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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    I have had 5 traps out with LGO in them this year. Normally catch 1 or 2 but this year, zero. Doesn't help that someone keeps shutting the entrance on 2 of them, have the metal discs to be able to...
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    Feeding a queen castle

    I just got a new deep queen castle to start raising my own replacement queens and to grow the number of hives I have. My problem as I see it now is that I don't have enough honey frames in the deep...
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    Re: Queenless hive

    The hive is actually 4 mediums with 2 filled with honey on top, the bottom 2 had been brood chamber. The bottom one is completely empty some pollen filled cells and some nectar but no eggs, larva or...
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    Queenless hive

    How long can I hive go queenless before introducing a new queen is pointless? I have a hive that I hadn't made it to due to time constraints for a while. I saw no larva or capped brood and saw...
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    Top Feeder advice

    When constructing a Miller or FBM type, what is the best way to seal the wooden box to hold the syrup? Would it be safe to caulk the joints? or would using beeswax be the only way to go?
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    Re: Selling last Season's Honey

    In looking at the design, I am very impressed. I am concerned though since the old fashion 100 watt bulbs are being phased out, what other heating sources are available? or do the newer bulbs also...
  7. Thread: Queenless

    by FrankBarbee
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    Re: Queenless

    As I had stated, this was a new NUC that I had installed. During my first inspection I had seen some empty queen cells and had assumed those were old that predated my installing the NUC into the new...
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    by FrankBarbee
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    Queenless

    How long can a hive go without an active laying queen? I got a NUC 3 weeks ago, my first inspection was after 2 weeks. At that time I did not find a queen or eggs or small larva but did see quite...
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    Re: New wooden ware bad for captures?

    I caught 3 swarms last year in new traps built right before being put out. Put out 5 last year, so far have 6 out this year and 2 more to place when I can find someone willing to let me put them...
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    Re: How's this for a trap location?

    nice
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    Re: think next year ill put the traps lower

    3 of my traps were placed on Deer stands left in place by the hunters given permission to hunt, which was something they agreed to be able to hunt that property. Call my lazy, but if someone else...
  12. Re: How long before moving swarm from fiber "Flower Pot" Swarm trap?

    I made 8 swarm traps using this plans here, http://horizontalhive.com/how-to-build/swarm-trap-free-plans.shtml. Had 4 out last year and caught 3 swarms. All 8 going out this year in a week or...
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    Queen Castle

    I am planning on building a queen castle this year to try and raise a few queens to have on hand when I need one. Have had to buy at least one per year so far, so figure if I can save money and...
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    Re: Swarm season in Cleveland, OH area

    When it too early to put out the traps?
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    Swarm Trap Entrance

    My current swarm traps utilize a 1/2 inch by 4 inch slit to allow the bees to come in. This wasn't an issue till I needed to move a trap with a swarm in it to place it in the hive in the yard. ...
  16. Thread: Late Swarm

    by FrankBarbee
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    Here is a picture of some of the comb they had...

    Here is a picture of some of the comb they had built. Closer inspection shows the capped brood on the outside with the inside being filled with honey.
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    Re: Late Swarm

    Update from yesterday. Found large number of bees, with 3 full frames of honey. Large random comb built beneath the medium frames. Cut and filled another 5 frames with some capped brood,...
  18. Re: Volume syrup making equipment - Tell me/Show me

    How many add food coloring to their syrup? I started this year with red and it really shows which frames have syrup and which were filled with golden rod honey.
  19. Thread: Late Swarm

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    Re: Late Swarm

    There were 2 medium frames with drawn comb and 3 medium without any foundation. So it will be interesting. Will have a full size and nuc ready to go next Monday since I have to work the job that...
  20. Thread: Late Swarm

    by FrankBarbee
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    Late Swarm

    Ok, so I just went to pick up one of my swarm traps that was a few miles away from home. The last time I checked it there was no activity. Not sure how long ago that was but over a month, perhaps...
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    Re: To NUC or Not

    I do plan on feeding them heavily. I don't have very much stores in any of my hives, 2 others right beside both started this year out of a NUC and a Package. I have another captured swarm...
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    To NUC or Not

    I have 1 hive that is still not filled out 75% of a single medium box. Started as a captured swarm late spring, then lost the queen and replaced on its own. Getting good brood pattern and low...
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    Re: Fall Feeding Question

    Check your feeders, I thought I had a hive not feeding but after inspection, found the sugar had solidified on the bottom of the feeder and the bees couldn't get any out. After mixing it back up,...
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    Re: All bees no honey

    Everyone of my hives is like that for some reason this year. One package and one NUC both started early spring. The other two were both captured swarms. One of the swarms I doubt will make it...
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    MAQS killing queens

    I have used MAQS 4 times so far, 2 strips on the top of the brood chamber removing 7-14 days later pending on my availability. 2 previous times last year I had to replace the queen after treatment...
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