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    Re: Feeding bees honey from cut-out

    Thanks again! Sounds good. Yes, the open feeding is not for the faint of heart. I'm lucky I'm in a rural area, and have the acreage to be spread out. I've got lots of food grade buckets free from the...
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    Re: Feeding bees honey from cut-out

    Thanks for the response. Last year, I didn't do a Fall harvest, I left a supers on. All my hives came through a brutal Winter with feed. What you are suggesting is removing the supers, harvest, then...
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    Feeding bees honey from cut-out

    I have nearly 60 lbs. of honey from a cutout I did last summer. The cutout/removal was in the wall of a building. I strained it through #8 wire and it was all pretty clean, however I know there was...
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    Re: Ants under hive attack hive

    Well we just lost a small swarm we captured 10 days ago to ants. The swarm was smallish, little bigger than a softball, but had a queen who had started laying pretty well. I had them in a nuc. The...
  5. Re: Does honey sell online? How do I increase online sales?

    Good idea odfrank.
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    Very nice D Coates. And a news story like that is better advertising that you could have paid for. My wife and I have talked of an honor stand. At my location though (on a highway) it's 55mph which...
  7. Re: Does honey sell online? How do I increase online sales?

    odfrank, so flat rate boxes are how I anticipated shipping one pound bottles. Do you find customers are willing to pay the premium, shipping + handling cost plus the cost of one pound of honey (8 -...
  8. Re: Does honey sell online? How do I increase online sales?

    Guess I'm just here to look for the answers myself. We do Farmers Market, which can be a lot of work for limited reward. But we view it as letting people know we are out there, educating the public...
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    Looking for up to 40# of Beeswax

    My local commercial keeper/supplier sold out. Looking for 20# up to 40# if the price is right. Filtered preferably, but we can if necessary. Priced right.
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    Re: Went into anaphylaxis yesterday- what now?

    We got into beekeeping 4 years ago, starting 5th year now. I found that when I got stung, my reactions seemed to worsen with each sting. I took a sting to the face (not even working the bees at the...
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    Freezing the critters out of frames

    Lost a colony recently. They got hit hard by robbers, I was able to thwart the attack after I discovered it. But they must have come back on another day and finished them off, or they simply...
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    Re: Observation hive for class in October?

    Thanks for all of the responses, this eases my mind a bit. And I'll have to check into the QMP lure and adding that to the donor colony. We did have one occasion where the remaining bees built about...
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    Observation hive for class in October?

    We have a 5 frame OH, 1 up, 4 down. We've used it twice loading bees in the morning going to class or Farmers mkt, then returning bees home to their Lang less than 8 hours later. My wife will be...
  14. Wanted to buy-5 gallon bucket of honey - West Central IL

    I've been over the list of local keepers and haven't received responses, or they just don't sell that amount.
    West Central IL, Adams County. Anyone within a 100 mile radius?

    Thanks!
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    Re: Can you change a swarms mind?

    Thanks Riverderwent and umchuck.
    I'll update on any progress made here. These people want the bees out of the tree. I've suggested as a last resort, cutting the tree down. They're even willing to do...
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    Re: Bad reaction to bee sting

    Bigfish, your symptoms sound eerily familiar. I had the similar reaction when I got stung a couple years ago. My wife made me go to the ER for treatment. Not anaphyleptic, just hives,itch, irregular...
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    Can you change a swarms mind?

    Another swarm call this afternoon. This one was on a tree we are told. By the time we get there, the bees have moved into the trunk of the tree, through a gap in the trunk, about 30" off the ground....
  18. Re: She left, then came back and left again, then came back, then left, and then ...

    Yes, I've read about them just flying off when released, or under different circumstances. But nothing like what happened to us. Pretty bizarre.
  19. She left, then came back and left again, then came back, then left, and then ...

    We're in need of some queens for 3 of our hives, so we decided to raid some queen cells spotted a week ago in one colony on the bottoms of a few frames. Upon inspection we found one of the cells had...
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    Re: The girls just wouldn't stay.

    No, not necessarily. I was simply using a 5 frame as a "measurement" citing that this swarm was so large it would not fit into a 5 frame Nuc. All swarms we've captured have been housed in 10 frame...
  21. Thread: First Hive

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    Re: First Hive

    Sounds like you're off to a good start! It is exciting to get them up and going isn't it? Research and observation are going to open a whole new world to you.
  22. Re: First inspection newbie observations/questions

    Sarah is right about the photos. We took lots of photos, both sides of frames, and then look on computer later and could not believe what we would find. Spotting the Queen, looking at eggs, larvae,...
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    Re: The girls just wouldn't stay.

    Thanks gww. I did use LGO in the aforementioned swarm traps, but not in my transfer boxes. So are you saying when you bring the trap to your apiary, you will put LGO into the box you are transferring...
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    Re: The girls just wouldn't stay.

    Thanks Eikel, if a similar situation arises I'll give that a try.
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    The girls just wouldn't stay.

    Had two swarms land in two trees about 20' apart, one 10' up the other 12'. Both were within 50 feet of our apiary, and I'm certain one of them was feral, and very large, 8 or 9 lbs. We captured the...
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