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    Re: Moving a swarm and orientation

    Will they stay even if I put nothing in front of the entrance?
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    Moving a swarm and orientation

    If a swarm is caught and put in a hive box in the same location (temporarily) during the day, will they orientate to that location right away? I moved the box that night to a different location one...
  3. How long does it take bees to clean out cells of scraped brood?

    I have some frames I want to extract, but on one frame some of the cells in the bottom row had capped drone brood in them. I scraped the drone cells, which left a mushy mess in that bottom row. I...
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    Re: Tobacco Ringspot Virus in Honeybees.

    I thought this was a good article on the subject:

    http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/artful-amoeba/2014/01/31/suspicious-virus-makes-rare-cross-kingdom-leap-from-plants-to-honeybees/
  5. Will the bees try to raise a new queen in this situation.....

    If I temporarily removed the queen and a couple frames and put them in a nuc on top of their original hive with a double screen board in between them... The bees in the original hive may not have...
  6. Re: Is it ok to inspect a hive right after it has been moved?

    Well, they were originally swarms, which are very attracted to this one tree that hangs right over the main pathway to my house. I think the entire tree is covered in queen pheromones. I got lazy...
  7. Re: Is it ok to inspect a hive right after it has been moved?

    Now I'm finding I have another problem that I didn't expect. Originally these hives were in my yard in a place where they had to be moved. So I moved them to another house 8 miles away over two...
  8. Is it ok to inspect a hive right after it has been moved?

    Last night I moved two of my hives a few miles to a new location. I want to inspect them today. Is it ok to do it so soon after moving them, or should I wait?
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    Re: Problem with my extractor

    I just found a manual on the dadant website that includes information for replacement parts. I ordered it for $5....the website said they would email a copy too but I'm still waiting on that. I...
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    Re: Problem with my extractor

    It's a Dadant 401 ranger power extractor. I misplaced the parts guide, but am going to see if I can track one down. I'll bet it's the same cause you are mentioning, something to do with a ball...
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    Problem with my extractor

    Somewhere along the line when cleaning my extractor a part went missing (I think). I just can't figure out what the problem is, but the last two times I have used it, it's like an unbalanced washing...
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    Hive has two queens!

    One of my hives swarmed a month ago or so. I went in to inspect it a couple days ago and found loads and loads of fresh eggs and a big new queen. When I checked a couple boxes below I spotted a...
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    Will this work?

    I have two honey supers that I want to extract. I want to take the two supers off the hive and put them on a bottom board, and then put the fume board on the supers to push the bees out through the...
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    Re: Queenless swarm?

    Good idea, I think I will put in an egg frame tomorrow!
  15. What do bees think about capped dead brood?

    I split a gigantic hive hoping that I had gotten the queen with the new split (couldn't find her). Unfortunately I was not successful. The majority of the bees went back to the original hive and...
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    Queenless swarm?

    One of my hives swarmed a week ago. I caught the swarm and put it in a box with new foundation and a jar of sugar water to help them get started. My feeling was that if they had a queen they would...
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    Re: Mystery in my top bar

    It's also disturbing to think about the fact that there is a small pond at the lower base of the golf course. The coastal commission has charge over it and they try to treat as an important...
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    Re: Mystery in my top bar

    I'm not aware where any neighbors may be using pesticides. Although.....I do live near a golf course!! Is it possible the bees could have died this fast from mites? I haven't even had the queen...
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    Re: Mystery in my top bar

    There is no AHB here.....yet! This is definitely not a normal dead bee pile up. Just now when I looked in the window, I saw some of them dropping dead right in front of me, falling from the top of...
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    Re: Mystery in my top bar

    Either they killed them or they moved into a dying hive. I wonder if these bees are coming from my other two hives in the back of my yard. I hope they don't cause my other hives to die this way. ...
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    Re: Mystery in my top bar

    Ok, I'm really confused now. I went to look at the hive, and it looks like more of the bees are dead, dropped like flies.....and then.....as I took a closer look at the rest of the bees on the comb...
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    Using MAQS on a top bar hive

    Does anyone use mite away quick strips on their top bar? Where do you put it?
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    Re: Mystery in my top bar

    Besides pesticides, what could cause so many bees to die over just a matter of days? I mean, one day the the hive was loaded, days later it's nearly gone.
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    Re: Mystery in my top bar

    Yes, they do have honey. There isn't loads of it, but the hive isn't barren of food. Winters here are so mild, it hardly ever gets below 40 degrees so I'm wondering if they die in the same way they...
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    Re: A Pile OF DEAD BEES

    So put the dead bees in a glass jar of water? What happens after a week? This is to see if they are infected with a parasitic fly?
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