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    Re: Plastic frame rant

    Bees draw comb when they are expanding and a nectar source is available. I have put bees on plastic frames with no wax, fed heavily and they drew it. Spacing has to be tight and it needs to be...
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    Re: Clear liquid in cells ?!?

    There should be clear liquid in cells all over in and around the broodnest. It is liquefied honey or nectar or the syrup you have been feeding.
  3. Thread: IS This O.K.

    by Vance G
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    Re: IS This O.K.

    GZB is absolutely correct. I doubt that your second box can be close to fully occupied and adding the super is a little premature and can actually slow the bees down. When the second box is 80%...
  4. Re: Benefits from splitting double deep into two singles?

    You will get two colonies and you can let them both build up to a double to winter if that is your plan. Personally, I feed and get it done and then put on a super if there is still time. I have...
  5. Thread: feed too much?

    by Vance G
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    Re: feed too much?

    I would keep feeding and stay out of the hive. Queens sometimes take a week or ten days to start laying if they were cages for any length of time and we don't know how long our package queens are...
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    Re: When to throw in throw towel?

    If you are sick of that group I would shake them out on the grass in front of your other colonies. The bees will beg their way into other hives and be useful. Any laying workers will seize to be a...
  7. Re: Cold front coming through tonight? Reduce entrances again?

    Personally I like to aid my bees in keeping their hopefully expanding broodnest warm. Unless it is routinely hot I would keep a small entrance. My bees are still wrapped though. With highs in the...
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    Re: Million dollar rain

    Absolutely no chance for nuthin without the rain. I like it.
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    Re: Listless Bees at the Hive Entrance

    If bees are starving they are listless. If it is cold and raining and they do not have feed that they can get to and is warm enough to use, they will exibit that behavior and die. Maybe you are...
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    Re: Million dollar rain

    We are a little over two inches of rain and when that is one sixth of your average annual rainfall, that is important!
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    Re: Pollen flow vs Nectar flow

    A lot of bees die every year because the owner sees pollen coming in and assumes the bees are making a living. Often the pollen is just increasing the amount of brood that needs fed and without...
  12. Re: What's a fair price for an established hive?

    $350 to $450 depending on how strong. Think of the 3 nucs you could make from the bees and what they would be worth. If the hive produces 50 pounds of honey the guy has the equipment and his money...
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    Re: Swarm Returned to Hive!?!

    I imagine that you have started cells then in the parent colony. I think I would do a split and make sure that both sides have a queen cell. Better yet would be to find the queen and split her off...
  14. Re: Small cell bees can crawl through the venting slots in my helmet.

    The wound is a long way from the heart.
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    Re: Cleaning Frames from Previous Season?

    It would not be neccessary to do so radical a procedure. I think youmay be unnecessarily be destroying valuable comb the bees can clean up.
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    Re: Questions about my first two hives.

    As long as you let those first year colonies have plenty of room to expand they should not be prone to swarm. Swarm cells are usually found on or near the bottom of the second box brom the...
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    Re: Is this normal or should I worry?

    Just chilled or damaged brood. It happens often.
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    Re: First year, honey and wax or bees?

    You could do exactly what you say, extract the honey and put the drawn comb back on after you extract in August and feed the bees til they fill it back up with 2:1 syrup to be cured for winter...
  19. Thread: Bottom Boards

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    Re: Bottom Boards

    My bottom boards have a 1/4" entrance. It slows down the mice til the bees get there and you can get all the entrance you need out of it. My high tech entrance reducer as often as not is duct tape....
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    Re: Swap hive locations to equalize?

    Not trying to stop you from getting a second opinion but for maximum equalization, I make the move to opposite locations when the bees are flying actively.
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    Re: Day 13 inspection

    Good practice is to swap the hives location to equalize numbers of the colonies. Otherwise the strong one tends to keep picking up drift from the weaker one and the queen in the weak colony can't...
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    Re: Will DE help with mites?

    It would damage the bees exoskeletons in any application I can imagine that would get to the mites. Don't think that one is a winner.
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    Re: Need help diagnosing sick hive

    I think I see three queen cells. It may clean up or it may get worse. Take off any supers and give them a misting with 1:1 syrup with a couple drops of tea tree oil in a quart. That has seemed to...
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    Re: Million dollar rain

    Rain continues but hasn't amounted to that much. I got to move bees in the mud. Some of my outcrosses from Russian mite resistant queens required me to get a yard away from the farmstead. The bee...
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    Re: Burr Comb & Frame Spacing

    If you push all the frames as close together as they will go, the bees will draw the frames more to your liking. "CLEANING" the roads and bridges shown on the bottom of the frames is just...
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