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 on: April 18, 2014, 11:51:39 PM 
Started by buzzbee - Last post by TenshiB
dewberries, blackberries, wild cherry trees, WISTERIA, that tall weed with the blue flowers that was mentioned earlier, dandelions, crimson clover all over the shoulders of the roads...

 on: April 18, 2014, 11:44:29 PM 
Started by snowmix - Last post by TenshiB
How many hives would you recommend to be in the area to be fairly certain that the virgin queen has a fair shot at successful mating flights? I've found that our top bar hives serve as GREAT drone mother colonies..

Also, the dark bee on the outside of those hive bodies just looks like an old/stressed worker bee to me.. Sorta like how when a bee on her way out of this world loses a lot of her color, yanno?

 on: April 18, 2014, 11:36:56 PM 
Started by 10framer - Last post by 10framer
jim, i think it's adult a.d.d.

 on: April 18, 2014, 11:35:04 PM 
Started by capt44 - Last post by capt44
The small hive beetles were really getting bad here last year and yes I tried it.
Now all I use is oil traps and Check Mite strips in beetle traps.
My bee yards are inspected every 3 months if I sell out of state and every 6 months if I sell in state.

 on: April 18, 2014, 11:25:31 PM 
Started by snowmix - Last post by sawdstmakr
That is a different bee. That looks like a young queen. She is much larger, elongated abdomen. Notice how much hair she still has on her thorax. She was probably doing her orientation flights.

 on: April 18, 2014, 11:25:27 PM 
Started by capt44 - Last post by capt44
Just as I figured after this last cold snap we had the bees began swarming all at once.
I got 5 swarm calls yesterday and 4 today.
So far this week I got 11 swarms in the box not counting the trap outs I'm doing.
I've had to turn down countless swarms too far away.
We're running about 5-6 weeks behind what we have been the last couple of years.
In my beeyards there is scarlet and white clover (400 acres) but none is blooming yet.
I figure another week or two anyhow.
I hope we don't go straight from winter to summer.

 on: April 18, 2014, 11:18:10 PM 
Started by son800 - Last post by TenshiB
I've been turning down cut-outs this year because I simply don't have enough time for some of the crazy places these folks are finding their bees.. If it was just a simple swarm, then I'd be all over it. But most people around here are ignorant enough to get a can of raid on a swarm and then whine about bees getting behind their wall..

One guy this year likened the prospects of me cutting some bees out from under a floor of his balcony (above the front porch) as "a gift"... SORRY! A bee "gift" would be pointing me in the direction of a swarm I can simply shake off into a box and carry to one of my hives. [=

 on: April 18, 2014, 11:14:32 PM 
Started by HomeSteadDreamer - Last post by capt44
All I've got to say is the Trap-Outs work.
I've got 8 going right now and had to change boxes on most of them.
I've got calls coming in every day wanting trap outs done on trees and structures.
So far all have been happy with the results.
I just tell them that if I can get to them I can trap them out.
Just follow Idee's instructions and it will work.
I've got one set up on an apartment building and so far the manager is happy as can be.
After a few days you will have a lull on bees coming out of the funnel, but when that queen decides it's time to go look out.
I've had to use a bee vac to get the bees balled up on the funnel and front of the hive.
When I see no bees coming out in a week or so I remove the funnel and the bees will rob out the nest.
Here on trees I very seldom let the bees rob the tree for when the population drops in the nest the hive beetles will go rampant laying eggs.
But structures I let them rob out the nest.

 on: April 18, 2014, 11:10:52 PM 
Started by Dange - Last post by Dange
Thanks everyone. Hopefully I can get a good lesson this spring.

 on: April 18, 2014, 11:04:16 PM 
Started by 10framer - Last post by sawdstmakr
jim, i'm doing good to keep up with production equipment right now.  i'm almost finished with my building and have maybe a 3rd of my planting done.  i'm also finally writing contracts on a big sale i've been working on for 6 months at my real job.  hopefully i'll stay in front of them this year then next winter i'll be able to build some traps for the easy pickings.   
You sound like me. It is one job/project after another. I had an XO who repeatedly said " those that do do more"

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