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    Re: Very hot hive advice needed

    Soap and water will do the trick if you can't find the queen and requeen. By the way for future reference this is why I never put a colony closer than 100 yards away from front door. If you have...
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    Re: Whelp, I now have 3 hives :waiting:

    bushpilot, I helped a new beekeeper in my town earlier in the spring. She has her hives under some large shade trees in her yard. This was in late May. Both of her hives had lots of small hive...
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    Re: Honey Question

    I had the same problem this year. I think I'll change my sugar block feeding time from December to February.
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    Re: Swelling after bee stings

    I am a hobbist who rarely gets stung more than once a month. That being said if I get stung on the hand or ankle I always take a benedryl pill immediately. Otherwise on the ankle I'll hobble around...
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    Re: Untreated cedar for hive bodies

    We all learn best by our mistakes.
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    Re: Untreated cedar for hive bodies

    I would wait until this fall/winter to let it dry as much as possible to reduce twisting and cupping. Cedar is pretty brittle so I would definitely drill and countersink that close to the end of the...
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    Re: General Box Construction Questions

    One of the reasons pine is used is the weight of the wooden ware. Keep the hardwoods for custom projects.
  8. Thread: Dragonflies

    by Jim Braun
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    Re: Dragonflies

    Tennis racquet?
  9. Re: Think hive swarmed, what can I do with all those queen cells?

    I also had one swarm. I was able to make 3 nucs from the 3 frames that had queen cells on them. I will check them today and make sure that all of the queens returned mated and are laying eggs. If...
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    Re: No Eggs, anyone selling a nuc?

    Niki,

    If you are on facebook there is a page called 'Bees for Sale in Missouri'. There are lots of people who are selling nucs now. You do need to google their location so you don't end up driving...
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    Bee Keeping in the rain

    I had 3 nucs that I wanted to move from my out yard to another yard away from the big colonies. Today we had a pretty big storm come through and I knew we were in the edge of the system with light...
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    Re: Spraying Apple trees near bees?

    Thanks for that reminder GregV. I've never done that but I've heard of it. My problem here is Japanese beetles. I'm in corn and soy country and they are a major problem. I have 3 apples trees that...
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    Re: All hives empty in three weeks.

    Kimhj, from what you posted I can think of a few possibilities. You didn't mention your treatment plan so I suspect the first possibility was varroa. Robbing may have been the loss of your new...
  14. Thread: Weed killer?

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    Re: Weed killer?

    This mix is good for killing the top growth ONLY. If you have perennials 'weeds' you will need to reapply as regrowth happens.
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    Re: Question about old hives

    I don't know how far you are from the farm or if you live in a city. Last year I moved all of my hive away from a great site that was 17 miles away. Owner was a former conservation agent and had 60+...
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    Re: Black Locus Bloom

    Here in mid-Missouri I live near I 70 about 70 miles from St Louis the Black Locust bloomed on 5/10/20. To put it in sequence, the Black Cherry bloom just prior to the Locust on 5/6/20. They also...
  17. Re: What to do about filled out brood frames that are very wide!

    I /we went into a new package install with first time beekeeper. She had left about an inch of space between the frames. The bees drew it out wide and it has brood in it now. Since there are only 3...
  18. Thread: Lost Queens

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    Re: Lost Queens

    I sure am glad to see this thread. I thought it was just me. I started my splits on 3/26/20. My total colonies was way down so I thought I'd start early to bring my numbers up. The result was my...
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    Re: Summer Inspections

    Treating for varroa mites is like flossing, you only floss the teeth you want to keep! But seriously folks. I have a friend who kept bees from the 70's until the early 90's when varroa showed up....
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    Re: Please help with some bee math

    Welcome to BeeScource,

    If you go to thebeeyard.org they have a queen rearing calendar that you can look at. The new queen is capped on day 8. The old queen and swarm leave right as she is capped I...
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    Re: 18 month plan - is it realistic?

    If you are making your own nucs consider making 5 frames that are split-able to 2 frames. Your boxes are at 9 1/4" with a 1/4" x 3/8" dado to put the divider into. I added a 3/4" x 1/2" center strip...
  22. Thread: Move a hive

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    Re: Move a hive

    Locking them up does not make them re-orientate. What I have done that was effective is to take an extra top cover and lean it in front of the hive opening. This forces the foragers to move around...
  23. Re: 2, 3, 5, or 35 What are the least practical to get out of buying bees every year?

    Do you have bees at this time? If you have 2 you can use 1 of them to make more colonies. If you have 3 you have no problems even if you fail with 2 colonies. The bottleneck is queens. If you get...
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    Re: Beekeeping Suit and Veil

    I have a Dadant full suit that I like. Great zippers, tough plastic that doesn't catch. Fencing veil, you have to wear a ball cap. This year the suit goes for $128.95. The Jacket is $102.95 The...
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    Re: Question on Turning a Hive

    Welcome to BeeScource,

    What Akademee said. Wear your suit when you work.
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