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    Left Behind Bees

    I had a very strong hive in a bad location. Two days ago I went to move it about fifty feet. When I got there it was in the process of swarming. Very impressive, Iíd never seen that before.

    The...
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    Re: Hurricanes and bee hives...

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    Iím a backyard keeper with 7 hives. I live in Miami. Itís not possible to drive screw tie downs into my yard. This is the best I could do when preparing for Dorian. This got my hives through...
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    Re: Portable Bee Vac

    I recently purchased a Ryobi 18 volt tool box sized vacuum. My thought was that it might provide suction for my bee vac that Iíve powered with a shop vac in the past. I havenít had the chance to try...
  4. Thread: Mango Honey?

    by HopCar
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    Re: Mango Honey?

    The hives are on a fresh water canal bank. No shortage of water available. I’m sure they are using the sugar in the mango juice for energy. Probably not making honey.
  5. Thread: Mango Honey?

    by HopCar
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    Mango Honey?

    I have a huge mango tree in my yard. I didnít think it was much use to my bees until I looked at the fallen and damaged fruit. It looks like bees are collecting mango juice.

    It will be...
  6. Re: It's 6-am - 9am or after 7pm beekeeping for me!

    The heat is killing me too. I saw a vest that holds ice packs for working in the heat. I ordered one. I’ll let you know if it helps.
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    Re: Missed By Inches

    You’re probably right. I was pretty heavy handed with the lemon grass oil plus there was one of those little plastic swarm lures in there.

    Just went back to look at them. Saw some bees going in...
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    Re: Missed By Inches

    I didn’t reduce the entrance on the nuc box. Do you think I should? It’s already half the size of a ten frame entrance.

    My bee yard is about fifty feet from where the nuc box is. I figure if I...
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    Re: Missed By Inches

    Moved them into a nuc today just below where the swarm box was. They had drawn comb on the three empty frames I gave them and there was quite a bit of capped and uncapped brood. Gave them another...
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    Re: Missed By Inches

    There are four frames in the swarm box. I hope to be able to just move the frames. If I didn’t have frames in the box, how quickly should I move the swarm to a nuc or hive box?

    It wouldn’t be...
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    Re: Missed By Inches

    Good to know. I seem to have gotten them from the wall into the swarm box. In a day or two Iíll setup a nuc box right below the swarm box and see if I can move them into that.
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    Re: Missed By Inches

    Good to know. I seem to have gotten them from the wall into the swarm box. In a day or two I’ll setup a nuc box right below the swarm box and see if I can move them into that.
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    Re: Missed By Inches

    I’m pretty new at this so I’m not familiar with the term “wax pearl”. I noticed those markings but didn’t know what they are. They could be wax. Do scout bees mark a potential new home that way?
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    Missed By Inches

    There were a couple of pieces of comb in the middle of that ball. I stuck a frame of brood and pollen in the box and brushed the bees into it. I hope they stay.
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    Re: Belt Magnet Source

    I bought a 25 pound disc magnet at Ace hardware. I just drop it into my bee suit pocket. It holds the hive tool right where I want it.
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    Re: Small Hive Beetle

    I've had a horrible problem with SHB. Saturday I installed a screened bottom board I bought from South Florida Bee Supply. Instead of a tray for oil, it has a flat, white plastic board for the...
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    Carpenter Ant Damage

    What do carpenter ants do to a hive? I went out to my hive the other night and big red carpenter ants were going in and out. I opened the hive today and the comb was destroyed. No honey or brood was...
  18. Thread: Dc inverter

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    Re: Dc inverter

    If you decide to go with a generator, it's really hard to beat the little Honda EU1000 or 2000. They are super reliable and can be allowed to sit unused for long periods of time and still start when...
  19. Re: where do commercial beekeepers buy their bee hives and frames

    As a rule, if you're going to buy a large number of anything, ask for quotes from several sources. Don't just go to the big names. Give the smaller guys a chance. They will often be more flexible in...
  20. Re: TBH interested, ranting, questions, not sure...

    I'm still in my first year of bee keeping and I've learned to hate the Langstroth hive. It is designed for commercial bee keeping and not for a guy like me who just wants to keep a hive in his yard...
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    Re: Heading to Florida 2013!!

    I've been wondering when it would start as well. Just a couple of days ago I noticed tiny buds on the Brazilian Peppers here in Miami.
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    Re: West Palm Beach Michael Bush Day

    There are videos of Michael's talk posted on the Palm Beach Beekeepers Association site.
    http://www.palmbeachbeekeepers.com/video
    That was my first visit with them. What a great group. I wish I...
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    Re: South Florida Beginner

    Hi RevDoug, Welcome.
    You should check out the Palm Beach County Bee Keepers Association. They are nice folks and put on great events.
    http://www.palmbeachbeekeepers.com/

    Another local resource...
  24. Re: Love my TBH, don't care much for the Langstroth Hives

    Hi Michael, you were kind enough to give me some advise on my plans to build a long lang hive a couple of weeks ago when you were in Palm Beach. You suggested that I go to 48 inches long. If my...
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    by HopCar
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    Re: Prayer need

    I'll mention you to the Big Guy.
    When you're better, it's time to switch to a top bar hive or long lang. Lifting those supers is no fun with a bad back.
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