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    Re: Trapping 2020 - success rate?

    We have 'post your bloom dates' and 'post your swarm dates' forums, which I have spent quite a bit of time looking over.
    I think we need a new forum 'Post your drone dates' where we note things like...
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    Re: Trapping 2020 - success rate?

    Snowed here today. Have one trap out, even though way too early. Looking to get serious end of April early May.
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    Re: A sign of the times

    I work the covid unit at the hospital. All my clothing goes into a bucket of detergent in the garage and the shoes stay in the garage.
    By the way, with all the restrictions on what hospitals will...
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    Re: Cold Virus 'Cures'. What works for you?

    Well, I also work in a hospital, critical care, and I am way more healthy since starting this job than during my prior cubical farm job. Have not had a flu anyway in ages, and since starting nursing...
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    Re: Cold Virus 'Cures'. What works for you?

    So I see several votes above for propolis, and more for something with alcohol. Interesting.

    Is the propolis prophylactic, or does it help with an acute cold?
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    Re: Should I split? Will it work?

    Where are you? I assume far enough south that you have plenty of drones flying, if you have queen cells.

    The traffic to the empty hive could be robbing or could be scouting from your active hives,...
  7. Thread: Illinois

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    Re: Illinois

    Bee Arthur, checking out your site.
    Dandelion, Ogle county, N. Il., 61010. 4/8/20.
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    I don't recall you saying, but do you have large commercial apiaries near you? You have said there are some back yard hives that replace frequently from mail order bees.

    I wonder if my swarm last...
  9. Thread: African genetics

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    Re: African genetics

    In that study I posted above, they note that africanized bees do consistently have 20-30% euro genetics, throughout their range. Apparently they picked up whatever superior genes the euros had while...
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    Re: African genetics

    https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.03.17.994632v1.full

    They studied the spread of africanized bees and what the differences are with Euro bees.
    Africanized bees collect more pollen and...
  11. Thread: Illinois

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    Re: Illinois

    Forsythia. 4/7/20. Byron Il, 61010.
    Also what I believe is dogwood.
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    Re: Illinois

    First update of 2020. Went into winter with 4 hives, came out of winter with 4 hives, so very happy.

    One, the weakest going in came out quite weak but I see pollen going in so I assume there is a...
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    Re: Hypothetical swarm prevention question

    Do you live in an urban area? If rural, maybe do as AHudd suggested and just let them swarm. If the neighbors are too close, I think that's asking for trouble with angry neighbors.

    Pinching the...
  14. Re: Will the coronavirus negatively affect the beekeeping industry?

    I have a friend who ordered nucs. If she doesn't get them I'll donate one.
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    Re: Beekeeper to be from South Africa

    What part of SA? Interesting place for honeybees since there are several different (closely related) species of honeybee there, and which kind is endemic depends on the environment.
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    Re: Illinois

    First dandelion of 2020! 4/4/20. Last year was 4/21.
    I was expecting this year to be way early, since it was such a warm winter, but in fact we are right on track with the last 4 years, except 2019...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    All my current bees are from one swarm that came to my front porch last May. That was a good day.
  18. Thread: African genetics

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    Re: African genetics

    Some of the African genetics offer the bees advantages, so those genes will continue to spread. If we keep killing off the meaner hives we can hope that the genetics for aggression will be weeded...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Well, I rather optimistically put out a swarm trap, basically an empty deep with a medium full of comb on top. Lemongrass only. The scouts are checking it out, but this early I suspect they are...
  20. Thread: Illinois

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    Re: Illinois

    First daffodil 4/2/20. One day off from 2017.
    Byron, N. Il 61010
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    Re: Beginner from Gerald, Missouri.

    Caught a swarm right off the bat! Good work. Swarm trapping is fun.

    Welcome and let us know how things are going. You'll find folks here to be pretty helpful.
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    Re: What to use to get the natural wood look

    Look real good for outdoors a year. Nice.
    I have used linseed oil and it looks pretty good, but needs to be applied every year or the wood fades. I got a random old board from the floor of my dad's...
  23. Thread: old frames

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    Re: old frames

    Well, I am local but not very experienced. I'd say put them in a 5-frame nuc and feed on top. In this area it is very easy to kill off winter bees with moisture. Don't need to ask why I know this....
  24. Thread: Northern Indiana

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    Re: Northern Indiana

    I expect swarms in May here in N Illinois. That tells me the bees think that's when it's time to make new queens.
  25. Re: Retiring from Beekeeping -- Used equipment for sale

    To folks who might be considering driving over:
    It all looked to be in good condition and the prices were certainly good.
    One thing I looked at but didn't buy was a very nice observation hive.
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