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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Is it too cool to open my hives?
« Last post by Beewildered61 on February 25, 2015, 09:11:28 PM »
 I usually rotate my deeps the last weekend of February, I wanted to last weekend, but we've been getting a lot of rain and cold. I generally start seeing swarms in March. Started middle March about 3 years ago, earlier the next year, and last year I had a huge swarm on March 1st, and then a swarm every weekend after for 3 weeks!  :cool:

 We have had rain and cold all week this week, but it's supposed to be sunny and 50F Friday, and I took Friday off.... Would it be too cold still to open the hives and swap the deeps?

 The swarm on the ground, the wind was doing about 30mph... I think it blew the queen on the ground and the swarm followed. I was working in the garden and just happen to see a brown patch, I didn't remember seeing before. Went and got a deep, some queen scent and made some ramps out of sticks and they went right in! This was March before last 2013.
« Last post by GSF on February 25, 2015, 09:09:40 PM »
Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has  passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of life.

As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Nova Scotia back country.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions.

I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late.

I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.  The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man.   And as I  played "Amazing Grace", the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished, I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head was hung low, my heart was full.

As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen anything like that before, and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."

Apparently,  I'm still lost....  it's a man thing.
 I've been selling mine in 8oz and 16oz plastic bottles. $8 for 16oz and $4 for 8oz....took off at first, then I think folks didn't think I had more, last month took off again...mostly just selling at mine and my wife's job. Lady emailed me today wanting $24 worth.... The GM at my wife's job, just hands her a $20 and says, "I need my honey!" what's cool, I work for an international company, I've sold some to folks (employees)visiting from Brazil and The Netherlands! :)
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: what is everyone seeing?
« Last post by Dallasbeek on February 25, 2015, 07:50:03 PM »
Don't count on it.

Warmed up to 52 this afternoon, but I'm not seeing my bees.  Have my fingers crossed.
GREETINGS/TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF / Re: New Member - Alberta Canada
« Last post by DMLinton on February 25, 2015, 07:09:42 PM »
Welcome to the Forum, rosses.

Langstroth hives are a very good choice to get started with.  Frames with foundation would be better to start than foundationless mostly because, unless the empty foundationless frame is between two fully drawn frames, the bees are just a likely to draw out the wildest mess you ever saw as they are to draw what you might be expecting them to. 

Some do crush and strain with plastic foundation.  A little more work but just requires shearing the honeycomb with something like a putty knife.  A little comb left on the frame will give quickly give the bees ideas when you put the frame back in the hive.  Don't forget that it takes more resources to draw comb than it does to fill it with honey.
Wow, I like this concept...who wouldn't? but they are going to be swamped I am sure with orders at first and I am sure costs will reflect that.
THE COFFEE HOUSE ((( SOCIAL - ROOM ))) / Re: Internet controls
« Last post by nella on February 25, 2015, 06:42:31 PM »
More Communism comming to the U.S. Obama going to start regulating the internet.

That should read "We the people(that is the people who are sitting on their hands not doing anything about it) are letting obama going to start regulating the internet".
HONEYBEE REMOVAL / Re: Why cut-outs
« Last post by texanbelchers on February 25, 2015, 06:28:39 PM »
I haven't charged yet, but I've been doing it for friends so far.  I may be dead wrong, but it seems the real and/or perceived liability increases if you charge for it.  I have them sign a waiver anyway.
« Last post by texanbelchers on February 25, 2015, 06:25:10 PM »
I recently tried pine shavings originally designed for small animal bedding.  One piece of newspaper and a couple handfuls and it started in 30 seconds.  It was still smoking an hour later.  The smoke was very cool and I could open the top with my bare hands while it was still smoking.

Next time I have to plane down a board for frames, etc. I know I'll hold onto the shavings.
« Last post by Better.to.Bee.than.not on February 25, 2015, 06:03:17 PM »
We had a conversation about this a year or so ago I believe, and I read a study from a url I think M Bush presented that mentioned it. seems if I recall the issue was 3 deeps performed worse than 2, evidently the belief was that the bees didn't like crossing the gaps so much and sort of got stuck and confused inbetween. 3 deeps did worse than 3 mediums evidently also, but the consensus I think was it was better to go with 2 brood over 3 or even just one over 3.
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