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  1. Re: Just lost 2 queens from my 2 hives- now what??

    Without a queen they will not survive the winter.

    Your next problem will be to stave off the creation of a lying worker; which can happen once there is no brood in the hive so time is not on your...
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    Re: Open Feeding What Happened?

    During a dearth open feeding can draw bees from many miles around and it sounds like that is what you experiences. The bees can be quite agitated during this feeding frenzy, also what you appear to...
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    Re: Pesticides? Or something else?

    You may want to check with your local beekeeper organizations. Here is Washington the University does free diagnosis of dead hives and I suspect in your state there maybe a similar service. Tongs...
  4. Thread: mean bee

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    Re: mean bee

    Bees can get aggressive at times but (for instance when protecting honey during a dearth or during cooler weather if you don't give ample notice, in the way of some before entering the hive). If...
  5. Re: "...honey vs. sucrose or high fructose corn syrup"

    http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/integrative_medicine_digestive_center/news_events/corn_syrup.html

    Quote from the article: "The HFCS bees do not turn on their immune genes (that is they have less...
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    Re: Sugar rush! ! !

    VERY nice!
  7. Re: Setting up foundation-less frames questions - Wedge Style Frames

    Looks good; just keep an eye on how they build out the frames and be prepared for a bit of comb manipulation if they don't build within the lines. Waxing the wedge, in my experience, doesn't make a...
  8. Thread: Swarm

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    Re: Swarm

    Why may be impossible to answer. Crowding comes in many variants, not always population. Swarms due to crowding is more a matter of lack of space for the queen to lay. It can be cause by the fact...
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    Re: Has the queen gone.

    You are correct; if you place a frame of eggs and larvae (the larvae needs to be < 4 days old (under 3 is better) or eggs AND if there is no queen then the hive will create a queen cell (or many) and...
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    Re: Mite away quick strips

    MAQS are in the organic family of treatments and can be on during nectar flow if needed though personally and even though it is considered to be organic I prefer to treat with honey supers off.
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    Re: Single frame "harvest"

    Crush is really the only method I can think of using if you don't want to spin. Allowing it to drip out will take forever and even then you won't get most of the honey out; I assume you mean you'd...
  12. Re: Signs of Robbing (through an observation window) with video

    I don't think this is anything like robbing; maybe a bee or 2 but this is certainly not a robbing episode. Once you experience one you will never forget what it's like. Think bee Armageddon;...
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    Re: Foundationless Checkerboarding Questions

    1) I find checkerboarding helps to ensure moderately straight comb lines on the foundationless frames. I have gone without checkerboarding but it takes more monitoring.

    2) Over time you cycle out...
  14. Thread: Black honey

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    Re: Black honey

    Agree, it sounds like buckwheat (except for the berry taste) so it must be mixed with something else.
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    Re: killing the queen

    When I replace queens I kill her and throw her dead body into the hive. I find that this quickly communicates to the hive that she is dead and enables a queen to be introduced with relative ease. I...
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    Re: Extractor replacement bearings?

    I could be wrong but I thought that what made a bearing set food grade or not had to do more with the grease; use food-grade silicone and you are good. Ideally I guess they should be made of...
  17. Re: Cleaning now Blackened Beeswax splotches from the driveway

    2 guesses; read: I have no idea but...

    I've used citrus cleaner on ski wax and it worked to soften the wax; it may or may not work on beeswax.

    Second idea; wet down the driveway; this should...
  18. Thread: Finding Swarms

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    Re: Finding Swarms

    In our area the local bee club has a swarm list that includes the names of people who sign up to catch swarms; perhaps a club in your area offers something similar?

    I also know on one Facebook...
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    Re: Are these guys nuts?

    Looks pretty normal for a string hive. The other hive looks slow but it could be the difference to when the sun warms the 2 hives up.
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    Re: wax melter residual honey

    If you are melting dark wax (like that from the brood box) this may be propolis.
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    Re: Nervous about robbing

    I have an image on my homepage from a robbing episode; the image has a robbing screen on the hive, you can't miss it. http://gooddoghoney.com/

    you will know when it happens; it looks vicious and...
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    Re: Feeding a swarm

    Yes, you are much more likely to have the swarm remain and thrive if you feed them. Basically, treat them as you would a new package.
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    Re: Swarms uncapping brood

    I agree; it could be that the bees have detected an issue with the brood and removed them. Perhaps they brood had died.
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    Re: Please Help Me with Yellow Jackets.

    Soapy water makes quick work of them. A teaspoon of dish soap, a wand garden sprayer and spray away. The bubbles get onto their faces and forms bubbles that cause the YJs to suffocate.

    You could...
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    Re: Best Manner in Which to Feed

    I don't think what you are asking for is possible; to give them food but only for comb building. It is generally thought that 1:1 syrup will trigger brood rearing (if pollen is available) and in...
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