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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    That is interesting, GregV. I noticed that all of his colonies were configured 'warm way'. Are these boxes square such that you can run them 'cold way' too?

    I noticed he was also running 9-frames....
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    A couple interesting things I stumbled across this week:

    1. PSU Pollinator Webinar Series- Dr. Margarita Lopez-Uribe and her team have put together a neat collection of webinars over the next two...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Good point, GregV. There is a lot to like about the Warre hives and I can see the appeal to them from numerous angles, overall colony health being one of them.

    That said, the lack of frames (at...
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    Re: Getting Bees Out of a Column?

    Kate:

    I have found that the good 'Gorilla' brand duct tape works pretty well- if you have the luxury of checking the trap every day you can take the tape with you and do a quick patch job on...
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    Re: Microscope advice sought

    Paul:

    Ms. Dorothey Morgan of the Kentucky Queen Bee Breeders Association recommends the following digital microscope after testing dozens of models currently available online:
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    Re: Any observation hives?

    Welcome to Beesource, schoolbees!

    Based on your write-up and your handle it sounds like you have the observation hive at school? Assuming so, this will be a great way to connect students to these...
  7. Re: Hive Data from a home built Data Logger (Over 3+ years)

    This I do understand, and I am impressed that you were able to take-on such an ambitious and well-thought-out project. Hoping to read about your updated monitoring system maybe next Spring. I'll stay...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Interesting study posted on Bee-L this morning that studies the potential role and mechanics of allogrooming in Apis mellifera:

    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-65780-w

    From my take,...
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    Re: Getting Bees Out of a Column?

    Kate:

    I've attached a great write-up from Mr. Cleo Hogan as to making increase off an established colony.

    Depending on where you are located, this colony may still be in expansion mode and...
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    Re: New queen/swarm

    Josh:

    I'd give her a bit more time, particularly given that everything else seems to look normal.

    I frequently refer to the following page for helpful 'bee math':
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    Re: Hello, fellow beekeepers!

    The only thing better than a table saw is a buddy with a table saw...

    Maybe you can make friends with someone who has a well-equipped wood shop.

    I also have some boxes which are less than...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    You are good at re-purposing stuff and visualizing new uses for things that other people miss. I've been keeping your approach in mind this year while looking to expand the apiary.
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    Re: Hello, from Southern Illinois

    Thanks, Josh- a reminder to me to trust in God's faithfulness, especially in the face of difficulties which surely come.
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Had a colony like this last year... they swarmed and I do not miss them. In my experience it is hard to have fun and stay relaxed when working bees that are super aggressive. That said, I can...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    AR1:

    In truth, while I kept bees as a youth, I was not making the management decisions, only helping out. To be certain, I still know very little about how to successfully manage bees and am...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Good points, GWW. I was in desperate straits equipment-wise when they swarmed so they ended up in boxes hastily placed in full sun and without any drawn comb, so your observation is likely a prime...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    I must have been mistaken, I thought you were the Elvis lookalike:
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    Sticky: Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    GWW:

    If I were a betting man, I'd put my money on you coming out sunny side up. Did the late freeze events impact your flow too much?

    Regarding the swarms, I'd say it is your yard so it is...
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    Re: Late swarm trapping

    gwb:

    My apologies- I in no way wanted to discourage you from leaving your traps out.

    In my very humble opinion the advice that GregV and AR1 have provided is good- there is little to no risk...
  20. Re: Hive Data from a home built Data Logger (Over 3+ years)

    Agreed, elmer_fud. I have appreciated your insights on this type of technology.

    Do you have immediate plans to incorporate some/all of your lessons learned into a v.2 system? I noticed post #7...
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    Re: Hello, from Southern Illinois

    Josh:

    Welcome to Beesource, neighbor! I am down in Western Kentucky about 10 miles south of Paducah.

    I imagine with your dad's background you'll have no trouble getting up-to-speed with your...
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    Sticky: Funny, JW. I'd go, but I am too busy looking for...

    Funny, JW. I'd go, but I am too busy looking for bigfoot...

    I figured there was little risk in trying and no one out here to make fun of me, so I decided to try.

    Glad to read that all is going...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Things are pretty quiet in the beeyard around here- foraging has slowed considerably and we seem to be past the main swarm window (referred to as 'Reproductive Cut-Off' by Mr. Walt Wright).

    As it...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    GregV:

    Glad to read about the swarm catches over on the 'Trapping' forum. Good for you.

    While I am no expert, I noticed that both tree colonies I trapped out last year lived in overall...
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    Sticky: Re: OTS - Treatment Free

    Jerry:

    Sounds like you have quite a diversified operation. Good for you. It has been a long and mild spring here this year which is not been common for us in recent years. The bees seem to be...
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