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    Re: Queen Bee Purchase online?

    Just received my 5 queens in the mail today from Sam Comfort.
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?315639-Summer-Treatment-Free-Queens-for-Sale&p=1306028#post1306028
  2. Re: How concerned about inbreeding are you backyard nuc/queen producers?

    Are you in a very isolated area with no other beekeepers? I thought I was the only beekeeper in my little town. Then I started to get to know other beekeepers and we have a pretty robust group of...
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    Re: Jump starting a slow queen?

    one of my nucs with a young queen had issues with robbing. She was laying a little, just not a lot. Probably because the workers were busy acting as guards and not nurse bees. Swapped an empty...
  4. Re: Laying Worker Shake-out, will the laying worker enter a functioning hive?

    At least put them to work drawing comb. Stick a feeder on there and see what the remaining workers will do. I did have luck with a LW hive this spring by giving them open brood a few times and then...
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    Re: Sting Reaction

    I had a similar reaction when I got stung between the eyes. (girls found a hole in my veil). That was the only time that I started itching really bad on my hands and feet. Was worried that I was...
  6. Re: Pick your poison: (1) frostbite; or (2) heatstroke.

    I love being in the Hampton Roads part of VA. Went to school out in Blacksburg and fell in love with the mountains and cooler summers but jobs were scarce. Moved back home where the July/Aug highs...
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    Re: Where Can I Buy 2 Queens?

    Sam Comfort has treatment free queens for sale around your area. http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?315639-Summer-Treatment-Free-Queens-for-Sale

    Although with laying workers, you will...
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    Re: Summer Treatment-Free Queens for Sale

    Anyone else in the southern part of the US try his queens? I see one response from FL. I was just getting ready to split up a top bar hive into 5 nucs to overwinter. Wonder if I should order a...
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    Re: Summer Treatment-Free Queens for Sale

    could I ask what "Zombee™ survivor mutts" are? The only thing Google comes up with is not a positive thing in the way of honey bees. Is this the one that chews the legs off of mites?
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    Re: HELP! How do I save extra queen cell?

    It's the first virgin out that will sting to death the capped queens that respond to her call. It's the workers that tear down the queen cell with the dead queens. If they are starting to tear it...
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    Re: Discouraged newbee

    I've just finished requeening a "hot" TBH. It wasn't hot in the terms of Africanized bees, that hive just liked to sting me for no apparent reason, even in spring when the nectar flow was on. My...
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    Re: Queen Bee Purchase online?

    +1 for shamrocksbees
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    Re: Overwintering with Pop-up greenhouse?

    I think some sort of wind break around you hive is really what you are looking for. That seems to make a huge difference in my hives. If I don't have them up against a building or evergreen hedge,...
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    Re: Making queens

    I do the same thing that Heritage Honey has suggested with one exception. I like to have new white comb in there for the queen to lay on. That way I don't have to notch the bottom of the cell walls...
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    Re: Chocolate brown pollen... goldenrod?

    I like these charts from Eversweet Apiaries, but they are not all encompassing.

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    I also love this book, but it's not arranged by pollen color...
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    Re: Chocolate brown pollen... goldenrod?

    my chart says it could be Joe Pye. Mine is blooming now in Virginia. I'm wondering if the brown could be a type of sumac, which has been blooming here for some weeks.
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    Re: Starting a hive this time of year

    I don't know what a Utah winter is like. In this part of VA, it is very mild so we can set up new beekeepers with late summer/fall nucs and be pretty successful in overwintering them as nucs or...
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    Re: Two hives that refuse to make a queen

    My advice is to have another hive make the queen cells and give them to the 2 hives once they are capped. Never could get my laying workers hive to "make" a queen or "accept" a mated one. But they...
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    Re: Creating a Nuc

    If you gave it capped stores and drawn comb from another hive to get it going, you might not have to feed in the fall. Also depends on what you have blooming around you. I do late summer/early fall...
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    Re: How to swap queens between hives?

    I'm not able to answer your original question, but if you haven't already created the nuc you might look at it a different way. When requeening, I always move the queen out of the original hive over...
  21. Re: How does one selectively "exterminate" mean guard bees with soapy water?

    Maybe you missed the start of the conversation, but I have one hive that is Really mean and stinging me through my regular (very thin) suit and jeans. The tyvek is the only way for me to get in...
  22. Re: TOp bar Swarmed, 9 Queen cells, can i split?

    How many total bars do you have? 3 bars to the second hive seems pretty skimpy for a summer split, unless there is still a large nectar flow going on in your are. Minimum that I would do would be...
  23. Re: How does one selectively "exterminate" mean guard bees with soapy water?

    Even with the heat index at 103F, I still suited up today in tyvek to inspect the evil hive. Lots of bees flying around and I pulled a couple of bars but they didn't attack my veil like they did the...
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    Re: weak hive, what do to?

    Could be time for a different queen to lead that hive.
  25. Re: What do you do with remaining stores in early spring?

    Any bars with capped syrup in them by mid-March get a mark on the top of them so that I don't harvest them as honey in June. They would also be the first ones that I pull as "food" for any early...
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