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    Re: Bees are definitely africanized!

    Working bees in south Florida-- they are all mutts and contending with Africanized genes are inherently in almost every feral and beekepers apiary. This hive has gotta go.
  2. Re: How long do most neew beekeepers keep at it?

    Wow Beebopping Steve, that post was pretty insightful… deep man, deep.
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    Bees are definitely africanized!

    I picked up a hive of bees that was in a small cardboard box in someone's shed a couple months back. I had the pleasure of doing a small cut out in my back yard and the bees were very docile. I...
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    Re: cut outs and requeening

    Feral hives introduce desirable genetics into your apiary. usually a cut-out has eggs and brood. unless they were queenless to begin with.

    Always have a hive you can pull eggs and open brood from.
  5. Re: Bee removal part successful need advice

    I am sure a lot of what you did was right. A bee vac is not necessary and I only use one if I am working from the inside of someone's home. A smoker and a little bee quick are all you need to get the...
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    Re: inner covers

    Inner covers are pretty useful if you ask me; especially. The most useful in my opinion is when I am going through an entire hive that is 3-4 deep broods high it gives an extra top to cover a box...
  7. Re: lots of bees crawling around in our yard

    I have the same size lot with a large house on it. 12-15 hives going year round in Florida. Seems that bees are crawling at the beginning and the end of major flows, but there are always walkers at...
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    Re: Dark comb

    The darker the comb the less likely she will lay in it. If that is in the center of the brood nest she will avoid it and pass it over. If you don't want to cut it out put it on ends of brood nest for...
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    Re: Too much brood/ not enough bees

    Could of happened... if it was in my area the beetles would take over the comb that is not covered by bees. When the capped brood emerges they will quickly be your source of nurse and house bees.
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    Re: Signs of ccd?

    If there are eggs and brood, then the queen is healthy. The queen in most cases will stop laying if conditions are not right for raising brood. Bees that are lethargic acting and covered in grey...
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    Re: Uncapped Honey

    Test it's moisture content with refractometer. It can definitely be used for mead making, you just want to make sure you have a specific gravity of at least 1.07 to make anything decent for drinking.
  12. Re: my strongest beehive swarmed, 30 days before the nectar flow ends. reunite ?

    Find two good cells preferably on the same frame or close to one another. Otherwise they will probably swarm once again.
  13. Re: Screen hive bottom. What am I seeing? Is it OK?

    Molding pollen
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    Re: New Beekeeper Cut Out

    I brought way too much to my first few cutouts--- I would suggest doing what Mr. Beeman suggest... over prepare, once you get a few under your belt you'll develop your own style and what you need.
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  15. Re: help!! Can someone tell me whats happening.

    The bees will not leave a mated queen... unless they already have one with them. They should return if the only queen is still in the cage. Like above, Screen them in.
  16. Re: Will queen lay on other side of a bar or two of honey?

    Feral bees that work down back fill the previous brood comb with honey. The brood ends up lower and the honey up top. Their nature is to put honey above and to the side of the brood.

    From my...
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    Re: How fragile are queen cells?

    A chewed up or ravaged queen cell usually means it was torn down from workers or the queen herself. A virgin queen is usually hard to detect, but she still has her signature queen wobble. If you have...
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    Re: Package install problems

    Get them in the hive and make sure they have plenty of ventilation. If you want to make sure they don't leave you can give them a sacrificial frame of eggs/larvae from another one of your packages....
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    Post Swarm Manipulations

    If the brood chamber is heavily back filled with nectar--- then the question is should frames be moved in and out after a swarm to give more space for the new queen?
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    Re: How fragile are queen cells?

    Depends on what wax it was made from. If it's pulled on a frame with relatively light comb that is obviously virgin wax it will squish if you look at it awkward; however if it is made from a...
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    SlumGum… Use it and How?

    I've been melting down some old brood comb for cycling in new comb and new I'd save some of the slumgum for baiting swarm traps. I've heard it works well. I have it in an old cardboard milk carton...
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    Re: Best Price/Quality for Frames?

    Mann Lake-- They aren't assembled and of course do not have foundation--- but It doesn't take long to build all 100 frames-- build while playing a movie on Netflix. and I and foundationless anyway.
  23. Re: cutouts- free, or who pays to repair

    I do free removals when they are down the street and 20 minutes or less. If I have to drive more than 20 minutes a minimum of $100. Let people know up front that it is not free.

    I did removals...
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    Re: Best Price/Quality for Frames?

    I have been ordering in packs of 100 the wedge top grooved bottom for $ 92 I think which is .92 a frame. If you find a better deal than that please let me know I need to order ASAP as well.
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    Re: Issue with a caught swarm

    When in doubt, offer a frame of brood, eggs, and larvae if you have the resources.
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