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    Re: How soon should a new queen lay?

    On a side note regarding this, 6 or 7 is more than I'd expect for number of queen cells in a supercedure, although I'm sure it's not unheard of. However, many of the details that you provide make it...
  2. Re: If swarm cells are empty, can they still be used as queen cells to make splits?

    Unless I misunderstand your question, what you're asking is analogous to asking whether or not you'll get a chicken from a broken, empty eggshell. The answer is no. You won't get a queen from an...
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    Re: Top entrance for the top deep?

    If you want holes in your boxes, wait a few years and moisture coupled with Mother Nature will accomplish that for you. Plenty of ways to establish a top entrance without drilling holes in your...
  4. Re: Seeing a lot of drones at entrance coming and going.

    Yeah you'll see drones, but IMO if you opened it you may see post-swarm or swarm-prep signs.
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    Re: Honey Productivity and Organic Beekeeping

    What definition of organic are we going to go with for this thread?
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    Re: "Keyboard Beekeepers" ?

    I don't know, I see the same thing happen at our local beekeeping organization meetings from all ages, but typically dominated by a few older more outspoken beekeepers. Younger beekeepers tend to...
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    Re: Checkerboarding and Removing Frames

    I typically don't want to throw brood out. Unless there's something wrong with it, throwing it out is a step in the wrong direction. (Unless I'm misunderstanding what you're proposing.)
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    Re: why leave all honey supers on?

    You'll need to clarify as what you're describing doesn't sound like standard practice.
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    Re: Spring photos in Kentucky

    A'sPOPPY, is that pollen sycamore?

    You're in a beautiful area. We were there last year for the caves, stayed in a cabin up at the top of the hill, and did some horseback riding. We also ran down...
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    Police: Man Stole Beehives, Equipment

    Unfortunate to hear.

    From: http://www.clickorlando.com/news/27083889/detail.html?source=orlpn&taf=orlpn

    Man Charged With Grand Theft

    POSTED: Friday, March 4, 2011
    UPDATED: 9:10 pm EST...
  11. Thread: Stinkin Cows

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    Re: Stinkin Cows

    "Fencing the hives in is not an option."

    Why?

    You have options:

    1) YOU can fence the hives in - it's really simple, and for 5 hives, not a large area.

    2) Move the cattle.
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    Re: splits for swarm prevention

    Ditto on checkerboarding for me.
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    Re: Losses reach 50%

    I have difficulty being sold on the notion that small-cell bees are so much smaller that they don't allow tracheal mites to develop inside them. In order for them to be that much smaller - 'smaller...
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    Re: Best way to phase out deep frames...

    This year I used more deeps as supers than I normally have. I saved a few to extract in winter, storing them in the finished portion of our attic. I don't remember whining when I carried them up 2...
  15. Supercedure vs. swarming in large colonies

    I saw MP's note in another thread on "wintering nucs" and I didn't want to hijack the thread, so I started a new thread in hopes of asking the following question:



    I've been wondering how this...
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    Re: Oct 23, in PA - should I be seeing brood?

    hmm...now I'd think that being said as a blanket statement would stir some controversy, unless it's meant regionally, and only for your region.
  17. Checkerboarding results and number of boxes to overwinter in

    I would like to hear how everyone did with checkboarding this year, what their results were, (swarming, hive strength, etc.) and how it's tied into their decisions this fall on how many boxes to...
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    Re: Clumps of bees grooming outside the hive

    Just as a point that I caught myself pondering, this year one of my first-year hives (swarm from late last year) mirrored your configuration (D-D-QE-D-D), and I threw a shallow super on top of that...
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    Re: Clumps of bees grooming outside the hive

    Is your area currently in a nectar dearth? Are your hives at all congested/tight for space?
  20. Thread: Walt Wright

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    Re: Walt Wright

    As for checkerboarding, I really would like to see a thread started discussing the results folks have seen using it. I checkerboarded early this year around and above the brood nest and went to three...
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    Re: Lions and Tigers and Aw crud

    Bad assumptions to make include but are not limited to:
    - Bears typically arent sighted, so they're probably not here. None of the neighbors have seen them.
    - I live in town so I'm probably safe. ...
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    Re: Best way to recover quickly

    Unclear - were your dead-outs because you had a bad flow last year and they didn't store extra reserves plus they didn't take enough feed? You're hoping to feed some of this honey back (or did they...
  23. Thread: Surprise

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    Re: Surprise

    That's why I had that one open. :)
  24. Thread: Surprise

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    Re: Surprise

    Could be. It would be nice if the clusters merge before brood rearing gets going. I think that maybe this happens more than we sometimes realize, and would explain why sometimes in our late-winter...
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    Re: Winter Feeding

    Yeah Spart,
    It's ok to do if they need it. I've put MountainCamp piles on mine a few years in the cold when needed, and can tell you that if it's needed, the benefits outwiegh the risk, especially...
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