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    Re: Top feeders with Top Entrances?

    Michael, do you drill a small hole for an entrance in the shim?
    Do you have a favorite type of top feeder?
    How do you rate the top feeder compared to division board feeders when using top...
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    Top feeders with Top Entrances?

    I have switched most of my 22 hives over to top entrances but now am wondering if feeding with a top feeder will incite robbing. I have seen Michael Bush's bottom feeders used with top entrances, but...
  3. Re: Goldenrod in NC.......Lots of Bloom But No Nectar?

    Same here in Central AR. In fact, I've never seen bees on Golden Rod here, with the exception of one here and there occasionally. For some reason they just don't use it and I suspect that it hasn't...
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    Switch nucs with strong hive stands?

    I have a couple of nucs that just didn't build up numbers or stores this summer. Do you think it would be good to switch their positions with a couple of strong hives so that the returning foragers...
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    Re: Move the hives to the bean fields?

    Barry, they tell me that the variety of soybeans has a lot to do with the amount and quality of nectar produced by the plant. I need to study that a little more and ask the farmers which variety...
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    Move the hives to the bean fields?

    A problem for the math nerds to solve: I have soybean fields near me, starting at 1 1/4 miles away. I know bees forage 2 or 3 miles radius. I have 6 of my 20 hives in the bean fields permanently, but...
  7. Re: Long black pointy fly preying on a honeybee. What insect could that have been?

    Yeah, I got those stinking things too. They look like a little helicopter with that thin tail and they kill a lot of honey bees. They are vicious killers.
    Here's some pics and descriptions.... ...
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    Re: Moving hives on a 4x8 trailer

    Seems like they would not need any supers removed or hive staples if the hives are pushed together and strapped tightly. Depending on the temp and whether there is air circulation under those...
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    Re: Moving hives on a 4x8 trailer

    Larry, I don't see a picture. Is there supposed to be one?
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    Re: Where are you on the tree of knowledge

    I don't know much, but it seems to me like beekeeping is a mysterious blend of art and science with the lines sometimes blurred.
    I will probably try to stay pretty elementary on any advice I give...
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    Re: Options for a small swarm

    If it were me, I'd try to get them to make it on their own, because it's early in the season and they can build up brood pretty fast if you help them out by feeding as long as they'll take it. If...
  12. Re: Expanding while mixing foundation and foundation-less

    Michael Bush has written quite a bit about foundationless beekeeping and says you definitely can extract it. Of course very fresh comb is softer and would have to be treated carefully, but I intend...
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    Re: My foundationless experiment

    An experiment with larger numbers would perhaps provide a more accurate test. Now if we could find a beekeeper with 20 or so hives in the same yard who was interested enough to put entire supers of...
  14. Re: Help on hanging 5 frame wooden nucs in trees for bait hives

    Homesteader, that's exactly like the tree hanger I use and it is easy to use. I think I got the idea a while back from watching a youtube video. I have read the other posts on this thread about...
  15. Re: Help on hanging 5 frame wooden nucs in trees for bait hives

    I found a fairly easy method that works really great for me and it's quick. I nail a 1x4 "handle" on the side of my nuc in the middle in the vertical position extending up above the hive trap about...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Two of my own hives finally swarmed today, 6-7-14, temps in the high 80s and partly sunny, but had rain almost every day for weeks. Central Arkansas 72143
  17. Can I trap out bees from the top of a broken tree?

    I got a call to look at a storm damaged tree with bees in it yesterday. A huge limb broke during the wind right at the top of the hollow and a couple of pieces of comb came down with the limb. I...
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    Re: Nasty Traps Don't Attract Swarms

    I had old comb and regular hive stuff, but the mildew from all the moisture is what I was concerned about. All the traps that mildewed caught no swarms. Each one had a green film on the frames and...
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    Re: Nasty Traps Don't Attract Swarms

    I guess I should ask the question now from the pros: what's the best way to clean mildew and mold from equipment. Can comb be washed clean or do you just trash it?
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    Nasty Traps Don't Attract Swarms

    I've done well on several of my traps with feral bees this first year of trying this, but I failed to capture two swarms in my own apiary today. I think the main problem is all the rainy wet weather...
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    Re: What's the best Material for Lids?

    I'm thinking about trying cypress lumber for the lids to my 8 frame hives. I have a couple of sawmills in the area that sells rough sawn cypress cheaper than I can buy advantech, but I'd have to...
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    Re: Walk away did not go well

    Flies lay eggs in the dead brood and maggots hatch and eat on the bodies of the dead brood in the cells. Ive seen that happen on a frame in a weak hive.
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    I caught two swarms June 3 in five frame deep nucs with medium frames on side of tree 7' up, Searcy, Arkansas 72143.
    Weather has been rainy and humid most days for the last several weeks. I've...
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    Re: Feral Swarm in a Trap

    This is my first year to trap swarms and I have just carried the nuc home and let them sit for a day or two to settle down and then I would put them in a regular hive. Is there a benefit to hiving...
  25. Thread: Small swarm

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    Re: Small swarm

    If she's not a virgin, you should see eggs/larvae within a few days. I would go ahead and give a frame or two of capped brood if you can spare it so that they have a quicker availability of workers...
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