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    Re: Ouachita National Forest

    Thank you, GregH and AHudd.
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    Ouachita National Forest

    Are there any feral honey bees to speak of in the Ouachita National Forest?
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    A viable location is necessary, but not sufficient.
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Being treatment free is largely about not artificially stressing bees.
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    Re: Is this a honey bee or...?

    I canít see the photo all that clearly. Look up and compare to a hover fly.
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    Re: Best Bee Vac?

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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Take steady light handed care of each hive you have. Split when swarm avoidance warrants it. Don’t work your bees to make increase; work with your bees to make increase. Your real stock in trade is...
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    Re: Trapping 2020 - success rate?

    Where are you located?
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    I don't see marked queens in the swarms that we catch in swarm traps. I catch more swarms in areas where there are relatively fewer managed hives. For example, I just pulled two empty traps from...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Transferred bees from swarm traps today and rehung the traps. This swarm season has been interesting because of patchwork weather we have had. I pulled two more swarm traps loaded with bees and honey...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    I pulled five more swarm traps with bees off of trees tonight.
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    We use three eight frame medium boxes for brood and food. Everything above the third box that is capped is harvested in spring and again in mid-summer. We put a queen excluder above the third box and...
  13. Re: Caught my first swarm! When to move it?

    I have moved a lot of colonies various distances with and without obstacles. I have not had problems not using an obstacle, and I have not noticed any difference between when I use them and when I...
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    Re: Best way to catch a swarm

    Gray, I haven’t noticed a difference between new equipment and used equipment, but I do put one frame of drawn comb in the trap. That’s not to say there’s not a difference; I’ve just never noticed...
  15. Re: Caught my first swarm! When to move it?

    I like to wait a week or so to reduce the likelihood of absconding and to allow a virgin queen to mate in the original location, but the difference is minimal. I no longer use obstacles to promote...
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    Re: Best way to catch a swarm

    Use a wooden trap with a volume of about forty liters. Put foundationless frames in it with one frame of drawn comb one frame from the back. Use a round entrance 1.25" in diameter located about ⅓ of...
  17. Re: My new favorite hive tool, thanks Kaman.

    Where in the U.S. is this made?
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    Re: Foundation-less frames

    Viesest, thank you.
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Animal husbandry is not for the faint of heart.
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    Are you using foundationless frames in the traps?
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    GWW, are there some woodlands along a waterway nearby where you can place some traps?
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    Re: Foundation-less frames

    How would you make a one piece triangle shape foundationless topbar for a Langstroth frame using a bench router?
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    Re: How many honey extractions?

    Around April Fools Day, we add a queen excluder over the bottom three eight frame medium brood boxes, and we add a super. Over the next five or so weeks, we add two or, depending on the colony,...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    This is one of our swarm traps.55557
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    I already like this colony.
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