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 on: Today at 02:29:31 PM 
Started by Dallasbeek - Last post by Dallasbeek
Today I was watching bees in the bird bath and saw two struggling in the water.  I pushed them to the side, they got onto solid concrete, but continued struggling and went back into the water.  Finally, one quit struggling and floated upside down.  The survivor climbed onto a rock and I wondered if the dead critter really was a bee or some other kind of insect.  I fished it out, turned it over and, yep it looked just like the bees in my hives.  Do you think bees are territorial about their source of water, or just what was going on here?  I've observed two bees struggling in the water before and thought it was curious, but this definitely appeared to be a fight.  Any explanation?

 on: Today at 02:05:58 PM 
Started by KaraBee - Last post by capt44
You don't want to over whelm the bees with too much room.
Place the honey towards the outside sections of the box and place the empty frames in towards the center.
Look to be sure that you don't have a queen.
Don't worry about finding her, they like to hide and picking one particular bee out of thousands can be hard.
Look for brood, most of the time it will be capped brood in a arch from the bottom up.
Outside the capped brood will be uncapped brood and the further out you go the brood will be smaller and outside of that is usually eggs which are hard to see if the light doesn't hit them right.
At the top can be capped honey and in the upper corners.
In the lower corners can be capped drone brood.

 on: Today at 01:52:42 PM 
Started by capt44 - Last post by chux
I 3rd sawdustrr. Give a younger beek some experience.

 on: Today at 01:47:11 PM 
Started by KaraBee - Last post by chux
How large a swarm? Basketball size? This could be a swarm with a virgin queen. A virgin queen could take at least 10-14 days to start laying. At least that long. Do you have another hive that is decently strong? If so, steal a frame with eggs and young larvae and give it to the new bees. Make sure not to tske the queen. If they are queenless, they will draw out queen cells in a couple of days. No queen cells means there is a queen preparing to turn it on. And yes, honey over brood. In your brood boxes you will notice that bees usually devote the outside frames to honey. Inside that is honey and pollen. Then brood. Extra honey goes above.

By the way, what did you put the swarm on? If you put them in a box filled with honey, the queen will have nowhere to lay. Again, giving them a frame with brood will also give her a place to lay once capped brood hatches out.

 on: Today at 01:32:39 PM 
Started by iddee - Last post by iddee
The definition of the word Conundrum is: something that is puzzling or confusing.  Here are six Conundrums of socialism in the United States of America:
1. America is capitalist and greedy - yet half of the population is subsidized.

2. Half of the population is subsidized - yet they think they are victims.

3. They think they are victims - yet their representatives run the government.

4. Their representatives run the government - yet the poor keep getting poorer.

5. The poor keep getting poorer - yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.

6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about - yet they want America to be more like those other countries.
Think about it!  And that, my friends, pretty much sums up the USA in the 21st Century.

Makes you wonder who is doing the math.

These three, short sentences tell you a lot about the direction of our current government and cultural environment:

1. We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics.  Funny how that works.

And here's another one worth considering...

2. Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money.  How come we never hear about welfare or food stamps running out of money?  What's interesting is the first group "worked for" their money, but the second didn't.  Think about it.....and

Last but not least,

3. Why are we cutting benefits for our veterans, no pay raises for our military and cutting our army to a level lower than before WWII, but we are not stopping the payments or benefits to illegal aliens?

Am I the only one missing something?

 on: Today at 01:31:57 PM 
Started by CathyBee - Last post by capt44
I use 10 frame Langstroth for everything is interchangeable from a 3 frame mating Nuc to a 10 frame Hive.
I use 2 deep boxes for my bees to overwinter with.
I usually still have honey frames left in March.
I figure if we happen to have a harder winter than normal they will have a better chance.
I have about five 8 frame hives but most are 10 frame.
All of my Nucs I sell are 6 frame langstroth.

 on: Today at 01:06:35 PM 
Started by CathyBee - Last post by Joe Moore
It all depends on how much time you are willing to spend looking after the hive(s). I started this year (april in kentucky) as just a person that wanted to keep bees for the sake of keeping bees, be able to build my own components, and let the bees make there own choice on what type of comb they wanted to build (drone or worker). For these reasons I started of with two top bar hives (although it can be accomplished with foundationless langs). Very easy to make with simple tools and with advice taken from youtube videos (outofthebluesky and theFatBeeMan) very easy to looks after.  Some advice though, you need to be able to get into them at least once a week after they get the first few STRAIT combs build in your LEVEL and PLUMB hive which ever way you go (many people don't have level hives and this can lead to a nightmare). If you are wanting a more hands off approach, langs with foundation are the way to go. Deep boxes with small supers, deeps with medium supers, all mediums, 10 or 8 frame, you can customize your equipment to your liking. As a curious new beek myself, I can speak from experience, you will more than 2 hives assuming you have the space (I now have Cool. So pick  which ever hive you think you will enjoy and fits to your needs. You have already started off on the right foot by asking experienced beeks and doing research. Which ever way you go good luck and enjoy. 

 on: Today at 12:51:15 PM 
Started by KaraBee - Last post by KaraBee
So I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to catch a very large swarm last week and it was so awesome! I was able to do it successfully and have left them alone for a week now. I checked on them today and they are doing a great job of filling 2 supers with honey but there doesn't appear to be a laying queen. I assume I need to order one now? Sounds like a dumb question but I am very new with no mentor to guide me really. When she arrives it's ideal to have the brood box on bottom with honey box on top, right?

 on: Today at 12:11:09 PM 
Started by BlueBee - Last post by kathyp
Do you believe in any situation a policeman who fires his wepon should 'blow the head off or severe the spine' of a potential innocent victim? Come on!!! I thought things like that only happened in Iraq etc, but then again.......

  my point was about the 9mm stopping power.  it has none.  that's why i figured he was using this as opposed to a .45, which would have moved even a 300 pound person no matter where it hit  him.  the .45 (or .38...etc.) shots into the arm might have stopped the kid and saved his life.

just speculation...

 on: Today at 11:43:51 AM 
Started by Naturewest - Last post by sawdstmakr

You bring up a good point to which I'm still trying to understand. When I collected my first hive, someone mentioned that because the bees had built their hive underground they could be AHB. Being new to beekeeping became concerned about it and even questioned whether I wanted to take a chance with having them around my kids and pets. At first they didn't seem aggressive at all, I could hang out around the hive and open it to fill feeders without protection. As time goes on and their numbers have quadrupled, I'm getting a little more uneasy about opening the hive. However, as long as I use smoke, wear a veil and gloves, and move slowly there is no problem. As the hive grows will the bees become increasingly aggressive? Some beeks say re queening is absolutely necessary to ensure they do not become "africanized", which has become synonymous with "downright mean". Others seem to indicate it doesn't matter if they're africanized or not, bees are bees when it comes to managing hives, and being AHB may be a good thing to maintain healthy hives in our area as they are more suited to our climate. Thoughts?

First things first, in your area, I strongly recommend that you use full protection when working your hives. I do not say that lightly and I usually do not use any protection, especially gloves. I do recommend you do as I do and test your hives as I do with unfamiliar hives. I get close, wait for a responce, get closer and eventually pet the guard bees. Some bees will not let you get within 10' others do not let you pet them. I can pet all of my hives. I did have one hive that had at least one bee that would nail me at 10' once a week. I was always cautious with that hive. When they swarmed I used a bump bucket to put them in a box and when I bumped them off the limb I took about 10 stings to my head. I emptied them in a nuc but decided not to keep them and left the box open and they left. When that hive goes hot, it will be very difficult to re queen due to trying to find a queen with a full attack on. Read Michael Bushes The Practical Beekeeper to find out how to do it. Do a search and you can find it on line. I recommend you find a local beek and help him with his hives to learn the ropes.

African swarms often times are no more aggressive than European swarms and as you describe, start out pretty gentle until they have a hive worth protecting. They also grow in numbers very fast like you describe. Bee very careful. If you are going to bee a Beek where you live, check out the vented suites, Jacket and pants, from Mann Lake. They provide much better protection than standard suites.

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