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  Topic: Swarm
NetComrade

Replies: 7
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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:03 pm   Subject: Swarm
Barbara,

I have Warre hives

The mice damaged about 1/4 of the box. It was actually more vertical quarter than lower (horizontal) quarter, as there was extra space for them to maneuver there. Fra ...
  Topic: Swarm
NetComrade

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 5:55 pm   Subject: Swarm
Thanks for your feedback, as always. And good insight into what bees will stay will not (I still don't know if they're 'my' bees.. there was certainly nothing indicating they'd swarm (no bearding, or ...
  Topic: Swarm
NetComrade

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 2:18 am   Subject: Swarm
I think the bees moved in after hanging out another night in the coolness of a night.

How bad of an idea is to keep the old honey nearby as 'feeder' for the bees?

Because the mice been in there, ...
  Topic: Swarm
NetComrade

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 10:58 pm   Subject: Swarm
half the swarm was at the bottom of the tree.

it was a lot more aggressive than my reading has led me to believe.

I tried to brush them into a box and put them into the hive, but they seem to en ...
  Topic: Swarm
NetComrade

Replies: 7
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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 1:49 pm   Subject: Swarm
Not sure if my bees have swarmed or not, but there is a sizable swarm 40 feet up a thin pine tree.

I moved one of my dead/empty hives onto a deck that is about 12 feet off the ground, and about 10 ...
  Topic: Are my bees swarming
NetComrade

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 12:45 am   Subject: Are my bees swarming
The crowding (bearding) seems to be happening mostly in the evening now.
  Topic: Are my bees swarming
NetComrade

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 3:27 am   Subject: Are my bees swarming
Should I remove wood shavings from the quilt for the summer to improve ventilation? They now seem to be hanging outside at night.
  Topic: Are my bees swarming
NetComrade

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:56 pm   Subject: Are my bees swarming
There are much fewer bees hanging out this late afternoon outside.. maybe a few dozen.

If they swarm.. how do I monitor/identify?

Any useful links on how to modify package boxes to catch the swa ...
  Topic: Are my bees swarming
NetComrade

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 2:00 pm   Subject: Are my bees swarming
Thanks. I added a box to each at the bottom.

I didn't look into them, as they're frameless, and it would be difficult to look at the bottom of the comb. They looked happy and busy the last few tim ...
  Topic: Are my bees swarming
NetComrade

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:54 am   Subject: Are my bees swarming
Yesterday I thought it was too hot (and there were fewer), but now it's in the 60's and there are more, and it's before 7am and cloudy.

The hive on the left (with most bees out) was also abandoned ...
  Topic: Carpenter Bees
NetComrade

Replies: 1
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PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 7:28 pm   Subject: Carpenter Bees
My log home has been "attacked" by carpenter bees.

Initially I thought they'd be put off by treated wood, but eventually they started drilling holes anywhere, and at some point I probably ...
  Topic: Mason Bees in log home cracks
NetComrade

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PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 7:22 pm   Subject: Mason Bees in log home cracks
I've certainly learned the difference between carpenter bees and mason bees.

Mason bees are all over the place, and carpenter bees I've been waging a war with.

I am going to post in a separate t ...
  Topic: Mason Bees in log home cracks
NetComrade

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PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Fri May 02, 2014 2:56 am   Subject: Mason Bees in log home cracks
We built a house past fall.
I saw a number of bees flying around and checking the house out in the spring, and now I believe many of them made a home in the cracks.

They also populated some pipes ...
  Topic: Warre Hive.. bad Newbie start? 1 week old hive w/ pictures
NetComrade

Replies: 13
Views: 19418

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:39 pm   Subject: Warre Hive.. bad Newbie start? 1 week old hive w/ pictures
Update:

Opened the hive up this weekend to feed the bees, as well as to install the top bar cloth. The bees did not propolize the quilt much (maybe because they're not using the bars?), but it was ...
  Topic: Warre Hive.. bad Newbie start? 1 week old hive w/ pictures
NetComrade

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:51 pm   Subject: Warre Hive.. bad Newbie start? 1 week old hive w/ pictures
I will try the jar feeder and figure out how to keep the bees away from the "feeder box".

I put the feeder at the bottom box, because I didn't know where else to put it, since I wanted i ...
  Topic: Mason Bees
NetComrade

Replies: 5
Views: 8103

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:46 pm   Subject: Mason Bees
when you use blocks, do you clean them, or are they self-servicing?

I recall seeing videos even refrigerating the bees for the winter and cleaning huge "hotels"
  Topic: Warre Hive.. bad Newbie start? 1 week old hive w/ pictures
NetComrade

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:07 pm   Subject: Warre Hive.. bad Newbie start? 1 week old hive w/ pictures
Barbara, in response to your previous message (didn't quote)

I left the can that was in the package outside of the hive as alternative feeder, and that leaked. So I am not as confident as you're in ...
  Topic: Warre Hive.. bad Newbie start? 1 week old hive w/ pictures
NetComrade

Replies: 13
Views: 19418

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:57 pm   Subject: Warre Hive.. bad Newbie start? 1 week old hive w/ pictures
Just had a look at the reduced size photos in dropbox and now have a much better understanding of what things look like.

Can you confirm that you put two more top bars above those two combs they h ...
  Topic: Warre Hive.. bad Newbie start? 1 week old hive w/ pictures
NetComrade

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:05 pm   Subject: Warre Hive.. bad Newbie start? 1 week old hive w/ pictures
Hi and welcome

If you are going to feed above then you need to ensure that they can only access the feeder and not the whole box, so you need to blank the area around the feeder to stop the bees ge ...
  Topic: Warre Hive.. bad Newbie start? 1 week old hive w/ pictures
NetComrade

Replies: 13
Views: 19418

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:58 pm   Subject: Warre Hive.. bad Newbie start? 1 week old hive w/ pictures
I replaced pictures with a link to Album on DropBox folder
I wanted to make them available in high resolution.
I did leave my comments.
I put the comb back in, but I did not attach it. How would I ...
  Topic: Mason Bees
NetComrade

Replies: 5
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PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:02 pm   Subject: Mason Bees
I bought a mason bee house, and had it lying around outside (out of rain) and hoped mason bees would populate it.. only they chose to populate some old pipes I had lying around instead...
I stuck the ...
  Topic: Nuc to Warré Hive
NetComrade

Replies: 30
Views: 51486

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:00 pm   Subject: Nuc to Warré Hive
This is amazing. Is it better than getting a package? Since you get comb with it?
  Topic: Keeping bees in Shenandoah Valley, VA
NetComrade

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 6:54 pm   Subject: Keeping bees in Shenandoah Valley, VA
Anyone using Warre hives?
I am in Morgan County, but drive though Winchester every week.
My bees don't seem to be starting out great. See my post in "Urgent Help"
  Topic: Warre Hive.. bad Newbie start? 1 week old hive w/ pictures
NetComrade

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Views: 19418

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 6:38 pm   Subject: Warre Hive.. bad Newbie start? 1 week old hive w/ pictures
Bought a warre hive from ebay made from cedar
Managed to find packaged bees locally
Installed them last Monday. Panickly opened the wrong end of the Queen cage (one without sugar cork). I doubt she ...
 
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