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    Re: Recent swarm full of eggs and queen cells

    Yeah, I know that so I'm not fiddling with them yet. Just wondering if I may be thinking of these cells in 2 weeks if any of those queens fail



    You're describing a walkaway split but all the...
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    Re: Recent swarm full of eggs and queen cells

    But how would you do that? Create a micro-hive with the cell and a few bees?
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    Recent swarm full of eggs and queen cells

    I've done the first inspection on a swarm that I baited into a box. The swarm is at least 2 weeks old but probably older. It seems quite healthy with 4 medium frames with capped brood and eggs. Yet...
  4. Re: How/when to fix "offset" comb on foundationless deep frames?

    You can always just move the offset frames to the far right or far left of the hive. That way the next comb they start will be correct. As they expand the more important part of the hive will be the...
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    Re: My blog from Portugal

    Thanks for the link, subscribed to the feed. Do you happen to sell nucs?
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    Re: Bee swarm in middle of national park?

    Maybe there are feral bees living in hollow trees in the park. Those have now swarmed and found a nice cabin to move into.
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    Re: Building my own observation hive

    Haven't put the bees in yet. I'll probably do a split into it soon. I still need to finish placing this permanently.
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    Re: How to safely move a hive

    I'd put it right in front of it if possible. That way bees on their flight back will just hit the hive sooner. If you move them to the side they'll start landing where the hive used to be and make...
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    This is a pretty specific accusation. Care to back it up? With a link perhaps?

    I went to the source:

    http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm

    Natural cell size (not small cell) is one of four...
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    Doesn't that make your test apiary less effective? The so called "Bond" method is often described as very high losses for a few years to select for the resistant genetics. If you're taking out the...
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    Re: Building my own observation hive

    Wow, this thread is almost a year and a half old. Finally got around to building this thing:

    http://blog.corujas.net/building-an-observation-hive

    I'm really happy with how it turned out. Now I...
  12. Re: Is it possible to temporarily house a swarm in 2 supers?

    Do you have any deep frames? You can just stack the two mediums and put the deep frames on the top one. They will build up on the deep frames and you can then move them to a deep.
  13. Re: Placing mating nucs in area with high number feral colonies

    I'd just trap using whatever normal equipment you use, baiting with some lemon grass oil. That way you get the bees straight into the final equipment, saving you some trouble. It seems you have good...
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    Re: Setting out the swarm traps for the year

    Couldn't say.
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    Re: Setting out the swarm traps for the year

    Inside the hive I don't add any during the whole season. The bag should be enough. The drops on the landing board I may redo after it rains to try and get the first scouts in. But I'm far from an...
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    Setting out the swarm traps for the year

    The season seems to be starting over here so we went ahead and set out the swarm traps[1]. Last year we got 4 swarms this way so I'm hopeful for this year. We've tried to improve the locations of the...
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    Re: When does your season start?

    Yep, it's a plum tree. Ornamental though, it doesn't produce any worthwhile fruit.



    We're working on getting clover and borage sown around the farm this year to help with the bees. We've also...
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    Re: When does your season start?

    Are you referring to my pics? All our hives are made of wood, although some could really use a paint job. I've been slacking in that department.
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    When does your season start?

    Our season over here in Northern Portugal seems to be getting under way. The early bloomers are looking great and the bees are out in force. Here are a couple of pictures:
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    Re: Adding a new hive

    Any reason you are starting every hive with packages instead of doing splits from your existing hives?

    I had great success this year going from the single hive I had to 3 by doing walkaway splits....
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    Adding boxes this late in the year

    After a particularly dry summer we had some rain in the early fall and then have been having multiple weeks of cold sunny days. The bees seem to have liked the change of weather and the summer dearth...
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    Bees eating grapes?

    I had noted this last year and noted it again this year. We left a few grapes on the vines after the harvest and saw a bunch of bees on them. The grapes are pretty sweet by now so I understand the...
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    Re: Warre bait hive

    This year I caught 3 swarms in bait boxes, none of them using black comb as I didn't have any yet.
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    Re: My first cutout

    Just made a fuller writeup of the whole process on the farm blog if anyone is interested. Here's the link:

    http://blog.corujas.net/cutting-out-a-swarm-from-the-owl-box

    The swarm isn't doing too...
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    Building a simple solar wax melter

    I decided to build a simple wax melter with some leftover materials. It's amazing how easy it is, and how well it works. Here's a link to the build log with plenty of photos:
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