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    Re: will this stop swarm impulse?

    Start a nuc with the old queen and make sure you shake A LOT of nurse bees in to the new nuc when you do it... When I first started keeping bees I would just pull 5 frames from the hive to start the...
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    Re: Multiple laying queens in one hive.

    I have had something similar to this happen to me but with me combining any hives... In my situation I had a hive that swarmed end up with 2 queens laying in different parts of the hive, they...
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    Re: Could I have prevented this swarm?

    Something I've learned and adapted a little from reading Michael Bush's website that's worked well for me... If the hive is insistent on swarming and you don't want or can't have more or your...
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    Re: What Should I Do With Extremely Hot Hive?

    Thanks for the link... I really enjoy reading documents like this, but this only furthers my concern for the 20 other hives I have in 4 different outyards located within about 3 miles as the crow...
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    Re: What Should I Do With Extremely Hot Hive?

    Thanks for all the responses... I think I now have a plan of attack and will be carrying out part of it a little later today, divide and conquer will be my mantra and a little bit of dry ice and a...
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    Re: What Should I Do With Extremely Hot Hive?

    Thanks Colobee just saw your thread:lpf:... I haven't ever tried anything other than good old fashion pine needle/oak leaf smoke for mine and it's worked great up until this point.
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    What Should I Do With Extremely Hot Hive?

    This hive had one of my oldest queens coming in to this season, she was around 3 yrs old and this was the start of her 4th season. When I checked the hive over a month or so ago it wasn't very...
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    Re: Buckeye is blooming hard.

    Buckeye up here around 3000ft hasn't started blooming yet but it's blooming like crazy lower down in Placerville(1800ft). This could be a bad year.
  9. Re: How often if ever do you do frame by frame inspections?

    I agree with justin... I only really want to see if there are eggs and check brood pattern, if everything looks good I close it back up and move on to the next one.
  10. Re: Need Help Diagnosing Issue... Varroa, Buckeye Poisoning or AFB?(pics)

    Thanks for your responses... They certainly help reassure me that this won't be affecting the other hives on this property, I boiled my hive tool today and broke out the new glove just in case. On...
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    Re: Just found what I think are swarm cells...

    They actually usually swarm the day or so after they're capped so you may not have as much time as you think.

    It could be a supercedure but I wouldn't totally depend on it... I had a swarm I...
  12. Need Help Diagnosing Issue... Varroa, Buckeye Poisoning or AFB?(pics)

    Let me preface this by saying this is only happening to 1 hive out of nine in this out yard...

    Treated hive for Varroa using MAQS on 4/5/14, mite levels were at 7 using an alcohol wash. Mite...
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    Re: Documenting Individual Hives

    When I originally started I used pen and paper as well... I now use HiveTracks and while it was pretty good before this season update it's even better now.
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    Re: What is this? (Half bee)

    I've seen this before but it usually starts in the summer and goes all the way through fall... It took me a while to figure out what it was but here in Northern California it turned out to be Yellow...
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    Re: adding another deep???

    It's been my experience that it does cause a problem. Did this to one of my hives this year and the queen moved up into the mediums and the bottom deep was left completely alone after that. Next...
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    Re: ventilated baggie feeding spacer

    For my hives it would definitely draw robbers in but I live in an area that's real dry during the summer and not much if any forage available... Once they get a whiff of that syrup they'll keep...
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    Re: Queen problem!! Need help!!

    I've had issues in the past when there are a lot of queen cells with many after swarms... Had one hive last year almost deplete itself with afterswarms. It went from 2 deeps and a honey super full...
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    Re: What kind of bees are these ? Wild ?

    +1... I would just put another super on top of that box with a cover on it to fully enclose the feeder. This time of year it's real easy to set off a robbing frenzy and you don't want every bee for...
  19. Re: Why Is My One Hive Tossing Out Newly Emerged Worker Bees and Brood?

    Anybody have any ideas... They've given the boot to hundreds I've seen but I'm sure it's a lot more than that. Here's some pix of them. They look like they've emerged early and a lot can't walk but...
  20. Why Is My One Hive Tossing Out Newly Emerged Worker Bees and Brood?

    This hive is from a trap-out that I had... I trapped out 2 deeps and a medium of bees and split one deep off to create this hive and requeened it with a purchased queen. Now the first of the brood...
  21. Thread: Bee Id Please?

    by JMat
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    Re: Bee Id Please?

    Yes, Yes, Yes and Yes
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    Re: Hive is warming right now

    If they're hanging from a branch as opposed to clinging to the trunk of the tree a 5 gallon bucket on a really long pole has worked for me in the past... If you have access to any ladder and a 12'...
  23. Thread: grouchy bees

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    Re: grouchy bees

    This happens to me every year... I live in the Sierra Nevada foothills and we have a short but intense nectar flow and when that slows down the bees can get pretty grouchy. Bees that just 2 weeks...
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    Re: One month inspection

    Have you seen the queen? If you haven't then you've got yourself a laying worker if you have then she's a drone layer but my guess would be laying worker. Had the same issue after a queen of mine...
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    What's Happening With My Queens This Year?

    I have two hives that are about 3 ft from each other... With the lousy amount of rain we had this year everything seemed to bloom at once with very little stagger which made swarm control difficult...
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