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    Re: Trying to avoid another lousy winter

    +1 to OAV. You can treat all the way up to the bees going into the winter cluster. Very effective and little restrictions as to when and how you can apply it. Some folks on this board find using a...
  2. Re: Leaving a medium w/honey on two supers for the winter?

    Be sure not to install an excluder to overwinter or the queen won't be able to be follow the cluster up and will die.
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    Re: Combining Hives Sets Off WWIII

    I also learned the hard way about how manipulating hives in a dearth gives very different results. I had a hive hopelessly queenless and did a combine with a small NUC I had sitting on top of the...
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    Re: Too late to re-queen?

    I would only requeen if you have to this late in the year or risk not having a hive that makes it. Requeening now might not give you any benefit when you factor how long it will take for new brood...
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    Re: queenless -enough time to requeen?

    I too had a hive go queenless recently - likely my fault as I was determined to swap her out with another preferred queen going into winter. I never found her after painstaking efforts and tearing...
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    Re: My first experience with Russian bees

    Hi Hubert,

    I received my USDA Russian queens from Warm Colors Apiary in MA from Dan Conlon. Very knowledgeable guy and a pleasure to work with. I absolutely love working with this queen.
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    Re: My first experience with Russian bees

    Oh that is hilarious!!
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    Re: My first experience with Russian bees

    No, clearly quite a few Italians still working alongside their eastern sisters. The Russians are the black with light stripes in those pictures. These were only my first initial impressions after 5...
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    My first experience with Russian bees

    Hi all,

    About 5 weeks ago, I re-queened a Italian mut hive started from a package this year. I did it by building out a NUC for the new queen and then dropping those frames into the new hive...
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    Re: EXTRACTING FOUNDATIONLESS and WIRELESS FRAMES

    Bees in Miami has it right. I run foundationless frames, first year and extracted using a Maxant 3 frame extractor. I find the key is to keep the pressure low by flipping often. A bit more work,...
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    Re: Varroa treatment with honey supers on?

    When blocking off supers for treatment with OA or the like, what do you do about the bees in the supers? I know mites typically hang around the nurse bees, but I have to assume there are still quite...
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    What not to do in a dearth...

    Extracted a few frames (yay!) the other week and kept the wet frames in a locked tub inside the house. I was going to place them back on the hive next time I was in but kept forgetting. Got around...
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    Re: Lesson learned....nuc robbed out

    Hi all,

    I started 2 NUCs around beginning of July with a mated queens. I run all 8 frame mediums, so my NUCs are in 8 frame mediums using 3 frames of bees in the center. I placed them on top of...
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    Re: Paint in the eyes! Is it over?

    She rubbed at her face right away (yeah, so now green legs) - so hopefully cleaned enough off her face and antennae to survive. It just bled so fast that I had no time to respond other than the...
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    Paint in the eyes! Is it over?

    Marking a beautiful queen the other day with a marking pen. The pen had to much paint on the tip and when touched against the queens thorax, it 'bled' onto her head and eyes. Her head is green now....
  16. Thread: Robbing sucks....

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    Re: Robbing sucks....

    I'm not an expert in robbing of weaker hives, but I moved 2 NUCs (8 frame mediums)on top of larger hives, separated by a Double Screen Board to keep the natives peaceful. The reason was to conserve...
  17. Re: Setting up foundation-less frames questions - Wedge Style Frames

    Started a couple hives all foundationless this year. No strips or wax, no nails, nothing but how you have it set up - all doing remarkably well. I have all mediums and do not use deeps (highly...
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    Re: How long can a hive live without a queen

    ???

    I believe the open brood pheromones keep the ovary development in worker bees subdued to avoid a laying worker issue. I have never heard longevity contingent or being affected by pheromones. ...
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    Re: Is this a problem?

    In one of my hives, I recently found a very sparsely populated bottom box recently where once it was packed full of bees a month or 2 ago. The 2nd box is chock full of bees and larvae at all stages....
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    Re: Re-Queening Question

    To introduce a new queen, you need to be sure there is no other queen in the hive. Failing to remove the queen could (and likely would) result in your new mated queen being killed. Virgin or...
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    Re: Is the northeast in a dearth now?

    I extracted a few frames today just for the experience. Pulled off 9 lbs of honey across 3 medium frames. When I was done, I placed my tools with sticky honey in a dish and set it abut 15 ft from...
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    Re: extracting outdoors at night.

    OMG, hilarious!

    I too found out the hard way how adept they are at crawling... they are very fast when they want to be. I have since stopped peeking in on them at night to see what they are...
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    Re: 1st Year Russian Hives

    I started 2 NUCs with USDA certified Russians (whatever that means - it was all that was in stock locally). Both NUCs have been housed on top of large hives for about 5 weeks now. Each NUC/queen...
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    Re: Hygienic behavior?

    I had something similar occur a few weeks back on one of my hives. First year hive started in April from a package now filling 3x 8 frame mediums of brood and 2x 8 frame mediums of honey (5 boxes). ...
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    Re: New split-bees hot!

    I recently started a NUC with a couple frames of bees and brood from my larger hives. New mated queen in a queen cage. Once she was introduced, they immediately took to her cage like Velcro. I...
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