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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    I actually got stuck a couple of weeks ago on my minivan.
    For shame.

    Fortunately, the farm worker was nearby.
    He came on his 4x4 truck to help and also got stuck.
    Finally, he yanked me and his...
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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    Yep.
    It is never over until it is really over.

    Honestly though, the weather been terrible here - since I last posted on 6/1, there were hardly good swarming days at all here (cold OR rain OR both...
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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    Still 1/7.

    The back porch is under constant scouting, but still no swarms.
    One time the scouting was so intense, I was sure the swarm was coming.
    Suddenly, they dropped off.
    Well, they may have...
  4. Thread: Swarm Traps

    by GregV
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    Re: Swarm Traps

    If you meant to build brand-new traps - I would not put them out.
    I would build them now AND immediately put into rotation for nucs/splits/etc.
    This way you prime your traps for the next season....
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    Re: dearth - take 'em down?

    Well, then - just leave ONE bait frame per the trap - this is sufficient.
    The rest could be blank frames/blank top bars/just some rag laying on some sticks.
    There is no absolutely required way to...
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    Re: dearth - take 'em down?

    This is one reason, btw, why I would take a trap down (if still not primed).
    If a trap is not primed (not used previously), that pretty much is a waste of time as for me.
    Never had a swarm landing...
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    Re: 2 frame mini nuc split

    Pretty much how I operate.

    Making honey from this particular unit is not a goal - so slice and dice it as see fit.
    Made my first batch of 2-frame units this year already and that was a success in...
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    Re: 2 frame mini nuc split

    Beeks in the US mostly ignore/under-appreciate the usefulness of the dummy frames.
    Just two frames of bees (properly dummified) will be using all galleries available to them. And so on...
    Works...
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    Re: dearth - take 'em down?

    Like I said elsewhere, I just kept several traps through the winter and lost no sleep over it (just had no time for them).
    Personally, I think people over-analyze this.
    Also, what is big deal about...
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    Re: Temperament of Russian bees

    I watch video channels from the Russia proper routinely.

    The real issue they have with hot bees - when Southern imports get crossed with the local Russians.
    Talking about AHB levels of...
  11. Thread: Swarm Traps

    by GregV
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    Re: Swarm Traps

    If you have vacant traps - just leave them posted.
    OR post them now if still not out.
    They need no food, no water, no electricity/gasoline to run.
    What is the rush to take them down?
    I never...
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    Re: How to know if you have been rejected

    You did not specify important details:
    - size of the hive given to the swarm
    - size of the swarm (relative to the hive).

    25C - is not too hot at all. Not worried their.

    I would expand the...
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    Re: Set It and Forget It?

    This is actually my ultimate goal - set it and forget it.
    Hence I originally started pursuing Layen's style beehives and the beekeeping ways.

    Like this - set it and forget it:
    49279

    Yes -...
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    Re: Bamboo skewers as a frame

    It is not clear what is your goal - mating or general usage.

    If the point is to be 1)nearly free and 2)fast to make, and actually working for 3)general use (not miniature making nucs only) - I...
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    Re: 1ST Swarm caught in trap

    Congrats and have fun.
    Swarm season is here and now in WI/MI/MN.
  16. Re: something odd I noticed about my bees being aggressive - question

    So you destroyed a supersedure cell (assuming it was the one).
    Why exactly?
    Did you know the status of the colony when you destroyed the QC?

    Maybe they are queen-less as it is OR having a...
  17. Thread: Caught swarm

    by GregV
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    Re: Caught swarm

    Bob is in WI.
    Here in WI have plenty of forage as we speak for the rest of the summer (mb a couple week dearth in August IF too hot and dry).
    No need to feed and worry about feeding UNLESS you have...
  18. Re: According To This, I've Done Everything Wrong, & My Plans Are Not Good

    May be yes, may be no.
    You need to be really clear about the definitions and your program's philosophy.

    In case you did not notice - I am a brutal bee owner.
    The conventional beekeeping...
  19. Re: According To This, I've Done Everything Wrong, & My Plans Are Not Good

    I feel many things in TF sources are left unsaid (by design or by ignorance or by whatever).

    A typical case:
    - a beekeeper plugs into an existing population of resistant feral bees
    - this...
  20. Re: Need quick answer pls: Hive work ok just after rain?

    Portable beach umbrella over the work area works fine, IF really needed and no strong wind.
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    Re: What do bees do on rainy days?

    It is not foragers' job to draw combs.
    So they will not do it.
    They just rest and eat until they can forage again.

    PS: the fresh swarm foragers are different - they will do any job that needs...
  22. Thread: Wisconsin

    by GregV
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    Re: Wisconsin

    Yellow sweet clover is starting on the road sides.
    Alsike clover, white clover are on.
    Basswood should start in a couple of weeks, probably.
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    Re: Slatted Rack Difference

    Well, as you know, gww, I just take your standard frames and turn them side-ways.
    Done.
    I wish I had time to build much lately.
    Not.
  24. Re: What to do with last winter's 5 deadout hives honey frames?

    Feeding to the bees works well, IF done differently from the above.
    1)scrape/decap however you do (heat gun is great)
    2)spray the frame heavily with water; if water is dripping all over - great (it...
  25. Thread: Black bees?

    by GregV
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    Re: Black bees?

    Black bees with no stripes often just means - old forager bees - all it is to it.
    They have worn out the lighter hair and look much darker compared to the young bees (of exact same exterior).

    Old...
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