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    Re: Queen size question

    She is worker bee size. I think my expectations were the problem. The classes I took and the reading/pictures I had seen made me believe she was going to be much larger. Also after a week, I had to...
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    Re: New and Excited!

    Welcome!
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    Re: Queen size question

    Just did my 2nd inspection and I am happy to say, that there were tons of larva and eggs and I found the queen. Still can't believe I was lucky enough to find her, but she does have a different body...
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    Re: Queen size question

    Live and learn, any new Queens from here on out will be marked.
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    Re: Queen size question

    I think this sums up my inexperience very well...lol. I will say this about the package I got today, was a different story. Healthy looking and very few dead bees on the floor just like my previous...
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    Re: Queen size question

    Well you're one step ahead of me because I didn't see any eggs or larva. I will give it another look on Sunday. Good luck with your 1st year!
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    Re: Queen size question

    She was the only bee in the cage, of that I'm certain. I removed the cork and put candy in the hole and got a good look at her. I thought her being alone was odd as well. Everything I had read, had...
  8. Thread: Swarm Alert Dog

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    Re: Swarm Alert Dog

    Beautiful dog
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    Re: Queen size question

    Thanks for your help. I'll look again tomorrow. I really have no experience, but when I opened the hive last Wednesday nothing really felt wrong, if that makes sense. The were pretty docile, going...
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    Re: Queen size question

    Never saw any of that, just wax building and storing of the sugar water and pollen patty material. She was at best, the size of some of the workers. She was the only one in the cage as well. I'll go...
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    Queen size question

    I did my 1st inspection after them being hived for a week, last Wednesday on the 1ST package I had ever bought and installed. 2nd package will be here tomorrow. My question is;
    I noticed when I put...
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    Re: What would you advise?

    THANK YOU so much for your response. THey will be put in quickly then tonight.
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    What would you advise?

    Getting my 1st package of bees tomorrow. Everything is ready to go, but I am concerned about the weather.
    THe temps for the next few days;
    Wed 39H 29L 54% Rain
    Thurs 49H 25L 1% Rain
    Fri ...
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    Re: Mason bees in Quebec city

    Julie, I know nothing about Mason bees, but I didn't visit your city last year in October. I have to say it was a beautiful place with very warm and friendly people! When I get a chance I will be...
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    Re: Packaged bees release question

    Thanks everyone, my hives are set up and I believe in a good spot. I am just looking at the 40 degree weather waiting on bees....lol:waiting:
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    Re: Packaged bees release question

    The TBH I made was a trial run at making that type of hive. I plan to save it for a swarm if I can catch one. I plan on putting the packaged bees into Langs.
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    Re: Packaged bees release question

    Good deal. Just didn't know, and would really like to not start out my 1st year with a big mess before I get them settled in. Thanks.
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    Packaged bees release question

    This is my 1st year keeping bees. I have taken some classes this winter and have ordered a 3lb package of Italian hybrids and a 3lb package of Carnolians that will be going into a 10 frame Lang,...
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    I plan on putting 2 screened holes in the bottom...

    I plan on putting 2 screened holes in the bottom with removable covers. I plan on getting the metal on the roof this weekend and painting the roof handle
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    Re: 1st TB hive build

    Thank you for your thoughts. I do have a very good fitting follower board, but only the one entrance. I have been thinking of adding a 2nd entrance. I have since added a peaked roof with venting and...
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    Re: 1st TB hive build

    I was going to do Mbeck, but it was taken...lol
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    Re: 1st TB hive build

    Ok thanks for the in-put.
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    1st TB hive build

    I plan on screening the holes you see and putting a vented, peaked roof on it tomorrow. Couple questions;
    Do I need a bee space between the top bars and this inner cover?
    Also should I put a...
  24. Thread: Hi from SW Iowa

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    Re: Hi from SW Iowa

    Welcome from SE Iowa!
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    Re: Has social media helped to drive sales?

    As a 1st time beekeeper this spring (who has numerous books & been reading for a long time) social media, helped me find local people to buy from, a multi-week class I'm taking right now & this...
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