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  1. Thread: Forest bees

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    Re: Forest bees

    That's a pretty neat set up but here in South Louisiana where it's hot as heck we still put them in full sun if possible. I do run screened bottoms and inner covers for ventilation but have no...
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    Re: Swarm or colony?

    So, it is a swarm or a colony? The answer is below:[/QUOTE]

    Looks like a swarm but I wouldnt be surprised one bit if they have established residence and started building comb right there.
  3. Thread: Moving splits

    by june-bug
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    Re: Moving splits

    This is what I do also. I have done splits literally side by side and had great success.
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    Re: Home Made Swarm Traps: Any recommendations?

    I use swarm traps designed exactly like this and also use the swarm commander. It's March 10th and i've caught 9 swarms since setting 4 traps in mid February. Looks like i have a 10th swarm moving in...
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    Re: What do do with chalk brood frames

    Good question that I would like input on as well.
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    Re: Did I mess up??

    You are fine and I agree with reversing the boxes. That was very likely drone brood, I see it all the time. Keep on inspecting as it is the best way to learn for the new beek!
  7. Thread: Louisiana

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    Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Got my first swarm of the year on March 1st. It was a rather large swarm with would i would estimate 8 - 10 pounds of bees. Calm bees from what i can tell so far. Location, Bourg Terrebonne parish
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    Re: Bearding On Swarm Trap

    4642346425 So I was able to successfully move them into a 10 frame deep and relocate them to my bee yard. They appear to be doing well and have orientated and accepted the new location just fine. I'm...
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    Just a little swarm commander on q-tip inside box...

    Just a little swarm commander on q-tip inside box and a spray or two on top of middle frame
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    It's a pretty decent size box. Built it last...

    It's a pretty decent size box. Built it last weekend, 5 frame extra deep 40 quart. By extra deep I mean probably a good 5" of empty space under frames.
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    Bearding On Swarm Trap

    So I am a little new to trapping bees so maybe you can help me with advice. Had a rather large swarm move into and onto my swarm trap yesterday. Was all looking really good until this morning I go...
  12. Re: OAV TREATMENT W/ SCREENED BOTTOM BOARD?? and OAV FIRE HAZARDS ??

    Very informative replies from all of you. I really appreciate it!
  13. Re: OAV TREATMENT W/ SCREENED BOTTOM BOARD?? and OAV FIRE HAZARDS ??

    Thanks for the info mtnmyke! Just what I was looking for.

    johno i might be already close to qualifying so I'll be sure to not breathe any lol.
  14. OAV TREATMENT W/ SCREENED BOTTOM BOARD?? and OAV FIRE HAZARDS ??

    New Beek here so take it easy on me. I just purchased a Varrox vaporizer and will be doing OAV treatments soon. I'm assuming it's necessary to seal off the screened bottom somehow to keep vapors in...
  15. Thread: Smoking Bees

    by june-bug
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    Re: Smoking Bees

    Where re you located Wayne? That would bee a very easy extraction for someone.
  16. Re: No choice but to visit a pissy hive; any ideas to make it more bearable?

    I'm in Louisiana and only have two hives currently but they are very calm natured bees. That being said I have helped others in my area tend to there hives during dearth and just haven't witnessed...
  17. Re: No choice but to visit a pissy hive; any ideas to make it more bearable?

    Almost sounds like they have some africanized traits. Need to split and requeen when you can.
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    Re: Feral Bee Hives Near My Hives ???

    I'm in South Louisiana so hive beetles are definitely a possibility. I appreciate all of the replies, very helpful. My thoughts were that these bees seem to bee thriving therefore they may naturally...
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    Feral Bee Hives Near My Hives ???

    This is my first post but I've been lurking for a while now. Great forum! Question is... Will having 4 or 5 very large wild feral hives in close proximity to my personal bee hives be a problem. My...
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