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Offline Vibe

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Vibe - Central AR.
« on: May 26, 2009, 05:49:47 PM »
I just found this site (I think...Might have found it last year as well, but I registered this time :D).

I more or less had Beekeeping dumped on me last year when my FIL had 8 swarms land in his (city lot sized) yard. Not all at once...They were about 2 to 3 days apart. He's always had one or two hive boxes going, so at least he knew how to build the boxes, frames, tops and floors. We built boxes and frames as fast as we could find lumber to make them from.
We managed to capture 7 of those and establish working hives. Lost 3 over the winter - two to not knowing that we would need to feed them with the late cold snaps, and one to moths (I hate wax moths).

This year we've caught 4 swarms. One didn't stay around - I don't think that queen much appreciated the old furniture we had decorated her new house with (old comb). I won't make that mistake again.

I'm on a couple of other forums that have this sort of feel to them (differing topics) so I decided to jump in and try and learn a bit about this hobby I find myself in. So far "only" 3 of the hives are residing at my house, with my FIL having 6 or 7 (they are a bit scattered, I lose count :D)


Anyway. That's what there is for an introduction. :D
« Last Edit: May 26, 2009, 06:07:02 PM by Vibe »
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Re: Vibe - Central AR.
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2009, 07:31:45 PM »
Hello and Welcome Vibe
There is alot of great information on the forum !!
The members here are willing help and answer your questions, all you need to do is to ask


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Re: Vibe - Central AR.
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2009, 02:49:34 PM »
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This year we've caught 4 swarms. One didn't stay around - I don't think that queen much appreciated the old furniture we had decorated her new house with (old comb). I won't make that mistake again.

Actually some old drawn combs are an enticement to the bees.  Usually swarms that abscond after hiving already had their prime realstate picked out prior to the move.  Also they preferred it over the digs you provided.  The 2 best ways to anchor a swarm into a hive after capture is to either use a queen excluder as an includer so the queen can't leave or use a frame of brood comb from another hive.  Bees will seldom leave brood comb for any reason.

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Re: Vibe - Central AR.
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2009, 12:52:25 PM »
Welcome Vibe. If you have not done so already, check out the Central Arkansas Beekeepers Association.

 

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Re: Vibe - Central AR.
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2009, 11:05:50 AM »
Vibe, welcome to our forum, great you found us.  You have been busy with that swarmy thing, cool.  Stick around, this will be a place where you can tell your stories, tales and experiences, you will have many, and also a great place to make friends.  have that wonderful day, to love and live this great life, health.  Cindi
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