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  1. Re: Raining And Ball Of Bees On Landing Board/Swarm Attempt?

    Thanks Greg. I swept the ball-o-bees into a box looking for a queen and didn't find her. But they fanned like crazy, so not sure what is going on. It was odd behavior in my limited experience. After...
  2. Raining And Ball Of Bees On Landing Board/Swarm Attempt?

    Its been raining pretty good today and I thought it was a good time to weed my apiary. One hive has a softball size ball of bees right on the landing board and they are wet. I put up a piece of ply...
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    Re: Excellent Listen on Propolis

    very interesting. J
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    Re: DIY Honey bottling bucket.

    I didn't have the right sized hole saw so shelled out the $$. I have a roto-zip in my shop. I feel like an idiot, but thanks for the tip. Very cute helper too. Here is my tip I learned here: If the...
  5. Re: What's the best way to pour the extracted honey out of my extractor with no valve

    Good points raised about locating the honey gate to be sure it does not interfere with the basket. Mine is a cheapo stainless steel one from China and the walls are thin enough to flex for a nylon...
  6. Re: What's the best way to pour the extracted honey out of my extractor with no valve

    Agree with the above. Buy the gate valve first, then buy or borrow the right sized hole saw. Be sure you get one with fine teeth for metal. A valve is going to make your life much, much easier. Go...
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    Re: Plumb-Fool Needs Advice

    Thanks Oldtimer. THAT cannot be taught. I need more time to be able to make those observations for sure. J
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    Re: Plumb-Fool Needs Advice

    Oldtimer, would you describe the behavior when there is a virgin queen in the hive? I know it is sometimes hard to describe how the bees are reacting. I ask because I noticed a different behavior in...
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    Re: Plumb-Fool Needs Advice

    If you (or anyone) try the test that Greg explains ( and that I learned from Michael Palmer) I would advise that you do it twice. I was about to re-queen what I though was a queenless hive and placed...
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    Re: He didn't think BT was necessary for wax moths

    I will add that many people will say that they will also infest honey comb, not just brood comb. Has not happened to me, but some here will strongly disagree that they only use brood comb. J
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    Re: Lost bees after transferring captured swarm

    Sorry I misunderstood your question. You could try a couple things. Get them to re-orient to the new location by putting up branches in front of the hive making it difficult to fly out easily. You...
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    Re: Lost bees after transferring captured swarm

    Not familiar with the flower pot traps but one reason people use full hive boxes is so they can let them settle in. Most do not re-hive a swarm until they start bringing in pollen. I think your...
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    Re: Odd? Swarm behaviour

    What does the queen look like? J
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    Re: Review Of Lyson Jacket

    Thanks Tavery. I will try the back of the head. J
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    Re: Odd? Swarm behaviour

    I can't say from experience, but I have read that this type of swarm probably came from the hive they settled under and was lead by a cast or virgin queen. No idea, but I have read about this...
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    Re: bee removal help needed

    I would have been tempted to leave it there! J
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    Re: bee removal help needed

    Zero experience, but bees will go to the light so I would shut it off to get them to go to and stay in the box. J
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    Re: This article mentions beesource

    Probably would if it was posted in the TF forum. J
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    Re: Weak hive and strong hive - time for a nuc?

    Not an expert but I think your "weak" hive swarmed and your purchased queen was killed. The queen may just need some time to start laying. Your "strong" hive is not really that strong at only 3...
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    Review Of Lyson Jacket

    I got this Lyson jacket for Father's Day: https://www.betterbee.com/jackets-and-suits/jacketly.asp. I haven't used it yet, but I can tell I am going to like it better than my old one. Three...
  21. Thread: Is this EFB?

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    Sticky: Re: Is this EFB?

    That's good news. I take it your tests were positive? J
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    Re: Question about telescoping cover

    Hi Rick. Nothing says you have to cover it with metal, but it will last a lot longer if you do, even in SC. Use any metal you want that you can form properly. Most use aluminum or galvanized...
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    Re: Supercedure or Swarm After Bear Attack

    Perhaps that's it Frank. Still just the one uncompleted cell today and couldn't find the queen, as usual. For the heck of it I put an OSB frame in the middle of the brood nest. Will continue checking...
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    Re: Supercedure or Swarm After Bear Attack

    Well, now the Red hive is making me scratch my head. After shutting down, the queen got up and running. Population has built up fairly well and have eggs, larvae and capped cells. Yesterday, I...
  25. Thread: Bee math help

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    Re: Bee math help

    Advice I have been given is to not disturb the hive for 17 days from the earliest emergence date. The queen has to emerge, harden her wings, go on mating flights (weather dependent) and then start...
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