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 on: July 22, 2014, 01:58:53 PM 
Started by Dallasbeek - Last post by OldMech
Good advice!!
   One thing not mentioned was cost and Price.
   How far away is it? You will be driving over several times during the course of the trap out to check the status, and replace the nuc or box you are collecting bees in if necessary.
   Setting up ladders each time etc, etc..  It can be quite a bit of work and expense..   If all you want are the bees, a Nuc would be cheaper. If it is a paying job, make sure it is worth what you are about to go through.
   Package = $90.00 ?
   Nuc = $150.00 ?
   I can often find production hives in good shape for around $300.00

   Will your cost exceed any of these?
  So..   Walk away if it will be a lot of work and expense for "free" bees  Or walk away if the price is not worth the struggle you are considering undertaking.  I too will go a bit out of my way for survivors, but there is no guarantee they will rebuild in time for winter, or survive the winter. Do they have disease or mites? Treating is also expensive..
   Free bees are great if they don't cost too much.   grin

 on: July 22, 2014, 01:41:41 PM 
Started by GDRankin - Last post by OldMech
Yes.. After the bees absconded is when they chilled..   There is also a chance that they never covered the larvae/eggs/brood after being put into the package due to the trauma and stress and were just waiting a chance to make the great escape.

 on: July 22, 2014, 01:23:32 PM 
Started by Steel Tiger - Last post by biggraham610
Im satisfied with my open mated VSH granddaughters from Mike Haney at Ridgetop.

    Indeed!  I bought 5 of Mikes queens to try this year.  I am impressed so far. If they make the winter well I will be ordering more, as well as making daughters.

Yep, Mikes a straight shooter and his Queens are great. His Queen overwintered in a single deep for me. The Double full of Honey perished with a full box above em. A package Italian. I will probably get a few in the spring. Order early. Good Luck OldMech. G chop chop

 on: July 22, 2014, 12:39:06 PM 
Started by GDRankin - Last post by GDRankin
Queen?  Possibly starved or chilled brood?  I think overnight is too long to not be cared for by nurse bees.  I don't think you need to burn anything.

Again, I think I may not have explained with enough details . . . so Smiley Just to clear things up ...
The bees and the cut out frames of comb/brood were put back together as soon as I finished the cut out and before they were left overnight. So the frames had nurse bees with them from the time we left the original location until the bees flew the coupe, so to speak.

So since I didn't notice any dark colored larvae when I was putting the comb into the frames, I'm wondering if maybe the larvae turned black after the bees left the next day? I've never had any left like that before, so I've got nothing to compare this situation to for reference.

I was mainly curious if the black larvae was a sign of some sort of brood disease and if I should be concerned about destroying anything.

I hope that clears up the initial msg. Smiley
Thanks again guys,

 on: July 22, 2014, 12:17:05 PM 
Started by robinh - Last post by robinh
I don't plan on supering this year only trying to get the hive built up to 3 mediums before winter.I am on a well, maybe I do need to get the ph checked.I also have a pecan orchard about a mile or so from me, I didn't even think that would be a problem until another beek told me that pecan trees get sprayed this time of year. I dunno
thanks again for all the help.

 on: July 22, 2014, 12:15:07 PM 
Started by BlueBee - Last post by sawdstmakr
I saw them growing up in PA from the 50's to the 80"s. I am told they hardly ever see them there any more.

 on: July 22, 2014, 11:29:42 AM 
Started by BlueBee - Last post by nella
I have been on my farm for the last seventy yrs., as a child there were a lot of lighting bugs and in the late 50ies early 60ies they disappeared untill about 6 years ago they started to appear again and are as plenty full as when I was a child.

 on: July 22, 2014, 11:19:51 AM 
Started by GSF - Last post by jayj200
I like Dates. any one have real date palms

 on: July 22, 2014, 11:17:01 AM 
Started by BlueBee - Last post by jayj200
I cought them in Iowa as a kid

 on: July 22, 2014, 11:11:40 AM 
Started by BlueBee - Last post by iddee
My kids caught them in the early 70's in western Illinois.

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