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    Re: My first bees tonight

    A few thoughts:

    Robbing--the surest way to stop robbing is to move the hive, which you did. Also, if I understand this correctly, your entrance reducer was a round plastic disk that rotated to...
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    Re: Queenless roar...with a laying queen

    Just a random thought that came to me the other day while working the bees...I wonder if there is a common frequency at which queenless hives will "hum" to that attracts queens on mating flights.
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    Re: Queenless roar...with a laying queen

    I'll chalk it up to heat.

    Also, it could be a laying worker, but they were all a singular egg placed perfectly in the bottom of the cell. I guess I'll find out soon enough when they start capping...
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    Re: Need some misc questions answered

    Just some thoughts: 1)sounds like they were bearding which may be inhibited a little by robber screens. 2)You want to find out why the laggy hive is laggy. I wouldn't put much resources towards it...
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    Re: How many guard bees are in a normal hive?

    Somewhere around 50,000....
  6. Re: Strange Hexagonal Aliens in our beehive cells. What could they be?

    The frame looks perfectly fine. You using plastic foundation? That is definitely foundation pattern showing through the empty cells. That's exactly what mine look like right after hatching. Looks...
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    Re: 4 0ver 4 frame double nucs

    And I make my own boxes. I haven't seen any available commercially. Ends up being about $10/box with lumber from local supply store.
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    Re: 4 0ver 4 frame double nucs

    Just make sure the frames are centered in the box. I have some that have a 3"ish wide divider feeder and some with a single 3/4" divider. Yes, with the extra space there is more burr comb on the...
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    Queenless roar...with a laying queen

    I have a hive that hatched some queen cells roughly a week ago. I checked yesterday and several of the frames were laid up with eggs. I saw no queen but that is not unusual for me. And the hive was...
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    Re: Small Hive Beetles situation in your area

    Fewer than last year, but also making an effort to keep hives strong. I keep my eye on the weak ones.
  11. Thread: need help

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    Re: need help

    You should have queen cells by now. There was most likely brood in all stages available for the bees to immediately begin building qcells. I put a frame of eggs/larvae in a queenless hive on the 15...
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    Re: Newbie from Missouri, Hi everybody

    Congrats on the hives and welcome! I'm just north of you near Hannibal. So you have 1 queen-right hive with capped queen cells, 1 queenless hive with capped queen cells, and one nuc with one of your...
  13. Re: chickened out in installing nucs in Santa Ynez, CA

    Welcome! Congrats on the new colonies. A rule of thumb is to work your bees when it's convenient for you. Bees really aren't as fragile as people make them out to be sometimes. They may get moody...
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    Re: Double nuc, what am I missing?

    They will work fine. I have 10 of these nuc setups and I use divided 10-frame deeps for the base because they're standard--I don't have to custom make them. So if I want 10 2-story nucs, I only have...
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    Re: Anyone else have hives in wetlands?

    You have my sympathy.
  16. Thread: WHY! WHY! WHY!

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    Re: WHY! WHY! WHY!

    But ads have been here ever since I remember...why raise the issue just now? Internet = ads.
  17. Re: 20 million bees spillled in Idaho truck wreck.

    I hope insurance covers that. Thats a lot of work, heart, and soul down the tube.
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    Re: Inheriting old hives

    Freeze it to kill the larvae, then let the bees clean it up. Good comb is a precious commodity.
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    Re: Hello I am a new-bee

    Welcome to the club! By cross comb do you mean the little connective bridges between fully drawn frames? Or is it large chunk of comb that are built off of a drawn frame? Either way, I would fix it....
  20. Thread: split decision

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    Re: split decision

    Put them in and see. I put splits into hives that were dead-outs from winter that still have bee carcasses in cells. They cleaned it up just beautifully.
  21. Thread: Starting Over

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    Re: Starting Over

    Welcome back. Glad you're back into the swing of things. Hope you continue your recovery.
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    Re: Feeding Small Swarm In NUC - Question

    Is there pollen and nectar available for them to forage on?

    I would take out the pollen patty and I would stop feeding syrup. It just invites trouble into your hive.

    Reduce the entrance.
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    Re: Trying the "snake oil"

    Unnecessarily harsh. You think experimental hobbyists are why bees are declining? That understanding is a little obtuse.

    He was asking for feedback.
  24. Re: Book Choice: ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture, or Hive and the Honey Bee

    Also most of these books can be found in digital format for free online or for a few bucks on Amazon.
  25. Re: Book Choice: ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture, or Hive and the Honey Bee

    Hands down, the Hive and the Honey Bee. I too like reading older books about beekeeping. The writing was richer back then. I thoroughly enjoyed Langstroth's book. ABC's had more of a reference book...
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