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    Re: How do you get swarm calls?

    I placed my own ad on craigslist for "free swarm removal" and I get about 20 calls a week. most of them are trying to get me to remove a hive for free but there are typically a few swarm calls that...
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    Re: How often can you move a hive

    I would button it up after dusk, move it where you want it at dawn and put the plant or branch or whatever in front of the entrance. This way you get all the foragers back before you move it.
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    Re: Do you ever feed swarms?

    I have done both and it's worked out fine either way. I think feeding encourages a quicker comb buildup but it has also encouraged robbing in another hive so it's situationally dependent.
  4. Re: How does one find a beekeeper looking for land for their hives? (San Diego)

    Rabbit17 was your request from last fall for a beekeeper satisfied? Thanks, Ryan
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    Re: Bees battled like it was Wounded Knee

    They also apparently knew kung fu because they literally kicked the snot out of the resident hive. There is literally zero bees left except what was on the frame I introduced. I should have just...
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    Re: Bees battled like it was Wounded Knee

    Yep frame was covered in bees when i put it in, I wanted to make sure I got some nurse bees in there to take care of the brood. Had read they don't fight much. I'll try to spray them down next time...
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    Re: Bees battled like it was Wounded Knee

    I'll fabricate one tonight, Looks pretty easy to make the "redneck" version. This hive might be lost anyway as this was a last ditch effort to bring them back.
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    Re: Bees battled like it was Wounded Knee

    yes there was wrestling and i do not have a robber screen although I do have a significantly reduced entrance. Also did not appear there was traffic heading to/from my other hives but there is at...
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    Bees battled like it was Wounded Knee

    I attempted to give a frame of eggs, brood, bees to a hive that is queenless in the hope they would create a new queen. They have been queenless for a few weeks and have had no laid eggs or brood to...
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    Re: Nature vs Nurture

    Ha and now I just researched varroa mite images because I saw something on one of the queenless hive's bees that looked odd to me and sure enough it was a wretched mite! Will now look to figure out...
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    Re: Nature vs Nurture

    Cheryl, David, Thank you for the reply. I dropped a frame of eggs and brood from my gentle hive in with the queenless bunch, I think the bees on the frame alone doubled the total number in the...
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    Nature vs Nurture

    If I provide a queenless hive with eggs and young brood from which they create their own queen, will she take on the characteristics of the hive that created her or that of the hive from which the...
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    Making their own queen

    Newb questions here, I have 3 hives two of which are doing quite well and the 3rd is queenless, has been for 2-3 weeks. This is the leftover portion of a swarm that hung around, i think the queen...
  14. Re: What assumptions can I make from pollen coming in?

    When I came home today, I checked my suspect hive and found it to contain zero bees. There were a few eggs in a few of the cells but they had literally only drawn about 1/4 of one frame in 10 frame...
  15. Re: What assumptions can I make from pollen coming in?

    I have three hive within 50 feet of each other, two are bringing in pollen by the pound and the third I have yet to see any pollen coming in. In this third hive, I opened them over the weekend and...
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    Re: No pollen coming in?

    Thanks Eikel, I did my inspection and they have not been as productive at building comb as I would have thought. Also the amount of bees present was much lower than what I originally placed in the...
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    No pollen coming in?

    I have a swarm that has been hived for about 12 days. Through multiple observations at various times of day, I have not seen any foragers returning with pollen. This hive was placed on plastic...
  18. Re: land in Santa Barbara estates available for hive placement

    I wish you were in San Diego County, I've been looking for some land to place hives... Someone is sure to take you up on it, might list a craigslist add as well if you don't get an answer from here.
  19. Re: thoughts on finding additional apiary space?

    Hadn't thought about the feed stores around here or the dozens of farmers markets, thank you!
  20. thoughts on finding additional apiary space?

    This is my first year keeping bees however I have had some experience working with my father back in Illinois in his bee yard. I am allowed only two hives in the city of San Diego which I have...
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    Re: swarma staying put percentage

    Haha I'm obviously new as well, i'm assembling frames as i type. If they're drawing comb and the queen is laying, your captures aren't going any where. I'll roll with what i've got at this point...
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    Re: swarma staying put percentage

    So along the lines of how to "keep a swarm", I am going to check out my first swarm tomorrow morning after a call i received this afternoon. This swarm according to the homeowner, appeared 2 days...
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