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    Re: Best Topical for Bee Sting

    Mine itch up a storm the day after for about 3 days. Any advice on this phenomenon? I can handle the sting itself.
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    Re: foundationless frames

    N-Y-Y also. Bees like foundationless frames and mine get drawn perfectly with just a starter strip.
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    Re: Grafting vs. Punching

    I only need queens for a few nucs and my current 4 hives. Not to sell. Just for sustainability (can you tell I've been Palmering? That's when one routinely watches youtube videos by MP...)
  4. Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    I'm sorry, I read it and I must have missed the answer about OA dissipation after deposition on the hive surfaces.
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    Grafting vs. Punching

    My hands shake a bit and I don't think I could graft without killing everything I touch.

    Is there a reason I couldn't punch cells and put them on the frame?

    What are the pros/cons? Should I...
  6. Re: How long Before Queen lays in new comb ?

    I carried one of those $3 led flashlights (about 1x4 inches) to look for eggs this past weekend and it worked wonders. You might try that. Even with my old eyes I could see clearly to the bottom of...
  7. Re: ordering supplies and long wait times...

    I personally didn't mind a delay, AS LONG AS THEY WOULD HAVE TOLD ME ABOUT IT. I ordered from Kelleys a month ago and they said it would be a week or so to ship, but as far as I can tell it is just...
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    Re: North AL/Southern TN folks??!??!!

    Agree with this for this area too. Capped drone but none hatched yet. I am doing swarm management so I don't expect any queen cells.
  9. Re: Puzzling hive, possibly queenless? What can I try that I haven't already?

    I wanted to give an update. We closed up the cutout hive and using a double-screen board combined it with one of the other hives. Going through every frame with a flashlight, I saw no eggs from...
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    Re: Booming to dead in 5 weeks

    Looks like starvation. I use Lauri's sugar blocks on top and all mine made it through the winter. MAQS done in Sept/Oct (it stays hot here until then).
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    Dead Out a possible swarm trap?

    Our little colony of bees in a wood duck box at our house looks to be dead. We were going to cut it out after the last cold spell but I think they ran out of stores.

    What to do now? Will the wax...
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    Re: Hive Entrance Direction

    I face them where 1) cold winter winds aren't blowing directly in the entrance, and where 2) rain isn't blown in the entrance. Probably very localized. I can't imagine why sun on the front vs. the...
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    Re: Split or not

    OP asked about splitting, not swarming, which is why I asked the question. As for swarm management, splitting is not the only way to do that.
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    Re: Split or not

    What's your goal? To increase the number of hives for next year's honey crop? Or to get the best honey crop you can this year?
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    Re: Double deeps for the southerners?

    We've converted to all mediums and have overwintered this year with no losses in two mediums. Four hives total.
  16. Re: Will bees take sugar block through #8 wire ?

    You don't need a screen. eventually the bees will eat parts of it that they can get to and you will probably have the block on little stilts made of sugar and the bees can't get to it. Why have a...
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    Re: To use or not to use a QUEEN EXLCUDER

    That being the case, a QE is your only option...

    And I agree, setup for extraction is a job.
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    Re: To use or not to use a QUEEN EXLCUDER

    I know I'm sounding like a totally broken record, but if you run all mediums, and decide to use a QE for whatever reason, you don't have this problem. You can retain or move as much honey into your...
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    Re: To use or not to use a QUEEN EXLCUDER

    If I had this situation in my yard, I'd move those frames down to my medium brood boxes and look for some solid honey frames down there to use instead. This is a great advantage of using all...
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    Re: What staple gun do you have?

    Titebond 3 is waterproof. Not absolutely necessary INSIDE the hive, but with it I only have to buy one kind because I also use it on boxes. To answer another thing I think you are asking - what...
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    Re: To use or not to use a QUEEN EXLCUDER

    ABSOLUTELY. Anytime you want to separate the queen from part of the hive for these reasons. But not as a standard practice solely to keep brood out of supers.
  22. Re: Bee pulling cracked corn from bird feeder

    In the sun is the corn excreting anything? I.e., does it get sticky? If not, I can't think of any reason for this behavior.
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    Re: What staple gun do you have?

    I just bought the Home Depot sourced Ryobi 18ga cordless brad nailer. It's done perfectly so far. Instead of having to assemble frames at the barn where the compressor is, I can assemble them at...
  24. Re: Is it considered standard practice to split a hive each year?

    MP's advice is that if you split, you want to split your unproductive (honey-wise) hives, not those that will generate you lots of honey. You can't tell this until well into the flow and after swarm...
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    Re: To use or not to use a QUEEN EXLCUDER

    I don't ever use QE's for separation between brood boxes and honey supers. The reason why is that I'VE GONE TO ALL MEDIUMS. If indeed there is some brood in a super, I move it down into the brood...
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