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    Re: Trapping 2018 - success rate?

    Last year I had 4 traps out and caught a mid August swarm... They didn't make it through winter.

    This year I had 9 traps out with no swarms moving in... I use 10 frame deeps with 1 dark old...
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    Cloake Board Split in WI

    I am in East Central WI and built a Cloake board this winter. I am anxious to try it out with one hive and hopefully make 5-6 nucs.

    Just not sure if I am entering the time when I shouldn't be...
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    Re: Best way to kill a sick hive?

    Hives with mites can give the bees DWF, which the original poster stated in other threads, that bees out of this hive can not fly, fall off the frame on inspection, fall and don't fly, and walk out...
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    Re: Best way to kill a sick hive?

    Jim,
    What is your mite count on the sick hive ? Do a test and report back.
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    Re: The bees are finally coming!

    I would get them on Thursday, Make sure they are ventilated, put them where their new hive will be, then Friday, move them to the side, Place your hive bodies, inspect frames when you transfer to see...
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    Re: Need Queen help asap

    Cool !!!

    There are good people out there.
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    Re: Swarm moving in RIGHT NOW!!!

    Awesome !!!!
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    Re: Bees won't go in the bottom...??

    If you haven't done an inspection after winter, there is a good chance the bottom of the hive is full of dead bees that died over winter, the living bees cant get them out, and they plug the bottom...
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    Re: Scouts to Swarm

    Wondering how long is it from the time scouts visit the swarm trap do the rest of the swarm show up?

    Just because you see some bees, doesn't mean the swarm is going to follow........
    Are you...
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    Re: Preventing a large hive from swarming.

    Are you using queen excluders between the brood boxes and the honey supers.... Queen excluders can sometimes keep bees from moving as freely as they want, get more congested in the brood boxes and...
  11. Thread: Wisconsin

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    Re: Wisconsin

    April 25 2018 - cold late spring -

    Saw first dandelions today on south facing slope of front yards in Cedarburg, Ozaukee Co., WI 53012
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    Re: How yucky is too yucky?

    I agree 100% with JW.

    I would probably lightly scrape some of the white area on the bottom frame of second picture ( like half cell depth ) and throw them in.

    Had lots of mouse holes and...
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    Re: Will bees rob out old pollen?

    I used some 10 year old frames last year with dry hard pollen in them. The bees cleaned that out and drug it out the bottom and tossed it off the ledge.

    I'm not sure what they would do with...
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    RV, Until you see bees going in with pollen, ...

    RV,

    Until you see bees going in with pollen, figure a swarm has not moved in yet.

    With in a few hours to a day, they will be pulling pollen in. That is a sure sign a swarm moved in.

    Put...
  15. Thread: Eating pollen

    by RedBarn
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    Eating pollen

    Anyone else scoop out pollen from frames and eat it ?

    I really like the taste....

    I try not to mess cells up , but sometimes it happens.

    I use small nails as my spoon.
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    Will bees rob out old pollen?

    I have some nice old brood frames from a dead out that have very little nector but still have pollen in them.

    If I put these frames into some swarm traps, will the pollen get robbed out ?

    I'm...
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    Re: Michigan First Swarm Dates

    did you know about this thread ?

    https://www.beesource.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?338-Post-Your-Swarm-Dates
  18. Thread: Wisconsin

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    Re: Wisconsin

    53073- Elkhart Lake, Sheboygan Co.

    Soft Maple - 4/23/2018 - first day I saw the girls bringing in pollen.

    3925939261
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    Re: Varrox Purchase

    Thanks Nancy. The mask and filters are cheaper than I expected !
    I thought I saw people on different videos using just the white mask with the rubber bands.

    Do the goggles need to make a...
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    Re: Does size of mesh matter for robber screens?

    I use #8 also, but that's what I had.... Don't want to go much bigger, and for ventilation, prob don't wanna go too small.
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    Nancy, I don't have a mask yet, nor the...

    Nancy,

    I don't have a mask yet, nor the product.

    I need to get both at the same time, but usually I just go with things and hold my breath.

    I've read on here to make sure to get the right...
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    My Varrox was waiting for me at home tonight !!! ...

    My Varrox was waiting for me at home tonight !!!

    I'm like a kid at Christmas just waiting till I can use it.

    Thanks Larry (SNL) for supplying through OxaVap LLC, quick easy on line purchase,...
  23. Thread: Swarm Trooper?

    by RedBarn
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    Re: Swarm Trooper?

    I use old equipment and move into new once caught.....

    Just remember, mice and squirrels and other critters may want to chew them up !!!!!!
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    Re: How to handle a swarm capture...

    I would not want to take any work away from them that they have already started. Are the old boxes deeps also ? the lang equip has been pretty much the same since I was a kid 40 years ago... I...
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    Re: How to handle a swarm capture...

    what are you doing about frames ?
    Did your new boxes come with frames ?
    Will the old frames from the old boxes fit into your new boxes?
    Are they all deeps ?

    I would set up the new...
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