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  1. Re: Sons of Swarm Cam: Outside View and Inside View!

    After two glasses of wine I decided to buy that 70 lb. stamps.com scale for $50 (when you sign up with a new account). It arrived today, so I hooked it up to my Raspberry Pi, downloaded and compiled...
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    Re: Flash Player Fake Update

    I have never seen this behavior when browsing from my iPhone. I only see it when browsing from my Mac, on Safari. I just happened now.
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    Re: California

    Another swarm moved into my chicken coop in 90274 on 04/23/20:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qXY_24vpF4&feature=youtu.be&t=1815
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    Re: SwarmTrapCam is live for 2020!!!

    I do have two internal cameras, but I needed to make some fixes on the box that has all the holes for that, and I didn't get around to it before I got distracted by the need to catch a Momcat and 4...
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    Re: SwarmTrapCam is live for 2020!!!

    This is actually POE (power-over-Ethernet):

    http://www.kan.org/pictures/ChickenCoopPanoEthernet.jpg

    I was able to run one long cable from my garden shed over to the chicken coop.

    I also...
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    Re: SwarmTrapCam is live for 2020!!!

    It's a Reolink RLC-410, 4 MP version. They no longer sell it on amazon, but you can buy direct from Reolink:

    https://reolink.com/product/rlc-410/

    If this is for your own viewing, just about any...
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    Re: SwarmTrapCam is live for 2020!!!

    Here's the move-in event. If you lose your place it's 0:30:15 on the YouTube slider, or 12:11:00 on the camera's timestamp:

    https://youtu.be/6qXY_24vpF4?t=1815
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    Re: SwarmTrapCam is live for 2020!!!

    It's looking like "peak scout" is happening right now! I'd be very surprised if a swarm doesn't move in today:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIVY11504PcY2sy2qpRhiMg/live
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    Re: California

    This white deep was idle, waiting for me to transplant the colony from the green, so I could give the green box back to its original owner. It was empty yesterday. It's not empty any more! Captured...
  10. If a queen is laying, has she finished her mating flights?

    Or could she go one mating flight, lay some eggs, and go on another mating flight, etc.?

    I ask because I was donated a post-swarm colony on the 3/29, in someone else's hardware. Original owner...
  11. Re: Home Made Swarm Traps: Any recommendations?

    Yesiree Bob! We have tons of them around here.
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    Re: Swarm or colony?

    There's a little bit of comb visible in the corner, and here's a lovely lady bringing in pollen!

    It turned out to be a very modest cutout. There were a few spades of fresh comb, about the size of...
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    Swarm or colony?

    A homeowner called me with a "swarm" that needed removing, and sent the following photos from her horse tack closet:

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    So, it is a swarm or a colony? The answer is below:
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    Re: California

    And then on 4/12 I did a very quick cutout from a tack closet in 90274:

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    Based on the amount of comb and eggs, I'll assume they'd been there only about a week, so put 4/5 as the swarm date.
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    Re: California

    I failed to collect a second swarm on 4/11 from that same house in 90277, but they were there:

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  16. Re: Home Made Swarm Traps: Any recommendations?

    Mine is 4' off the ground, inside an unused chicken coop. Then again this is known-good location, and I catch 2-3 swarms here, every year. Take a look at the live camera.

    I moved a trapped swarm...
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    Re: Brushy Mountain is no longer???

    Ah, that explains why Kelley asked if I wanted to use my Bee Bucks when I checked out from them last week! I thought that looked a bit odd.

    Now if they would just ship . . . .
  18. Re: Brand New Soon to Be Beekeeper With Hive Question

    Basically, don't paint any surface that the bees will touch, but paint everything else!

    (jury's open on the mating surfaces between boxes. Paint on those can cause the boxes to stick together, but...
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    Re: California

    Swarms collected in 90277 yesterday, from a tree that overhung a pool. Some tricky ladder positioning, there!

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    and a little ground swarm in 90274, today, plus a few hundred bees that were...
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    Re: Cut Out Question From a Noob

    Here's a photo of my bees pulling rubber bands out of my cutout, 2 years ago.
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    Re: When to mark queens

    I use a marking cage, and I think I've probably marked 10 queens in my life/career thus far. It still terrifies me, even though I don't think I've ever damaged one.

    The closest I came was when I...
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    Re: Cut Out Question From a Noob

    Once they start building/repairing comb, you'll start seeing them drag the rubber bands out the front door :D
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    Re: Scouts or Residents?

    I asked the homeowner to wait until after dark last night to cover that opening with clear plastic, and she did that. This morning she says there are "not any bees trying to get out" so it looks like...
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    Re: Scouts or Residents?

    Great idea!!! I'd totally forgotten about such a thing. It'd be like a trap-out. Thanks!
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    Scouts or Residents?

    A neighbor has bees flying in and out of a hole in her wall. Do y'all think these are scouts or residents?


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15eynMwZkoQ

    As luck would have it, the left-most...
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