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I have not added any bugs but I stopped killing the earwigs. My spring has been great so far, bees building fast. Caught 6 good swarms. I just took 10 hives to the farm for gallberry, palmetto and tupelo.
My biggest problem as been having to remove large carpenter ants colonies from the STB and SBB
of my hives. I kept a power cord and a vacuum ready to suck them up because it got to be that the nests were larger than I could crush with a wide spatula. My bees appreciated the vac because when I crushed the ants they emitted a strong odor that would get the  bees in an uproar.
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I had a stack of 2"x12"x16' yellow pine that I ripped to 2"x6" boards. On some on them, by the time I was half way through the boards, the cut ends were as much as 8 to 12" apart. Usually one would end up very straight and the other one would be crooked as can be.
Jim
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Have 4 hives of Italians. They were installed on April 9. Today is May 1. A fight broke out in the front of one entrance. Neighbors messing where they don't belong? What might they be doing?
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PHOTO PAGE - MEMBER PHOTOS & BEE-MOVIES HERE! / Re: First snow
« Last post by FlexMedia.tv on Today at 05:30:58 PM »
Looks like Michigan year round!
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: 15 Day Inspection
« Last post by Peanut on Today at 05:16:00 PM »
It has rained all day, so much for opening the hive. As a precaution I contacted David at Lookout Mtn Honeybee. He is getting a shipment of queens Tuesday night. Since I bought my packages from him he offered to split the cost of a new queen, nice of him. I can drive up Wednesday and get a new queen.

I installed the package on 14apr. There was no visible larva or capped brood in the hive. After 16 days there should be something visible as in the other 4 hives. David was sure they had killed the first queen. I still have two days to go through the hive with my magnifying glass if it stops raining. If not I have a queen with my name on her if needed.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Starting a New Hive
« Last post by iddee on Today at 05:10:00 PM »
Yes, as long as there are eggs. They will choose a few eggs/larva, as they hatch, and make queen cells. Keep it as warm as possible while transporting. The closer to 95 F., the better. If cooler, they will wait for eggs to hatch. The larva may chill during the ride, but 60 F. for a short time won't harm the eggs.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Smoker
« Last post by Jim 134 on Today at 03:25:12 PM »
>It can be improved - quite simply - by attaching a small cone to the outlet of the bellows.

Quite a few of them have a cone on the smoker body for that purpose.

 It has been my experience if you buy a good quality smoker and not a knock off. This cone will already be installed
If you look closely at the smoker this tube is installed on the smoker side into the Firebox below the fire grate

https://www.kelleybees.com/Shop/11/Smokers-Tools/Smokers/4735/Blast-Tube



             BEE HAPPY Jim 134 :)
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Starting a New Hive
« Last post by CliveHive on Today at 01:47:34 PM »
Thanks IDDEE.  I will meet 30 or 40 local beekeepers on Thursday.  I think I will see if I can beg a frame of local, well-behaved brood from one of them. 
If I do that, and the hive is queenless, will the bees know that one of those larvae/eggs has to be turned into a queen?  will they build a queen cell for her?
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Starting a New Hive
« Last post by iddee on Today at 01:34:24 PM »
The first, if you want their genetics. The second if you want to buy a certain strain of bee.

Or put a frame of eggs and open larva into the box from your favorite hive.

Just depends on what breed of queen you want. All 3 will work.
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HUMOR IS A FUNNY THING / Re: The light turned yellow
« Last post by Michael Bush on Today at 01:33:42 PM »
Naturally...
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