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    Re: Queen cups and swarming

    Thank you David. I'm in a bee club, but we haven't had our first outdoor meeting yet and the mentor I've been working with has recently passed. So, I'm floundering a bit in my first spring. Thanks...
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    Re: Queen cups and swarming

    I appreciate you taking the time to explain, David. It does seem like the general consensus is that queen cups mean nothing, though. So I guess the only real thing to do is continue to monitor them...
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    Re: Queen cups and swarming

    David, can you expound on this a bit? I'm not sure what you mean. What do you define as success? For me, success is to keep this hive from swarming, take some honey, and get them prepared for...
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    Re: Queen cups and swarming

    When I remove frames of brood, do I take the bees on that frame with it?
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    Re: Queen cups and swarming

    I've got about all of the bees My backyard can handle, and I would like some honey. Aside from supering, what else can be done? Should I consider taking brood to boost other colonies?
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    Re: Queen cups and swarming

    Thank you guys very much
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    Re: Queen cups and swarming

    Thank you both for your replies. Ordinarily I wouldn't let a sting bother me, but I was in a tee shirt and no gloves and no veil. Got cocky. After the first sting, they kept flying into my head so I...
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    Queen cups and swarming

    My first hive made it through winter. My attention now turns to spring buildup and swarming. I tried to do my first thorough inspection yesterday but only made it through the top box. The top box...
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    Re: 1st inspection question

    If she is released from the cage, you can look for eggs. She may not start laying immediately, so don't panic if you find that to be the case. If she's out and laying, remove the cage, clean any...
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    Re: Entrance reducers and mouse guards

    Thank you both!
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    Re: Am I going to have a comb problem?

    Thanks Gary. Do you think I can wait a few days? I don't want to bother them too often and it's supposed to rain tomorrow.
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    Entrance reducers and mouse guards

    I have an entrance reducer and a metal mouse guard on my hive. When do I remove each of them?
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    Am I going to have a comb problem?

    I put a one gallon jar feeder directly on the top bars today with an empty deep around it and a quilt on top of that. Am I going to et the bees building comb down from the quilt box?
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    Pollen in central ma

    The Bees were bringing in small pollen loads in central mass today. Anyone know what is blooming?
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    Re: Dry sub inside hive

    Thank you.
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    Dry sub inside hive

    Is there any reason not to feed dry pollen sub inside the hive? It seems like most people make up patties. I put some ultra bee on top of a sugar cake on the top bars, and the bees seem to be taking...
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    Cleansing flights? Central MA

    Do cleansing flights have a particular 'look' the way that orientation flights do? My bees were flying today, maybe two or three per minute coming and going. It was only in the mid forties. The...
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    Bees collecting rain water

    Today was in the mid-40s and rainy. The bees were collecting rain water from the front of the hive. I have a sugar brick on the top bars. Are they using this water to hydrate the sugar? 15498
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    Mountainboomer, this link may be of interest to you: http://www.honeybeesuite.com/how-to-make-a-moisture-quilt-for-a-langstroth-hive/
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    Re: Icicles on reducer

    Enjambres, it's actual sheeps' wool. I can't remember where I saw the link, but it was on beesource. Anyway, someone linked out to some website where a guy from Russia, if memory serves, uses wool. I...
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    Re: Icicles on reducer

    Awesome. Thanks a ton.
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    Re: Icicles on reducer

    Thank you both for your answers. I feel better.

    The hive is pretty level, with a slight tilt toward the front.
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    Icicles on reducer

    I noticed today some small icicles hanging down from the inside of my entrance reducer. Is this an indication of not enough ventilation? I have a solid bottom board, two deeps, and a top entrance...
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    Re: Pollen sub in central massachusetts

    Thanks!
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    Pollen sub in central massachusetts

    Is anyone in central massachusetts feeding pollen substitute or is it too early? I'm in middlesex county.
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