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  1. Bees have brood over honey - fix for them?

    I have a split I made this year that took forever to re-queen (first queen didn't make it) and, as such, they had nothing better to do than to gather nectar. Present queen is laying well but has 90%...
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    Re: Can you "over-super" a hive?

    So they will they ignore new supers in favor of finishing and capping honey in the others if they don't need it? Also, where you do you add your empty supers? I've been checkerboarding and putting...
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    Re: Can you "over-super" a hive?

    Slow right now but we generally continue in July with good rain. It has been very dry the last two weeks but with some more rain (predicted this week) it should kick in again. I checked the boxes...
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    Re: Any idea what these are...?

    Looks like chaulkbrood if I'm not mistaken.
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    Can you "over-super" a hive?

    I have two hives I should be able to harvest fro this year each running 2 deeps and 3 mediums right now. As of last week all three supers were drawn close to 80% but nothing really capped yet. I'm...
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    Re: Reuniting stragglers after cutout?

    Yes I'm planning on bring my vac back tonight also. I was speaking more specifically as to how to re-introduce the stragglers. Should it be a combine with newspaper or just dump the bees in front...
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    Reuniting stragglers after cutout?

    I did a small cutout last night and left a box behind for the stragglers since it was early afternoon when I finished. What is the best way to combine them back with the original hive?
  8. Cut-out from Purple Martin House - On-site or haul away?

    Planning on removing a fairly new colony from an old purple martin house in the next week or so. The owner closed up all the sides a few years ago because all they were getting were...
  9. Re: How long before pulling the candy cork on new queen for nuc?

    I checked them again last night and they are still making queen cells...although only a couple this time and only on the brood frame the queen cage is not directly adjacent to. It appears one of the...
  10. Re: How long before pulling the candy cork on new queen for nuc?

    I went in there on Saturday afternoon and they had started 3 more cells and again tonight I removed 2 more. (They started 5 the first 24 hours on day 1 as a nuc. =) Best to wait until they stop...
  11. How long before pulling the candy cork on new queen for nuc?

    Made a nuc Tuesday and left them queenless for 24 hours. They had started 5 queen cells by Wednesday evening which I destroyed and placed queen cage (still corked) inside. Tonight will be 72 hours...
  12. Re: All splits have capped queen cells -how to introduce caged queen?

    I think I may try doing that. How may frames of brood/honey for a 3 vs a 5? Do they need to come from the same hive?
  13. All splits have capped queen cells -how to introduce caged queen?

    I ordered a queen early spring but ended up needing to split before she arrived. My splits all have capped queen cells so I'm tempted to just let them do their thing but I know I can get further...
  14. Re: Found several queen cells. Split before or after they are capped?

    Tried to look for her today but no luck. Conditions were cool and windy and they weren't too thrilled with me. The hive still seems "bee heavy" but I suppose it is possible she has left, then again...
  15. Re: Found several queen cells. Split before or after they are capped?

    So assuming the queen is still in one of the 3 hives but the swarm impulse has been negated, will the bees tear down the queen cell in that respective box? If I find both the queen and a QC should I...
  16. Re: Found several queen cells. Split before or after they are capped?

    Very slick. I still need to know which hive the queen to do that don't I?
  17. Re: Found several queen cells. Split before or after they are capped?

    When back into this afternoon and found both capped and uncapped queen cells. Tried my best to find the old queen but I'm not great at seeing her in general and the overpopulated hive made it all...
  18. Found several queen cells. Split before or after they are capped?

    I opened a big hive today to find several queen cells with larva in them and the bees building them nice and long for capping. Should I do a split now with one queen cell per split or wait until...
  19. Re: Trap out from tree that was sprayed two years ago. Saftey Concerns?

    When to see the tree today. It is a huge ash tree probably 5 feet in diameter. Main entrance is large vertical cleft (see picture.) Any suggestions on how to narrow this down to trap it properly? ...
  20. Re: Trap out from tree that was sprayed two years ago. Saftey Concerns?

    What about residual pesticide in the comb? Obviously we are talking trap out vs. a cutout here but I would think there would be some transfer into my equipment wouldn't there be?
  21. Trap out from tree that was sprayed two years ago. Saftey Concerns?

    I'm considering doing a trap out from a tree that an elderly homeowner sprayed two years ago (they think =). I've always stayed away from sprayed colonies because I don't want to contaminate...
  22. Re: Late Fall Swarm Update from - Split? If so when?

    Yes I've considered buying a queen vs. letting them raise their own to save time but I also wouldn't mind preserving the genetics of the current queen either. I suppose I could make a nuc later on...
  23. Late Fall Swarm Update - Split? If so when?

    This giant swarm I caught on 9/8/15 made it safely through the winter in two deeps (so far=) and is still massive. Although I haven't pulled frames yet due to cool weather any peaking under the lid...
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    Re: Must I make bochet?

    So if the flavor is still good then brew as usual but if is off go with a bochet?
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    Must I make bochet?

    Getting ready to make my first batch of mead. I got interested in it after having about 10 pounds of honey start fermenting on me. I put it in the refrigerator to stop/slow the process for the time...
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