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    Re: Bright Orange Pollen - what plant?

    I imagine your latitude has you at least a few weeks behind us, so I'm not sure....but we have a small meadow in the yard and the first week of July is right when the Rudbeckia bloom each year, and...
  2. Thread: Trapped queen

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    Re: Trapped queen

    Yes, shouldn't have any trouble with that...and hopefully you'll get a new queen to boot (excellent quick thinking on taking the cell off to the mating nuc).
  3. Re: I assume I need another frame of eggs for a queenless hive?

    Queens hide well, sometimes on the walls of the hive even, and some queens also lay almost nothing during periods when there aren't a lot of resources coming in. I'd give them one more frame of...
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    Re: Escape board or/and fume board?

    Like everything, it's hyper-local. :) I'm back to fume boards because escape boards actually didn't work for me reliably. If it gets cool at night, like high 50s or even low 60s then they work...
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    Re: Brood Break How-to

    Randy O's preferred method of applying OA is a dribble that really only works well on completely broodless bees (no capped). He has the winter weather to be able to do that. At this link he says 14...
  6. Re: What would happen if a colony were simply dumped in the wild?

    My thoughts....
    If a predator got to them like a skunk, they may certainly be decimated enough to just die out as a colony. On the other hand, if they managed to cluster around their queen, she'd...
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    Re: So many questions

    If you're in regular lang frames, there's no need to crush and strain. Extract them. My only experience is with mediums, but as long as the comb is attached along most of the sides of the frames...
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    Re: Oxalic acid controlled?

    Wowsa....yeah, I figured it wasn't free, but didn't realize it was yearly. You're right, they do have to sell a lot. That's also one reason I kept hearing it took so long, and eventually just took...
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    Re: Oxalic acid controlled?

    Brushy would have had to make an application to each state's controlling body to have it approved for use in that state. This would mean creating a label that's acceptable to that state. The usual...
  10. Re: Looking for a Legal Disclaimer Form for Bee Yard Visitors

    Here in PA we have an equine law like that where participants in equine activities assume all risk. Activities means being pulled in a wagon by horses, watching a polo game, petting zoos, any time...
  11. Re: Cant Ship Queens In Priority Mail Boxes any longer????

    "Supposed to be" and "guaranteed to be" are two very different things with any shipper for any item. Their Priority service doesn't guarantee a thing. You have to step up to their express service...
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    Re: Newbee - found a varroa mite

    I'd just like to add that while doing a sugar shake is quick, don't be anxious to finish when you do it. Once the bees are coated with sugar, you *must* let them sit in the jar for 2-3 minutes (3 is...
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    Re: Please Help Me Understand superseder cells

    Superseder is one who supersedes, so if your bee are doing it, they are superseders. :) But the cell is for the purpose of superceding, so is therefore a supercedure cell.
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    Re: Package Supercedure Already?

    My 2c to add would be that Oldtimer is correct, but I'd only kill the cells if you find the queen and see her with your own eyes at the moment. Don't want to kill their cells and only then find that...
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    Re: Brood Break How-to

    I love the heresy mention, made me chuckle. :)

    I'm with you there. This was the "force" telling me this, and the force is often wrong, at least the one in my head. I decided to model it with...
  16. Re: New swarm are staying in a huddle on one frame

    Put anything solid over or under that screen. Even a piece of cardboard, just get it closed up. Right now your box just feels like the underside of a deck with all that air coming in the bottom.
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    Re: Brood Break How-to

    IMHO, times of zero capped brood mean that all the mites are phoretic and vulnerable. Sure, the bees may groom their levels down a bit, but the real benefit to me is that it gives me a chance to...
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    Re: Brood Break How-to

    You better believe it. That's how they reproduce. A mated female mite goes into a cell before it's capped and hides in the brood food under the larva. Once capped, she comes out from under the ...
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    Re: Brood Break How-to

    Maybe the weather up there is more different than I think from down here, but when did you find at least 3 if not 4+ days of weather when the temps were inside the labelled temps for MAQS?
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    Re: Brood Break How-to

    I'm never sure of people's math on this. Catch me if I'm wrong but it's no where near 30 days.

    Day 0: Remove a queen that was just laying 5 minutes ago. Some are reasonably going to be drones. ...
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    Re: Starting the queen process?

    Where are your new eggs within the cell (dead center bottom?), how are they laid, are they standing basically straight up? If so, they're not just unattended, they're freshly laid by something. ...
  22. Re: How is the rain and cold weather affecting flow in Mid-Atlantic region

    Flow? What flow?

    Our big flow in southern PA, at least right here in farm central, is black locust. That flow determines whether it's a great year or just a sort of ok year. Clover is the...
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    Re: 8 frame vs 10 frame for sideliner

    From the questions every spring about getting deep frames into mediums, it seems that it may be the only people smart enough to ask ahead of time about mediums are the women in his bee club. :) But...
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    Re: 8 frame vs 10 frame for sideliner

    My 2c...regardless of 8vs10, if you make medium nucs, you'll find a lot of happy customers if you loudly advertise your mediumness. Lots of people going all mediums and trying to buy nucs and...
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    Re: Observation Hive Plan

    Those copper are nice. Almost the same thing here....but if you have a Do-It-Best hardware store close by they'll ship to the store for free.

    https://www.doitbest.com/products/aluminum-mini-louver
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