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 on: September 22, 2014, 09:42:42 PM 
Started by buzzbee - Last post by iddee
""I haven't achieved this status yet? I'll have to try harder""   evil

Heck no. When Blue lets me know when he's stopping in for a beer, I'll send you an invite, too. We'll just make it a party.  th_thumbsupup   cheer

 on: September 22, 2014, 09:41:35 PM 
Started by GSF - Last post by GSF
A week ago yesterday I caught a swarm in my yard. I saw it come out of the box and retrieved it from a low hanging tree limb. Today I'm going through my hives inspect, robbing, and reducing. I want to make sure all my hives are queen right. Low and behold, the parent hive and the swarm hive both had eggs and small larva. go figure.

I guess they were in too big of a hurry to pay any attention to the math  Wink

 on: September 22, 2014, 09:34:25 PM 
Started by GDRankin - Last post by GSF
Probably all the drama had them worked up.

 on: September 22, 2014, 09:29:04 PM 
Started by Jedda - Last post by GSF
Jedda, after losing a couple of swarms I got an idea from off this forum. I took my queen excluder and placed it under the hive box. Then when I shook the bees in and put the top on she was had. Some of the folks on here have said they've done that and seen the bees abscond from the hive, only to return again. Some where along the way to where they were going they realized the queen wasn't there so they did a turn around and came back.

 on: September 22, 2014, 09:25:10 PM 
Started by PhillyJoe - Last post by PhillyJoe

Thx GSF. That's exactly what the gentleman I bought these from said. He is also one of the most well known and respected beekeepers in this area. So I trust what he tells me about these bee's. If he says they'll double I don't have any doubt they will. In fact, the one nuc has 3 frames of capped brood with emerging bee's and 1 uncapped. The other has 2 1/2 capped and semi capped with each already having lots of bee's. Today it was pretty neat to see them taking (what I think were) their orientation flights.

There are 3 frames with just foundation in one nuc and 4 frames in the other. I did put the sugar water on them earlier tonight so we'll see what happens by next week. They are taking lots of sugar water...


 on: September 22, 2014, 09:14:43 PM 
Started by Candiebears - Last post by GSF

Welcome to Beemaster. I'm not ashamed to tell anyone that this forum was my mentor. Attending Bud6 was another great boost of mentoring. A year ago last June I started out with 1 hive. (That was a mistake I got away with - should have got at least two) This year has been great for me. Right now I'm sitting back on 17. I had 18 twice but ended up combining twice. Read, read, read, ask, ask, ask. We don't mind, there's a wealth of knowledge on this forum and folks ain't too proud to share it either. I made a point to start at the newest thread and start reading backwards. When I got tired of reading I just saved where I was at to my favorite places. Then I picked up where I left off at the next time.

 on: September 22, 2014, 09:02:40 PM 
Started by buzzbee - Last post by hjon71

There's only one member on this whole forum I would like to get nasty with, so I just never reply to or about his posts.

I haven't achieved this status yet? I'll have to try harder evil

We are at the edge of the cliff the left is leading us to. Is it time to go over or turn around and revolt?

We have been running headlong towards that cliff under BOTH parties. We must return to our "sleeping giant" foreign policy, as soon as we disentangle ourselves from policing the world. I think war would be critically cut down by following the wise words of a man who knew first hand, not just in the trenches but from the war room too.

War is a Racket - Smedley Butler

 on: September 22, 2014, 09:02:25 PM 
Started by Jedda - Last post by Jedda
Thanks Lone, I think if it weren't for youtube I wouldn't have half the confidence to attempt this without a beeks help.

You are right sc-bee, I need to move these bees to a better location as they aren't entirely urban bee keeping friendly. My only saving grace is I live on a corner block with elderly neighbours on either side who spend most of their time inside or away, and I have high fences that don't allow the bees to see anybody in the neighbouring yards. But moving the bees out of the yard is something high on my agenda.

 I'm not very happy the bees want to swarm again sawdstmakr, I don't want anymore hives in the yard, my missus would kill me. I think anymore swarms will have to find their own way. I went out late last night and there was still piping going on in the drum. I was youtubing again after the swarm and someone mentioned that if you didn't put a frame of brood in a box of swarm they probably wouldn't stay unless you trap them in the box for 8 days and get the queen laying, so I put some mesh over their entrance while they were sleeping. I made sure they have plenty of ventilation and shade so they should be fine.


 on: September 22, 2014, 09:00:33 PM 
Started by PhillyJoe - Last post by GSF
One frame of capped brood will make 3 frames of bees.

 on: September 22, 2014, 07:57:13 PM 
Started by PhillyJoe - Last post by rookie2531
Philly, did you buy those bees or were they given to you?  If you bought them, I hope you got a bargain. I highly doubt it will double in 3 weeks since it takes that long to hatch. I have sprayed 1/1 with hbh on the foundation, I've read that it puts there scent on the wax from them licking on it and they will accept it faster.

I would think about combining these 2 nucs when the weather starts getting cold, if they aren't strong by then.

Just this rookies thoughts.

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