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    Re: Moving swarm trap with bees

    Why not just leave the box in the tree until you are ready to move them permanently?
  2. Re: When do they calm down after package install?

    Looks about right. I usually install late in the day, so they retire earlier. One other thing too that may explain why they are bugging you. When are are stung, there is a pheromone that marks you...
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    Re: Bees Checking Out Swarm Trap

    Congratulations. How big is the box?
    I am 2 for 4 so far. One 10 frame deep and one 5 frame nuc. The 5 frame nuc was within 1/4 mile of my house, but I had to move it to my house the same day I...
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    Re: Bees Checking Out Swarm Trap

    So it took about a week or 10 days for the swarm to finally move in after a few days of inspection then no activity. Then yesterday and the day before the bees were back and it was easy to see...
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    Re: Bees Checking Out Swarm Trap

    This is the set up.

    http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh217/63alaskan/P1030377.jpg
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    Bees Checking Out Swarm Trap

    I have a deep box trap full of old black comb set in an old Pine tree. I look at it every week. For the past 2 mornings at about 10:00 am there are at least 20 to 30 bees at a given time coming in...
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    Re: Moving old, but occupied hives

    Here in Oakland we have been having some very warm sunny weather, so today i went through the weaker of the two hives. It has no stores, no queen and what looks like older capped brood on a couple...
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    Re: Moving old, but occupied hives

    Fast forward 9 months. We went though the hives after a few days, and one double deep had frames in the upper box and no frames in the bottom. That bottom box was a mass of comb. Should have taken...
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    Re: Moving old, but occupied hives

    So we managed to get the two populated hives over here along with a couple of medium boxes/frames that are useable. The two box hive was far heavier that the three box stack, but we felt more...
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    Re: Moving old, but occupied hives

    Kieth-

    That sounds like the way to go. I have a dolly too, and since the hives are I the backyard, I'll do it the ay you describe.
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    Re: Moving old, but occupied hives

    Enchplant-

    Yes, perhaps you are correct regarding the overall chance of my finding qualified help. :v:
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    Re: Moving old, but occupied hives

    Makes sense. My first thought was to ratchet strap them, but I got to thinking that it might be safer to separate them, and that they'd be easier to handle. I'll be moving them about 7 or 8 miles...
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    Moving old, but occupied hives

    OK, here is one for you guys. I got a call from a woman who is caring for an elderly man who is now needing full time care. He and the family evidently are trying to "put his affairs in order" I...
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    Re: why not daily orientation flights?

    I wonder if general hive health can be guessed from how many "large" orientation flights one sees per week. For example, I have a hive that I am kinda keeping an eye on because I'm worried about the...
  15. Thread: Orientation

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    Orientation

    Hive is from a swarm captured in May. They were super active at first- maybe the first 3 weeks (it was a pretty big swarm). Then I went in and did an inspection which was badly handled- I had to...
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    hiving a chimney swarm

    My next door neighbor had some bees living in his chimney. Not in the main flue,but in some kind of a blind side flue opening at the roof that he covered using an 8 inch by 8 inch piece of plywood....
  17. Thread: Mites?

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    Re: Mites?

    I'm the original poster with the photo. I think that bottom tray was under there for about three days or so, and I haven't really counted how many mites there were. I have the one colony that was...
  18. Thread: Mites?

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    Mites?

    http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh217/63alaskan/Bees/P1010687.jpg

    Are these varrora mites
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    Bees carrying nectar?

    Is it possible to tell if bees are bringing in nectar from appearance only? This video was taken Tuesday, Feb 9, 2010. Location, Oakland, CA
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  20. Thread: Making Splits

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    Re: Making Splits

    So for the "no look" split, I guess the assumption is that you arrange it so that both hives have eggs, brood and stores (and bees). One would have the queen, and you don't know which one but you...
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    Re: What is the best way to catch a swarm?

    Hey Brenda-

    I may try the same thing- luring my own swarm. Do you know the optimal distance the lure hive should be from the original? How close is too close?

    Yblocker
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    Re: Should I worry swarming in my second year?

    When you say "make the split that way", do you mean place the frames with the queen cells along with some frames of honey into a nuc or other hive body making sure the queen stays with the original...
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    Re: Splitting a hive into 3 - good idea or not?

    I hope that I can help somebody that might be in a similar situation- this thread seems to apply to me too. I live in the SF Bay Area- mild climate.

    I have one double deep hive plus one medium-...
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    Re: SF Bay Area plan

    Yeah really- I can echo the thanks for that local advice. I've checked this board out quite a bit since that little swarm showed up on the side of the house last April 2nd. I hadn't thought about...
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    Re: SF Bay Area plan

    Fuzzy and Odfrank-

    So what I'm hearing here is that swarming is pretty hard to avoid. The similarity in your replies seems to be the mid to late January extraction of the "honey" in the top deep...
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