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    Re: Mass Drone Ejections

    Thanks....I figured this was a normal and good behavior but wanted to check in. They have plenty of honey and pollen in the colony....I'm not going to object to them trimming down the number of...
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    Re: Diamotaceous earth

    I've not used it under my hives, but I do use it for some pest control in gardening, it works great until the first rain, then you need to reapply
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    Mass Drone Ejections

    I'm new this year. From what I can tell we're in a slow nectar periord....still a lot of dandelion but the fireweed is pretty much gone. A bit of clover around still, some goldenrod but it's not...
  4. Re: Is it normal for a queen's abdomen to darken over time?

    The other thing to remember is that chitin is not entirely opaque and that light does go through it. Thus even if the exoskeleton is the same, the underlying tissue may be different and that can...
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    Re: Did you stick with top bar?

    I'm relatively new, but I'm using more of a horizontal hive (essentially a top bar with trapezoidal frames), has the benefit of movable frames, but a smaller footprint on the bottom so that you can...
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    Re: Bee aware, bee very aware.

    Ingenious, a swarm vending machine, and at $1.50 what a deal!
  7. Re: Not enough spring management/Hive now out of control

    I think you have the same problem I have....wanting to save every egg, larva, and pupa. i would get as much of the remaining comb into frames with rubber bands and not leave any unframed comb in...
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    Re: Bees are building new comb

    What's your ventilation like? Too little or too much and it can shut down comb production as well, particularly if it's hot and/or dry weather. I have a hive that has a fully screened bottom and it...
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    Re: Save the Bees: NPR

    I heard parts of this, I like how they didn't just focus on CCD, or European honey bees, but discussed a wide variety of bee species.
  10. Thread: Comb Too Old?

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    Re: Comb Too Old?

    I may be a newbee, but it seems like your queen is giving you your answer. If you want the bees to lay in comb and they aren't laying in it, but are laying in fresh comb, then replace it....if it's...
  11. Re: My queen is crowded, laying 5-6 eggs a cell, how do I fix this?

    Are you still in a nuc? It may be time to move her into a full box and let her work like wcubed says.
  12. Re: Non-honeybee bees moving in to old beehive?

    Maybe scouts from a nearby swarm? I've seen that kind of activity around my swarm trap.
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    Re: Western Washington Beekeepers 2014

    One trap from early may going a bit slow, late package from April is booming, my two May nucs are going strong as well. Blackberries are just about done here, the rain has slowed down the work on...
  14. Re: One nuc'd swarm has nearly propolised entrance closed

    I had the same thing with a swarm I caught. I'm not sure if it's related, but they don't seem to be doing a lot in drawing comb....I'm curious to see if you have the same experience.
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    Re: Strange beehavior at entrance

    I thought they were signaling to our future alien overlords "we've conquered them, they're building homes for us, and we've got them hypnotized with honey, now is the time to take over"
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    Re: A queen but no eggs or young larvae

    I'm a newbee, but is it possible that she was a virgin when you received her? Sometimes Nucs come with virgin queens that then have to go get mated locally. If that's the case, then two weeks is...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Swarm entered bait hive 12 feet off the ground on May 31, McCleary, WA...about 3 pounds of bees....queen laying eggs already :) Temp in the 70s.
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    Re: First Postulate of Beekeeping

    ooohhh...razor clams!
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