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    Without a marked queen in a hive, there’s really...

    Without a marked queen in a hive, there’s really no way to know where that hive came from. I prefer the term “wild hive” for the ones I find in walls and trees. All my bees are descended from...
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    I looked at a hive in a tree trunk that a...

    I looked at a hive in a tree trunk that a homeowner wanted removed. It was a big tree and must have been a big hive given the amount of traffic at the entrance. It was actively snowing at the time....
  3. I notice it in cooler weather, and the colder it...

    I notice it in cooler weather, and the colder it is outside the more likely they are to do it. My humble theory... they are in alarm response because you just cracked the lid off, but it’s too cold...
  4. I think you can sum the comments in this thread...

    I think you can sum the comments in this thread up thusly:

    Bees properly installed in adequate housing don’t need much that they can’t provide for themselves. We beekeepers can manipulate the...
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    Sure that’s fine if that’s how you want to keep...

    Sure that’s fine if that’s how you want to keep bees. Probably not a good method for honey production, nucs, or keeping swarms from moving into the neighbors’ houses.
  6. This past season my focus was honey, not splits....

    This past season my focus was honey, not splits. I used Ian Stepplers method, more or less. I let them fill a deep, added a second deep of drawn comb. Once that got close to full I shook them all...
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    My first bag of xentari expired and quit working....

    My first bag of xentari expired and quit working. I’m trying Monterey this season, comes as a liquid concentrate. I can’t remember which strain it is, but I’ve heard it’s good for wax moths. I’ll...
  8. I stack all my supers up on a screened bottom...

    I stack all my supers up on a screened bottom board and put a box fan flat on top, blowing down through the stack. This is in a hot garage. The air movement seems to keep the beetles down for an...
  9. Thread: Cold summer

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    SW Ohio has been bad for farmers, good for my...

    SW Ohio has been bad for farmers, good for my bees. Yes lots of rain, yes weeks late, but the blooms have been steady and I did a better job of hive management this year. Muddy farm fields never got...
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    Although my post didn’t exactly drum up interest,...

    Although my post didn’t exactly drum up interest, this queen is now laying and productive, and VERY easy to find , with paint all over a wing, legs, pretty much her whole right side.
  11. Ditto black locust, and early spring blooms in...

    Ditto black locust, and early spring blooms in general. Most of mine I just pulled looks like that, and we had a very good locust bloom this year. Seems to me that any honey they store through black...
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    I pulled up to a trap out I was doing and a doe...

    I pulled up to a trap out I was doing and a doe was hanging around. Seemed weird she wasn’t leaving. I set my ladder up on the house and as I’m looking at my footing, I look down in the window well...
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    Oh I have ways of knowing! Mostly because I...

    Oh I have ways of knowing!

    Mostly because I found the cell she must have emerged out of, and she was still small.
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    paint on a wing

    Processing honey this weekend, I had a mystery virgin queen show up in one of the boxes. Since it was handy, I grabbed her, grabbed my marking pen and put a dot on her. Too much paint came out and...
  15. Thread: EFB options

    by Beebeard
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    Sticky: In my case, this hive had been established in the...

    In my case, this hive had been established in the attic of a house for several years, judging by the black comb. They were thriving in the fall when I first looked at it. I did the removal just as...
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    I had 3 queens to intro into some 5 frame nucs. I...

    I had 3 queens to intro into some 5 frame nucs. I used those plastic queen cages that have the tube on the end. Didn’t have any candy plugs on hand so I crammed marshmallows into the tube. 5 days...
  17. Thread: EFB options

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    Sticky: Tried the stick test multiple times and it never...

    Tried the stick test multiple times and it never came out ropy. The smell was closer to the acrid smell of a beetle slimed hive, but with a hint of rotten meat. It was a weird smell and I knew it...
  18. Thread: EFB options

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    Sticky: Test kit ordered. When I first noticed a...

    Test kit ordered.

    When I first noticed a problem, there was a bad smell coming from the hive. First inspection showed a lot of dead brood in various stages. Seemed like it was affecting the...
  19. Thread: EFB options

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    Sticky: I’m going to order some test kits tonight or...

    I’m going to order some test kits tonight or tomorrow.

    Man, I don’t want to burn my equipment. I’ve got a scrap oven in the garage, what about cutting the combs out and baking the boxes and...
  20. Thread: EFB options

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    Sticky: I scraped open a few areas of capped brood. Some...

    I scraped open a few areas of capped brood. Some were alive, some were not.
  21. Thread: EFB options

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    Sticky: Didn’t think I would end up lurking on my own...

    Didn’t think I would end up lurking on my own thread, but glad for the discussion!

    I realize time is of the essence with this, but I haven’t been able to move as quick as I wanted on this. I’ve...
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    I’m going to strap it back together and leave it...

    I’m going to strap it back together and leave it set up. I’ve run afoul of my local zoning enforcer with having hives at my house, but I can just put this guy next to my wood pile. 👀
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    Southwest ohio: $8 for 1 lb squeeze bottle $15...

    Southwest ohio:
    $8 for 1 lb squeeze bottle
    $15 for 2lb squeeze bottle
    $20 for quart mason jar
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    That's a good one right there. I had one...

    That's a good one right there.

    I had one come into my garage going for my stored equipment. I was cutting lumber for bottom boards, looked up, and WHOA!
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    Log hive cutout

    https://youtu.be/MpfHFv_WO7I

    This went about as well as it could I guess. I don’t believe the hive swarmed this spring, but I’m not sure what happened to the queen. There was a big build up of...
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