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    Happy Home: I just had an epiphany- if you...

    Happy Home:

    I just had an epiphany- if you live near Ava, Missouri you must be really close to Dr. Leo: https://horizontalhive.com/email-website-sharashkin/contact-sharashkin-lazutin.shtml

    I...
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    Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    Well, to be fair I have been reading 10 - 15 minutes of it a day for a week-and-a-half. That said, you have a lot of good advice and thoughts to offer and so I knew it was worth investing in.

    Keep...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    How true- those painful lessons are hard to forget.

    Thanks again for all your help. The help and advice you have offered me along the way has been invaluable.

    Russ
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    Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    GWW:

    I finally made it through your thread and it was a real treat to read. A few observations:

    1. You are too modest- I've said it before, but I am impressed with your depth of knowledge...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Thanks for the encouragement, Gray Goose. I am afraid I do not have this (or any other beekeeping-related activity) down, but I did learn a lot working with the initial trap-out... and I am sure I...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    When looking for this article, I noticed that Mr. Randy Oliver referenced it in one of his papers. So I contacted him, and I was pleasantly surprised when he responded with a copy of the article in...
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    Re: Intro as well as being treatment free

    Happy Home:

    Let me extend a warm welcome to you here on the forum. I enjoyed your story and I think it is really noble that you are looking for ways to bless others with the proverbial fruit of...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    So today against my better judgment I signed-up to do a trap-out of a swarm that took up residence in a red cedar this Spring.

    A friend of mine made me aware that the owner wanted the bees gone...
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    GG:

    Thank you for the great advice! It sounds like you really know your stuff when it comes to wildlife stand management. If you don't mind, I might beg your advice when I get to the point that...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    I am laughing out loud at this! This is a great word picture and just goes to show that bees (and beekeepers) are highly-adaptable and can be successful in many different settings. Hopefully there...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    You hit the nail on the head, Greg. The basic idea (as I am told by the experts) is to let the native grass and forbs get established. Once this is accomplished, I understand that I am to mow...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Well I am impressed- seems well-thought-out and a good use of what would otherwise be wasted resources.

    I sincerely hope that it ends up exceeding your expectations, and I will look forward to...
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    GG:

    Thank you for your helpful reply. I don't know anything, but the experts around me say the most reliable and perennially sustainable clover is Ladino. We can (and do) grow other white...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    GG:

    Now that is one cool bee shed- I won't lie, I'm a little jealous...

    I suppose if you buttoned-up the bottom section you could use this as your honey house and all you would have to do...
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    GregV:

    The Siberian nectar producing plants PDF is really neat... too bad I can't read Russian- but the pictures and Latin names do help. I saw some familiar local faces on the list- looks like...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    BBB:

    I don't have the experience in years to know whether entrance orientation makes an impact on overwintering success or not, but I have followed the same line of logic that GregV has,...
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    srockey:

    I agree- looks like a pro set-up and you've obviously invested a good bit of time and effort on this.

    I had a similar dilemma earlier this year on a trap-out I was working with only...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    The one exception here being the hurricane remnants which come up from the gulf from time-to-time and can wreak havoc- these tend to come straight from the South so I do try to orient openings East...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    You are not kidding. Some of the native stuff has got to be worth more than it's weight in gold. My only consolation is given that it is native and the soil has been prepared following the...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Thanks, GWW. To clarify, I am not talking about native Lespedeza (i.e. pink/purple flower) but the evasive Asian variety with very small white flowers. While I have seen the bees work Sericea, almost...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Thanks, GWW. I share your sentiment, and ironically I was getting close to the hive while mowing for their 'benefit'.

    Specifically, I am preparing to do a native wildflower planting this weekend...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Thankfully I was only stung once as I quickly assessed the situation before donning the suit and getting them back upright.

    Fingers crossed that I didn't do them any irreparable harm... I suppose...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    For my part, I think you have the right idea, Greg. Attempting to create something similar in my own yard, while also trying to keep all entrances facing South and East as our storms here almost...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Dr. John Chambers contacted me this afternoon requesting our help in preparing his 'Four Incompatible Approaches to Bee Improvement' presentation.

    Specifically, he is looking for an article from...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    GWW:

    As always, you are far too modest. You have offered a lot of really good advice to me, for which I am most appreciative.

    I'm glad you clued me in to your thread. I am going to read...
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