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    Looking for a good queen rearing book

    I am wanting to start raising queens this spring and am looking for a good book on the subject. I was considering the book Queen Rearing Essentials by Dr. Larry Connor. Anyone have an opinion on...
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    Sugar syrup - 4:1 ratio?

    I made some 2:1 sugar syrup today and was thinking about the ratio of sugar to water. 1:1 ration means the syrup is 50% water. 2:1 would be 33% water. Since bees need to get honey down to 18.6%...
  3. Feeding bees old honey from spring deadouts

    I have about 40 frames of honey that I pulled off deadouts this spring. I want to feed it back to some of my hives now for winter stores. Is there a certain way to feed this back to them or can I...
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    Bottom brood box full of honey.

    I have a hive consisting of 5 mediums (3 for brood, 2 for honey). It's been a strong hive all summer, and actually swarmed on me in early July. For some reason the last couple times I've inspected,...
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    Low entrance activity - should I feed?

    My 4 hives all seem to be very inactive. Not much flying - at least not when I check on them. Assuming this is due to low/no nectar flow at this time. Should I be feeding syrup right now? I have some...
  6. Re: Is this honey OK to feed back to the bees?

    Survival of the fittest.
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    I thought wax moths went after brood comb. I have them sealed tight on top, bottom and I taped the seams just to be safe. I don't think there's a way for moths to get in. I am going chemical free...
  8. Re: Is this honey OK to feed back to the bees?

    Thanks Knisely.

    No Fouldbrood. They both made it through the frigid cold winter and I lost them both in March. I think my problem was condensation. I'm going to try putting quilt boxes on top...
  9. Is this honey OK to feed back to the bees?

    I have 20+ frames full of honey that was left from a couple deadouts from this Spring. Some are leaking quite a bit and it is runnier than ripe honey. I'm not sure if it is fermented or what...the...
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    Re: I think I have a laying worker...

    Well, yesterday I found out why the laying worker hive didn't want to accept the queen in the cage...there is already a queen in the hive! I couldn't believe it...I guess one of the queen cells they...
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    Using dead queens for swarm lure

    Couple quick questions about using queens for swarm lure:

    1) I have one dead queen in a jar of alcohol. I have a second dead queen - should I put her into the same jar as the first, or in a...
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    Re: I think I have a laying worker...

    Yeah, that's exactly what I asked myself..."Why didn't you put her in your dang pocket!?!?" I don't mind learning some things by mistake, but that was a senseless one to say the least. Plain...
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    Re: I think I have a laying worker...

    Well, I went through this hive today. Good news - Queen was still alive! Bad news - the workers appeared to be biting at the cage...not trying to feed her through it.

    So, I decided to take a few...
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    Re: I think I have a laying worker...

    :doh: I will find out tomorrow...if so, she will then become a $25 bottle of swarm lure when I put her in a bottle of alcohol....gotta look on the bright side, right??? lol Anyway, thanks again...
  15. Re: Found one uncapped swarm cell...what to do...

    This hive was started last April 27th from a package. It swarmed last June 11th - I think b/c they wouldn't move up and felt crammed. I was new at the time and didn't know any tricks on how to lure...
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    Re: I think I have a laying worker...

    I hear what you're saying Michael, and I had plenty of doubt that this would actually work when I did it. :) But as much as I want to succeed, I also look at this as a learning experience. ...
  17. Found one uncapped swarm cell...what to do...

    I went through a hive that is booming yesterday and found the beginning of what I believe to be a swarm cell - only one. It was at the bottom of a frame and the opening was facing down. I looked up...
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    Re: can this be the swarm queen?

    Last year was my first year as a beekeeper. I had a package swarm less than two months after installed...so don't believe anyone that tells you they won't swarm the first year. Anyway, I was at...
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    Re: How's the Illinois swarm season going

    I've got a strong hive building swarm cells....maybe one of you will get a swarm after all!!! LOL
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    Re: I think I have a laying worker...

    It's been a little over a week since I last looked for a queen in my laying worker hive with no success. Perhaps she is still a virgin and hard to see as she is still small. At any rate, I decided...
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    Re: How's the Illinois swarm season going

    I got one call on Sat May 31st, but I was out of town so I didn't get it. Haven't got another call since. I have heard of 2 or 3 swarms in the area in the last few weeks...but that is dismal...
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    Re: I think I have a laying worker...

    I am still trying to correct this laying worker hive. Here's what I've done and what I've observed most recently:

    I tried the method of adding a frame of open brood to the laying worker hive once...
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    Re: To split or not to split...

    I should also mention that I have about 40 medium frames of honey and 20 medium frames of pollen that I took off deadouts this spring, so any splits I do, I already have plenty of honey and pollen to...
  24. Re: 2,4-d herbicide application during the nectar flow

    I'm sure there is reason for some concern. What I did was asked my neighbors to let me know 24 hours in advance, or if they spray early in the morning or late in the evening, that is probably...
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    To split or not to split...

    I have one hive that is pretty strong - 3 medium brood chamber with some brood up into the fourth box. I'd like to do a split or two but have a couple questions.

    1) I have 3 honey supers on (2...
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