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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Virgin queens and swarms
« Last post by tjc1 on Today at 06:44:44 PM »
RDY,
I just got done dealing with my observation hive doing just that. They were in swarm mode, noisy and a large ball of bees, football size, hanging outside of the hive. I did a split and moved the queen to a nuc. about 10 days later this hive swarmed and it left the area. I could hear queens piping at this point. A week later it swarmed again and it landed in one of my traps, my wife watched it swarm. I could still hear 3 distinct queens piping. That night my wife and I opened the observation hive to reduce it down to one queen. I had 4 queen cages available. Once it was open and the bees were disturbed enough that they stopped tending the queen cells, while I was removing queen cells as fast as I could with out damaging them, the queens were getting out of their cells on the table and in the hive. I ended up with 10 queens. I marked every one. I put one marked queen back in the hive after taking out all but 2 frames out, to do a through search for any remaining queens. Late that night I saw an unmarked queen in the hive and never found the marked queen. About 5 days later she started laying. 2 weeks later, so many bees were dieing off that this hive started failing and within a couple of days it was dead. 
Jim

Wow - that's quite an event to have seen! I had the same experience of checking on a frame of swarm cells to have them all start hopping out at the same time. I've also read somewhere about the bees holding the queens in the cells until they are ready for whatever.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Mitenot?
« Last post by marktrl on Today at 06:38:07 PM »
Don't know if anyone has posted about this but hopefully it will work.
http://www.eltopia.com/mitenot/
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HONEYBEE REMOVAL / Re: Tree Cutout
« Last post by texanbelchers on Today at 06:17:54 PM »
Rubber Bands.  My first cutout I tried wiring into top bars.  It was less than a miserable failure.
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HONEYBEE REMOVAL / Re: Tree Cutout
« Last post by stu on Today at 06:14:38 PM »
What kind of thread did you use to wire in the comb? I did a removal of a large colony and used chicken wire to hold the large combs in the frames. It went ok, being my first cutout, I'm always looking for ways to grow and improve though.
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HONEYBEE REMOVAL / Re: Tree Cutout
« Last post by stu on Today at 05:37:55 PM »
What kind of thread did you use to wire in the comb? I did a removal of a large colony and used chicken wire to hold the large combs in the frames. It went ok, being my first cutout, I'm always looking for ways to grow and improve though.
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GREETINGS/TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF / Hello from N Illinois
« Last post by stu on Today at 05:27:40 PM »
Hi everybody!! My name is Justin, nickname is Stu, I am new to the hobby and look forward to learning from everybody. I have one new colony and just did a cutout/relocation of a feral colony that had taken up residence in a soffit. WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!! Very awesome, painful, sticky and the hopes that I was able to capture the queen. Thanks for looking!!!!
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GREETINGS/TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF / Re: Top Bar-Hive in the Tri-State Area
« Last post by kathyp on Today at 04:56:34 PM »
Did you ask JP?
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It is important to note that 50 below is actually only -18 F. as it is 50 below freezing and freezing is 32 F. That is actually only a agricultural zone of 5a.  The top of the us gets down to zone 2b which gets to -45 F. and canada/etc. get even colder, where plenty of people raise bees. 1a gets to -60 F
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It is important to note that 50 below is actually only -18 F. as it is 50 below freezing and freezing is 32 F. That is actually only a agricultural zone of 5a.  The top of the us gets down to zone 2b which gets to -45 F. and canada/etc. get even colder. 1a gets to -60 F
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"$12,183,381USD
raised by 36,477 people in 1 month "

closed on april the 19th (Guess they were tired of people throwing money at them?)
that is a average of $334/person. not bad....
 I think they got matching father and son Lambo's .....
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