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    Re: Late swarm trapping

    Or you can just leave them out. Some of mine stayed out all winter. I have mesh over the entrances to keep mice out. I like to bring them in and paint them, but don't sweat it is a few don't get done.
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    He's been doing it a bit longer than us. We'll figure it out eventually.
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    Re: You don't know til you look

    No evidence, just speculation. I doubt a bee would both lay eggs and forage, but I don't know. My problem is I have nowhere to dump bees that wouldn't annoy my suburban neighbors. So, if the layers...
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    Re: You don't know til you look

    The laying workers are not foragers, so they shouldn't easily return to the original hive location. I wonder if simply moving the hive a distance away and putting a bait hive to collect the foragers...
  5. Thread: Smoker Fuel

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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    ...I've never used one - I much prefer my old screwdriver and a pallet knife....

    Screwdriver and a paint scraper.
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    Re: You don't know til you look

    Not sure I understand the advice to shake a laying worker hive into a good hive. Seems like unnecessary risk of getting a dead queen. If I just leave them alone they will eventually dwindle to...
  7. Thread: Illinois

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    Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Northern Illinois, Ogle county, 61010.
    2 swarms issued from a nuc yesterday, 5/30/20.
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    Re: Trapping 2020 - success rate?

    3 swarms so far caught, but all out of my own nucs and none in traps. In fact they were not even scouting any of my traps. None very large so all went into 5-frame nucs.
    Yesterday afternoon my wife...
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    Re: You don't know til you look

    Aaaaaand, two more swarms today at 3 PM. I was asleep, tonight being a work night. Wife wakes me up, swarm in the peach tree. No, she says 2 swarms in the peach tree. Sure enough there were, one...
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    Re: Bees tearing down queen cells

    Radar, agreed. I see that written often here, and never could understand all the slaughter of queens. Precious resource.
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    Re: Winter in 'Cold Country'...

    This all makes sense to me. My limited experience is that top-insulated hives do better than uninsulated or badly insulated. By badly I mean the time I tried wrapping hives in plastic and so the bees...
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    Re: You don't know til you look

    To sum it up:
    4 of 4 hives survived winter, 1 two deep, 3 nucs. One nuc then died in April. 75% survival.
    Two deep was split in two.
    The queenless split made two queen cells and was then split...
  13. Thread: Illinois

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    Re: Illinois

    Red clover, 5/26/20. Location my front yard, Ogle county, northern Illinois, 61010.
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    Re: queen less hive swarm????

    This week I split a hive that had two capped queen cells. A few days later one of the splits swarmed. Wonder if the second half will swarm. It is packed with bees.
  15. Thread: Smoker Fuel

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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    This works.

    I have found that putting the smoker on it's side or even tilted slightly down works better than having it upright. Light some newspaper and slowly squeeze the bellows to keep it lit....
  16. Thread: Summer Inspections

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    Re: Summer Inspections

    Treatment free is tricky. I tried it and had bad results, ended up treating but way too late and the bees died anyway. A lot also depends on the type of bee. Some hives are very susceptible to mites...
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    Re: Laying Worker(s) and Queen Cells

    Hmm. Seeing the same thing, in an overwintered nuc where I have not seen a queen since last fall. Two capped queen cells and one open, occupied.

    I gave it a frame of brood of all ages on 4/28, so...
  18. Re: What race of queen is this? What does an Afracanized queen look like?

    That looks exactly like my queens, but they are quite calm and overwinter well in Illinois, so not a lot if any African.

    My opinion is African genes only matter if the bees get mean, or they...
  19. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    After all the crossbreeding of many different strains of bees imported into the US, only genome typing can tell the ancestry of a bee.

    The way gene crossing works, after a few generations a...
  20. Thread: Is this a SHB?

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    Re: Is this a SHB?

    Looks like it. Hate those buggers. Last year had a bunch, none yet this year. Several times I actually pulled all the frames, killed all the beetles and put the frames in a new hive box. It seemed to...
  21. Thread: Greetings!

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    Re: Greetings!

    Welcome Nicole! Dive right in.

    You may get some grumpy old folks complaining about the flow hive on here. Ask them to be nice! Lots of different kinds of equipment in use by different members...
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    Re: When do I start "doing stuff"?

    I am 4 years in and just getting a handle on things. I was very slow to treat mites and it bit hard. Even if you plan to go Au-natural and not treat in the future, my plain advice is to treat the...
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    Re: You don't know til you look

    A good problem to have.

    Sounds like a swarm coming. Move that box outside, or leave it there with the shop door open. Once the swarm is inside move it somewhere.
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    Re: You don't know til you look

    Went back in that hive and sliced off a whole strip of drone comb, from the bottom of a medium frame I put in a deep for that purpose. Not one mite found, so happy about that. There are two of those...
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    Re: You don't know til you look

    Been a long time since I posted pics. I had forgotten how annoying a process it is.
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