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    Re: How's the flow going for you?

    still going pretty strong here in northeast alabama, and seems to have picked up nicely after the recent rounds of rain. most hives are getting so heavy that it's difficult to heft them up at the...
  2. Re: What am I looking at? Swarm Cell, Supersedure, or Emergency Cell?

    as the next rounds of brood emerge they will become nurse bees and what are now nurse bees will start foraging.
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    sounds like the field force is going to stick with the old spot, and the bees is the queenright hive are busy taking care of brood.
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    35768 caught in trap

    scottsboro, al
  5. Re: What am I looking at? Swarm Cell, Supersedure, or Emergency Cell?

    i believe the photo was taken just after the split was made. it's possible that over the next day or two the foragers will be attracted to the queen right split.

    michael, good point about the...
  6. Re: What am I looking at? Swarm Cell, Supersedure, or Emergency Cell?

    in that scenario i would expect a lot of the bees to drift into the queenright split perhaps leaving the queenless split weakened to the point have having trouble covering the brood, making a good...
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    Re: Am I ready to split the hive

    john, i don't know anything about the bee's yearly cycle in your area, but around here at this time of year a colony that was 3 frames 9 weeks ago would be very unlikely to swarm. the splits i made...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    understood brad. last year my late season nucs were able to get the better part of a deep drawn without syrup even though they were made up about the first of june. they were then given drawn...
  9. Thread: TF genetics

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    Re: TF genetics

    mark, i've felt for awhile now that while genetics are important there are other factors in play. i believe that location may be the most important factor insofar as it having adequate habitat and...
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    Re: TF genetics

    it seems that bees are always more than happy to provide us with counterexamples. :) i suppose our individual realities are fashioned by our personal experiences mike. i live in a moderately...
  11. Thread: pipping

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    Re: pipping

    virgin queens do that after they emerge, i think to locate each other so they can fight.
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    Re: pipping

    did it sound like this?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qXLEZejRow
  13. Thread: TF genetics

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    Re: TF genetics

    i took counts (alcohol wash) on a few of mine last fall and they ranged from 9% to 13%. when i reported that here several of the folks using commercial stock commented that infestations that high...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    we got light sprinkles throughout the day yesterday and today but not enough to settle the dust, but a nice little soaker just went through here over the past hour or so. :)

    after a few days of...
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    Re: TF genetics

    (italics mine)

    that is a good question ev and a great response by dar. although the title of the thread is 'tf genetics', i'd like to key in on 'the challenges' managed hives face that you...
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    Re: 5 vs. 10 frame box for trap

    trapped another at the home yard yesterday and they chose the 10 frame box over the 5 frame box like the previous one did. although the first one i caught this season was in a 5 frame, i think i'll...
  17. Re: MANY, MANY Swarms this year. Would you agree?

    we saw less than usual here this year. i'm guessing it was partly because colonies were smaller and lighter going into winter after a late spring and a poor fall flow last year. then spring came...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    we are now 3 weeks without rain here and 2 - 3 inches behind seasonal norms. i didn't notice much of an effect of the dry weather on nectar storage or new wax production until these last 5 days or...
  19. Thread: TF genetics

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    Re: TF genetics

    i think that over time and with successive generations of queens your bees will hybridize with whatever is in your local area. if you are lucky enough to have ferals surviving year after year and...
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    Re: TF genetics

    an urban myth no doubt but a rural america reality.

    really matheson, why not keep disparaging remarks to yourself or at least off this sub-forum.
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    Re: 5 vs. 10 frame box for trap

    trapped one at the out yard yesterday, they chose the 10 frame box instead of the 5 frame.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    the privet is wide open now and the tulip poplar hasn't quite finished but it is waning. i've not seen any scouts checking out my swarm traps for over a week now and by my journal we should be...
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    Re: Swarm Timing Puzzle for the Pros

    i'm definitely not a pro but i had the same thing happen a few weeks ago when i did more or less the same thing. i figured they started new cells just after pulling the old queen out. next time...
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    Re: 5 vs. 10 frame box for trap

    i've got 2 traps near the home yard and 2 near the out yard. they were all 5 frame deeps but i swapped out one at each yard for a 10 frame deep. here's how i put the frames in:

    f = foundation...
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    5 vs. 10 frame box for trap

    i've set up several 5 frame deep nuc boxes as traps with old comb and lure, and i've had fairly decent scouting traffic in and out of them at times, but in the end the swarms go elsewhere. i'm...
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