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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    This is a pretty specific accusation. Care to back it up? With a link perhaps?

    I went to the source:

    http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm

    Natural cell size (not small cell) is one of four...
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    Doesn't that make your test apiary less effective? The so called "Bond" method is often described as very high losses for a few years to select for the resistant genetics. If you're taking out the...
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    Re: Building my own observation hive

    Wow, this thread is almost a year and a half old. Finally got around to building this thing:

    http://blog.corujas.net/building-an-observation-hive

    I'm really happy with how it turned out. Now I...
  4. Re: Is it possible to temporarily house a swarm in 2 supers?

    Do you have any deep frames? You can just stack the two mediums and put the deep frames on the top one. They will build up on the deep frames and you can then move them to a deep.
  5. Re: Placing mating nucs in area with high number feral colonies

    I'd just trap using whatever normal equipment you use, baiting with some lemon grass oil. That way you get the bees straight into the final equipment, saving you some trouble. It seems you have good...
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    Re: Setting out the swarm traps for the year

    Couldn't say.
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    Re: Setting out the swarm traps for the year

    Inside the hive I don't add any during the whole season. The bag should be enough. The drops on the landing board I may redo after it rains to try and get the first scouts in. But I'm far from an...
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    Setting out the swarm traps for the year

    The season seems to be starting over here so we went ahead and set out the swarm traps[1]. Last year we got 4 swarms this way so I'm hopeful for this year. We've tried to improve the locations of the...
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    Re: When does your season start?

    Yep, it's a plum tree. Ornamental though, it doesn't produce any worthwhile fruit.



    We're working on getting clover and borage sown around the farm this year to help with the bees. We've also...
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    Re: When does your season start?

    Are you referring to my pics? All our hives are made of wood, although some could really use a paint job. I've been slacking in that department.
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    When does your season start?

    Our season over here in Northern Portugal seems to be getting under way. The early bloomers are looking great and the bees are out in force. Here are a couple of pictures:
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    Re: Adding a new hive

    Any reason you are starting every hive with packages instead of doing splits from your existing hives?

    I had great success this year going from the single hive I had to 3 by doing walkaway splits....
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    Adding boxes this late in the year

    After a particularly dry summer we had some rain in the early fall and then have been having multiple weeks of cold sunny days. The bees seem to have liked the change of weather and the summer dearth...
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    Bees eating grapes?

    I had noted this last year and noted it again this year. We left a few grapes on the vines after the harvest and saw a bunch of bees on them. The grapes are pretty sweet by now so I understand the...
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    Re: Warre bait hive

    This year I caught 3 swarms in bait boxes, none of them using black comb as I didn't have any yet.
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    Re: My first cutout

    Just made a fuller writeup of the whole process on the farm blog if anyone is interested. Here's the link:

    http://blog.corujas.net/cutting-out-a-swarm-from-the-owl-box

    The swarm isn't doing too...
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    Building a simple solar wax melter

    I decided to build a simple wax melter with some leftover materials. It's amazing how easy it is, and how well it works. Here's a link to the build log with plenty of photos:
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    Re: How long should I keep baiting?

    That would be all year here, it doesn't snow... :)



    I'll just leave the three boxes I have left in place anyway and they'll be ready for next season if nothing else. I always leave the entrance...
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    How long should I keep baiting?

    I've had great success baiting swarms this year. I've been able to attract 3 swarms into my bait hives and another got into an owl box. I scrambled to put up two more bait hives but haven't seen any...
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    Re: How early should I inspect after a split?

    Complete success! Inspected again at the 24 day mark as that should be the middle of the period for the queen to start laying. The "subsplit" was going gangbusters and had a bunch of eggs but I...
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    My first cutout

    This year seems to have been a good year for swarms, even after the late spring. We put out 4 swarm bait boxes and ended up filling 3 of them and using the fourth to do a split. I scrambled to put up...
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    Filmed the swarm moving into the box

    We spotted a bunch of scouting activity around one of our bait boxes and setup a camera filming continuously. I went through the video and here are the 20min where the swarm actually showed up and...
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    Re: How early should I inspect after a split?

    Yep, that was the thinking. Fingers crossed for both to do well but I'll be happy with just one.
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    Re: How early should I inspect after a split?

    Inspected today at the 4 day mark. Turns out I got lucky and the box that was left in the old location was the queenless one as I wanted. I found 4 queen cells, 3 already capped. 3 were on one frame...
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    Re: How early should I inspect after a split?

    That makes perfect sense and is pretty easy. By then I'll know which hive is the one with the new queen and have added any needed boxes, so I can just let them be for a couple of weeks.
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