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    Re: high rise bee hive safety issues

    You might want to mention the fondness that bees have for swimming pools if the hotel has an outdoor pool.
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    Re: Lost Hive - Looking for More Bees

    I don't see any reason not to just add a package to your hive. Nothing you describe would keep me from adding a package to the hive. I had a few weak hives die the same way this Spring, and am not...
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    Re: Raising new queen or buy mated?

    I've been dabbling with adding a few queens each year to improve my genetics (well, my BEES genetics to be more precise), and will probably continue to do so. However, my colonies have had much...
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    Re: Do queens shut down?

    Yes, although 10 out of my 11 hives are gaining weight, the majority of them have also reduced their brood output. Thought I might have been seeing some queenlessness or supersessions but it looks...
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    Re: Queens - will the hive always make a new one

    Seldom wasn't on your list, but that's the one I'd choose from my experience. I think that the bees just have different priorities and survival mechanisms, and what might be a bad queen for us (bad...
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    Re: 3 weeks and still empty super

    Another illustration that all beekeeping is local. There is absolutely nothing I can see blooming here and we haven't had a decent rain in over a month, yet 10 of 11 hives have increased in weight...
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    Re: 3 weeks and still empty super

    Spraying them with sugar is about all you can do if you don't have any comb to help persuade them to move up. It is frustrating to see them bringing in lots of nectar and not storing it upstairs. ...
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    Re: Package bee progress?

    You might get lucky and have the queen accepted. Worst case is that there are virgin queens already in the hive and then you're in the queen lottery. The safest bet is always to add a frame with...
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    Re: Nectar Flow Still in WI

    Hit or miss down here. We're bone dry with the last measurable rain over three weeks ago. Hives in some places doing well still while others are losing weight. Seem to be the hives in semi-urban...
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    Re: Bees wax cells

    Bees are most active building foundation when they have ample forage. If there are a lot of nectar sources blooming right now, they should be building wax.

    You can also stimulate wax building by...
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    Re: Oakley City Counsel Help

    That is not necessarily a bad situation. Seems to me they are saying, "Go ahead and try it and we'll see what happens." MANY urban beekeepers are in technical violation of city ordinances,...
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    Re: Automatic Supersedure of 1st-year Colonies

    Hmm... if that is true then I wonder if upon the first sign of supercession I could remove all the queens and swap them into other package colonies? Would the colonies then behave as if a...
  13. Re: Nosema Ceranae - What can a new beekeeper expect?

    Good job in catching your problem and diagnosing it. I lost a hive to Nosema ceranae earlier this year because I was not so vigilant.

    Studies have shown that Fumagilin-B is effective in reducing...
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    Re: Upper entrance ideas

    I haven't had any problems with excessive comb, but I'm probably more burr comb tolerant than many beekeepers. I think the standard size is 1/4" on the thick side. I usually leave them sticking out...
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    Re: Upper entrance ideas

    Basic carpentry shims. Easy, cheap, adjustable.

    I used to build them into my migratory covers, but lately I've just been using the shims. You can give them an entrance in between boxes, under...
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    Re: okay added second brood deep today.

    That is probably the best idea I've seen on the forums this year. I probably run into that situation at least a few times every year and never had a good solution... until now. :thumbsup:
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    Re: Top Bar Hive plans

    Agreed. Built two previously on different designs... gave one away and donated the other.

    I very much like the Kenyan top bar design and it was a snap to build. My only modification was a slot...
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    Re: okay added second brood deep today.

    Huh... never seen that done before. If I omit a frame, I usually find the bees enthusiastically build new comb attached to the cover.

    When was your install? It isn't a good idea to add a second...
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    Re: dry camp sugar and dead bee's?

    Agreed that it is probably not sugar, but probably mite load or nosema ceranae. I have not seen a poisoning that matched that description, but I couldn't rule that out. I'd continue to monitor and...
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    Re: okay added second brood deep today.

    Are you using 10 frame boxes? If so, you need to fill it with 10 frames and let them draw that out. You want them to fill 8 frames before adding an additional box. (or am I misreading your...
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    Re: Interesting day in the bee yard

    I feel your pain (literally as well as figuratively). I got whacked about 50 times on Monday. Was going to pull some brood and workers for a newly captured mini-swarm, but discovered the hive was...
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    Re: Talking to bees?

    Yes...

    Bees: (Crunch)
    Me: "Sorry."
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    Re: Peculiar tasting honey

    Lots of things... can you be a little more specific in describing the aftertaste?
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    Re: experience with horizontal langstroths?

    I'm not sure that vertical is necessarily better for Winter, as long as the brood is moved to one side of the honey stores, as in a TBH. Again, I will see what my experience is this Winter.
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    Re: 2 new nucs - one backfilling brood

    I also posted an answer to this at http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?269177-feeding-during-a-dearth-questions

    Delber is definitely right, but I find that hard to quantify. Mostly, I...
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