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    Zafar, I would strongly advise you to do a lot of reading before trying to install livestock (bees/animals) in your back yard. Also, take the LBA beekeeping course, arrange your equipment, and prepare for this adventure in animal husbandry. This is a bit more complicated than getting a puppy or kitten from the animal shelter. Beekeeping Basics_agrs93.pdf Please start by reading the attached Beekeeping Basics pdf. Once you've read that you can visit our queen and nuc sellers forum to see who has bees available. https://www.loudounbee.org/products-and-services/buy-nucs-and-queens.html/ Best of luck!
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    Hello Matt. I've left you a voice message. Feel free to call back whenever you'd like. Dan
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    I agree. Packages are the way to go with top-bar hives. Also if you want local genetics, you can always replace the queen that comes in the package with a local queen when you install or at a later date.
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    December 2020 LBA Holiday Party VIRTUAL Member Meeting. Zoom link, sent by email, will follow. We regret to announce that an in person Holiday Party will not be possible this year. Let's keep the positive energy flowing for a summer celebration in 2021! Speaker: Kirsten Traynor, PhD Topic: "How to Stop the Unstoppable Swarm!". Something we can all relate to, this should be an exciting presentation! Meeting Location: VIRTUAL (details below) We will be using Zoom for this virtual meeting. If you have not used Zoom before, we strongly encourage you to download the Zoom app ahead of time by visiting the Zoom Download Center: https://zoom.us/download. If you click on the meeting link below and do not have Zoom installed, you will be prompted to install it (please allow extra time before the meeting if you need to install the Zoom app). For more information on joining a Zoom meeting OR to try Zoom out by joining a Test Meeting, please visit this page: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting. (Zoom link and login instructions will be posted later in November) Hope to see you there! Mike Mike Kropotkin Vice President, Loudoun Beekeepers Association (LBA) Email: Mike.Kropotkin@loudounbee.org
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    Certainly a capped queen cell is not something that you want to find at this time of year. I have two colonies that swarmed about 4 weeks ago. One has requeened, the other, it isn't clear but I think they haven't. I am concerned about the second. At this time of year if it were my colony I would want to take action to prevent swarming or the change of a queen. To have a queen get successfully mated this late in the season is very iffy. If I spotted a capped queen cell and the old queen, I would cage the existing queen and then cull the queen cell(s). After a week I would check to ensure the colony hadn't started a new queen cell. If they had not, I would release the queen, if they had, I would keep her caged and wait another week. If I couldn't find the queen to cage her, I would let nature take it's course and not cull the queen cell(s).
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    Hi Julie, I've done this kind of presentation to similar groups several times and would be happy to help if I can. Please contact me at CGBees@gmail.com. I also texted you my contact information. I'm sure our Treasurer, Jeff Pfoutz, would be happy to accept your donation on behalf of the Association: LBAtreasurer@mindspring.com I look forward to hearing from you. Bret Fisher 703-965-6216
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    Thanks Bret for sharing, this is exactly what I was looking for.
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    Charlie, I'm sorry to hear your bees decided to go somewhere else to live. Those are some nice frames of drawn comb, and it looks like they contain a fair amount of pollen/bee bread. Unless there are signs of disease we cannot see in these photos, there is no need to scrape these frames down and waste all that beautiful comb. Put them in the freeze for 3-7 days and then store them in airtight translucent plastic containers to keep them safe from wax moths. They will give your bees a head start next spring. https://www.kelleybees.com/blog/kelley-beekeeping/dealing-dead-outs/ https://americanbeejournal.com/dealing-with-dead-outs/
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    Having lived on septic systems for most of my life, I absolutely concur with George's advice above. Honey jars can be washed out with hot water - no big deal, it's just sugar. I usually leave my extractor and strainer out in the yard for a day or so for the bees to clean things up after I steal their honey. But any wax products will clog up your drain field and your filter grids. Never cross the streams!
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    I would not put any wax products down the drain at all. I do rinse out small amounts of honey with hot water during my cleaning up stage. So far all has been good for three years. However, might be best to call the septic company that empties out your septic tank for the best advice.
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    @Joe Guirreri If the bees you are seeing are somewhat large with a shiny abdomen, you may be seeing female carpenter bees collecting pollen from corn. Corn is typically pollinated by the wind, and produces no nectar that honey bees would collect, but a few might visit corn for the pollen. Also, if these are carpenter bees you are seeing, they only consume nectar - they do not produce honey. The pollen they collect is used to feed their young. If you could provide a close up photo or two that might help us confirm what kind of bees you are seeing. More information at these links and the one at the bottom of this post: https://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/Carpenter_Bee_Identification_Signs.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carpenter_bee https://leehoneybee.com/q-what-types-of-bees-do-you-relocate/