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    Swarm collector leaves many behind

    One of our hives swarmed and so I called in a more experienced beekeeper to collect it (I let him take the bunch home). This is the first time I've seen someone collect a swarm so it is all new to...
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    Re: Giving Bees Away

    Ace,
    Actually the opposite has been true for our bees. The 9 frames we spaces equally apart and the bees haven't built up burr comb and it is much much easier to manage. The 10 frame have was...
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    Re: Giving Bees Away

    Yeah, that sugar syrup issue was in 2010. You guys taught me to stop overdosing the bees on the sweet stuff and they've been fine since. Definitely a learning process. Thanks for your advice......
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    Re: Giving Bees Away

    Oldbee.

    The one hive was a 2nd year queen (2nd spring) and according to Marla Spivak we were suppose to pinch her and get another (which I won't do) - so the swarming was good; they made their...
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    Re: uhhh...brrr!

    I'm from Minnesota so when I see Brrr and 47 in the same sentence it kinda makes me giggle. :cool: If bees survive here I swear they could survive anywhere. They are probably inside warming their...
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    Re: Giving Bees Away

    Northbee,

    That seems to be true for us. We haven't chemically treated for anything and we rarely bother the bees. The flip side of that is we haven't had luck getting them to fill out honey...
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    Re: Giving Bees Away

    That is what we were taught in the classes I took at the U of M. The best way to artificially control a swarm is to split in spring (early - mid May) and order a new queen for the split. The only...
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    Re: Giving Bees Away

    The only purpose of the split is to prevent a swarm. It might not be a guarantee but I have to try. I'm not worried about any return. Honey, wax and all that is nice but not the focus. Keeping...
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    Re: Giving Bees Away

    Good question Acebird and one I hadn't thought of. Now that you mention it, I'd like them to take the one with the existing queen. There is no way I can pinch a queen. I was happy to see the one...
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    Re: Giving Bees Away

    I just figured I'd give the bees for free if the person is willing to do the work of splitting for me :D I made an attempt last spring at splitting... failed... and they swarmed. I couldn't find my...
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    Giving Bees Away

    I have two hives that are doing well. Last spring both hives swarmed and quite possibly will do the same this year. I don't want to split because I don't want four hives. Is there anyway I could...
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    Re: Foundationless Frames

    Wow! Thank you for all of the helpful information!!

    Michael, thanks for the links! I just want to make sure I'm understanding correctly. Referring to the picture Joseph shared, would that frame...
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    Foundationless Frames

    Disclaimer: I know nothing about foundationless frames or top bar hives.

    I'm venturing into new territory.

    With that said. Can I switch my hives from drawn out plastic foundation frames to the...
  14. Re: Deadly parasite turns honeybees into zombie slaves

    Michael,

    I wasn't aware of that. Could you share a link to the story. I'd really like to share it with others. I tried google but couldn't find anything. :s
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    Re: Hand or skin cream

    Cold Processed Soap

    The easiest basic recipe for cold processed soap and one I started with is:

    24 oz. olive oil
    24 oz. coconut oil
    38 oz. palm oil
    12 oz. sodium hydroxide
    32 oz. distilled...
  16. Re: Deadly parasite turns honeybees into zombie slaves

    Did anyone see the update about this parasitic fly on natures nectar blog?

    http://naturesnectar.blogspot.com/2012/01/update-on-zombie-bees.html

    It looks like the media has really run with the...
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    Re: Jerry Hayes/Monsanto

    Since dioxin has been found in round up it is only fair to equate round up with agent orange. Dioxin is also stored in fat cells which means it doesn't flush from our bodies.

    Let's see...
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    Re: Jerry Hayes/Monsanto

    Tom,

    After following this thread I just wanted to reply to something you wrote.



    "To protect our health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets maximum legal residue levels for...
  19. Re: Preparing raw propolis for consumption.

    We use tinctures all the time in our home. We used 80 proof vodka and mixed in a dropper bottle with a marble size ball of propolis cut into tiny pieces.
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    Re: Hand or skin cream

    Why does lotion go bad?

    It is the water content of the lotion that causes it to go bad. Actually, going bad is probably the wrong word. Oils go bad, water causes bacteria to grow. If you create...
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    Re: Monsanto buys Beeologics!

    I read "Seeds of Destruction" and was shocked to learn how Monsanto slipped into our lives so easily, thanks to our politicians. They are a very scary entity. All I can say is that Monsanto is no...
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    Re: My Bees Swarmed!

    My bees came back, or it at least it looks like they did. The swarm is gone from its location after only being there an hour and now we have a massive cloud of bees all over the backyard. I ran out...
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    My Bees Swarmed!

    Is there any "rule" as to what to do after the bees swarm?

    I'm assuming honey is not a possibility since they hadn't even filled one frame with honey prior to swarming so I doubt they can do so...
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    Swarming Question: Please Help!

    This is the 2nd year with my hive. As I learned in class... I was going to split the hive. Due to issues with property (water and mud mainly) we figured that splitting is going to be difficult...
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    Spring Reversal

    Just an FYI: I'm following a manual given to me by the U of M from the Northern Beek Course (just in case people wonder why I'm doing what I do).

    We were instructed to do a partial reversal in...
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