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    Re: Could winter bees already be here?

    Fair enough... I shouldn't generalize. As a matter of fact, I get annoyed at people that do. Ooops. I'll have to leave the argument about the realitive merits of soy and non soy to the experts. But...
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    Re: Best weather to vaporize the bees

    Michael, I was beginning to worry you weren't going to comment on my post title.....
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    Best weather to vaporize the bees

    Is it better to use the Oxalic Acid Vaporizing during a rainy day while all the bees are home or during a sunny day when they can get outside afterward to gag? Thanks, Jim
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    Re: Could winter bees already be here?

    Good advice, Peter. The hive I have a question about were from a swarm this Spring and the queen wasn't marked. They were from a strictly Italian group of hives but that doesn't mean they hadn't...
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    Re: Could winter bees already be here?

    Very interesting article, Graham. Also the one in the bibliography at the end of the article. The non soybean based pollen substitute advantages was something I hadn't thought of. I have tried to...
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    Re: Could winter bees already be here?

    Mark Wintson in Biology of the Honey Bee says the winter bees have well developed hypopharyngeal glands and fat bodies from pollen consumption in the fall that may contribute to their longevity along...
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    Could winter bees already be here?

    I have a hive of Italian mutts that have great stores of honey, pretty good pollen and just a smattering of capped brood. I found the queen. The hive isn't cranked up like queenless one. I haven't...
  8. Re: Checkerboarded... now reversed medium and deep for pollen box

    Thanks Walt,
    Well, its not the first time I jumped the gun....Should I move it right back like it was? The deep was empty of brood...some pollen. I thought by moving the queen and brood down below...
  9. Checkerboarded... now reversed medium and deep for pollen box

    I finally had enough honey comb and drawn empty comb to checkerboard this year...the Carniolans left plenty of stores.
    I did a full inspection just now and found the queen and 4 frames with sealed...
  10. Thread: Put up wet....

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    Re: Put up wet....

    Yes, the frames were 40% older pollen with the rest empty. The pollen does have some whitish mold(?) covering some of them...with a few frames having mold(?) bluish tint....
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    Put up wet....

    I opened a dead out back in late winter and had some deep frames which I put in a sealed box to use later...when I opened it smells ....maybe fermented?
    What is the best way to salvage these to...
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    Re: How to remove the evil twin in double deeps

    I didn't want the second deep refilled with brood as I want to only have one deep.
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    Re: How to remove the evil twin in double deeps

    No. I blame me for not understanding the different races of bees and how they fit in my area. I also blame my inattention to details. I saw a quote that said Experience is a stern teacher...you get...
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    How to remove the evil twin in double deeps

    I am trying my first checkerboarding this year and am trying to get rid of the double deep I have. I was able to checkerboard the medium I have above the double deeps, it was capped honey all the way...
  15. Thread: Switching boxes

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    Re: Switching boxes

    If I wanted to get rid of the bottom deep that is mainly empty with some pollen, in addition to adding a medium (or shallow) at the bottom for a pollen reserve super, would I move the medium just...
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    will bees swarm during dearth?

    We are in a dearth here in central Virginia and I have a big hive of Carnis that I am a little worried will swarm. I tried to check their hive last weekend but they didn't like me taking their hive...
  17. Re: Introducting a Queen Cell - Do you have to wait?

    I found the queen cell torn open near the top with the queen still in there, in a queenright colony. Does that indicate the queen got to the new one first....or the beekeeper (me!) did it? Maybe the...
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    Pollen availability in Central Virginia?

    Hi all,
    Could any of the more experienced beeks in central Virginia tell me how long one can expect the girls to be collecting pollen? I noticed quite a bit coming in earlier this spring and just...
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    What's that smell?

    I have been getting wiffs of something flowering the past few days, but couldn't pinpoint it. Today I went in search of it. It turns out it was six bushes I put in for a wind break. They are...
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    Queen cells....swarm or supercede???

    I just inspected the bigger of my two hives and I found three what I think are capped queen cells. This hive has alot of bees, alot of brood capped and not, some honey and pollen. I had a medium...
  21. Re: Is it too late to start an observation hive?

    The observation hive is six medium frames (double three high). What exactly is a split without a queen? Wouldn't taking a couple frames be without the queen? (and hoping they can raise a queen from...
  22. Is it too late to start an observation hive?

    I have been building an observation hive and like so many things it has been a slow go....but I'm close now and was wondering if I should wait for Spring to start it or can I try and populate it now....
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    Re: observation hives

    Thanks for all the input! I'm excited...however, my wife has a reservation....

    Is the observation hive noisy? I would think you would hear a hum (that's not noisy to me! ) I lived in an old...
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    Re: observation hives

    Hi Michael.
    Is 1 3/4" between the glass using a 1 1/4" frame or standard 1 3/8"?
    Is it harder to overwinter a single frame width?
    Is there more time spent manipulating frames, etc. to keep the...
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    Re: observation hives

    Thanks, guys. Is there much maintenance with the hives? Would you change anything about the hives? Anything ? Do you have trouble finding the queen...does she hid between the panels? Have you had...
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