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    Re: Mite counts from powdered sugar roll

    Correct!:)

    However, as the brood emerges so will the mites...if you consider a brood cycle to be 21 days, then testing or checking for mites every 2-3 weeks should give you a better idea of what's...
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    Re: Do robbing screens work?

    Yes they do...if you place them on before the robbing starts...if robbing has been going on for a while, as in progressive robbing( Mangum, W (2012) Robbing: Part 2: Progressive robbing. ABJ 152(8):...
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    Re: Small hive beetle infested comb

    If the hive you placed them on, is strong enough, it might be OK.

    The slime, the yucky stuff beetle larvae produces as it eats its way through the comb, is pretty repellant to bees.

    So,...
  4. Re: I think I keep making a problem bigger

    Sure can! That way you make an increase. Is it a gamble? It could be, but you have nothing to lose. Your original hive has a laying queen, it keeps on ticking...the "queenless" swarm gets a chance to...
  5. Re: I think I keep making a problem bigger

    It sounds like when you placed the queen excluder, you have kept the queen above the queen excluder and she kept on laying. At the same time, the bees bellow the queen excluder, the bees "thought"...
  6. Re: Two queens in hive, but no brood - HELP

    It happens to the best sometimes...that is, finding two queens in a hive where one thought there are none. People do different things...they learn in different ways, perceive and interpret things in...
  7. Re: Two queens in hive, but no brood - HELP

    It is possible that after your hive swarmed, more than one virgin remained with the hive. In your case two of them...that you found. It is also possible that they got mated, but for whatever reason,...
  8. Re: Beehive extremely weak, please help!!!

    Reduce the space ASAP so that the bees cover what space is available. If that is one frame for now, so be it...With so few bees, there is no way for them to defend two deeps. And no, in this...
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    Re: Time to start thinking about winter.

    What exactly you and the inspector looked for and decided there were no "signs of any viruses" ?
  10. Re: Lots of eggs, no capped brood, very little forage (low workforce)

    A lot of times, what appears to be a weak queen, is just a weak hive without enough young nurse bees, not enough "staff support" so to speak for the queen and her laying activity. It might have been...
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    Re: Queen cells Please analyse my pics

    If indeed you have found queen cells, then yes, they might be "thinking" and preparing to swarm. Were those queen cells capped? As you removed them, did you look inside of them? What did you see?...
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    Re: Virgin Queens?

    If your production hives were already into swarm preparation...then yes, they could sure swarm with a virgin or with multiple virgins. The time frame for swarming and swarm preps must be slightly...
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    Re: Queen Question, Options.......

    From my perspective only...
    I have seen new queens return from mating flights and for whatever reason some are superseded as soon as they start laying. Some hives just start the cups, new queen lays...
  14. Re: Hive issue- disease? partially fertilized queen?

    I would first address the idea of a weaker hive due to multiple swarming.

    Underlying disease? Possible, but why not try to address the most probable cause, which from your description seems to be...
  15. Re: Hive issue- disease? partially fertilized queen?

    I think you have found your answer...:)

    With two consecutive swarms from a hive, a lot of the foragers and nurse bees, are gone...it will take a while to build back. It is possible that there were...
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    Re: Spring Nucs

    @WBVC...

    Well, July and August 2013 is when I put these nucs together.

    I like them strong, so each had at least 3 frames of capped brood, all the adhering bees and another frame or two of...
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    Re: Spring Nucs

    @Jeyster...yes, I put them together later in the year. But also, like you say you can put them together anytime during the year, and keep them under control by using them as extra resources( build...
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    Re: Spring Nucs

    I would...:)
    But now a lot of folks don't know, and don't care to know the difference...to them, a nuc is a nuc and how much they pay for it vs. a package is all that matters.

    A true,...
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    Re: Results back from Beltsville

    They do not do pesticide residue analysis. I also wondered why not...
    From their site:
    "We do not analyze samples (bees, wax comb, pollen, etc.) for the presence of viruses or pesticide residue."...
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    Re: Mini Mating Nuc

    OK Dominic, lots of questions...I'll try to keep it as short as possible...:)

    "What are the acceptance rate for virgins? Are they considerably different than with royal cells? “


    Well…again it...
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    Re: Mini Mating Nuc

    I guess it depends...I like to have the virgins emerged in my incubator. I like to see them, evaluate them, reject the ones that do not look OK to me...then mark them.
    I am also doing II, so I like...
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    Re: Mini Mating Nuc

    I used them for the last 2 years...among other types/configurations. I've got mine ( 10 of them) from EH Thorne, shipped from UK. But just like your link, they are identical,Mini Bivo brand...made in...
  23. Re: Catch them today, and they leave the next day.

    Both...This year I had about 10-15 traps up at any given time. On those, this year I caught 1-3 swarms per trap in the height of the swarming season, for this area. Those that moved into the...
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    Marla Spivak- TED 2013

    Not sure if this was posted already...
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  25. Re: Catch them today, and they leave the next day.

    I think this is the ticket...moving them to another location, away from where you found them.

    Old comb, frames of open brood, feeding...all tilt the balance towards the swarm staying. Placing a...
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