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    Re: Entrance reducers and bearding

    That was my thought. If they are bearding this heavy, they do not need the reducers.
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    Entrance reducers and bearding

    It is about that time to be thinking about robbing. So the other day I put what screens I have on, and the rest I put the reducers on set to the wide entrance. The last few days have been humid and...
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    Grafting tool thought

    I will be attempting to graft next season. I do not think I will be buying a grafting tool, but instead make one. My thought is to take the last quarter inch of a paper clip and bend it back on...
  4. Thread: Chastisement

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    Re: Chastisement

    I will say that I am sometimes reluctant to post a question. You often read posts that say why don't you utilize the search? However somebody what have something new to add to the subject. I feel it...
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    Re: Queens and genetics

    Pm sent. Thanks to everyone for the information.
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    Re: Queen stop laying

    That is what I figured. Was wondering if there may be reasons why it happens suddenly.
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    Re: Queen stop laying

    I realize that Russians slow down. My other three Russians are brooding fine. I am feeding syrup and pollen sub. Same marked queen. She was running around strangely on an empty frame with no other...
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    Queen stop laying

    What would make a queen to just stop laying? The hive was booming just a month ago. Since we started our dearth, I have been feeding syrup and they are still bringing in pollen. I thought the hive...
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    Re: Overwintering indoors

    Yeah Maryland winters are not terrible. Colonies die from cold, low stores, mites, and other things. So I thought I would try to put two nucs in my shop. They would be warmer and I could feed as...
  10. Thread: Got a ?

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    Re: Got a ?

    The queen right nuc.
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    Re: Got a ?

    Thanks. Has anyone lost a queen this way?
  12. Thread: Got a ?

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    Got a ?

    I have a hive that the queen died. There is no brood or eggs. There are only a few hundred maybe a thousand bees. So my question is can I shake the remaining bees in front of a nuc to help boost them?
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    Overwintering indoors

    I made two splits the other day, and thinking about experimenting with them. My idea for them is to overwinter them in my shop. I was thinking of building a closed bottom board that has screen for...
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    Re: Queens and genetics

    I asked because everything you hear is to select from a queen that has the traits that you want. But how watered down are the offsprings going to be? From what you selected may not what you desire...
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    Re: Queens and genetics

    Thanks for the replies. Did mean to start something. Just want to learn as much as I can. Always been, if you are going to try your best then do not do it. I have been growing my hive counts this...
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    Queens and genetics

    I want to attempt to raise some queens next year. I want to learn all I can before I try. So some questions: drones are exactly like their queen correct? Workers are a combination? So when you select...
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    Re: Dearth feeding?

    What do you mean?
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    Re: hive entrance size

    I get the entrance reduction. However hives that were not bearding are now. I have to wonder about hive ventilation. I going to make robber screens for all of mine I believe. This way they get more...
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    Dearth feeding?

    I did not feed last summer and had to play catch up. So how frequently, how much, and what method? I currently have 8 colonies. Yesterday I made up 5 gallons, put a lid on that I made numerous holes...
  20. Thread: Velbert Queens

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    Re: Velbert Queens

    Ordered two queens from him. Great communication and customer service. He went above and beyond.
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    Viability of a small swarm

    Got a call about bees in a camper. After inspecting it, they were about the size of a baseball. They had only drawn out about a 5x5 piece of comb. I was unable to get the bees out or find the queen....
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    Re: First Year Split?

    This is my second season. After loosing bees last year, this year I am making splits. I want to have as many healthy hives as I can before winter. Better my chances to have bees in the spring.
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    Re: Hive ventilation

    Thank you. Just the first time I have seen them do it in the morning. Just strange that it was the two with the ventilation tops.
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    Hive ventilation

    I got up this morning, and I took the dog out at five. As I walked by my hives two out of the six were bearding. The other ones, the bees were packed at the entrances. The two that were bearding have...
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    Bees in the woods?

    I have been fortunate enough to buy some property not far from me. Just about 2.5 miles away. The property is all wooded. I plan on clearing out some this fall. Would it be worth putting some bees...
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