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    Re: Laying pattern for newly mated queen

    It can take a week or two for the queen to produce a normal pattern. I wouldn't worry just yet. Give them a couple more weeks.
  2. Thread: Breeder Nuc

    by gunter62
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    Re: Breeder Nuc

    I usually check after 7 days because I tend to work my hives on a weekly schedule. 7 days isn't usually long enough, but 14 seems to be.:)
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    Re: Unsure of how to help cold bees

    The cold will not kill your bees! Relax! Check on them Saturday and enjoy your new hobby.:)
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    Re: Robbing screens during nectar flow??

    I haven't used robbing screens at all yet, however I would think they wouldn't be needed during a flow when plenty of nectar is available. When the flow ends, robbing can be a real problem,...
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    Re: Question about swapping hive placement

    I believe foragers returning with pollen or nectar are welcomed into most any hive. If I move boxes on to another hive and know it doesn't contain a queen, I don't use newspaper. Never have seen a...
  6. Re: Filtering Extracted Honey: Does It Require Special Filters?

    I have used cheese cloth, nylon hose, and purchased strainers from bee suppliers. They all work, although some folks say cheese cloth can leave some cloth fibers in the honey. I haven't noticed that....
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    Re: Moth damaged frames

    I've reused frames that were worse than that and the bees patched them right up. I was amazed! You may be as well!
  8. Re: Question: Small cell wax foundation vs. foundationless for bees raised on small c

    If it were me, I would buy enough pf-style frames from Mann Lake for the brood nest, and do whatever you feel like in the supers.
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    Re: Did I screw up ?

    Bees will move up, down, or sideways if they need comb and their cavity isn't full. Take the medium off. If you want the frames emptied, stand the box on its end several feet from the hive. They'll...
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    Re: Hello from western NY

    Welcome wannabee! You've found a great resource for answers to many of your beekeeping questions. Good luck and have fun!
  11. Thread: bee space

    by gunter62
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    Re: bee space

    Not all setups are the same. My frames are basically a 1/4" from the bottom of my box. My bottom boards have a 3/4" rim. Therefore it is an inch from the bottom of my frames to the "deck" of my...
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    Re: Chemical free Beekeeping ?

    if I ever got AFB or EFB I would burn the hive.

    I know you probably just meant to show your serious about dealing with these diseases, but only AFB requires burning of the hive and components....
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    Re: Ring shank Nails or Staples?

    I generally use good quality deck screws with water resistant glue, but the screws can be quite expensive. So, I have considered switching to ring shank nails. Their holding power is great, and they...
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    Re: Thinking of making my own hives

    For building boxes, a dado blade is not necessary. Rabbats can be cut cleanly by doing 1 cut horizontally and 1 cut vertically. That's how I do all of mine. I also use the table saw and a jig to cut...
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    Re: How to develop a treatment free apiary?

    I think one of the keys to development of a treatment free apiary is to grow your own bees. Split from your survivors and produce your own queens. Then go into winter with more than you need next...
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    Re: Lost hive brood box peculiar

    I thought they added honey to pollen for winter storage. My pollen frames often look wet. Thought I read this was normal but can't remember where.
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    Re: How many medium's to start with

    Starting with 1 will work just fine. It's more than enough room for a 3 pound package of bees. They will draw out the first box of foundation pretty quickly if you are feeding them or there is a flow...
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    Poll: Re: Poll: What is your favorite bee tool?

    The bee suit is my favorite tool. Love bees, don't really enjoy getting stung. This tool increased my confidence and enjoyment of working bees more than anything else. I still get stung from time to...
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    Re: Hardest part of winter to get through?

    March seems to be the month for losses around here. Expanding broodnests require lots of pollen and nectar. They burn through stores quickly and sometimes lack of forage or good flight weather allows...
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    Re: Foundation color

    Black is helpful for brood comb as it makes seeing eggs and small larva easier. Either will work for honey and pollen storage.
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    Re: telescoping vs migratory

    I've been using migratory covers for a couple years and this year started using a feed bag inner cover. The reason I started doing this is the bees are using a lot of propolis on top of the frames to...
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    Re: How many hives did you start out with?

    Started with 1 because of timing and money. They survived the winter and I made a split in early spring. Some way or other they have turned into 18 colonies after 4 1/2 years, in spite of my...
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    Re: TF For 5 Seasons of More - Please Stand Up

    Got my first hive in spring of 2010. Currently up to 18 including nucs. Have never treated. No losses last winter. 6 in, 6 out. I have purchased a couple of queens, but most are produced here using...
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    Re: Foundation question?????

    I had no idea! I got it now. Thanks!
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    Re: Foundation question?????

    Lauri, what do you mean by "correct cell angle "?
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