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  1. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    Dead on good advice, Nancy. I’ve used WW, particularly the later years of his work, since 2015. No swarms, good honey production, queen supercedure after the flow if they choose, etc. I typically run...
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    Why?

    Why?
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    Combine colonies in August?

    This may be a dumb question:

    I have a deep nuc kicking you know what...want to put it in one deep/one medium for winter. Next to it I have the colony in two deeps , which really should be in one...
  4. Natural Beekeeping Symposium in Charleston, SC November 16, 2019

    The Charleston Area Beekeepers Association offers a Beekeeping Symposium on Saturday, November 16, 2019, from 8 am to 6 pm at Trident Technical College featuring Dr. Tom Seeley and Dr. Leo...
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    You gents might enjoy OTS queen rearing....

    You gents might enjoy OTS queen rearing. Particularly if you have plastic foundation. Simple, effective and no tools aside from the hive tool. Check out Mel Disselkoen and his method. Works for me.
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    Re: Has anyone tired this on Small Hive beetles

    All suggestions are good. None are 100%. Let me add one that is most satisfying. My 17 hives are within 150 ft of my home. I use a drop cord, a bucket head vacuum with a 5 gallon bucket and a...
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    Converting Medium Brood Chambers to Deeps

    'Have been using mostly 8 frame mediums for brood and supers, but started a deep 10 frame last season, and like the extra space for bees. I recently acquired a number of 8 frame deeps and want to go...
  8. Re: Big hive removal in December. Queen didnt make it. Now what?

    Thank you sir
  9. Big hive removal in December. Queen didnt make it. Now what?

    Did a removal last week from a carriage house bathroom wall. Bees had been there at least a year from the size of the stores and length of comb. Brood was attached to the back of the fiberglass...
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    Re: Legal concerns & mitigation

    Hello, The attached may invite comment, but has served me well for two years. 11 cutouts in 2013, 18 cutouts in 2014, 11 cutouts thus far in 2015. Of course, it helps to be technically adept, and to...
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    Re: Suggestions on Fighting Hive Beetles?

    Combo will work. I'm doing it. Also added a beer can trap to the rear of the hive. See the beetle baffle website for details...look for it, it's there! Uses less oil, etc... Paint the can black and...
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    Re: Swarm death three days after capture. WHY?

    Arnold, that's pretty much spot on I think. First swarm for me. Usually there's both capped and uncapped in a cutout. Expensive lesson I feel badly about. Thank you.
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    Re: Swarm death three days after capture. WHY?

    Thanks to all who took the interest and replied. We can only improve our outcomes the collective knowledge of those more experienced. Enjoy Spring!
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    Re: Swarm death three days after capture. WHY?

    Salty, thanks. No gas to the bees. Local swarm patrol kind of rescue by referring beekeeper organization. They are indeed warm but dead. Only change I made after bringing them to hive was to raise...
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    Swarm death three days after capture. WHY?

    Thanks for the feedback. I have good tech skills doing cutouts. First attempt to move a swarm. Approximately 20,000 bees with queen in a Bradford pear. Temps in the upper 50s but they had been on the...
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    Re: Now what, wax moths!

    Fully appreciate your position. Just got started, too. Same approach...mentor is neighbor who talked me into two nucs. One Caucasian, one Italian. Italians infested with shb within two weeks....
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