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    Re: Queen cells on plastic comb

    Most people who try it fail so be very careful and good luck. I can't get it done myself.
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    Re: Demaree Swarm control

    I think it is time to find the queen and take her and about three frames of brood and let them raise a new queen and super up for a honey crop. See mdasplitter.com
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    Re: ants in pollen trap

    Michael Bush has a recipe. I believe it is equal parts of jelly, borax and water that he said would take care of the ants. I remembered it because I have ants bad. I have also sprayed tempo in a...
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    Re: Caught my own swarm off a limb

    If you could put a frame of brood from your other hive in with the swarm, it would about be guaranteed. Wouldn't need any bees on it.
  5. Thread: How long?

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    Re: How long?

    Pollen is all colors but you should have seen some by now at your location I would bet. Is your queen released and laying yet? They might have other priorities until they have brood to feed. Check...
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    Re: first year honey

    It depends on too many things to know. Lots of pint and quart jars are available at Wallieworld at all seasons. Just keep watching and don't let the bees become crowded. They won't fill a box that...
  7. Thread: how do I....

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    Re: how do I....

    Put that frame of drawn comb up above in a super as bait then remove it as soon as the bees start working the foundation and pack the foundation as tight together as you can. I shave the frames to 1...
  8. Re: how many dead bees outside the hives is normal?

    Twenty mites on a sugar roll would make me panic! You need to treat with something immediately to crash that mite population. I don't know what is best for your area. I like apiguard myself.
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    Re: Queen in box, no eggs, queen cells

    I would think that you have full blown swarm preparation going on. I would immediately find that queen if you can still find her and move her and a couple frames of brood and split her off to a new...
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    Re: New Hive stains around entrance

    If the bees are not staining the top bars with feces, don't worry about it. Not much you can do about it in the short term anyway. Flying weather will cure it.
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    Re: At first check..Is this NORMAL?

    Not a thing to worry about. Minimize your inspections to ones absolutely necessary. You are in too long if you have time for this kind of picture with the lid off.
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    Re: well, this is a bit heart rending

    Dead bees even a couple hundred happen and not much use beating yourself about it. The bees clustering in the feeder is not a good thing, It could mean that the queen which I presume is still in a...
  13. Re: does each hive have a distinct alarm pheromone ... & duration

    When working a yard of bees, I avoid the most defensive ones until last. That way the rodeo often does not start until I open them. If you work the mean one first, the rest respond to the chemical...
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    Re: Double Nucs, has anyone tried....

    Did you have that double wrapped during the winter?
  15. Re: Top mount Sundance II Pollen Trap Question

    I have two but only used them for one year and I didn't have the problems related to you. They are going on in a few weeks and we will see.
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    Re: Double Nucs, has anyone tried....

    I have heard several folks say that you end up with one queen by spring. Go to frenchbeefarm.com and under articles you will find an English language discussion of them wintering double nucs with a...
  17. Re: Accidently queenless and going with the flow

    Only part of your plan I don't like is that your not mailing that old queen to me.
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    Re: Once every blue moon sting reaction?

    I would run to the doctor and get an allergy evaluation. I take a lot of stings just like you describe but I have never had that kind of a reaction. A good jug of liquid benedryl should live in...
  19. Re: Can you really smell the hive just one week in?

    What you probably smell is curing nectar. Whatever it is coming out of a spring hive does smell wonderful.
  20. Re: why did bee push wax foundion out of frame?

    Sooner or later you are going to need to fix that mess. Consider sliding the cluster all the way to one side of the box and letting them expand out into good sturdy combs if you have any or well...
  21. Re: why did bee push wax foundion out of frame?

    The foundation was not securely fastened or it would not have fallen under the weight of the clustered bees. That is my guess.
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    Re: Package bees bringing pollen in already

    Bill take a long look at the way the bees are reacting with the caged queen. I don't smoke packages and look to see if the workers are trying to feed the bees and queen in the cage. If they are...
  23. Re: Time of day restriction for doing a split?

    With a cold night coming on, I do not do a split less than three hours before evening cool down if I can help it. The bees need time to get organized before the temperature drops or you get chilled...
  24. Thread: creamed honey

    by Vance G
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    Re: creamed honey

    It is as simple as this.

    1. Buy a container of creamed honey

    2. I put ten times the volume of the creamed honey in a mixer and add the creamed honey and mix thoroughly.

    3. Pour the...
  25. Re: Can I Use A Frame Feeder In An Empty Box Above Brood Box?

    If it turns cold, the bees might not be able to get up there to the feed.
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