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    Re: Holy re-blooming clover batman

    Ditches with the early blooming golden rod have a yellow tinge. A few of my yards are still on alfalfa, God bless the farmers and weather. If I only would have had drawn comb!

    Anyway, it's late...
  2. Re: Notches and holes... Does it really matter?

    Some of my bees ignore top entrance some use it exclusively. I have noticed that it corresponds almost directly to how accessible it is to them if telecover propped so it is easy to use they do......
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    Re: Using plywood for boxes

    Barry
    https://www.extension.org/sites/default/files/w/9/9e/Parts-std-hive2.jpg
    ?
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    Re: What's your view on swarms?

    Good job on keeping the cells and seeing if you can get one mated (maybe another will go drone layer or something in late August?). Two weeks ago I made a nuc, intro'd a queen under push-in cage,...
  5. Re: Notches and holes... Does it really matter?

    Typically it is deeper on one side than the other. If the deep side is down towards the frames they'll put a little wax between the cover and the top bars. But it's nice when feeding patties or...
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    Re: Using plywood for boxes

    I agree there, from a nuc stand point I can build about 10 nucs for the cost of a single nuc from major suppliers using plywood. I'm not sure if a 10-frame deep out of plywood would be a good...
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    Re: Using plywood for boxes

    This is an old thread, but to add in...
    I made up some Coates nucs and supers for them out of 15/32" plywood. Titebond III, 1.25" staples... coated all edges with Titebond 3, then two layers of...
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    Re: Holy re-blooming clover batman

    Yep... I don't think we're going to have much dearth here this year. It has come and gone a little bit, but it just doesn't want to stop. Hopefully we get a little more rain to sustain the late...
  9. Thread: EFB vs. VSH

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    Re: EFB vs. VSH

    asd, I'm far from an expert, and if you're concerned... send a sample to Beltsville for testing. I had a two hives this year showing some dead larva just before capping stage. Samples of comb with...
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    Re: My hive is about to swarm!

    I like the Salvador Dali inspired hand holds. :)
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    Re: What's your view on swarms?

    Did you know they were going to swarm? As in... did you see swarm cells started and just let it happen? I had one hive and the split from it swarmed a couple of times each this year. Otherwise I...
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    Re: Neighbors destroying colonies

    "Too Many" as in too many to be in that populated of an area in a normal sized backyard in "town". Just because it's legal and just because the bees aren't starving doesn't mean it is the right...
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    Re: 3 deep box hive 2 full of capped honey

    Yes, I don't know what you've got going on for a flow right now, but we are having a nice extended flow because of the rain. The goldenrod in the ditches are starting to splay out their flowering...
  14. Re: Hive doesn't have much food stored away..........

    They need to draw a couple more boxes of comb still don't they? Do you winter in a single 8 frame medium?
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    Re: 3 deep box hive 2 full of capped honey

    Extract and replace one of the deeps? Or have you fed them a lot and it's likely syrup/honey mix?
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    Re: The myth of Retinue

    You opening a hive in broad daylight isn't exactly "textbook". When she is on the run they can't really circle her.
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    Re: Time to move KTBs

    Just move them, do it at night and heavily branch the entrance. If you're really worried move them several feet at a time over a few days.
    There will be some near where hives previously were, but...
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    Re: Neighbors destroying colonies

    Well, all those colonies spread out over a one mile radius is way different than them located in a 100 foot radius and you know that. You can't be just a beekeeper, you must, to an extent be a good...
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    Re: Double nuc, what am I missing?

    Someone saw you coming, beestudent... $160? Geeze
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    Re: My first bees tonight

    No offense to anyone involved, but I am wondering if your seller/mentor knows what he is doing?
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    Re: My first bees tonight

    But he's seeing eggs and larva in the other box, but it never gets capped? Agreed that there is possibly some disconnect in information. Picture would be great.
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    Re: My first bees tonight

    YouTube.
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    Re: My first bees tonight

    The cornmeal looking stuff is probably capping wax, it looks just like you describe. And is a little bit like wet sand.

    If the hive is getting robbed it will have a lot of chewed cappings. Comb...
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    Re: My first bees tonight

    I think if larva is dying before it is capped you have far bigger issues than bees that are too old.
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    Re: Queens and genetics

    And another involving the actual mating process and DCAs:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cI26DLS2CyM
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