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    Re: Reviving a flagging colony

    Thanks David, that makes sense.

    I didn't see any signs of foulbrood but I did see some chilled larva, which makes sense given the size of the cluster. I will check the hive again in the next day...
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    Re: Capped Drone Brood in March in MN?

    What an interesting year this will be! My guess is that the bees have a better sense of what is going on than I do so I plan to keep an eye on the bees and take notes and learn something new. Maybe...
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    Re: Reviving a flagging colony

    So when you take brood frames from a weak hive and put them in a strong hive where do you put them and do you first shake the bees that were on the frames back into their original hive?
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    Capped Drone Brood in March in MN?

    I opened up my thriving hive to find a full box of honey on top and lots and lots of bees. When I worked my way into the brood nest I found plenty of larva, eggs and capped brood and also two small...
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    Re: Reviving a flagging colony

    Well, I found a a full box of honey and a box with a little cluster (softball size) of nurse bees caring for brood. There were capped brood, larva and eggs. THe cluster is so small that I am not...
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    Re: Reviving a flagging colony

    Reducing the size of the hive makes a lot of sense to me. I will take a look this afternoon and see what I can learn from my inspection of the hive. I hope that it will be clear to me whether to...
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    Reviving a flagging colony

    All of my colonies made it through the winter and three of the 4 are thriving. The fourth is sluggish (slow to take in syrup and not many bees foraging compared to the other hives) and I plan a...
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    Re: comb drawn on a foundationless frame

    Has anyone tried putting a medium honey super filled with Kelley's beveled foundationless frames on a hive during a nectar flow? Did the bees do a good job drawing out comb that was relatively easy...
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    Re: Queen/Swarm Question

    I have a hive that swarmed and yesterday I watched as three virgin queens piped and emerged from their cells. It was pretty amazing to hear and see. I am also curious to know what the bees will do...
  10. Re: Bees building form the bottom up/ Cross-comb

    Thanks Michael! I went out and and found that within just a few hours they had begun building cross comb again so I scraped it off and reversed the hive bodies. How soon do you think I should check...
  11. Bees building form the bottom up/ Cross-comb

    My bees are in an 8-frame deep which they have filled up nicely with comb, etc. They are beginning to move up into the second deep but are building up from the top of the frames in the bottom box as...
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    Re: Dying Bees in Observation Hive

    After inspecting my other hives which are out at a friends farm I found that they also have dead bees on the ground. One of the hives had poop on the inner cover which makes me think that this is...
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    Re: Dying Bees in Observation Hive

    There were dead bees all over the ground and landing board this morning. The living bees seem to have done a good job of cleaning out the dead bees over the course of the day and my hope is that...
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    Dying Bees in Observation Hive

    I have a top bar observation hive in my yard which has been doing very well this spring. The hive contains a new package (hived in mid April) with an Italian queen and up until yesterday everything...
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    Re: did not install pkg recommended way?

    I would direct release her. I hived five packages this spring and all five direct released queens have been accepted and are laying well. The queens had been with the package for 3+ days prior to...
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    Re: Pure Tung Oil

    Thanks! I have put two coats on so far and I think the wood will take more. It did rain on one of the supers for about a minute today before I moved it inside and the raindrops beaded up very...
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    Pure Tung Oil

    I put a coat of pure Tung Oil on the outside of my supers yesterday and it went on very nicely. I am wondering how many coats I should put on to give the supers a nice durable finish. Does anyone...
  18. Re: What happened to my hive (Photo) & can I use frames?

    The "sawdust" is wax cappings that the bees removed from the honecomb.
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    Re: Heater bees

    I just finished reading "The Buzz about Bees" by Jurgen Tautz and I highly recommend it. The information about heater bees was fascinating and I learned many things from this book that I had never...
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    Re: Prairie Burn & Hive Location

    Thank you Sundance, wildbeekeeper, TxFirefighter, and Oldtimer! I will drive out to the site in the next few weeks and take a look around again and see what I can figure out. I should be able to...
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    Prairie Burn & Hive Location

    I will be setting up a new apiary on a friend's land this spring. There are two restored prairies on this land and the owner will be having the prairies burned in April. My bee packages will arrive...
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    Re: Walter Kelley Frame End Bars

    Wow, I am glad I asked you all this question! Thank you for explaining it to me. I will make sure I assemble them as you suggest. Thanks so much for your quick replies. Sometimes being a newbee...
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    Re: Walter Kelley Frame End Bars

    I have never noticed that on preassembled frames I have bought elsewhere. But I would be relieved to know that these are normal and that I can go ahead and assemble them.
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    Walter Kelley Frame End Bars

    I bought 100 foundationless frames from Walter Kelley in November and just started assembling them last week. The end bars look a little defective to me and I wondered what you all think. Have you...
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    Re: beekeeper beginner from Slovenia

    Wow! Thanks you so much for posting the great photos. I look forward to learning more from you about this type of hive.
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