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  1. Re: Record keeping: There's got to be a better way...

    COLBEC, Wow! Thanks....
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    Re: need help quick

    I may be a little simplistic in my approach but if I am checking a new hive or a re-hived swarm, I sometimes miss the eggs but if I see new. well-spaced, brood, I close everything up. (Where else...
  3. Re: Record keeping: There's got to be a better way...

    The OGG thing might be worth a try (except for controlling my hot CO2 breath).

    Two questions: is there an Android app available and, is there a demo/example of how to set up an inspection...
  4. Re: Does 5 Gallons of water and 50lbs of sugar sound about right for 1.1?

    I am sooooooooo bad... I dump a 5# bag into a wide-mouth gallon jar, fill it to the brim with hot water, and stir until there's no visible sugar left. I have never weighed it.

    The bees don't...
  5. Re: maybe an old wivies tale about bring a swarm down

    This is not about "noise" and it is only one data point but, as I said back in May when I posted the swarm...
    "I showed up at a house to scope a soffit trapout and as I was speaking to the folks,...
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    UNPLANNED harvest (during inspection)

    I've been keeping bees for ~20 years now and started with TBH 2-3 years ago. The last couple of times I have been in, it has been a mess. For whatever reason, the girls are filling everything with...
  7. Re: Likelihood of Swarms Going into Neighbors' Homes?

    Think like a bee. You are looking for space...

    If you are in Charleston, there are a lot of old homes and I would guess that a lot of them are not insulated. The space from the sill to the...
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    Re: Queenless swarm...?

    Well... I just checked and still could not find the queen. There are no eggs and the only capped cells are on the frame I added. They are drawing comb on the foundation frames and filling the old...
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    Re: Bees swarmed into existing hive

    I collected a swarm 2-3 years ago and after dropping them into a hive, I went out a couple of hours later to check on them. The air was full of bees as the new colony abandoned the hive I had given...
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    Re: Queenless swarm...?

    Thank you so much! Only once did I have a caught swarm abandon ship. It's just not finding her and then seeing so many cups and having that queenless noise go away with the eggs kind of supported...
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    Queenless swarm...?

    For some things, we can all have "newbie" questions...

    Picked up a swarm a week or so ago and did my first inspection a couple of days ago: Queen not sighted; no eggs or brood. This afternoon, I...
  12. Thread: Bee Yards.

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    Re: Bee Yards.

    I believe the key for you and your neighbors may be to position additional hives so the natural foraging (and returning) flight path is an "up and away" or "back and down" path. If you have shrubs...
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    Re: Winterkill / new idea of a over box

    This is probably not a new idea (for a small-yard beek) but, for the winter, over two deeps, I usually put a piece of screen over the inner cover hole and duct tape it down. Then I add a deep box...
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    Re: BEAR fence ?

    After losing almost everything to a bear a couple of years ago, I set up a fence with a Harbor Freight solar charged that failed after a year.

    I now have a Zabara Model # ESP10M-Z (10 mile...
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    Re: Swarm too high

    Take a look at "JPtheBeeman" videos on YouTube.
    http://www.youtube.com/user/JPthebeeman?feature=watch

    Besides his very instructional cutout videos, take a look at his "swarm catching"...
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    Re: Gloves Make The Difference!

    I checked out 83 different offerings on Harbor Freight's Web site. Nada.... Do you have any kind of product code?

    Thanks!
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    Re: Gloves Make The Difference!

    Just looked through 83 different Harbor Freight glove styles.. nada. Do you have a SKEW or product code on any interior tag? Thanks!
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    Question about "queen right" ...

    Some things we see, we just take for granted. I am doing a trapout and did an inspection the other day to double check 'new queen' progress... There are two nice queen cells on one of the two frames...
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    Re: moving a trap out

    Even after years of keeping bees, I also used the "slow move" or "2 miles" technique but this year after losing more than half of my colonies over the winter, I wanted to move a survivor about 60' to...
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    Re: Swarm decides to move next door?

    A little update... As I indicated above, serious fighting and aerial activity wnt on for an hour or so after the newly-hived colony decided to move next door on the 6th, then they settled down.
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  21. Re: Bee Postures around entrance of wild hive...

    Nope! Not washboarding. They are just sitting there in "circular rows" around the entrance. For the most part, not moving... not fanning... Really wierd....
  22. Bee Postures around entrance of wild hive...

    :s Just scoping out a tree for a trapout -- folks have serious allergies -- and I've noticed strange posturing around the two entrances.
    http://FileLibrary.MYAASite.Com/Content/0/499/35240176.jpg
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  23. Re: Instead of a cone method removal, would a hose running into a hive work as a trap

    To re-phrase... "You must create a population shortage in the primary colony."

    Look at my post #8 -- you can't wait for them to simply migrate. Think of the brood nest (heart of the colony) as...
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    Re: Fresh comb sure is fragile...

    I have "well waxed" Popsicle sticks set in saw kerfs. Everything was centered except this one. And, it was OK except for the outside 3" on one end.
  25. Re: Instead of a cone method removal, would a hose running into a hive work as a trap

    Adding to the discussion, regarding the "walk through" questions, that is exactly what I did when I first started trying to do a trap-out -- a swarm had adopted my old plywood utility trailer box. ...
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