and cool weather here in Indiana. Some pollen coming in...
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    Re: moving colonies

    I moved my only hive about 100 yards last weekend. I closed it up early Sunday morning and moved it. I left it closed until Tuesday afternoon. Temps were cold the entire time so even after I opened...
  6. Re: Taking some drawn frames from an overwintered hive.

    Due to temps I haven't checked for brood since the first week of March. I haven't wanted to open it that far up again while the temps are in the 30's. Right now it's 18 degrees out and a high of...
  7. Re: Taking some drawn frames from an overwintered hive.

    No other hives died, last year was my first year from a single package. Once I placed the sugar in top of the hive sprayed it down with some water from a squirt bottle. I have heard that if bee's...
  8. Re: Taking some drawn frames from an overwintered hive.

    Thats why I added the syrup, however since then temps have been only in the 50's during the day and 30's at night. The day I added the syrip it was 70 degrees and they were taking it, since then it...
  9. Taking some drawn frames from an overwintered hive.

    When I checked my lone hive last week they had survived winter however all stores were gone. I fed syrup one day when temps were hi enough and have fed dray sugar also. On my inspection I obseverd...
  10. Re: Eight frame mediums and foundation less frames for bait hives?

    I assumed the bees would feel there was not enough room initially when they enter a trap with all drawn comb. Anyone else fill the entire trap with drawn comb? I am curious now.
  11. Thread: Nosema ?

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    Re: Nosema ?

    Thanks again everyone.
  12. Thread: Nosema ?

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    Re: Nosema ?

    Does this appear normal?

    http://i823.photobucket.com/albums/zz158/flyin-lowe/IMG_0547_zpsehkqsow2.jpg
  13. Re: Eight frame mediums and foundation less frames for bait hives?

    I am a newbie to but have been researching traps also. Most of what I have read indicates that a 10 frame deep box or larger is the recommended size for traps. Not saying a swarm won't move into an...
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    Re: Nosema ?

    Thanks all!
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    Nosema ?

    Is it typical during later winter/early spring cleansing flights to see streaks of feces on the front of the hive? I moved my hive this past Sunday and didn't really think much about it at the time,...
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    Re: Moving a hive a couple hundred yards.

    I went over today and opened the entrance back up. It ended up being about 55 hours or so that they were blocked in. Plus today temps have only been in the high 30's to low 40's. After I opened it I...
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    Re: Moving a hive a couple hundred yards.

    I have a follow up question for advice, since posting this I was able to do a hive inspection last Monday when temps got up to 70 degrees. I normally wouldn't bother them this time of year but have...
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    Re: Thoughts on trap idea.

    I might just try to find some old ten frame deeps from someone or build a few traps. I was thinking for some reason 8 frame deep was the normal size.
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    Re: Thoughts on trap idea.

    It's a possibility. I thought I read on here or somewhere that the traps work better if they have a certain size hole drilled more toward the top of the trap. I could be dreaming??? but I am sure I...
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    Thoughts on trap idea.

    I am planning on building some standard 8 frame deep boxes and screwing a normal bottom board on them with the entrance blocked. Then place a hole in the side and add 1 frame of drawn comb and 7...
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    Re: New fresh cut lumber

    If the board is actually 10 inches that might be good, assuming they are somewhat square. Most deep boxes are 9 5/8. A 1x10 from the lumber yard is less then that which is why many start with a...
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    Re: First spring inspection question.

    No I have never tried to take sugar through a straw. However I have read of hundreds of bee keepers he use dry sugar for emergency feeding during the winter. The hive produces some moisture for the...
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    Re: Langstroth frames

    I am a newbie too and just removed some frames that had been in all winter. They were a pain in the butt to remove and the tops were there only part the bees had propalized together. I can imagine it...
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    Re: What staple gun do you have?

    I too have the Harbor Freight that I got for under $20 bucks. So far I have built about 20 boxes with it and over 100 frames. I bought some name brand staples from Menards. About every ten shots...
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    Re: Hives in 2 locations

    Last year was my first year with a hive and this was my first winter. I can tell you that you would likely need to rely on someone local in Ohio to help you out some. While I was not checking my...
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