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    I had a second swarm in 3 days move into one of...

    I had a second swarm in 3 days move into one of my bait boxes. This one was massive! I don't know how they all fit in that five frame nuc. I gave them a full hive, a frame of honey and all the syrup...
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    Typically it's tow deeps and then you put your...

    Typically it's tow deeps and then you put your super on. If you put an excluder on then a honey box you are more than likely to get a swarm before you get honey.
    If they take care of of all the...
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    Sounds like a small group of them did swarm and...

    Sounds like a small group of them did swarm and the rest decided that the old queen was too bossy and took there chances with the new one. :D There had to be some swarm cells in there. I don't think...
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    *TAP TAP TAP... Is this thing on?

    What happened here?

    I't been a few months since I have been here but this place used to be busy. :confused:
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    It is my understanding that if you keep the queen...

    It is my understanding that if you keep the queen locked up they might kill her and swarm with a virgin or newly mated queen that can get through it. Someone here may be able to elaborate on that...
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    My Take on the Bee Vac

    After missing a swarm that was too high for a ladder, I decided to make myself a bee vac. I wanted something that I did not need electricity or extension cords so I picked up a Dewalt cordless shop...
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    Why put out bait hives?

    ... This is why :lol:

    My second swarm this year and all I had to do it put out the vacancy sign.
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    Quick Question...

    Mid winter... We have bees on a farm and some at the house. We have lost six on the farm and none at home. It is much more protected at the house.

    Is there any reason why I can't move the bees...
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    My wife thinks a mite during development could be...

    My wife thinks a mite during development could be the culprit.
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    WTH? Mutant bee

    This is one weird bee. I found her outside one of the hives. At first I thought some predator had bitten off her abdomen but when I looked close there was no damage to her back side. Nothing had been...
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    ​It just takes time and practice, Perry :) ...

    ​It just takes time and practice, Perry :)

    Dave, I like that one too!
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    Super Macro shots

    Here are some tight shots I took of the girls.

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  13. Nice ones! I like the panoramic shot too!

    Nice ones! I like the panoramic shot too!
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    Sure: I am using a Canon 60D with a 28mm-135mm...

    Sure:
    I am using a Canon 60D with a 28mm-135mm lens
    Exposure Time = 1/1600"F Number = F7.1
    Exposure Program = Aperture priority
    ISO Speed Ratings = 400
    Flash = Flash did not fire, compulsory...
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    Thanks! Yes, feel free to use them if you would...

    Thanks!
    Yes, feel free to use them if you would like.

    Yes, they are on poppies :-D
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    Bees on summer flowers

    Here are some of my latest shots...

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    We have had a bit of trouble with "bought" queens...

    We have had a bit of trouble with "bought" queens this year as well but everyone that was made in our bee yard this year has done well. I have heard this complaint from some other beeks around here....
  18. I've had this happen. I had a queen get in to a...

    I've had this happen. I had a queen get in to a super above the excludeder (my fault) and the bees made a new queen below. I didn't complain though, I ended up with two queens! :D
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    Ouch! out at our bee yard a bear would first have...

    Ouch! out at our bee yard a bear would first have to cross threw an enclosure with with two 600 pound bores in it. I don't think our black bears are that brave.
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    True but why did she let the numbers get that...

    True but why did she let the numbers get that low in the first place?
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    She's a looker!

    I think this has got to be the most beautiful queen we have. We almost lost her early sprin during our first inspection of the year. The box only had a hand full of bees left in it and to my surprise...
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    No wings in the cage. I don't like to have my...

    No wings in the cage. I don't like to have my queens wings clipped and My supplier knows not to clip mine. I think it was a few mean bees mad because I pinched their queen :D
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    I think she will live.

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    I went out to look at one of the hives I re queened eight days ago. I left the cap on the cage for two days then took it off. I figured it took the 2+ days to release her. I pulled a few...
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    Riverbee, Yes, Russians are harder to re queen....

    Riverbee,
    Yes, Russians are harder to re queen. I had a few colonies and they loved to kill new queens. They are now carnies :D

    Queens are easy for us right now. I actually needed six queens: 2...
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    Thanks, Iddee ​

    Thanks, Iddee
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