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    Re: No more bee drownings

    Nice mod.
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    Re: Hive top feeder. Inner cover?

    If I remember correctly I used the inner cover. I put it on top of the feeder. You could probably go with or without one. As long as nothing can get in and gain access to the syrup.
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    Re: Newbee from Wilmington DE.

    Welcome and congrats on your new package. Take your time and enjoy the experience.
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    Re: bees killing each other

    Even tho an old thread I would say if only a bee or two they were robbers and guard bees did what they had to.
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    Re: Today's inspection...

    Oh no......where did the pictures go?
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    Re: swarm left queen behind

    The bees that swarmed must of had the original queen with them - where the queen goes they cluster. I would guess the queen you found is one that emerged from a queen cell. If what you found on the...
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    Re: Hi from Virginia ;-)

    Welcome. We are just about an hour away from you. Enjoy!
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    Re: Short Course or Not?

    Take the course. I'm sure it will be worth it. I just started reading Ross Conrad's Natural Beekeeping myself - so far I really like it.
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    Re: Food coloring to Spring syrup?

    I used green, red, blue, and yellow. Only because it was the only colors I had. They all showed up fine. Since it was new frames the comb and contents all had a shade of whatever color I was...
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    Re: Wax Moths are Here!

    I hate to say it but I think its going to be a tough year dealing with the Wax Moths :( If any of your ideas work let us know.
  11. Re: when will newly installed packages settle down?

    Could take up to 24 hours for the bees to calm down. I would check for eggs in about 4-5 days. I assuming they will need to build some comb and collect some pollen and nectar. You don't want to...
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    Re: Food coloring to Spring syrup?

    I used food coloring in the sugar syrup all last Spring and occasionally during the winter when needed. It was neat to see where they stored it. I stopped feeding them since my first inspection in...
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    Re: Adding a second hive body

    I add the second deep when the bees finish drawing out 7 to 8 of the frames. If you wait too long they will get overcrowded.
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    Re: First Inspection

    Looks like the bees are doing a great job. Nice picture of the eggs.
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    Re: Can I store SS cells

    Superceedure Cells maybe?
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    Re: Digging this swarm removal thing

    Glad to hear its going good. I hope to catch my first swarm this year -- and maybe more.
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    Re: Do I paint this part of the bottom board?

    I paint the entire bottom board on all my hives. For me it's easier to clean-up in Spring. On one of my hives I painted the entire inside and outside of every piece just to see what happens. So...
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    Re: Package Installation

    If it is a 3lb package I would go for one deep to start with. Since all frames are drawn out it won't talk too long for them to get things going. Once they start raising brood along with storing...
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    Re: Hive stand questions?

    I usually go at least 8" or more by using cinder blocks. That height will expose the tender underside of the skunk and they don't like to be stung there. Otherwise they can stand in front of the...
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    Re: Bottleneck with a reduced entrance?

    I would open it up to the next step up. Keep and eye on it and if you need to you can close it back down.
  21. Re: beetle blaster, never sits flat, creates more problems

    Ours do the same thing. If they were a bit narrower they would be flush with the frame top bars.
  22. Thread: what color?

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    Re: what color?

    Paint it what ever color you like. I use the rule of thumb of lighter colors for warmer locations and darker shades for cooler locations.
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    Re: south or east ?

    I face mine toward the SE. So far it has worked fine. You could leave a few facing another direction and see if there are any differences in hive buildup or performance. Seems like all the books I...
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    Screws or Nails?

    Ready to assemble my deep NUC body along with other ten frame boxes. Comes with nails but was thinking of using wood screws. Seems like it would be more secure in the long run. What has been your...
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    Re: Buy a hive or a package?

    I started with a package and liked seeing them go from ground up. This year they are a strong colony and I will take a few frames and make a NUC!
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