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    I have an O.H. and let them make a queen. She...

    I have an O.H. and let them make a queen. She hatched 3 weeks ago. Since then we have had terrible weather--thunderstorms, rain, some days just drizzly with a few sunbreaks. I highly doubt she had...
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    Okay all you smart people, I need some ideas. I...

    Okay all you smart people, I need some ideas. I want to re-start my OB hive and don't know the best way. I am planning on putting a frame of eggs, brood, bees from a strong outside hive in the OB...
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    Is it too late for my observation hive to raise a...

    Is it too late for my observation hive to raise a queen and have her mate? I am north of Seattle, we have another 1 1/2 months left of warm weather before it will rapidly get chilly (40-50's in...
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    We used to check once a week when we first...

    We used to check once a week when we first started but now are down to twice a month--is that too much? I heard that although it bugged them a little, it was more important for us as beekeepers to...
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    I know I'm not supposed to worry but this...

    I know I'm not supposed to worry but this beekeeping thing is making me bi-polar.

    The current situation is Hives 1&2 at my friend's home--they have brood and honey stores (but NO honey in the...
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    Well, it's been a discouraging week of...

    Well, it's been a discouraging week of beekeeping. First, couldn't find my gloves or veil but wanted to peek into a hive that was threatening to swarm to be sure they were using the space given...
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    Hi OregonSparkie, About how many bees in your...

    Hi OregonSparkie,

    About how many bees in your OH? I just got mine up and running (2 deep and one super frame) and all the field bees went right back to their hive (oops, I forgot to think about...
  8. My husband built me an observation hive (thanks...

    My husband built me an observation hive (thanks to all the links found on this site) and it is now up and running. Today my son and I witnesses a queen emerging from her cell (one of 9 cells on the...
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    Hi Brown, I had a hive swarm, recaught it and...

    Hi Brown,

    I had a hive swarm, recaught it and hived it, too. We decided to let the original hive make their own queen, plenty of queen cells there. We checked weekly for signs of a new queen,...
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    Counting my chickens before they hatch...I am...

    Counting my chickens before they hatch...I am thinking of how I will retrieve "my" first year's worth of honey. I have all Pierco frames (which my bees and I have been very pleased with). I have...
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    I thought of that but then I have to get all...

    I thought of that but then I have to get all those bees off the frame. That seems like more work but I am pretty new at this. Plus I'm worried since they didn't do anything with the brood they had...
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    Can I introduce a queen from my own recaptured...

    Can I introduce a queen from my own recaptured swarm into a hive next to the one she originally came from?

    I want to do this because the both hives also swarmed and the one I want her in has been...
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    Mr. Axtman...an update. Today we squashed...

    Mr. Axtman...an update. Today we squashed several of these sick bees, but they really were hard to get ahold of and could fly still. We opened our next hive and found more of the sickness. ...
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    I experimented with liquid smoke this past month...

    I experimented with liquid smoke this past month in our more aggressive hive (it is now very docile due to more boxes added). It didn't seem to calm them or send them back into the boxes, in fact I...
  15. I have a puzzle for you. A neighbor says she saw...

    I have a puzzle for you. A neighbor says she saw a huge swarm in our tree (2 separate cones of bees)for the majority of the day and then "the sky was black with bees". Sick at heart we looked in...
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    Checking our hives today we found several odd...

    Checking our hives today we found several odd looking bees (about 3-5 on every frame of 2 deeps). These bees look waspish, have very little hair and blackish bottoms. They look thinner than our...
  17. The Brushy Mountain 2004 catalog has a VonFrisch...

    The Brushy Mountain 2004 catalog has a VonFrisch hive with 4 medium (6 1/4")frames. The window is "Lexan" (I'm guessing a plexiglass type) and opens from the side. It is $189.95 plus 70lbs. S&H. I...
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    that is very cool...Does the glass lifts up for...

    that is very cool...Does the glass lifts up for the bees to get in? I am hoping to start an observation hive--where did you get yours? Great pictures!
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    Thanks! I'll get some of those...I'm sure the...

    Thanks! I'll get some of those...I'm sure the bees will appreciate it.
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    I guess my main question would be what are the...

    I guess my main question would be what are the signs of AFB before it is too late...once you have sunken brood cappings, ropiness, and the bad smell then things have gone too far to treat (if I...
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    Hi. I know I'm don't want my bees to get AFB but...

    Hi. I know I'm don't want my bees to get AFB but I also want to keep them as medicine free as possible. Most things I read say that once you detect AFB it is TOO LATE to treat. What does that mean...
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    Earl, I found this one in a September 3, 2003...

    Earl, I found this one in a September 3, 2003 post in Beekeeping 101 from Clint:

    "My way to make patties is about 1/2 of a 3lb. can of Crisco and 1/2 of 5lb. bag of sugar 1/4 cup honey 2...
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    I am considering giving my bees the Crisco patty...

    I am considering giving my bees the Crisco patty with oil to help deter the mites...I got a good recipe that calls for 1/4 cup of honey. Being a new beekeeper, I don't have any of my own honey, just...
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    I didn't think to check inside the cells...one...

    I didn't think to check inside the cells...one had a hole in it and appeared to be empty. As far as "capped", I don't know, it looked like all the pictures I've seen of supercedure cells (peanut...
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    Just making sure I am reading my hive...

    Just making sure I am reading my hive correctly...

    Today on our inspection (week 3) we found nicely capped brood; fat and shiny larvae, and a single egg in each cell. However, there was 1...
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