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  1. Re: Timing of when to start feeding for winter stores of honey

    Walt gives great advice.

    This far north, I aim got get the hive up to weight (at least 110 lbs, more if possible) by first frost, which for us is early to mid October. We have foraging weather...
  2. Re: Bees are so agreesive and stinging through suit why?

    Bees tend to be very cranky this time of year around here, we usually have a dearth and I get significant robbing of weak hives.

    Went over to my next door neighbor's (quarter mile away) and a...
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    Re: bees only utilizing top deep

    Very likely you are in the summer dearth and they are slowly eating all their winter stores.

    I would start feeding them in a couple weeks if they don't start backfilling the top deep, and feed...
  4. Thread: Frame longevity

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    Re: Frame longevity

    In continuous use, they will last until you break them, the wood will not deteriorate unless you get a bad infestation of wax moths, which burrow into the wood to make coccoons.

    Supers should last...
  5. Re: How can I make hive boxes that are perfectly stackable-a necessary requirement.

    Flat, straight lumber cut perfectly square and with finger joints cut evenly will come out square and flat every time. Every bit of warp, twist (the worst!) or out of square shows up as "rockers". ...
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    Re: The best beehive Cover

    We tossed out the plastic covers from Kelley a couple years ago. Terrible condensation problems, and the water runs down to the ridge on the side of the cover and drips onto the inner cover. Wet...
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    Re: New Nuc getting robbed and beat up

    You should do that, and also close the entrance down to a couple bee widths. If you have a screened bottom or top, you can probably close it off altogether for a while if you have plenty of stores...
  8. Thread: No Queen Laying

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    Re: No Queen Laying

    Feed some protein with the syrup and see what happens. If they are short of stores and there isn't much coming in, they will stop raising brood until the flow starts.

    I thought I'd lost the queen...
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    Re: Should I still be feeding?

    Put your hive top feeder on and feed them 1:1 until they have the top deep full of syrup, mostly capped. You can then put on supers for a fall flow. You are taking a great risk assuming there will...
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    Re: Pollen colors & Newby Ramblings

    Any bee will work only one type of plant at a time, and all the bees that bee recruits to forage will work that single type. However, different groups of bees will work different sources at the same...
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    Re: Moving Honey Frames?

    I will second that idea. Get a hivetop feeder and shoot the 1:1 syrup to them until they have a second deep completely full. You may get some fall flow from goldenrod to help them out, but you NEED...
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    Re: When to move nuke to hive

    If those frames with honey are deeps, I'd use them to install in the 10 frame deep with the nuc. They will use it or store it as they see fit this time of year.

    I assume you want a full deep to...
  13. Re: Warped/bowed inner covers, masonite or plywood?

    I believe the commercial covers I have are thin boards. I use 1/2" plywood to make mine, and they are considerably stronger than the commercial ones -- I use a 1 or 1 1/4" or so high rim and leave...
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    Re: New Split and queenless worker hive.

    You did what I would have done in that case. When the new split is up and running with nice amounts of new eggs and larvae, shake out the queenless hive some distance away and move the new split to...
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    Re: What is the greater risk?

    Worse they will do OK during the dearth but end up starving in the first round of cold weather due to lack of stores.

    If you need to feed during a dearth to build up a nuc, boost a weak hive, etc,...
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    Re: Why does open feeding set off robbing?

    Bees can smell honey for miles, and when there is nothing around for them to collect in terms of nectar (now, in fact!), they will hunt down honey by the smell and attempt to acquire it by robbing.
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    Re: When to completely remove the reducer?

    I have robbing problems this time of year, so I put the reducers back on as soon as the spring flow is over and activity slows down.

    Unless the bees are piling up badly trying to get in and out...
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    Re: 2nd Hive Body Full of Syrup

    Pretty normal for a first year hive you didn't put extra room on early.

    What the beekeeping books don't always tell you is that the number of bees in the hive drops off after the summer solstice...
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    Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    Food grade plastic absorbs odors and releases them into honey, so I'd not use anything with pickles, hot sauce, sauerkraut, etc for honey under any circumstances.

    Use ONLY new and labeled buckets...
  20. Thread: Drone brood

    by psfred
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    Re: Drone brood

    You'd be surprised at what there is for bees to find in hot, dry weather -- we had a fall honey crop in the hottest and driest year here since 1936 a couple years ago.

    At any rate, happy bees make...
  21. Thread: Failing Hives

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    Re: Failing Hives

    There is a natural cycle to bee hives in the wild, and that includes the hive dying out and wax moths eating all the brood comb, followed by more bees finding it in a good year and re-establishing a...
  22. Thread: Drone brood

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    Re: Drone brood

    Absent worker brood, I'd be concerned about laying workers, but if you have a laying queen, it's possible that you have a flow on and they may be superceding the queen.

    I have found a frame or...
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    Re: Moving a swarm to a deep

    This is why I made a bunch of 5-frame boxes and will be making more this winter. I have an empty medium one, and I would personally put the frames with bees in a medium 5-frame box and put a 5-frame...
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    Re: Fourth day with robbers on 4 hives

    I finally defeated the robbers by completely closing the hive up except for half an hour at daylight and dusk. I do have a screened bottom board, I'd not do that with a solid one, they will get too...
  25. Thread: How exact?

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    Re: How exact?

    Make and use a jig when cutting your boards to length, and when cutting rabbets on the ends if you use them. Once you get it set up properly, they can all be cut the same.

    Measure the inside long...
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