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  1. Re: Trying to track down the hive that sent a swarm to Time Square

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/13/nyregion/bees-swarm-times-square.html
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    Re: start feeding now or wait until october?

    I'm located 10 miles from you. Most of my hives are bringing in a lot of pollen but not much nectar. I have scales on 2 hives and the weight has been slowly going down for the past 7 weeks even...
  3. Re: Splitting hives at the beginning of September - Your Thoughts

    Knobs,

    I am 300 miles north of you. I did 3 splits on July 31st. I checked yesterday and 2 of the 3 have mated queens that are laying lots of eggs. I would think your weather is maybe 2 to 3 weeks...
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    Re: Beekeeping on a golf course?

    Branman,

    I'm a golf course superintendent of a 280 acre property. We have been keeping bees for 3 years. I currently have 8 hives and 6 nucs. We have created 40 plus acres of prairie, woodlands...
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    Re: How do you indicate your hives status?

    Betterbee still sells their queen breeding calendar. https://www.betterbee.com/queen-rearing-supplies/qbc.asp
  6. Thread: split

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    Re: split

    If you wait until August, it would be best to use purchased queens for the splits. You could try to raise a few of your own queens right now if you have the resources. 2 frames of honey/pollen, 2...
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    Northern Illinois Flow

    The weather in northern Illinois has been wild this year like many parts of the country. The nectar flow has been very slow to start with my hives averaging 1 lb per week weight gain on new packages...
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    Re: honey flow in chicago

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Northern_American_nectar_sources_for_honey_bees

    This list doesn't have specific timing for an area but is a good reference to see what months plants bloom and...
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    Re: producing honey

    dpula2,

    I'm just a few miles north of you in Glen Ellyn. Our flow has been very slow to start this year due to all the rain in our area. I have scales under 2 hives that I started from packages...
  10. Thread: selling honey

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    Re: selling honey

    http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=1707&ChapterID=41

    http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/publications/Farmers-Market-Food-Safety-Guide.pdf

    I assume you are in...
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    Re: Mulch around hives?

    Molly,

    I'm located in Glen Ellyn just a few miles from you. I have wood chips around all my hives and rarely see any small hive beetles.
  12. Re: Do you need to feed syrup when you have honey frames?

    Cyber

    I'm located a few miles south of you, 25 miles west of Chicago. I installed 4 packages 3 days ago and fed each 1 gallon of 1:1 sugar:water. They all had at least 4 frames of honey. I checked...
  13. Thread: Illinois

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    Re: Illinois

    The bees are bringing in maple pollen 20 miles west of Chicago.
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    Re: 575 Palleted hives stolen in SE Texas

    http://www.save-bees.com/en/save-bees-products-2/beehive-anti-theft-tracking-device/

    If your hives are in range of cellphone signals, this may work
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    Re: Best Package Bees

    I second citybeesavers.com . I got 4 packages this spring that performed well. Bill drives down south and brings in packages twice each spring I believe. The pickup locations are in various spots in...
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    Re: Queenless in SC

    I'm located near Chicago, Illinois. I still have quite a few drones in my hives. I'm surprised that there wouldn't be enough time for a queen to mate in South Carolina.
  17. Thread: Illinois

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    Re: Illinois

    I'm 99% sure it's too late to start a new queen in our area. I did see a drone being dragged out of one of my hives yesterday but that must have been one of the last ones. Another week will pass...
  18. Thread: Illinois

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    Re: Illinois

    Things will start to really slow down in 2 to 3 weeks. Our first frost is around October 10th. Once the fall nectar flow stops, it's time to check hive weight and begin feeding if necessary to have...
  19. Thread: Illinois

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    Re: Illinois

    An update on the weight of one of my 2nd year hives. The hive weighed around 180 to 190 lbs in mid-July. The weight dropped to the 170 to 180 lb range from the end of July through the first 3 weeks...
  20. Thread: Illinois

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    Re: Illinois

    34998
    This screenshot is from my 2nd year hive. The weight has fluctuated throughout the past month and has lost about 9 lbs in the last 7 days. The hive is still quite active.
    Golden Rod is just...
  21. Thread: Illinois

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    Re: Illinois

    The scales on my hives showed that 5 to 10 days ago the bees were using more nectar than they were bringing in. Since then, the hives have been gaining weight. I think our recent rains have resulted...
  22. Thread: Illinois

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    Re: Illinois

    We are not in a dearth but the drier weather over the past 3 weeks has probably resulted in slightly less nectar. I haven't been in my hives for a few weeks but the bees are very active every day....
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    Re: New Hive Size / Success

    I am in Glen Ellyn just east of you. I would say it is normal for the 1st year hives to not build out the outside frames. You can, as suggested move the outside frames closer to the center of the...
  24. Thread: Illinois

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    Re: Illinois

    Sounds like a great plan. The swarms may have been there quite a while. That's a lot of bees hanging out on the outside of the box.
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    Re: Illinois

    Nice.

    When was the last time you checked the swarm traps?
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