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    Re: Bee removal from honey supers

    Tried the link to Dave Cushman's design but no go. ?

    I prefer the triangle escape boards myself. Leave them on for two days as that is generally how long it takes for them to evacuate the supers....
  2. Thread: Honey so far?

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    Re: Honey so far?

    Bad - Only at 25% of what a normal crop for me would be so far.
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    Re: I'm waiting but now what

    Is there a direct path that the queen could take to get into that hive body? Or would she have to go outside the log hive to get into the hive body? If so, you might want to make a board with a...
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    Re: How long will a swarm live?

    Swarms sometimes can be reluctant to settle in someplace that is close to their parent colony. Do you have any old, black, brood frames you can put in the swarm box? Sometimes that helps.
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    Re: Queenless swarm

    I think I'd just combine the weak one with the strong one. Otherwise, you could take a frame with 1 day old eggs from the stong hive and give it to the weak one to make a queen. Make sure the queen...
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    Re: supersede or requeen?

    So this colony is just a little over a month old? Hmmmm.... Don't know if they will be strong enough because with a new queen it will be 5 weeks before you get any new brood hatching out. In the...
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    Re: Bee sting question

    You might be develpping a hypersensitivity, wich is a precurser to an all out allergy. How long have you been keeping bees and how often do you get stung? Beekeepers are more suseptable to venom...
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    Re: Bees tossing out the brood.

    if not chalkbrood you might check for mites
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    Re: How long before checking new queen

    typically a week
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    Re: hiving a chimney swarm

    I would take all that mess that is in the garbage can and put it all in a empty deep on a bottom board and then place a deep with empty drawm comb over it and then a feeder. Hopefully if the queen is...
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    Re: queens

    The laying kind
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    Re: Dead Bees & Indication of Colony Health

    I'd guess that those dead bees you saw had been dead for quite some time and the mort bees just recently had enough of a temp break to carry them out of the hive and dispose of them. Dry winter air...
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    Re: Hive entrance question

    If you keep a empty, drawn honey super above the shim you won't have any problems with burr comb but you will have to stay on top of it and maintain that empty capacity above the shim.

    A less...
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    Re: Screened botton boards

    I recommend you leave them open.
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    Re: Hive body configurations

    Why only eight frames? Is it eight frame equipment or ten frame?

    I use 2 deeps with 9 drawn frames. If undrawn I use 10 frames to draw and then reduce to nine frames.

    I could see using eight...
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    Re: Extraction Advice

    For me it usually takes a couple days for the bees to evacuate the supers once the escape boards are on, regardless of the number of supers are on the hive.
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    Re: On sugar water...

    Bees will ALWAYS raise brood in the spring. Regardless of what you feed them. ;)
  18. Thread: Api Life Var

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    Re: Api Life Var

    I do have SBBs. I put the trays in for the duration of treatment to prevent the fumes from flowing out through the bottoms.
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    Re: Extraction Advice

    The slow way: escape boards

    The fast way: leaf blower
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    Re: On sugar water...

    A nectar flow gives bees confidence to expand without regard to the amount of stores. It's like mother nature is smiling on them when there is a flow on. Nectar on the flower has a sugar:water ratio...
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    Re: On sugar water...

    1:1 syrup simulates a fresh nectar flow. This will stimulate the bees to do a number of things - the building of comb being but one of them. It will also stimulate them to expand their brood nest,...
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    Re: Orientation Flight?

    A tell-tale of orientation flight activity is that the bees will crawl up the face of the hive before taking flight, as the video shows.
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    Re: On sugar water...

    The reason for the 2:1 in the fall is because the moisture content of the 2:1 is closer to the moisture content of cured honey. This way the bees don't have to evaporate so much water from the syrup...
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    Re: Source of Free Bees for Me

    There is no such thing as "free bees". ;)
  25. Thread: Api Life Var

    by Billy Y.
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    Re: Api Life Var

    Been using api life for about five years now. It's been working well for me. Never performed any "field trials" though.
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