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retired legal/fire investigator


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    1. crazy8days
      Thank you very much for all the help you have given. I look forward to many questions answered by you! Have a good day.
    2. lazy shooter
      lazy shooter

      I see on your "about me" note that you are a great lover of bees and rivers. I share your passion with rivers and bees to a lesser extent. The Chinese say, "you never step in the same river twice." Consider beekeeping being analogous to a river. The bees are different each time you interact with them. So are you. You may be able to have someone tend your bees while you work out your future, or lack there of, with bees. I can easily see your ever loving passion for bees, but at the same time, I am sure you are so precious to many other people. Give this some serious thought and see if you can follow your passion without incurring grief to you loved ones. Weigh the consequences of the pros and cons, ask the Lord to help you with this decision. When you pull the trigger, it will be the correct path to follow.
    3. efmesch
      You have my sympathies for your swollen hand. I hope it wasn't my doing that got you to go gloveless. Hopefully, your developed immunity should have it pass away quickly.
    4. Gypsi
      The prose on your profile is beautiful.
      Hope the sun comes out soon
    5. bee stung
      bee stung
      Hi hope this finds you and yours happy and healthy
      had a good week end , by good I mean I'm still here happy and healthy .. did n't get what I wanted to do done but another day ,, found that I messed up on one of the swarms I had and caught ,, was three frames short and was going to put them in later ,, later ended up to be 2 1/2 weeks later ,, and they showed me they don't care , they did what they wanted ,, built comb were the 3 frames should have been ,, Oh well all in a days bee keeping ..
    6. bee stung
      bee stung
      One of the keys to our success is the use of upper entrances on the brood boxes. Half way up the upper brood box, we have a ¾ inch entrance drilled in our boxes. Many times, prior to placing supers on, the bees are using these upper entrances come spring. We also have holes in our supers. So after placing the excluders on the hive, then the supers, we will plug the hole in the brood box. All the returning field bees are not kept from using this hole. And the bees naturally adjust to the hole in the super which is above the queen excluder. So within minutes of placing super on with queen excluders, we have bees entering the hive above the excluder.
    7. bee stung
      bee stung
      * will select sites in the afternoon shade. They may abandon a site within
      a few days if in full sun and heat is an issue.
      * prefer bait hives with entrances facing south.
      * prefer a entrance towards the bottom of the cavity.
      * prefer a unobstructed flight path from the entrance.
      * will not take up residence in a bait hive that has other insects in them.
      Keep them free of wasps, yellow jackets, etc.
      * prefer a bait hive that is dry.
      * prefer a previously used site that has a honey bee smell of old comb, or
      one that has baited with bee scent.
      2) Queen Excluders

      Many beekeepers call queen excluders “Honey Excluders“ and probably for good reason. Used improperly, or without a full understanding of how to use a queen excluder, it is easy to understand their less than positive results and opinion. The following are steps we take at Bjorn Apiaries to use queen excluders for the results we desire.
    8. bee stung
      bee stung
      going to send you somthing about how to stop robbing but its to long for one message so will brake it in to 3 or 4 messages

      1) Swarm Trap Success

      2) Queen Excluders

      3) Screened Bottom Boards

      4) Tube Entrances

      1) Swarm Trap Success

      The following suggestions are based on studies on swarm trap research. They are suggestions based on improving your success and to optimize your efforts. Many beekeepers have caught swarms in just about any kind of trap, in conditions less than ideal to the bees. The suggestions are based on studies that have shown bees have particular preferences, and will choose one trap over another IF multiple sites are available to the honey bees.

      Honey Bees…..
      * prefer a swarm trap (colony location) about 8 to 15 feet off the ground.
      * will disregard a trap with light coming in from above.
      * prefer a trap equivalent to a cavity size slightly larger than a deep brood
    9. bee stung
      bee stung
      sorry I see now that I am ,, but have no idea how I got there
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    el paso, wisconsin
    retired legal/fire investigator
    About riverbee:

    “What is this dark hum among the roses?
    I have found them-haven’t you?---
    Stopped in the very cups of the flowers, their wings
    a little tattered-so much flying about, to the hive,
    then out into the world, then back, and perhaps dancing,
    should the task be to be a scout-sweet, dancing bee.
    I think there isn’t anything in this world I don’t admire.
    bend close to study and
    understand what is happening. It’s not hard, it’s in fact
    As instructive as anything I have ever studied. Plus, too,
    it’s love almost too fierce to endure, the bee
    nuzzling like that into the blouse
    of the rose. And the fragrance, and the honey, and of course
    the sun, the purely pure sun, shining, all the while, over
    all of us.â€
    ---Mary Oliver

    "It is those we live with and love and should know who elude us……now, nearly all those I loved and did not understand when I was young are gone, but I still reach out to them.

    ...Then in the arctic half-light of the canyon, all existence fades to a being with my soul and memories and the sounds of the big Blackfoot river and a four-count rhythm and the hope that a fish will rise.

    Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
    I am haunted by waters."
    ---Norman MacLean “A River Rus Through Itâ€

    BEES,fishin,carpentry/wworking, anything outdoors,civil war,huntin artifacts & lk superior agates


    i keep wild things in a box â„¢....
    if you obey the rules you miss all the fun.....:lol: katherine hepburn