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  1. Re: how to handle spring honey bound brood nest

    Why not put them in a full hive vs. you nuc boxes? They need the room. Once they have decided to swarm they will swarm. More room might prevent that if bthey have not already decided. Reversing...
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    Re: Flys all over

    Thanks Mike. I need simple instructions like that. Perfect.

    Happy Easter to you.
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    Re: Flys all over

    Thanks Mike, great information. Other than peaking in the top I have not been in the hive. They seem to have a strong population and are bring in a lot of pollen so I am very optimistic. They are...
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    Re: Spring Hive Maintenance

    I remove very little propolis, almost none. I have never had so much propolis that I could not remove a frame though. The bees need the propolis so I leave it there, don't work against the bees.
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    Re: Flys all over

    Mike Gillmore, I am north of you in Chagrin Falls. How warm does it have to be for you to open a hive and fully inspect it for the first time in the Spring?
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    Re: How do you wire a frame?

    Foundationless with fishing line wired as an X.

    Why are you asking?
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    Re: Bees are dead! Now what?

    I think that going treatment free takes a real commitment to being treatment free. I don't think that going part way will work. It takes your whole operating model to work together as a system. ...
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    Re: Small colony question?

    Peaking at them is making you feel good but at this point it is not doing anything beneficial for the bees, therefore peaking at them has a higher probability of hurting them so I would resist the...
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    Re: treating for mites

    Local survivor genetics, natural cell, maintain strong hives and drone comb seems to work well.
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    Re: Mountain Camp Question

    Got it. Sounds right to me.
  11. Re: To use or not to use small cell foundation?

    If someone thinks that small cell or natural cell alone is the answer to preventing varroa infestations they are probably wrong. I think that the root question is: Do you plan to use chemicals or...
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    Re: Mountain Camp Question

    I think he means it won't help the bees if the sugar is on the bottom board.
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    Re: Possible 100 watt bulb for warmth

    Bees have made it for thousands of years without heaters so I wouldn't start with them now.
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    Re: Mountain Camp Question

    I have only been in NE Ohio for a couple years and those winters have been VERY cold and very long, particularly compared to Carolina where I moved from, so I am using a medium box for holding the...
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    Re: Mountain Camp Question

    I see the mountain of sugar but I cannot see how much has been consumed underneath it, so it could just be a cave under there and I wouldn't know it because a hollow mountain still looks like a...
  16. Re: To use or not to use small cell foundation?

    I use no foundation at all. I let the bees draw the sizes of cells that the chose. Mostly they draw small cells but also drone cells, which I am happy to leave alone. I do wire the frames with...
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    Re: Mountain Camp Question

    I can't imagine any other way of doing it, although I don't use an inner cover because I have a top entrance.
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    Mountain Camp Question

    I am overwintering my bees with the Mountain Camp and, since the bees will consume the sugar form the bottom moving up but I will inspect them form the top looking down, how do you know how much...
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    Re: Two Marked Queens In A Hive

    The hive is about 7 weeks old. I got three nucs from my supplier. She bred and marked them. They are sisters. One hive swarmed and it looks like she moved into her sister's place. They have not...
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    Two Marked Queens In A Hive

    I found two marked queens in one of my hives. Neither was laying though. I created a nuc from frames from another hive and caged one if the queens and put her in the nuc. I left the other queen in...
  21. Re: Strange Hexagonal Aliens in our beehive cells. What could they be?

    Soar,

    Have you removed one of the things with the lines? What did you see? Can you post a picture of it? Without anymore information I agree with Gezellig that you are likely seeing the lines...
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    Re: How many and when? - You guess

    Now we're cookin'

    JW you are down for 1 and 6. Andrew, 7 is all yours!
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    Re: How many and when? - You guess

    Perhaps, but there is not that much and the flow has started so I am not too worried.
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    How many and when? - You guess

    Last weekend (4/12) I put 6 swarm traps out in my backyard (big yard). Each has at least some drawn comb, nectar/sugar water and/or capped honey. Each also has a little lemon grass oil? This...
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    Re: Comb in swarm traps

    I found DiPel PRO DF - it has BT 54%. The other 46% is "other ingredients". Does this sound like the right stuff?
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