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    Long queenless tbh

    It looks as though my colony has been queenless at least 3 weeks. Not a single sign of any brood. There's no laying workers, at least now. They are backfilling the brood chamber with honey and...
  2. Re: Possible winter loss TBH - how to preserve the comb

    I didn't intend to leave it, but I was pleasantly surprised that they did a great job of tidying up. Just looked outside (finally a day over 60) and I see some activity, so I'm still hopeful for my...
  3. Re: Possible winter loss TBH - how to preserve the comb

    Last year (late 2012) I left everything in there (including some capped and uncapped honey). All I did was tidy up the bottom board, scrape off the couple SHBs that were entombed in propolis and...
  4. Re: New hive, how long before Queen can start laying?

    Given that they put considerable resources into building comb, and with a suspended queen, they WILL make comb on/to/around her first, do you want that effort wasted and leave her with nowhere to lay...
  5. Thread: Smoker?

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    Re: Smoker?

    just a plain water mist works, too (to a degree) and doesn't make everything sticky and attract ants and other pests. I've calmed down groups of angy veil-butting guard bees with a vigorous misting...
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    Re: My queen died

    Often it means that there is a queen that was accidentally shaken into the package (or at least that's what I've read here). Same thing happened to me last Saturday. I was fortunate enough to be...
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    Re: Newly build hex hive

    Could you take a 'top down' picture? Interesting.
  8. Thread: Smoker?

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    Re: Smoker?

    Or you could just release her and take the cage out. They've had plenty of time to accept her. Better to have a smoker lit and idling nearby and not need it, than to not have one when you really...
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    Re: Don't do this!

    Off to the Amazon! (dot com, that is) Thanks!
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    Re: Day 2 of Pkge Install-Newbee

    Not knowing your set up, you can probably pop the lid off and check/top off your feeder without disturbing them much, if at all. Assuming you're brand new at this (I'm only in my 3d year and have...
  11. Re: New hive, how long before Queen can start laying?

    Very limited experience here (and I'm not trying to sound like a smart alec), but it seems that it takes as long as it takes. There are many variables.... some packages seem to take a while just to...
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    Re: Have Queen, very few eggs/larvae

    I *think* Michael was saying that at this point the colony doesn't have enough bees to grow and survive. With the big flow about to start (if not already) the population should be ramping up now to...
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    Re: Don't do this!

    With that ear... the first one was probably a random hit. After that, though, the alarm scent emitted from the remaining stinger became a beacon to the rest. Best to scrape that stinger out quick....
  14. Re: keeping a package in the house for 2 days?

    Vacuum keeps the syrup from pouring out of the bottom of the can. If you pop a hole in the top of the can, it'll trickle out onto the bees. You could pop a hole, quickly fill, then stop up the...
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    Re: Skinny Queen

    Release seemed to go well. Watched her walk out onto a comb. Hopefully she wasn't one of the dozens that took flight or the one smooshed.

    Now I find ants on top of the bars. Sigh.

    Bruce
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    Re: Question about pollen?

    Check this site (veracity unknown):
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollen_source
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    Re: Have Queen, very few eggs/larvae

    I'm only in my 3d season with a single hive, so I'll need change back from my $0.02 worth.

    If she laid a thousand eggs, there aren't enough bees to nurse them AND forage, etc. I believe the bees...
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    Re: Skinny Queen

    Ray,

    Thanks. I'll certainly let her do her thing and if it turns out she's skinny because she's not busy laying, then all the better. My biggest worry was that she was a virgin or poorly mated....
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    Skinny Queen

    Greetings -

    Picked up and installed a package on Saturday. Because it was a little chilly and breezy, I didn't brush off the bees from the queen cage when I removed it. After dumping in the...
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    Re: Top bar hive questions for newbie

    I believe that you'll want to have a a way to close off the window. Bees naturally do their thing in the dark and leaving the window open 24/7 might make them unhappy.
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    Re: My TBH and Some Questions.

    Those 1/8" gaps between the guide and the walls might get filled with propolis living you with fight to get them out. I don't know this will happen for sure...just something to keep an eye on.
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    Re: Top bar hive questions for newbie

    I use all 1 3/8" bars (more or less...ripping with a bandsaw isn't the most accurate), cove moulding attached point down, no wax on anything, 5 holes on the end 3/4 of the way up (I forget the size,...
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    Re: Golden Mean Full?

    Last fall, my single tbh threw off a swarm very late sept/oct timeframe. Very few drones remained and the queenless hive was dead by Thanksgiving.

    On the bright side, the package I just...
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    Re: Cut/Trap-out near Denver possibly

    She's in Southeast Denver. Anyone interested in helping, please PM me and I'll pass along her phone number.

    Thanks!
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    Cut/Trap-out near Denver possibly

    I have a friend who lives in/near Denver who told me she's got an increasing number of bees entering/exiting from one of her door frames. I advised her of the pitfalls of calling an exterminator (or...
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