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    Re: Purchased nuc swarmed in a week

    As a relatively small time nuc producer (around a hundred each spring) I can see both sides of this.
    I do it the 'old fashioned' way. The customer brings their equipment and we make the inspection...
  2. Re: Feeding and crowding to help draw foundation?

    What is straight syrup?
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    Re: Is it too late to start this year?

    Non existent here...about 80 miles east of Atlanta.
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    Re: Is it too late to start this year?

    Personally I think you've missed the window. Our nectar flow for the year is over. Getting those bees to build and provision their nest without that natural nectar will be a big challenge.
    If you...
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    Re: Why are these two hives not building?

    Mites?
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    Re: How much comb is supposed to be drawn?

    I believe that one can move a frame of foundation between two frames of brood and get good results.
    If, on the other hand, you place a frame of foundation between two frames of uncapped honey, the...
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    Re: How much comb is supposed to be drawn?

    There seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding the term 'checkerboarding'. I would not...insert foundation between frames of drawn comb without knowing the potential for complications. This is not...
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    Re: First sugar roll

    Leave that sheet under the bottom board for five or six days....then pull and count. The first time I did an OA treatment, the following day I only found a handful and thought....what a waste. Then I...
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    Re: Dwindling, dying hive ... now what?

    I believe that if one waits until a colony is showing signs of distress from varroa parasitism.....it is usually too late to treat. I would not replace the queens or add any other resources at this...
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    Re: commercial level TF

    I am less sure about this. Any shortened lifespans as a result of chemical contamination pale in comparison to shorter lifespans....as well as reduced overall colony vigor....resulting from varroa...
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    Re: How much comb is supposed to be drawn?

    You've been feeding them...and after six weeks....likely much during a nectar flow...... and all they've drawn is 5 - 6 frames? I'd give them a good hard look.
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    Re: commercial level TF

    How do you know they haven't?
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    Re: Am I too late?

    I think the biggest challenge would be getting the bees to draw comb without a natural nectar flow.
    I'd suggest reading more...buying, building and painting your equipment, joining a local...
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    Re: First sugar roll

    Edit...sorry jw...you beat me to it.
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    Re: Stopping shb ?

    Once you see shb larvae on the bottom....things are likely already out of control. Open that hive up and give it a good inspection.
  16. Re: Wax moth larvae....saving the environment!

    They did, clearly refer to them as wax worms. On the other hand, it is a relatively light hearted video produced by the mainstream media. The actual facts may be entirely different than those stated.
  17. Re: Wax moth larvae....saving the environment!

    I guess the thing that *might* make this different is they are suggesting that it is the gut bacteria of the 'wax worm' that consumes the plastic. So...it would have to be something that the worm...
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    Re: commercial level TF

    Look up Kirk Webster. He's probably not as big as you but to my thinking is one of the rare 'real deal' tf on a commercial scale. PS...you won't find him posting on any message boards to my...
  19. Wax moth larvae....saving the environment!

    A video from NBC....wax moth larvae eat plastics!

    http://www.nbcnews.com/watch/nbcnews-com/waxworm-bacteria-could-recycle-plastic-trash-458282563545
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    Re: Two new hives, one is in trouble

    None of those photos look very good. I would not rob anything from the booming hive. It's getting pretty late in the season to try to save a failing colony in this part of the country. Around here...
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    Re: Two new hives, one is in trouble

    Strong, healthy hives don't need cinnamon. The bees will keep the ants out. If there's something causing distress within a hive, ants and a variety of opportunistic pests will take advantage. Focus...
  22. Re: Bees seem to be taking a LOT of sugar syrup...How much is too much?

    Consider the reason you feed them. This time of year a new colony of bees need as much drawn comb for their nest as they can make. A natural nectar flow will trigger comb building. Feeding sugar...
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    Re: Queen Died - New Install

    Once you get workers laying eggs in the hive, the rest of the bees 'think' they have a queen. At that point any introduced queen will likely be treated as a foreign queen and killed. At this point,...
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    Re: Queen Died - New Install

    PS You may want to open up the entrance. It has been pretty hot in my neighborhood. They need a little ventilation.
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    Re: Queen Died - New Install

    The tricky part I'm afraid is successfully introducing a new queen into a laying worker colony. If the replacement queen survives there might be a chance.
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