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  1. Re: Thoughts about keeping one full honey super on all winter

    Ditto LanduytG and mattheritage.

    Phil
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    Re: Killed my queen by mistake help

    Depends if njlynch1925 can wait about a month for the new queen to start laying. If he/she can, it would provide a brood break.
  3. Re: Is it normal that they are capping sugar water?

    Yes, they will store sugar water. Around this time of year (late summer) there may be a dearth of nectar. If you have a healthy hive and you do not feed during a dearth, the bees will use up the...
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    Re: Minor feedback requested

    Agree with sqkcrk posts.

    You may be in a dearth there. I have never seen a honeybee on mimosa. You may want to feed 1:1 to get them to draw. If you have any wood frames you might want to...
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    Re: Slow to build comb in honey supers

    Same situation here. I put boxes on 2 colonies about a week ago. There has been no drawing activity for either group. For our area I suspect we are in a nectar dearth. There is a lot of dutch...
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    Re: Are these guys nuts?

    Looks like orientation flights.

    I used to work hives without protection. It doesn't make sense, and it doesn't do anything good for the bees.

    I now almost always use some smoke, and always use...
  7. Thread: Bee Art

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    Re: Bee Art

    Nabber,

    I agree with your reaction. It doesn't look like the most practical site for keeping bees.
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    Re: Little beetles in top of hive

    These are very likely small hive beetles (SHB). The best thing you can do to control them is to make sure that wherever there is drawn comb with either brood or stores (honey & pollen) there are a...
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    Re: Help fixing a neglected hive.

    Before you start to clean this up you need to have 4 or 5 constructed frames prepared, each equipped with 5 or 6 rubber bands. Have a clean solid surface ready, next to the hive (you can use an...
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    Re: Poisoned bee hives

    Amen to Shinbone's reasoning.

    I have not EVER encountered anyone with such Psychopathic thinkng as the person you have encountered. That is jaw-dropping. I hope you are not affected by her. ...
  11. Re: How long after a swarm should you see eggs/brood

    If you mean that one of your hives swarmed, and you have a new queen in the group left behind, I would imagine you would see eggs around the end of July or early August.
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    Re: Did we miss tulip poplar this year?

    If you are near Harpers Ferry you are about 1/2 a climate zone cooler than here near Baltimore. We had a pretty good tulip poplar bloom in early May 'til the first or second week in June. The...
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    Re: Combine Hives, Yes/No?

    I agree with Wolfer (#2 POST). Unless you don't want a second colony of bees I would feed both. It is likely you are either about to enter a dearth or have entered a dearth of nectar. Sounds like...
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    Re: making a split with a purchased queen

    Last summer I did a split in that way. I knew when the queen was coming, so the day before, I split the hive, moving the incumbent queen with the split. The following day the purchased queen...
  15. Re: When should I worry if a split failed?

    Do you mean you do a shake-out?

    Phil
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    Re: Just checked the swarm that moved in

    Keep this group a little crowded if possible. Two years ago I lost a couple of frames to SHB's (SLIMED). I put in beaucoups of traps in a knee-jerk reaction, 2 per box. Last year I did not use a...
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    Re: Beauty Comb Pic!

    NICE EVEN, FAT, FULL COMB! If the bees cap that you might want to enter it in your county or state fair. If all frames or all but one look somewhat like that one, I would put another box on (same...
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    Re: First Graft! June 21, 2014

    VERY nice first try! In your second photo I think it is you looking AGOG like me looking AGOG at your cells. :)
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    Re: Nuc for a Trap

    I like your nucs, particularly the clips (?) that you have to join the nucs together. Are you using wood screws to secure the clips to the nuc bodies?

    Phil
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    Re: Lurking under the TC

    1 wax moth / 1 honey bee is a pretty good trade-off :)
  21. Re: Some super close ups from today's hive check

    Great pics! My favorite is the one with open brood and capped brood. The queen has been doing her job this past week!
  22. Re: SHB - Not so much this year ? So far.....

    Glad I saw this post. I was thinking of starting a thread on this.

    Sometime in April I pulled a frame that had both adult and young larva from my one overwintered hive. I destroyed this frame...
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    Re: poor looking bees

    I don't think so, but I will look again, probably on Monday. One thing I should have mentioned, but didn't think about, there were not many capped brood about, but ALL were drone. I didn't see a...
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    Re: poor looking bees

    I did not get photos. I am not real near his hives, and only check them once a week. I will just e-mail him with a description of what I saw and let him decide what to do.

    Thank you for your...
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    poor looking bees

    I have agreed to monitor the hives of someone who is out of country. He has 3 struggling hives. When I did an inspection of the hives, 2 of the colonies, while small in numbers, appeared ok. ...
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