Dang Bees!

Missouri Frontier Posted By Missouri Frontier, Jun 9, 2013 at 4:31 PM

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  1. smokinj

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    I have at least 20,000 sqft of clover. Field behind has mustard green with yellow tops. There having a field day. I seen what I thought was a comb on one of my trees. There was 10x as many as I got in the mail. I suited up got the smoker going and walk out there. It was gone before I could get back. They where just getting the sap out of the tree. So, I really think I am picking up extra bees from some where.
     
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  2. Backwoods Savage

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    The bee situation is more complex than most are reporting. One case in point is a fellow who has lots of bees not that far from us. He and others have noticed that when they have their hives close to corn fields that they are not doing well at all with lots of bees dieing off. They are theorizing the genetic engineering of the corn has something to do with this but have no proof yet. There are other theories out there too but all agree this could turn really ugly.
     
  3. Coal Reaper

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    We spun five gallons last night from just the one hive i have this year. Will bee using that for wedding favors in a week.
     

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  5. ailanthus

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    Sounds like you've got a top bar hive, too! I just started my first 2 hives this year and made a split a few weeks ago. I'm getting pretty comfortable handling them, but not enough to remove a colony 30' up in a tree!
     
  6. Coal Reaper

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    Filled 144 jars
     

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    Thats what I am talkin about....
     
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  9. Missouri Frontier

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    Ok folks. Short update. Still can't load pics, but, saved the bees and dropped the trees(4 cords bone dry cottonwood). even scored 4 quart jars of tasty comb honey. Cost me some money since the bee guy had to climb but, all is well that ends well. Thanks for the advice
     
  10. ScotO

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    Glad it worked out brother! That honeycomb will taste good, maybe break out a piece here and there for special occasions around the holidays and such......

    Glad those little bees got a second chance!
     
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  11. Seasoned Oak

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    Saw a documentary on it, the are leaning toward the pesticide. It is designed to kill and confuse insects which is exactly what is happening to the bees. How do you spray insect killing pestricide everywhere and NOT affect the bees which are insects.
     
  12. Jacktheknife

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    Glad it all worked out, did you get to keep all the honeycomb? Man that stuff is good, save the wax for making fire starters.
     
  13. Coal Reaper

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    Great for firestarters! I roll some noodles into a ball and place them in cardboard egg crate then drizzle some wax in each one.
     
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    We melt it down in an old pot and mix sawdust in with it and spoon it into the egg cartons.
     
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  15. smokinj

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    When would you rob them the first time?
     
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