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    Re: two graft sessions zero takes

    Found a laying queen in the finisher this weekend. Must have missed a QC when I put the box together

    I'v had two queenless hives taken over by swarms. One I actually witnessed myself.
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    Re: Apiary near a Garbage Dump

    tefer, I have 3 other locations available, 3, 6 and 15 miles from the said dump, but this location is 1 minute from my work. I was thinking I would do my Bee breeding at this apiary, save their own...
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    Re: Apiary near a Garbage Dump

    Wow, love the responses
    I guess I'm not that concerned with bees foraging sweet liquids in dumpsters and such, since that probably would be a minute percentage of the honey in our hives. But, from...
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    Apiary near a Garbage Dump

    I was wondering how you guys feel about raising bees near a garbage dump (2 miles or less)?
    I'v often thought maybe the bees will forage in the dump and contaminate the honey.
    Does anyone have a...
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    Re: When is swarm season for you?

    what i'd like to know is, does swarm season begin with the start of the main nectar flow, or slightly before, or slightly after?
  6. Thread: Hurricane Sandy

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    Re: Hurricane Sandy

    Here's my experience with Sandy. I have an apiary in Kingston and one in St. Thomas. The one in Kingston was unscathed, mainly because the hives were in a protected area. The one in St. Thomas was...
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    Re: Beekeeping in Jamaica

    Tom, it's been so interesting reading about your experiences, especially since your beekeeping conditions are very similar to ours. Looking forward to meeting up with you
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    Post catch routine

    To all you bee catching experts. How do you treat the bees after catching to ensure success?
    I just cut a branch with a swarm, put into a TBH with some sugar water and the next day they flew away.
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    Re: Handling queen cells: 5th and 11th day

    I'v heard that 5 days after grafting is too early.
    My personal experience is that I moved two queen cells at 3 days after being capped (that's would be approx. 7 days after grafting if I had...
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    Re: Greeting from j.a

    Bless-ed newbee,
    welcome to the forum. you will see there are allot of folks here that will share their knowlege.
    Cheech
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    Re: Beekeeping in Jamaica

    Wow Tomas,
    I missed you. I just saw this post today, I'v been busy lately and didn't check this forum from before July. What a bummer.
    Anyway, glad you had a successful visit and enjoyed yourself
  12. Thread: Swarm challenge

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    Re: Swarm challenge

    Hi guys, i'v caught 8 so far out of 11 5-frame nuks. just made up 6 15-frame TB nuks and put them out a week now.
    here's a pic of one of the TB nuks i made (these were inspired by you Tomas)
    I...
  13. Re: Another good reason to use rubber bands on cutout frames!

    i'v been using fishing line.
    i prepare my cutout frames ahead of time with fishing line secured on one side of the frame. i then place the cutout comb onto the frame with the FL holding it into...
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    Possibly Robbing?

    brought home 3 trapped swarms Friday night (2 strong and 1 weak, in their original nuk swarm traps)
    put them into position in the apiary the next morning and let them loose
    when i came back last...
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    Re: Hello from Sunny Jamaica

    TC, check out my previous posts, i submitted a few photos as illustration to support my queries.
    I too have gotten valuable responses to my questions, info you dont see on UTUBE :)



    thanks...
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    Re: Very depressing News

    those are some great photos to show how its done Tom. thanks
    looks like using old metal sheeting (from metal drums or otherwise) would really cut cost
    do you paint them with any type of...
  17. Ready to do a cutout of my 2 week old trapped swarm

    today i will be doing a cutout of my trapped swarm and moving them into a 16" TBH nuk.
    take a look at the pic i took last week Sunday, I assume the combs will be much bigger today.
    1678

    my...
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    Hello from Sunny Jamaica

    Hello All,
    I'm new at beekeeping and find this sport very fascinating. Starting a little late at age 51, but having a very young enthusiasm for it.
    looking forward to learning as much as i can...
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    Re: Very depressing News

    hi Tomas
    I looked at your photo site and trying to determine how long your bait hives were. seems to me to be about 12". am i correct. i was contemplating what you told me about melting wax on...
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    Re: Very depressing News

    odfrank, wow that's some swarm to be flying away. I think from the description i got, mine probably was very similar to yours.
    it sure hurts to be losing swarms, especially for a newbee like me. ...
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    Re: Very depressing News

    Rader, it an empty 5 frame nuk
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    Very depressing News

    just got some very depressing news.
    yesterday, got news from the landowner that one of my traps was "full of bees, and surrounding all around the box"
    boy, I was in happy land
    today they called...
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    Re: Trapped Swarm Update

    Snow! i lived in Toronto for 24 years and i do not miss the snow
    with all the responses, i'm feeling more confident. the foragers are also bringing in pollen so hopefully that's also a sign of...
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    Re: Trapped Swarm Update

    Keth, yes, the nuk is designed to take frames, but the plan calls for 1/2" wood and i used 5/8" not realizing this would make a diff.
    the diff. caused frames to be tight fitting with no bee space...
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    Re: Trapped Swarm Update

    bsweet & flying, i thought so too, didn't want to brush them off to take a proper look since i'm not that comfortable with all the bees flying around, not wearing a vail and basically being very...
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