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  1. Re: Introducing new queen to a queenless TBH

    Good news, the queen was still alive this morning, although the 2 workers who wiggled their way into the marking tube were not (maybe they injured themselves getting in those tiny holes). There were...
  2. Re: suggestions for processing a bar or 2 of honey via crush and strain

    Thanks for all the ideas. I bumped a bar of comb off the top of the hive this morning when I was releasing my queen, so I'm trying the sieve method over a measuring cup. I was hoping to avoid the...
  3. Re: Introducing new queen to a queenless TBH

    I just walked out there at 9:30 with a flashlight to peak in the window. It seems that they have accepted her. I wasn't able to hang the marking tube between any comb so I left it on the bottom of...
  4. Re: Introducing new queen to a queenless TBH

    And the answer to that question, is she must be introduced in a cage. I had marked her (and let her dry) while I put the bar of eggs in the hive. Then I took her out to the hive and set her on the...
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    Re: Top Bar Hive with screened bottom

    1/8" hardware cloth is just right. It lets the bees drive down the small hive beetles and SMB larvae drop thru to the oiled board.
  6. suggestions for processing a bar or 2 of honey via crush and strain

    I hope to harvest 2 bars of foundationless Acer maple honey in the next week (not quite capped all the way). This will be my first honey harvest from my bees. With a top bar hive, I don't plan to...
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    Re: Top Bar Top Entrance is it too big?

    That sounds like a good spot. My bees keep their brood patch on bars 3-10. The first 2 bars are partial comb and the ones in the back are honey. As much as I rearrange the bars (last summer), they...
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    Re: Top Bar Top Entrance is it too big?

    Duct tape also works quite well. Just be sure to stick another piece of tape to the sticky side so you don't get any bees stuck to the underside.
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    Re: Shamrock Package Bees

    I just ordered from them for the first time in January. I heard back from them in February, regarding an unfinalized order from January. Contacted them in early March when my hive went queenless to...
  10. Introducing new queen to a queenless TBH

    This should have been a relatively easy thing to do, but the brief period of cold air earlier this week made me change course.

    The background info: my single hive has been fighting a queenless...
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    Re: Pollen sources now in the northeast?

    It's been very strange weather here in Tidewater, VA. My bees have packed 7 topbars full of honey, which I am assuming to be this maple nectar since the hollies, autumn olives, and redbuds have just...
  12. Re: I need suggestions on transporting a Nuc.

    If you are going to transport inside a van or car, I would highly recommend some netting or something to put over it. The girls always seem to find a little hole to fly out of. The Dollar Stores...
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    Re: Queenless package with Queen cells

    Do they ever let a drone "queen" hatch out? I had isolated a capped queen cell (built from a queen cup, not worker brood) into a Styrofoam mini mating nuc and waited for it to hatch. I only put a...
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    Re: Normal reaction to a sting?

    Looks like a very normal reaction to me. You will swell less as you get stung more. One other thing to try and help reduce the swelling in phenylephrine. Both down the throat and a topical cream. ...
  15. Re: what type of honey is made in late winter, early spring?

    I found a post on honeybeesuite.com that talks about bigleaf maple honey. I didn't realize maples had enough nectar to produce a honey crop. According to Rusty's website, it taste divine. I'll let...
  16. what type of honey is made in late winter, early spring?

    So my bees have been fighting a queenless situation since Feb 24. The only "good thing" about that is my bees have been pulling in the honey. (I have not been feeding them, so I know it's not capped...
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    Re: 30 hrs after package install.

    New package is looking good. Glad to see you put a window in your hive. You won't regret it. I open mine at least twice a day, morning and night. And then a lot more on the weekends when I am...
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    Re: Package Progress Timeline?

    I think they should be ok. Give them another week before you peek at them. The festooning is what they do to make the comb, and you don't want to disturb that process. I think it might be a bit...
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    Re: "Early" supercedure

    yes, pull 5 of the 7 cells ASAP. and make mini nucs to let the queens hatch out. Hopefully 1 of the 7 will get mated successfully. A capped queen cell doesn't take much resources. I pulled 2 of my...
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    Re: Queenbee anyone.

    I don't know the answer to this, but can you mix Russian and Italian bees? I'm making the assumption your worker bees are Italian...
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    Re: Queenbee anyone.

    Hang in there and don't give up hope. Sorry that I don't have one to offer you, but my single hive has been trying to make a queen since the end of Feb. Multiple failures on queen cells and getting...
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    Re: Coexisting with backyard hives

    The spray bottle is something I picked up from Rusty on another bee website. (Can't remember it at the moment.) I don't use a smoker on my bees, and I don't like the sticky sugar water. So I put a...
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    Re: Coexisting with backyard hives

    Sometimes the instinct to swat is just so hard to control. My second un-asked for sting ended the same way. Angry bee landed on the bridge of my nose deciding whether or not to let me have it, and...
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    Re: Queen finally started laying!

    congrats! I also had queen problems and hope I have eggs when I check this weekend.
  25. Re: When to split - Queen Cells with larvae in hive

    I guess it would depend if you have the equipment or if you are worried about interrupting the buildup before the main flow; but they need to "think" they have already swarmed or you might loose them...
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