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  1. #141
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    Now, if we could just get some rain for the goldenrod flow, I could stop feeding 😀.

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  3. #142
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    Quote Originally Posted by crab414 View Post
    Now, if we could just get some rain for the goldenrod flow, I could stop feeding 😀.
    And we just did - get some rain.
    Unfortunately, most my hives are bone dry as is (even strong ones are light).
    The drought over the last 5-6 weeks did the damage.
    It will be a year of sugar honey.
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

  4. #143
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    I started hoarding suger this summer for fall feeding, 500#s just in case there was a run on it. I've got 80#s left, but all my deeps look good for fall.
    I've been watching Landi Simone on You Tube and copying her approach. She gets her winter configuration up to weight before the fall flow and then harvests the rest

  5. #144
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    Zero caught in traps. 6 (I think) shaken out of trees in my back yard.
    I think I only lost one swarm of my bees.

  6. #145
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    One trap placed, 4 swarms caught, same location not in a bee yard all season.

  7. #146
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    Default Re: Trapping 2020 - success rate?

    Quote Originally Posted by John Davis View Post
    One trap placed, 4 swarms caught, same location not in a bee yard all season.
    John,
    Did the bees look the same? Like from the same hive? or were some dark some light etc?

    just wondering

    GG

  8. #147
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    Quote Originally Posted by AR1 View Post
    I think I only lost one swarm of my bees.
    Which hopefully is living wild in the woods at my dad's farm!

  9. #148
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    Quote Originally Posted by AR1 View Post
    Which hopefully is living wild in the woods at my dad's farm!
    How old are the woods?
    Near me there are pretty old oak groves with many cavities (to be fair, I did not specifically look for bee suitable holes).
    Think of it, I very well could find a big enough hole in a tree and attract bees to it the next season.
    I very well could do it and establish a bee tree.

    So far - the swarms prefer my traps.
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

  10. #149
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    Caught one in my swarm trap and one in the wild. The swarm trap was very interesting to observe. Excitement followed by disappointment when no swarm followed the scouts. This happened over and over.
    Then one day it became obvious that a swarm moved in. Unfortunately, I didn't get to watch this. They fooled me too many times so I wasn't keeping a close watch.
    I gave this hive to my daughter and it has built up nicely. J

  11. #150
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    Quote Originally Posted by GregV View Post
    How old are the woods?
    Near me there are pretty old oak groves with many cavities (to be fair, I did not specifically look for bee suitable holes).
    Think of it, I very well could find a big enough hole in a tree and attract bees to it the next season.
    I very well could do it and establish a bee tree.

    So far - the swarms prefer my traps.
    Mixed ages, it's been harvested for Walnut twice in my lifetime. Plenty of large old trees and dead trees. Plus lots of old farm buildings that might offer habitat.

  12. #151
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    Number ten moved in today.
    I had a box in the bee yard that I was storing new acorn medium frames. The box had a feed bag inner cover, an extra crown board incorrectly on and no cover. The pieces of styrofoam are to cover the wasp trap from rain.
    These don't look like my bees either. They are bigger and have yellow hair around they're thoraxes. Any idea what kind? My bees are a lot darker and this morning I was checking my mite drops and didn't see any signs.
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